Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
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.
Beckett, Tyler. "Unconditional Positive Regard" (2017). Master of Fine Arts (MFA), thesis, English, Old Dominion University, https://digitalcommons.odu.edu/english_etds/26