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dc.contributor.advisorTerrell, Whitney
dc.contributor.authorStokes, Anna Elizabeth
dc.date.issued2021
dc.date.submitted2021 Spring
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page viewed June 10, 2022
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Whitney Terrell
dc.descriptionVita
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references (pages 177-178)
dc.descriptionThesis (M.F.A.)--Department of English. University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2021
dc.description.abstractThis thesis is a collection of nonfiction and poetic works that represent the author’s output as a candidate for Master of Fine Arts. These personal essays and poems are interested in intersections and unlikely combinations: sex positivity and feminism through a progressive Christian lens; the complicated relationship between body, health, and body image. The goal in many of these pieces is to challenge the American conception of both Christianity and Jesus—who we think he is, or was, and what he is about—and to hold the American church as institution to account. Young adults of my generation who were raised Christian are stepping away from church and/or undergoing a radical transformation of their faith en masse. While my experience of growing up a pastor’s daughter was generally positive, my adult life has been a process of questioning what I know and opening up to the reality that I do not have all the answers. I believe my thesis, in both form and content, reflects this uncertainty and the reality of “living in the tension,” a concept coined by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and a tenet of how I aim to live my life and to write my truth.
dc.description.tableofcontentsCritical introduction -- The five deadly sins -- One body, many parts -- The family tree -- land of the living -- The Implanon diaries -- Dick sorceress -- As we forgive our trespassers -- Jesus stand with the vulnerable: a Gospel-based ethic of sex -- The waterfall and the well -- Poems -- Diablo An incomplete timeline of the Trump presidency -- Index of sex and love -- Index of desire
dc.format.extentvi, 179 pages
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/84189
dc.subject.lcshPoetry
dc.subject.lcshEssays
dc.subject.lcshJesus Christ -- In literature
dc.subject.lcshChristianity in literature
dc.subject.otherThesis -- University of Missouri--Kansas City -- English
dc.titleSex and Jesus: Notes from a Pastor's Daughter
thesis.degree.disciplineCreative Writing and Media Arts (UMKC)
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Kansas City
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameM.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts)


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