Handsome City

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dc.contributor.advisor Evans, Danielle en_US
dc.contributor.author Carroll, John en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-13T17:16:36Z
dc.date.created 2012 en_US
dc.date.issued 2013-03-13
dc.identifier.other Carroll_american_0008N_10188 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1961/11004
dc.description Degree awarded: M.F.A. Literature. American University en_US
dc.description.abstract Handsome City is a collection of original short stories that are set in and around the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Handsome City takes its title from Charles Dickens's American Notes and attempts to unpack Dickens's assertion that Philadelphia is "a handsome city, but distractingly regular." These stories explore the ways in which Philadelphia both is and is not like the gridded layout that Dickens ultimately found so boring. In what ways do the lives of a city's population take after its design, and is that a good or bad thing? The collection itself mimics the city's own layout, alternating between lengthy and flash fiction in the way that Center City Philadelphia intersects short numbered blocks with longer avenues. In fact, these stories take on questions about their own creation and construction: in which ways do they belong to the author, and in which ways do they belong to the city? Does their telling free them from associations held within, or reinforce what we think we already know about The City of Brotherly Love? In American Notes, Dickens says he would have "given the world for a crooked street." This collection offers several such streets cutting across the real and imagined Philadelphia. en_US
dc.format.extent 186 p. en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.publisher American University en_US
dc.subject Literature en_US
dc.subject American literature en_US
dc.subject.other collection en_US
dc.subject.other fiction en_US
dc.subject.other linked stories en_US
dc.subject.other pennsylvania en_US
dc.subject.other philadelphia en_US
dc.subject.other short stories en_US
dc.title Handsome City en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.embargo.terms forever en_US
dc.embargo.lift 10000-01-01

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