Date of Award

12-20-2002

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.F.A.

Degree Program

Drama and Communications

Department

Drama and Communications

Major Professor

Hank, Steve

Second Advisor

Mandic, Miroslav

Third Advisor

Katrovas, Richard

Abstract

Jacob Hawke, a documentary photographer, returns to his long forsaken West Virginia hometown roots to document the activities of a Christian serpent handling church, of which his father is pastor. Jacob, a non-believer, is caught in an emotional vortex consisting of his hatred for his father (whom he abandoned after his mother was killed in a serpent-handling incident) and his growing attraction to Minnie, an enigmatic member of the Signs Following Church. Jacob is slowly lured by the strength of faith demonstrated by the community and must come to terms with his relationship with his father and make a crucial decision about his future.

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