The first Faculty Lunch begins with Natanya Pulley on September 11, 2018.
“The Unmaking of Tiger Lily: A Creative Work”
Tiger Lily, proudly erect, a princess in her own right . is the most beautiful of dusky Dianas and the belle of the Piccaninnies, coquettish, cold and amorous by turns; there is not a brave who would not have the wayward thing to wife, but she staves off the altar with a hatchet. (J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan and Wendy).
In this series of short fiction pieces, Tiger Lily begins questioning her name (or misnaming) and the very descriptions that call her into being. In doing so, she must navigate what it means to embody the desires, fascinations, and fears of Neverland’s inhabitants and guests-including that of the author and reader. Through her interactions with the novel’s characters, her account of her village and tribe’s simulated performances, and her nightly wanderings and daydreams, it’s possible the “never” of Neverland doesn’t mean never growing up, but for her, never truly existing in the first place.