Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
This thesis project comprises two essay-length memoir pieces exploring the dimensions of fatherhood accompanied by a critical introduction. The essay “Press Start” explores the influence of video games on a young father, tapping his own childhood experiences to illuminate his relationship to the games as well as to his spouse and children. “Small Things” shows his efforts in preparing for the arrival of twins, an event which threatens to disrupt the family dynamic. Touching on issues of protection, separation, and control, the essays work together to comment on the complexities of the father-child relationship from a father’s point of view. The critical introduction examines the role of the father in broad terms and discusses the work of other writers who are treating the same subjects.
Brown, Brian Mark, "Press Start and Small Things" (2011). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports. Paper 5.
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