English, Department of



Dance, Er

First Advisor

Jonis Agee

Date of this Version



Munson, E. Alexander, Dance, Er. 2017


A Thesis Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirement For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: English, Under the Supervision of Professor Jonis Agee. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2017

Copyright (c) 2017 Ethan Alexander Munson


Dancer, Er, by E. Alexander Munson, is a personal account of an extraordinary journey through names and how we find home within them; the narrator struggles with his identity as family, language, asthma, hero arches, hero complexes, and dreams that turn into nightmares, all spiral together to create an unparalleled trip through the social and reclusive construction of this Wanna-be-Wolf, and/or the collective unconscious run rampant. There remains a question as to whether the dreams described have been random manifestations of the ego or messages from something more on the spiritual side of things. But as the narrator explores the many manifestations of God and the self, he finds the patterns in his dreams to either be uncanny, if not prophetic, in their constant appearances and indications, but also chaotic at times, much like other miracles, or mental abnormalities, depending on who is talking. Such miracles eventually lead the narrator to find purpose as a Water Protector against the Dakota Access Pipeline and the projects that reflect it. This story is not yet realized as the future of our world and ourselves, extraordinary or otherwise, are still at stake in the battle between life and the black snake.

Advisor: Jonis Agee

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