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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Year Degree Awarded
Month Degree Awarded
Eco-defense, Environmentalism, Turkish development, Conscious and unconscious suicide, Expatriatism and Colonialism, Tourism
My thesis is a novel about a Dutch environmentalist who, disenchanted with the environmental movement in The Netherlands, expatriates to a peninsula in Turkey, which he hopes to save from development. He is a missionary, environmentalism is his religion. He carries an inheritance of colonialism and doesn’t understand (nor feel he needs to) the local culture. After several missteps, he is murdered. His story is told retrospectively through the eyes of an American biologist who befriended him.
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