Graduation Year

2017

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

English

Reader 1

Adam Novy

Reader 2

Jonathan Lethem

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Abstract

“LINDA LAND” is a short story about a man who created an amusement park based on Hell, and his teenage son, who has developed a crush on the preacher’s daughter. Though there are many real-life muses that inspired the story—like Simon Rodia, the artist behind the Watts Towers—the four main literary sources are William Shakespeare’s play, “Romeo and Juliet,” Karen Russell’s novel, “Swamplandia!,” Sylvia Plath’s poem, “Mirror,” and Charlie Kaufman’s screenplay, “Adaptation.”

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