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Two Makes A Couple: Fictions On Intimacy, Alyssa C. Conner, Jessica Richardson Dec 2019

Two Makes A Couple: Fictions On Intimacy, Alyssa C. Conner, Jessica Richardson

Honors Theses

This portfolio of fictional short stories was created through the inspiration from constraints drawn from various published short stories. Constraints are a literary technique in which the writer is bound to certain elements or inspires a pattern within a work of writing. Each short story takes place in contemporary society and within the pieces, intimate moments between two individuals are explored throughout. This portfolio, through symbolic language, examines the relationship between our identities and our closest alliances, whether those are our romantic partners, platonic partners, or siblings.


Traumatic Experiences Through The Queer Lens, Holden Guckenberg Dec 2019

Traumatic Experiences Through The Queer Lens, Holden Guckenberg

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

This is a collection of short stories based off of real trauma that LGBTQ+ individuals have experienced. I have interviewed seven people who identify within the LGBTQ+ community and listened to their traumatic stories. Based on their stories, I have written their accounts with trauma while expanding and taking creative freedom to better enunciate and bring-forth their stories. Trauma affects the LGBTQ+ community at a greater height than it does the general population. It’s important to recognize this fact so that we can support those people who have faced tremendous adversity in the form of trauma. In one form ...


Dandelion Wishes: Short Stories, Lucy E. Marcus Jan 2019

Dandelion Wishes: Short Stories, Lucy E. Marcus

English & Creative Writing Students Scholarship and Creative Work

Lucy Marcus was Roanoke's Writer by Bus in 2019. This is a collection of short stories inspired by her bus rides.


Gone To Ground, Brian Blair Nov 2018

Gone To Ground, Brian Blair

Theses

Gone to Ground is a collection of short stories that explores the possibilities beyond the edge of the everyday. They are an attempt to peek beyond the imaginary boundaries we erect for ourselves in the name of danger or the unknown. Each story is an opportunity to see our own familiar humanity in others, no matter the accidents of fortune that separate us. Though the stories in Gone to Ground often touch the surreal or the magical, they are firmly rooted in what could be out there, on the other side of our walls, whether real or imagined. These are ...


More Than Skin-Deep: Reading Past Whiteness In Hemingway’S “Hills Like White Elephants”, Laura Valeri Oct 2018

More Than Skin-Deep: Reading Past Whiteness In Hemingway’S “Hills Like White Elephants”, Laura Valeri

Journal of Creative Writing Studies

The author argues a much neglected element in the seminal Hemingway's story "Hills Like White Elephant." Reading the story by taking into context a subtext of racial bias lends new interpretation to the story.


Things We Have In Common: Essays And Experiments, Willow Grosz Aug 2018

Things We Have In Common: Essays And Experiments, Willow Grosz

All NMU Master's Theses

Things We Have in Common is a collection of short stories, flash pieces, and image-text experiments that attempts, in the wake of the death of my mother, to excavate the relationship between memory and narrative, identity and belonging against a backdrop of the main forces that have influenced my familial group, namely generational poverty, a changing relationship with our Athabascan and Caucasian heritages, and the complicated ecology, geography, and culture of Alaska. Like many forays into memory, this project represents a joyous failure. Please read this collection as a love letter to Alaska.


Second Safest City In America, Liam Cassidy Apr 2018

Second Safest City In America, Liam Cassidy

Theses

Second Safest City in America is a collection of short fiction set in Midwestern cities and suburbs, as well as the Gulf Coast. These stories explore the untethered expectations, broken promises, and absurdity of American life. The characters are violent, funny, emotionally unstable, politically wrong-minded, and compassionate. They implore empathy or actively avoid the pain of others. They search out security or take matters into their own hands. They sacrifice and they seek revenge. They are not outliers in this country. They are part of the mainstream weirdness that permeates everything.


The Greatest Is Love, Leslie Charles Taylor Mar 2018

The Greatest Is Love, Leslie Charles Taylor

FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations

THE GREATEST IS LOVE is a collection of ten short stories showing the painful manifestations of romantic relationships in the lives of contemporary American characters from many walks of life.

