Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Fall 11-2014

School

College of Arts and Sciences

Major

English

Keywords

World Literature, Philippines, Creative Writing

Disciplines

English Language and Literature | Other English Language and Literature

Abstract

In this thesis I explore the importance of imagining others complexly, especially members of other cultures whom Westerners tend to view through the lens of stereotype. Rather than seeking to directly quote theory and criticism, though, I consider the implications of these ideas through fiction. A British businessman traveling to the Philippines on holiday encounters Typhoon Yolanda, one of the largest storms in recorded history. Suddenly stranded, Gary must expand his view of the world, realizing (perhaps for the first time) that his status does not make him more—or less—important than anyone else he might encounter.

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