Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

Committee Director

Janet Peery

Committee Member

Sheri Reynolds

Committee Member

Blake Bailey

Abstract

The stories in this compilation, some in a realistic vein and others set in alternate realities, explore themes of loss by examining various “world gone wrong” scenarios where the main characters lose some form of control. By classifying the stories according to Taxonomic nomenclature (Kingdom, Phylum, etc.,) the stories slot into categories that both hint at the content of the story and imply a universality of human experience. Throughout the compilation, protagonists, attempting to understand their loss, must work out how to proceed—either in concert with or against—the ethical framework created within the story.

ISBN

9781339787862

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