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Breaking the Fall: Eden and the Apocalypse in the American Postwest
The Judeo-Christian stories of the Garden of Eden and the apocalypse have
permeated western culture for centuries. However, is there a place for them in the
contemporary American West? The current trend in western studies has been to subvert
or disregard mythic metanarratives, but these narratives are still present in popular media
and literature. This project is an interdisciplinary attempt to define the evolution of these
myths within the western landscape, and the effects of that evolution on individual
regional western identity formation. This topic is explored by braiding literary analysis,
creative writing, and visual art.