Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2016

Level of Access Assigned by Author

Open-Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Greg Howard

Second Committee Member

David Kress

Third Committee Member

Sarah Harlan-Haughey


Approaches to the Land is a collection of interrelated stories centered on a small Maine mill town. These stories have several recurrent narrators who are in many phases of moving – some come while others leave, etc. These stories have an immense interest in the identification of loss and hope, and this in turn plays heavily on the identities of the characters embodying the stories. As a whole, these stories capture the only way this author knew how to document his hometown.