Date of Award

Spring 2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

Committee Director

John McManus

Committee Member

Janet Peery

Committee Member

Michael Pearson

Abstract

This collection of short stories brings together the work of Tyler Beckett for the first time, representing the breadth and depth of his skill in fiction. His stories largely focus on the small towns of the American South, and the identities that those towns' residents create for themselves. Through this investigation we see questions on community, belonging, outsiders, and the challenges of joining communities, as well as the question of whether those communities are worth joining. Throughout the collection, Mr. Beckett uses his clear, lucid prose to engage with his characters in a tender way, even as they commit their sins and struggle with demons.

ISBN

9781369871975

ORCID

0000-0003-4502-6856

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