2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Building the Homeplace: The Influences of Galvin, White, and O'Brien on My Creative Nonfiction
Katherine E. Jennings
Dr. James D'Agostino, Faculty Mentor

Presentations of academic research have been traditionally seen as at odds with presentations of creative work. However, this is an artificial and unnecessary dichotomy. My creative writing is informed by careful readings and specific imitations of the published work of other authors. Specifically, this semester I have chosen to develop in my own writing the strengths I have found in Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, Bailey White's Mama Makes up Her Mind, and James Galvin's The Meadow. My presentation will integrate a discussion of the characteristics I admire in these works with a reading of selections of my own work in which I seek to imitate what I have read. For this reading. I will use work from my current project, which explores my personal and family history in the context of close ties to the land and an agrarian lifestlye.

Keywords: Creative Nonfiction, Tim O'Brien, Bailey White, James Galvin, agrarian lifestyle


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 5-3
Location: OP 2115
Time: 8:45

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