Publication Date

Spring 2019

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dale Rigby (Director), Jessica Folk, and Molly Kerby

Degree Program

Department of English

Degree Type

Master of Fine Arts


This collection of personal essays explores the use of symmetry as a metaphor of normality in contemporary American culture. These essays use formalistic exploration to enter into a conversation with the reader regarding the body, sexuality, gender, and mental illness. Each piece aims to dismantle and explode the metaphorical significations of symmetry through the use of interdisciplinary research combined with memoir.


American Studies | Fine Arts | Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies | Nonfiction