This thesis consists of three personal essays and a postface, in part experiments in genre, mode, and structure, and in large part explorations of the meanings of specific places in culture and on the self-definition of the observer-writer, the first essay being set in Florida and centered at Disneyworld; the second consisting of fragments of observations along the route from St. Augustine to Washington, D.C., and ending with a brief fiction; the third, a speculative/anti-speculative rumination over many things, including meaning, death, faith, and enshrinement, and set in Illinois, Missouri, and South Africa; and the postface a theoretical/descriptive theoretical defense of the thesis, all of which is abstracted in this abstract.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Richards, Reed Evan, "How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Three Essays on Place and Meaning" (1984). All Theses and Dissertations. 5070.
Voyages, travels, Mormons, Essays, Mormon church, Historic sites