Award Date

5-1-2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Committee Member

Richard M. Wiley

Second Committee Member

Douglas Unger

Third Committee Member

Maile Chapman

Fourth Committee Member

Clarence Gilyard

Number of Pages

87

Abstract

On Our Way Out and other stories is a collection of short fiction banded together with themes of the darkened strange, the missing and the moving, and a sense of place. The characters in these stories try to claw their way to newfound identities, whether it's through a financial transaction, saving a life, or putting a body in the ground. An action with a result is what's needed in these characters' lives. Though, often, the results are not intended. Despite the oddity inherent in these stories and characters, there is something familiar about their plight as ordinary people, something in them that helps us understand ourselves better, be it disturbing or pleasant.

Keywords

Fiction; Identity (Psychology); Minimalism; Minimalism (Literature); North East; Realism; Regionalism; Short stories

Disciplines

Creative Writing | Fiction | Literature in English, North America

Language

English


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