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The Magical Mystery Donkey Tour

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dc.contributor.author DuPertuis, Lucy Gwyn
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-31T15:31:01Z
dc.date.issued 2011-08-31
dc.date.submitted July 2011
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1928/13139
dc.description.abstract This creative non-fiction dissertation consists of a travel memoir written while I was enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque. It incorporates many letters I wrote in 1969. This manuscript consists of the first two parts of what I envision as a three-part memoir. The memoir braids present-tense (2009) and past-tense (1969) travel stories. The narrator, a sixty-three year old woman who has taken extended leave from her job in response to her lifelong urge to “get out of the box,” takes long camping trips in the American Southwest in her pickup truck. While traveling, she reads letters she wrote about her hippie travels through North Africa forty years ago. The letters bring to mind past stories, which she interweaves with her current adventures. She reflects on the similarities and differences between her current and her former traveling self. In Part I, the narrator travels from California to New Mexico while remembering her trip from Rome to Casablanca. In Part II, on another California-New Mexico trip, she recalls traveling through southern Morocco with her young Berber lover and reflects on cultural differences and conflicts. At the end of Part II she injures her ankle and must head home. In the projected Part III, the narrator mulls over her breakup with the Berber lover and subsequent aimless existence with other hippies in Morocco; she is also dealing with her ankle injury, which has stopped her from traveling. She must come to terms with who she was 1969 and with the fact that because of her injury she can no longer use traveling to stay out of the box. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Hillerman-McGarrity Scholarship en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Travel memoir en_US
dc.subject New Mexico Travel en_US
dc.subject Islam en_US
dc.subject Memoir on Aging en_US
dc.subject Morocco Travel en_US
dc.subject Women Adventures en_US
dc.subject Camping Adventures en_US
dc.subject 1960s Counterculture en_US
dc.subject 1969 Hippies en_US
dc.subject.lcsh DuPertius, Lucy Gwyn--Travel--Africa, North
dc.subject.lcsh DuPertius, Lucy Gwyn--Travel--Southwest, New
dc.subject.lcsh Women travelers--Africa, North--Biography
dc.subject.lcsh Women travelers--Southwest, New--Biography
dc.subject.lcsh Africa, North--Description and travel
dc.subject.lcsh Southwest, New--Description and travel
dc.subject.lcsh Authorship
dc.title The Magical Mystery Donkey Tour en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US
dc.description.degree Creative Writing en_US
dc.description.level Masters en_US
dc.description.department University of New Mexico. Dept. of English en_US
dc.description.advisor Warner, Sharon Oard
dc.description.committee-member Martin, Greg
dc.description.committee-member Jussawalla, Feroza
dc.description.committee-member Thiel, Diane
emb.embargo.terms 2110-07-31
emb.embargo.lift 2110-07-31

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