As in the stories of D.H. Lawrence, these characters are often driven towards what may be bad for them, finding that love overrides their rational thoughts. In “The Mechanic” a woman whose legal career has left her isolated becomes irresistibly attracted to her friend’s ex-husband. Three stories center on one character, Charles, whose early failures both in college and at work lead him to become a detective, only ...


Et Cetera, Marshall University Jan 2018

Et Cetera, Marshall University

Et Cetera

Founded in 1953, Et Cetera is an annual literary magazine that publishes the creative writing and artwork of Marshall University students and affiliates. Et Cetera is free to the Marshall University community.

Et Cetera welcomes submissions in literary and film criticism, poetry, short stories, drama, all types of creative non-fiction, photography, and art.


Borderlandia And Other Stories, Emily Suazo Jan 2018

Borderlandia And Other Stories, Emily Suazo

Undergraduate Honors Theses

To be mestiza and Latina is to occupy the liminal space between two languages, cultures, and races. This experience of liminality has been exacerbated for me as a result of my parentage: being indigenous New Mexican on my father’s side and white American on my mother’s, I have struggled throughout my life not only to reconcile the history of Spanish colonization in Mexico, but also the intersection of, and tension between, my white American and brown indigenous selves. Therefore, this work is an effort to acknowledge and reconcile the split self that defines the mestizo and Latino identities ...


Existential Bebop, Brett Kaplan Oct 2017

Existential Bebop, Brett Kaplan

FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations

EXISTENTIAL BEBOP is a collection of thirteen short stories that use humor and satire to address some of the absurdities of human existence.

In some stories, characters are forced to come to terms with mortality, such as the six-year-old boy in “A Goldfish Memory,” who learns about death for the first time. In “Cassandra Knows All” a rational twenty-something is lured by a charlatan who convinces her that there is an afterlife. In others, the comedy centers on human frailties, such as “Weekend in Deceit,” where two couples confront infidelity. “The Sacrifice of Mikey Horowitz” explores family values, ancient and ...


Dream Variations: Fictional Views Of The School To Prison Pipeline, Kierstin R. C. Anderson May 2017

Dream Variations: Fictional Views Of The School To Prison Pipeline, Kierstin R. C. Anderson

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

These two works of fiction will tell the story of the school to prison pipeline taken from the black and white of statistics and numbers into the colors of the individual; their thoughts, feelings, and motivations. Dream Variations is the telling of one instance in the lives of different people, both the Black American youth who go through it and the lawyers who see their cases.


Dinner At Eight, Anastasia M. Berkovich May 2017

Dinner At Eight, Anastasia M. Berkovich

MSU Graduate Theses

This creative thesis is comprised of six short stories of fiction in various styles and lengths, as well as a critical introduction wherein I discuss the various influences on my work, ranging from Charles Baxter and Karen Joy Fowler to Doležel and John Gardner. All of these stories share a theme of family and loss. Each story also grapples in some way with changing times and places. I have endeavored, by using rhyming action, repeating images, and melodrama, to give each story a great sense of emotion, a feeling both specific to the story but connects to the wider reading ...


Tygr 2017: Student Art And Literary Magazine, Brianna Rose, Luke Jungermann, William Greiner, Jill Forrestal Apr 2017

Tygr 2017: Student Art And Literary Magazine, Brianna Rose, Luke Jungermann, William Greiner, Jill Forrestal

TYGR: Student Art and Literary Magazine Archives (1985-2017)

TYGR is the student art and literary magazine for Olivet Nazarene University

Theme: Vision.

[Historical Muse] The Tyger -- William Blake, p. iii.


Undertow - A Collection Of Short Stories, Phoebe Tess Present Jan 2017

Undertow - A Collection Of Short Stories, Phoebe Tess Present

Senior Projects Spring 2017

Senior Project submitted to The Division of Languages and Literature of Bard College.


Remembering Elsewhere, Amelia Ernestine Walsh Jan 2017

Remembering Elsewhere, Amelia Ernestine Walsh

Senior Projects Spring 2017

In my works, I tried very hard to create characters with unusual perspectives. I wanted to write from the point of view of children, while avoiding anything overly precious or intentionally naive. The trauma of aging, and eventually dying, are the themes for these works. I attempted to draw forth unusual and thought-provoking imagery that could successfully draw my reader into a constructed reality and, hopefully, draw them to less common questions we might ask regarding human nature.


