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Dissertations

2014

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Next Year In Juarez: Stories, Christopher Michael Brunt Aug 2014

Next Year In Juarez: Stories, Christopher Michael Brunt

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This creative dissertation comprises a collection of short fiction and a critical preface. The preface explores the concept of variousness as it affects the contemporary production of literary fiction. Reference is made to a range of twentieth century writers in order to position the dissertation in a context of literary history. The piece titled “The Essay on Longing” is the first chapter of a novel-in-stories.


Dreamers: Stories, Eddie Wayne Malone Aug 2014

Dreamers: Stories, Eddie Wayne Malone

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The short stories in Dreamers explore American masculinity in the twenty-first century. They also examine and complicate Asian-American identity at a time when decades-old stereotypes persist in the culture. In the title story, a war veteran returns home from Afghanistan to find an American landscape that has the feel and texture of a terrible dream. In other stories, men fixate not on women but on each other. In “Still Life,” the middle-aged main character is preoccupied with a friend who died over fifteen years ago. The main character in “At War with the Insects” pursues a man who was both ...


Monsters, Kent James Quaney Aug 2014

Monsters, Kent James Quaney

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Monsters is a collection of short stories written during my time at the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi. The first five stories are set in Australia and are about two men, Ryan and Sam, who have a complicated, on-again off-again relationship while dealing with substance abuse, internalized homophobia, and the shifting definitions of commitment and romance in the gay community. The final three stories are stand-alone pieces that deal with these same issues, but also interrogate xenophobia, religious oppression, and the dangers of group-think.