Exploded View: Essays on Fatherhood, with Diagrams (Paperback)

Exploded View: Essays on Fatherhood, with Diagrams Cover Image
Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now


In Exploded View "graphic" essays play with the conventions of telling a life story and with how illustration and text work together in print. As with a graphic novel, the story is not only in the text but also in how that text interacts with the images that accompany it.

Diagrams were an important part of Dustin Parsons's childhood. Parsons's father was an oilfield mechanic, and in his spare time he was also a woodworker, an automotive mechanic, a welder, and an artist. His shop had countless manuals with "exploded view" parts directories that the young Parsons flipped through constantly. Whether rebuilding a transmission, putting together a diesel engine, or assembling a baby cradle, his father had a visual guide to help him. In these essays, Parsons uses the same approach to understanding his father as he navigates the world of raising two young biracial boys.

About the Author

Dustin Parsons teaches at the University of Mississippi. Awards for his writing include an Ohio Arts Grant and a New York Fine Arts grant for creative nonfiction, an American Literary Review prize for fiction, and a Laurel Review prize for fiction.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780820352879
ISBN-10: 082035287X
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication Date: March 15th, 2018
Pages: 216
Language: English
Series: Crux: The Georgia Series in Literary Nonfiction