MA Creative Thesis Defense for Benjamin Anderson
Tuesday, May 29th, 11:00am in Carleton Hall, Room 304
Title: Plague of Fleas
Plague of Fleas is a contemporary novel that places Delia, a middle-aged Christian mystic, at the scene of a hit-and-run accident that kills Joffrey, a 12 year-old boy. Instead of informing the police of the young boy’s killer, Delia dwells on her own emotional frailty in the aftermath of the accident. A modern-day mystical seer, she becomes engaged with the apparition of the dead boy, forming a strange relationship with the child while avoiding fulfillment and repentance in her own life. As a means of reproducing Delia’s mystical visions, the novel combines the characterization and narrative techniques of traditional literary fiction with elements from popular “genre” fiction, such as science-fiction and fantasy. Plague of Fleas follows Delia’s struggles between her auspicious visions and the real world and navigates the relationship between sympathy and apathy in a society obsessed with local and international tragedy.