Date of Award

8-2014

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Legacy Department

English

Committee Member

Keith Morris, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Angela Naimou

Committee Member

Brian McGrath

Abstract

“Bombing 12294” is a composite short story that is comprised of prose, drama and poetry. The components come together to form a story that follows a family that is torn apart because of conflicting views about graffiti and the ways in which graffiti is visual art, a form of writing, and vandalism, especially when compared to landscape architecture and automotive design, which are featured in the story to illustrate art forms that are far less versatile and volatile than graffiti, and are completely accepted by the society that condemns graffiti. The format of “Bombing 12294” is an exercise in writing a short story with different rules, which reflects the way graffiti is art that is created using its own rules.

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