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Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)
Year Degree Awarded
Month Degree Awarded
Fiction, Modernism, Novel, Ayn Rand, Gertrude Stein, Marxism
In the Colonies is a work of fiction. It tells the story of a young German harpist, C––, who is seduced into a life of luxury by a venal American, Sansone. She is invited to spend a year at his artists’ colony, where she works on composing a transcendent work of music and, in the process, realizes that she has lost sight of the material realities around her. Ultimately, she comes to realize that her single-minded pursuit of an ideal Beauty has driven her away from the very ideals she aspired to in the first place.