Award Date

5-1-2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Committee Member

Douglas Unger

Second Committee Member

Richard Wiley

Third Committee Member

Maile Chapman

Fourth Committee Member

Barbara Brents

Number of Pages

111

Abstract

The following collection represents three years of creative work in the Masters of Fine Arts-Fiction program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. The majority of these stories operate in the realm of the surreal with comic and farcical leanings. All of the characters portrayed deal with death in some way--whether it a parent, a marriage, an animal, or a friend--and each cope their loss by pushing grief to the periphery, often masking it with humor or denial, until the story requires them to consciously confront it. These stories should not be considered finished work, but as a summation of the stylistic and craft choices I have developed and nurtured throughout my workshops, thesis hours,

and personal writing work. I hope these stories entertain--which is the original instinct that drew me to fiction--but more importantly, like all great literature, speak to the human condition in a meaningful and memorable way. I believe most of these stories are still drafts away from completion, but proudly present them here, confident they are well on their way to becoming the best versions of themselves.

Keywords

Death in literature; Fiction; Short Stories

Disciplines

Fine Arts

Language

English


Included in

Fine Arts Commons

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