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2010
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BULL, EDWARD. Potential Energy. (Under the direction of Pat Rushin.) Potential Energy is a collection of sixteen short stories. They range from the fictional to the autofictional to the entirely non-fictional. In all of them, characters both real and imagined struggle to live and define themselves in a world that is outside their control. They cope with the inevitability of loss, dangers both internal and external, and the passing of their own greatness. Some of these characters become lost while others learn to embrace life on its own termsÂÂ--to accept ÂÂ"without hope or expectation.ÂÂ" More often, they are not lost or enlightened, but simply survive to continue on, still uncertain. Though all the stories in Potential Energy are stand-alone, they are thematically connected. The themes of family and identity are most prominent in ÂÂ"Potential EnergyÂÂ" and ÂÂ"Eulogy to Maria Mamani, Fire-Eater.ÂÂ" Loss is confronted and the question of what comes next is asked in ÂÂ"OystersÂÂ" and ÂÂ"Slide.ÂÂ" The conflict between fate and the need for control rises to the surface in ÂÂ"Threshold,ÂÂ" ÂÂ"The Elizabeth Years,ÂÂ" and the non-fiction story of Charles WhitmanÂÂ's deadly rampage in 1966, ÂÂ"Seed.ÂÂ" Themes of ambiguity, moral erosion, and literary exploitation appear in the non-fiction ÂÂ"Bright and Loud and Then Gone,ÂÂ" about a landlord burned alive in Chicago in 2008, and ÂÂ"What It Might Have Been Like If We Had Been There,ÂÂ" an apologetic for the writerÂÂ's right to write inspired by the 2007 Al Mutanabbi Street car-bombing in Baghdad, Iraq. Most importantly all the content of Potential Energy tells stories of people trying to hold on to what is good when, tragically, everything must eventually come to an end.
Title: POTENTIAL ENERGY.
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Name(s): Bull, Edward, Author
Rushin, Pat, Committee Chair
University of Central Florida, Degree Grantor
Type of Resource: text
Date Issued: 2010
Publisher: University of Central Florida
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: BULL, EDWARD. Potential Energy. (Under the direction of Pat Rushin.) Potential Energy is a collection of sixteen short stories. They range from the fictional to the autofictional to the entirely non-fictional. In all of them, characters both real and imagined struggle to live and define themselves in a world that is outside their control. They cope with the inevitability of loss, dangers both internal and external, and the passing of their own greatness. Some of these characters become lost while others learn to embrace life on its own termsÂÂ--to accept ÂÂ"without hope or expectation.ÂÂ" More often, they are not lost or enlightened, but simply survive to continue on, still uncertain. Though all the stories in Potential Energy are stand-alone, they are thematically connected. The themes of family and identity are most prominent in ÂÂ"Potential EnergyÂÂ" and ÂÂ"Eulogy to Maria Mamani, Fire-Eater.ÂÂ" Loss is confronted and the question of what comes next is asked in ÂÂ"OystersÂÂ" and ÂÂ"Slide.ÂÂ" The conflict between fate and the need for control rises to the surface in ÂÂ"Threshold,ÂÂ" ÂÂ"The Elizabeth Years,ÂÂ" and the non-fiction story of Charles WhitmanÂÂ's deadly rampage in 1966, ÂÂ"Seed.ÂÂ" Themes of ambiguity, moral erosion, and literary exploitation appear in the non-fiction ÂÂ"Bright and Loud and Then Gone,ÂÂ" about a landlord burned alive in Chicago in 2008, and ÂÂ"What It Might Have Been Like If We Had Been There,ÂÂ" an apologetic for the writerÂÂ's right to write inspired by the 2007 Al Mutanabbi Street car-bombing in Baghdad, Iraq. Most importantly all the content of Potential Energy tells stories of people trying to hold on to what is good when, tragically, everything must eventually come to an end.
Identifier: CFE0003148 (IID), ucf:48651 (fedora)
Note(s): 2010-05-01
M.F.A.
Arts and Humanities, Department of English
Masters
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Subject(s): Creative Writing MFA
Fiction
Non-fiction
nonfiction
thesis
short stories
essays
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/ucf/fd/CFE0003148
Restrictions on Access: campus 2015-04-01
Host Institution: UCF

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