Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
First Committee Member
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As social beings, nearly all of us find that the development of individual identity requires an acceptance of others' influence, whether good or had. The specifics of self-concept, as we typically understand the term, can only exist relative to one's perceptions of outside selves, in all their likeness and, more importantly, dissimilarity to our own. To know what we are is to know what we are not; These eight, highly disparate works of short fiction all seek, in some way, to describe the evolution of individual identity that results when separate paths cross, with a broad emphasis on the by-products of our inevitable, frictional resistance to that evolution: sensations such as fear, love, anger, joy, epiphany and humiliation. It is the author's intent with these stories to provide an imaginary, yet truthful, sampling of such experience with the hope that a reader may empathize.
Friends; Original writing; Short Fiction; Short Fiction
American literature; Literature, Modern
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Surratt, David Eric, "What Are Friends For?" (2007). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 2266.