Award Date

12-2010

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Department

English

First Committee Member

Douglas Unger, Chair

Second Committee Member

Dave Hickey

Third Committee Member

Vincent Perez

Graduate Faculty Representative

Jorge Villavicencio Grossmann

Number of Pages

135

Abstract

Words search. There are specific points designated by written language, where one might stand for just a little while until the satisfaction of a pattern is revealed. In this collection of stories, one of the forces that serves as a catalyst for this search is the outside gaze. The gaze exerts itself onto characters. The characters may or may not be conscious of it, may or may not welcome it, but they must grapple with it. The gaze projects its needs and desires onto the characters. It seeks to control them, and it desires to be viewed with admiration, lowered eyelids, and moistened lips. Luckily, there are other invisible forces at play that bring levity. These stories seek to explore divergent places, moments, individuals, and the threads that loosely connect all of them. It is the threads that hope to bring levity. The six short stories were written over the course of three years. The novella is a working draft and an attempt to push out of the short story form.

Keywords

Short stories

Disciplines

American Literature | Literature in English, North America | Modern Literature

Language

English


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