Title

Cottonlandia

Date of Award

12-2006

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

English

Abstract

Cottonlandia is a novel-in-stories set in and near the rural community of Money, Mississippi, where 14 year-old Emmett Till was murdered by two local white men in 1955. The stories never directly address the murder, but everything in the north Mississippi landscape---the wild animals, the swollen, yellow rivers, the water-saturated fields, the poisonous snakes---reflects the weight of grief, loss, disconnectedness, and fear that mark the characters' lives.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Campus Only

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