Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Committee Member

Maile Chapman

Second Committee Member

Douglas Unger

Third Committee Member

Kelly Mays

Fourth Committee Member

Constancio Arnaldo

Number of Pages



Chimaera is a collection of short stories as well as excerpts from a novel in progress, Cassandra & Charon. While this collection bears some resemblance to a short story cycle, these selections are not intended to be published together outside of this dissertation. Nevertheless, this dissertation features these selections side by side as these stories and chapters overlap thematically and consequently create resonances that would not exist otherwise. The short stories predominately feature Chinese American characters often as outsiders or third parties to other relationships. Other stories also feature retellings of classic stories including Goldilocks, Snow White, and Dracula, at times borrowing structure and narrative elements, but also re-shaping these stories through a Chinese American lens. The novel is composed of sections or chapters that similarly feature two Asian-American characters: Anna, or Cassandra, as she is known to her clients, is an agoraphobic writer who has the ability to see the future; and Charon, a mysterious figure who shepherds “tourists” to a Chicago that has become thoroughly haunted by ghosts.

Controlled Subject

Graphic novels;Short stories;Chinese Americans;


Creative Writing

File Format


File Size

927 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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