Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
John H. Irsfeld
Number of Pages
This thesis explores Tim O'Brien's ideas on the definition of fiction, memory, imagination, the role they play in the creative process, and the functions that fiction has in the world at large. This will be explored through close examination of O'Brien's self-referential narrative technique. This thesis will answer three questions: using O'Brien's work as a single framework for discovery, whether a definition of fiction can be reached; whether an idea of what causes the impulse to tell stories be ascertained; and if the primary functions that stories serve be discovered. These questions will be explored through extensive close reading of O'Brien's self-referential texts and researching prior criticism, interviews, and reviews.
Metafiction; Tim O'Brien; Work
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Kimmet, Michael Patrick, "Metafiction in the work of Tim O'Brien" (1999). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 1093.