Award Date

8-2011

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Department

English

First Committee Member

Richard Wiley, Chair

Second Committee Member

Donald Revell

Third Committee Member

Beth C. Rosenberg

Graduate Faculty Representative

Heidi Swank

Number of Pages

173

Abstract

Following is a collection of short fiction. The work comes out of the tradition of realism with influences from surrealism and the gothic grotesque.

While most of the work of creation centered around character and voice, several themes emerge in the final product. Death and its perception in American society play central roles in many pieces. Also, the collection explores the experience of intimacy in many types of interpersonal relationships. Several of the pieces focus on the effects environment and location have on individuals and how change of location impacts a character. In conjunction with these many themes, obsession as an attempt to attain fulfillment also runs through the works.

Keywords

American fiction; Creative writing; Short stories; American

Disciplines

Creative Writing | English Language and Literature | Fiction | Literature in English, North America

Language

English


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