Date of Award

2023

First Advisor

Brendan Mathews

Second Advisor

Chris Coggins

Abstract

This thesis explores the drafting and revision of a novel in the climate fiction genre that incorporates elements of magical realism. The plot involves four characters who are all in different stages of recovery from personal tragedies, and follows their intersecting stories amid increasing natural disasters. The research process involved reading existing literature in the climate fiction genre, nonfiction works that focused on disaster preparation and the Gaia Hypothesis, and coursework in Geography and Climate Fiction. The writing process involved a focus on character development, a commitment to daily writing for part of the year, and a heavy content revision towards the end of the project. This creative piece was designed to complement my second concentration in Geography & Sustainability by grounding the characters in a specific place and observing how they respond to changes in that environment. The last component of the thesis is an analysis of how the current manuscript could be expanded to a full novel in the future.

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