Wearing Bare Feet, J. P. Schlottman Jan 2017

Wearing Bare Feet, J. P. Schlottman

Stonecoast MFA

Wearing Bare Feet is a linked collection of wry short stories about a family of three on fictional Eel Island, three miles off the coast of Maine, an island that revolves around lobstering, tourism, billionaire movie stars, department store heirs, jewelry store heiresses, people who houseclean for snowbirds ... and the old, rich and entitled summer people who come back from Florida for the annual Fourth of July Parade, and then die. Because it is easier to die there. It is why the 13-mile-long "rock off America" has more ambulances per capita than anywhere else in New England.

It also has ...


A Monstrous Tomorrow, Ty Noel Jan 2017

A Monstrous Tomorrow, Ty Noel

Masters Theses

No abstract provided.


Grieve If You Want, Travis Scott Ray May 2016

Grieve If You Want, Travis Scott Ray

Theses and Dissertations

This collection of short stories is trying to say something about empathy. It’s trying to connect with readers in an effort to convey some small kind of emotion the characters are experiencing. It’s about the difficulty we all have connecting and communicating with each other and ourselves.


Tygr 2016: Student Art And Literary Magazine, Jill Forrestal, William Greiner, Patrick Kirk, Brittlee Cadle Apr 2016

Tygr 2016: Student Art And Literary Magazine, Jill Forrestal, William Greiner, Patrick Kirk, Brittlee Cadle

TYGR: Student Art and Literary Magazine Archives (1985-2017)

TYGR is the student art and literary magazine for Olivet Nazarene University

Theme: Elements.

[Historical Muse] The Tyger -- William Blake, p. 1.


Penquest Volume 2, Number 1, Janet Collins, Judy Gozdur, Susan Reed, David Reed, Rick Wagner, Carol Groover, Linda Banicki, Helen Hagadorn, Tammy Hutchinson, Sissy Crabtree, Sandra Coleman, Ann Harrington, Mark Touchton, Bruce Warner, Tom Schifanella, Laura Jo Last, David Whitsett, Bill Slaughter, S. Trevett, Richard L. Ewart, Valerie Williams, R. E. Mallery, Modesta Matthews, David Olson, E. Allen Tilley, Joseph Avanzini, Beth Goeckel, Donna Kaluzniak, Paul Cramer, Lucinda Halsema, Maria Barry, Roger Whitt Jr., Lori Nasrallah Feb 2016

Penquest Volume 2, Number 1, Janet Collins, Judy Gozdur, Susan Reed, David Reed, Rick Wagner, Carol Groover, Linda Banicki, Helen Hagadorn, Tammy Hutchinson, Sissy Crabtree, Sandra Coleman, Ann Harrington, Mark Touchton, Bruce Warner, Tom Schifanella, Laura Jo Last, David Whitsett, Bill Slaughter, S. Trevett, Richard L. Ewart, Valerie Williams, R. E. Mallery, Modesta Matthews, David Olson, E. Allen Tilley, Joseph Avanzini, Beth Goeckel, Donna Kaluzniak, Paul Cramer, Lucinda Halsema, Maria Barry, Roger Whitt Jr., Lori Nasrallah

David E. Olson

Table of Contents for this Volume:

Untitled by Janet Collins

Untitled by Judy Gozdur

Last Hour of Light by Susan Reed

Untitled by Judy Godzur

Untitled by Rick Wagner

Untitled by Carol Groover

Untitled by R. Wagner

Only in the Portico by Linda Banicki

Untitled by Helen Hagadorn

Private Place, Pubic Place by David Reed

Untitled by Tammy Hutchinson

Untitled by Tammy Hutchinson

Madison Knights by Susan Reed

Untitled by Sissy Crabtree

The Price by Sandra Coleman

Untitled by Ann Harrington

Invasion of Privacy by Mark Touchton

Untitled by Bruce Warner

Untitled by Tom Schifanella

Untitled by Tammy Hutchinson

Bloodwork ...


