Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Dr. John J. McKenna
Introduction: I stumbled upon the form of the familiar essay by chance, Dr. John McKenna, out Graduate Chair and the Chair of my Thesis Committee, suggested I enroll in a course called Modern Familiar Essay. I was skeptical. At the time, I was fairly burned out on writing, and besides: creative nonfiction? That’s memoirs and stuff, right? Failed journalists ghostwriting for professional athletes. If I was going to write, I was going to be a serious writer. Fiction, the Great American Novel, that sort of thing. This was more or less my frame of mine when I talked to Dr. McKenna; the familiar essay wasn’t something I was particularly interested in at the time, but, since I needed three more credits that summer, I took the class.
Sutherland, Sherman, "Looking for the Highway: Familiar Essays on the Mythic Journey." (2003). Student Work. 3511.