Advisory Committee Chair
Advisory Committee Members
Date of Award
Degree Name by School
Master of Arts (MA) College of Arts and Sciences
"Nobody Knows How It Got This Good" is a collection of three interlocked short stories set in Birmingham, Alabama. Drawing heavily upon urbanism, economics, Marxism and Birmingham's social and urban history, as well as a varied literary tradition including authors as diverse as James Joyce and Barry Hannah, these lyrical narratives aspire to universal themes and concerns by exploring the particularity of place and subjective experience. The first story, "The Jaguars of Southtown," is narrated by a used car salesman. "Wells Fargo" is narrated by an executive investment banker on the anniversary of the 1929 stock market crash and "Tilting at Windmills" by a safety engineer who experiences a horrific industrial accident at the Powell Avenue Plant.
Wright, Amos Jasper, "Nobody Knows How It Got This Good" (2011). All ETDs from UAB. 3380.