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Graduate Defense: Hillary Colton

March 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm MST

Thesis DefenseThesis Information

Title: Not About You: A Novel

Program: Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Advisor: Mitch Wieland, Theatre, Film, and Creative Writing

Committee Members: Mary Pauline Lowry, Theatre, Film, and Creative Writing; and Nicole Cullen, English


This novel-in-progress explores the complexities of single parenting and coming of age in a misogynistic society. Through the perspectives of a recently divided family, we are drawn into the coping mechanisms of characters who have been impacted by the cyclical nature of sexism, alcoholism, and abuse. Through multiple points of view, the novel aims to explore questions of how internalized misogyny and generational trauma force a person to look at their complicity in the rippling effect of societal expectations and whether it is possible to break free after a lifetime of trying to survive in a society rooted against female individuality.