Title

Inter Alia

Date of Award

Spring 5-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

Program/Concentration

Creative Writing

Committee Director

John McManus

Committee Member

Elizabeth Groeneveld

Committee Member

Manuela Mourao

Abstract

In Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris, a fictional Gertrude Stein delivers some wonderful advice to an overwhelmed novelist, stating, “The artist’s job isn’t to succumb to despair, but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.” This has become a personal mantra. We are taught that Art—which, here, is to say the novel, or a collection of short stories—is the barrier dividing people from us. The stories informing Inter Alia are direct attempts to close this divide, and, using characterization, along with a handful of other literary elements and techniques, reflects my quest to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.

DOI

10.25777/deqs-jj87

ORCID

0000-0002-4008-0311

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