Date of Award

Spring 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Nijah Cunningham

Second Advisor

Janet Neary

Academic Program Adviser

Janet Neary


This essay examines the ways in which author Jesmyn Ward guides her reader in reimagining a small Mississippi town in her novel Where the Line Bleeds (2008) by uncovering the antagonisms and ambivalences found in the Dirty South and reflecting on the physical and interior geography of her characters.



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