Date of Award

Fall 12-17-2011

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Film, Theatre & Communication Arts - Creative Writing concentration


Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts

Major Professor

Randolph Bates

Second Advisor

John Hazlett

Third Advisor

Doreen Piano



Close to the Source is comprised of a series of nonfiction vignettes about the artisan, agricultural, and culinary methods of Italy. In Close to the Source the human relationship with nature, food, and art is reexamined while a series of rich characters help bring the material to life. Through interviews, research, and first-hand experiences, the author attempts to archive fading artisan and food-related techniques and rituals. In the process, a cultural critique about the importance of the practical arts in contemporary times emerges. The thesis contains four sections: Terra/Land; Art and Artisans; Pane/Bread; and Compagnia/Company.


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