Date of Award


Degree Name



College of Liberal Arts

Type of Degree


Document Type


First Advisor

Dr. Gwenyth E. Hood

Second Advisor

Dr. Shirley Lumpkin

Third Advisor

Professor John Van Kirk

Fourth Advisor

Leonard J. Deutsch


Upon my arrival on earth. Mother forbad me from doing two things: going to K-Mart and talking to my Uncle Ike.

Ironically, the first word I learned to read was "K-Mart.” Mother pointed out the store every time we drove past. She told me many times of the evil that could befall a person if he entered its doors. I reckoned she knew all about K-Mart because she claimed to have gone there twice before I was born. Based on the two visits, Mother decided that the voice of the blue-light special masked some sinister, subliminal message. While everyone else heard, "Two bags of cotton balls for a dollar," Mother swore she heard, "Live in trailers, don't hold down a job, and let your baby wear nothing but a diaper in public."


Creative writing – 20th century.