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Document Type

Campus Access

Degree Program

English

Degree Type

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

Year Degree Awarded

2011

Month Degree Awarded

September

Keywords

Eco-defense, Environmentalism, Turkish development, Conscious and unconscious suicide, Expatriatism and Colonialism, Tourism

Abstract

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.

First Advisor

Noy Holland

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