Publication Date

Fall 2013

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English and Comparative Literature


Cathleen Miller


Paris, Travel

Subject Areas

Literature; Journalism


This thesis is a first person narrative work of creative nonfiction. It is a series of travel essays, set frequently in Paris, that blend the elements of craft of the journalist, essayist, memoirist and humorist in stories designed to entertain, amuse and delight. Using an informal voice, conveying a lighthearted tone, the narrator tells of her travel adventures and discoveries in France, New Zealand and other destinations. Rich in those narrative elements that characterize the genre of travel writing, among them, memorable characters, vividly drawn settings, colorful dialogue, and a singular, personal point of view, these stories concern themselves, above all, with place. Each communicates to the reader a clear idea of the author's experience in, for example, Paris, or Sun Valley, and each brings alive the subject travel destination via the nonfiction narrative art of telling a compelling story. The theme of love links the stories of this collection, whether it is seen in the relationship among the narrator's family members, those who also participate in a number of these travel adventures, or the author's fondness for the places in which the adventures take place. Each chapter intends, on its own and as a part of the whole, to celebrate the fun and wonder of travel and to inspire readers to pack a bag and go - to wherever in the world their curiosity calls, whenever their sense of adventure beckons.