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Publication Date

Spring 2011

Degree Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English and Comparative Literature


Cathleen Miller

Subject Areas



This memoir chronicles the experience of an alienated cubicle drone who stumbles into beekeeping. Stung paints a picture of modern office life, with its absurd emails, micromanaging supervisors, office politics and incoming Tweets, and contrasts it with the world of honey bees. Through play-by-play description of a beginning beekeeper's experiences, I relate facts about bee behavior and biology, the history of beekeeping, and the basics of a beekeeper's practice, which provide joyous counterpoint to the day-to-day misery of earning a paycheck. In then end, the lessons of beekeeping provide the perspective necessary to endure a career in cubicle-land and feel a little happiness to boot.