Subject Position as Craft Tool: An Investigation

Thanks to Fiction Writers Review for publishing a version of my MFA degree essay this week.

This (writing craft) essay examines the novella “Blessed Assurance”, by Allan Gurganus; the novel Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee; and the short story “Brownies”, by ZZ Packer. I use subject position as a tool for thinking about how writers deal with privilege and power in fiction, “because if we don’t try, if we don’t look privilege squarely in the eye, then privilege is all we will see”.

The essay appears as Part I and Part II.