Lost Women, Recently Found, Maya Moverman Jan 2016

Lost Women, Recently Found, Maya Moverman

Senior Projects Spring 2016

Senior Project submitted to The Division of Languages and Literature of Bard College


Muscle Memory: Stories, Hannah N. Bradley Jan 2016

Muscle Memory: Stories, Hannah N. Bradley

Student research

No abstract provided.


Flying Carpets, Hedy Habra Dec 2015

Flying Carpets, Hedy Habra

Hedy Habra

Surveying what appears as familiar ground, Hedy Habra's Flying Carpets plunge deep into the bygone and the irrecoverable. Steeped in childhood memories of Egypt and Lebanon, and intensified in the act of fictional recollection, Habra's stories are at once joyous and tragic, witty and profound. In Habra we have a Shehrazad of our times, not one trying to save her life, but one intent to bring enchantment, gravitas, and sensitivity to ours. This is a book full of marvels, beautifully written. --Khaled Mattawa, author of Amorisco and Tocqueville

Hedy Habra's Flying Carpets is a collection of enchantments ...


Calle Panadero, Giselda Aguiar Nov 2015

Calle Panadero, Giselda Aguiar

FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This collection of nine short stories follows Adelia Villalobos and Isidoro Belmonte, two Cuban Americans solving crimes in present-day South Florida. The former best friends have grown apart during college, but when Adelia is drawn into a murder case, the outcome leads Isidoro to return home and the pair to found the unlicensed detective agency, Calle Panadero (Spanish for Baker Street). Their cases explore the underside of many facets of the community, including bigamy, fraud, and criminal organizations. Along the way, they deal with love, death, and family obligations, and arrive at a new understanding of how their destinies are ...


Me Without You, Michelle Bracken Jun 2015

Me Without You, Michelle Bracken

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

ME WITHOUT YOU is an interlinked collection of short stories set in the blight of an urban housing project in San Bernardino, California. The stories follow the lives of three students in their year of fourth grade at a low performing school. Narrated from these points of view, the collection amplifies the voices of a community wrought with violence, poverty, and crime while also exploring how children brave the consequences of a world they cannot control.

Mesmerizing in its simplicity, and gripping in its detail, ME WITHOUT YOU intertwines themes of identity, family, loss, poverty, and longing for what is ...


The Real Thing, Ruben T. Rodriguez Jun 2015

The Real Thing, Ruben T. Rodriguez

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

THE REAL THING is a collection of short stories released from the confinement of the everyday. The stories allow characters to pop off the page from every angle. With an eye for anthropomorphism and ear for lyric, the collection is comprised of twenty-nine short stories, nineteen of which work in a flash fiction form.

Magical in its motions, and charming in its spirit, The Real Thing explores life’s losses and gains through the lens of the strange and at times the absurd. It invites its readers to cast away expectation, sit back, and watch the show.


Second Coming, Bryan Furuness May 2015

Second Coming, Bryan Furuness

Bryan M. Furuness

Brian Furuness' contribution to the Fall 2014 volume of Fourteen Hills.


Judging Laura, Rebecca E. Richardson May 2015

Judging Laura, Rebecca E. Richardson

Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

Laura Audax is a sixteen-year-old girl who has an interesting set of characteristics. She is a dynamic mixture of compassion, stubbornness, brilliance, recklessness, imagination, and arrogance. The way the world understands these personality traits has transformed and evolved over time. If a girl like Laura lived in four different time periods, society would react differently to her in each era, but the overall question is how different these reactions really are. Does the definition of what makes certain personality traits “good” or “bad” change over time?

The following four stories take place in 1850, 1920, 2015, and 2100 respectively, and ...


Another Word For Autumn And Other Stories, Henry Burgard Shepard Iii May 2015

Another Word For Autumn And Other Stories, Henry Burgard Shepard Iii

Master's Theses

The subject, style, and form of these stories are different from one another. At first glance, there seems to be no obvious thematic connection throughout this collection, no binding thread that ties them together. However, what allows these stories to exist side by side is their focus. The characters in these stories are human, no matter what situation they find themselves in, be it strange, fantastic, or mundane, they strive to achieve their desires. Each story takes a different approach to create a succinct feeling, all parts working toward eliciting a certain emotion. In one story, a family is powerless ...