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The Boys With The Spare Keys, Katelyn Elizabeth Grisham May 2019

The Boys With The Spare Keys, Katelyn Elizabeth Grisham

MSU Graduate Theses

As human beings, we are constantly losing something: our keys, our wallets, our credits cards, or the mate to our favorite pair of socks. But what if you lose something that cannot be replaced, something that will impact your life in a permanent way? This collection looks at what it means to lose something life-altering; our sense of self, our friendships, our planned futures, our grasp on reality. Some things cannot be replaced. From trust fund kids to a dad preparing a Christmas tree for his daughter, this collection will explore the idea of what we can (or cannot) afford ...


For Cheryl: The Long And The Short Of It, Rachel Lebo May 2019

For Cheryl: The Long And The Short Of It, Rachel Lebo

Graduate School of Art Theses

Short stories are an indirect way of creating a truth by showing instead of telling. They are a way to observe and communicate a single idea. A short story for me is a vehicle for hiding my truth behind a character, exploring myself in the safety of an identity that is not my own. When I read Chunky in Heat, author A.M. Homes and I hide together behind her character, Cheryl, and find solidarity.

The following writings, paintings, and sculptures are collaborations between myself and the women of short story fiction. Those women being the authors, the subjects, and ...


My Unfair Trumpie Closely Encounters 'Julie Andrews', Marleen S. Barr Jan 2019

My Unfair Trumpie Closely Encounters 'Julie Andrews', Marleen S. Barr

Publications and Research

This is a humorous short story about Trump.


Tragedy On Drury Lane, Natalie B. Ngong May 2018

Tragedy On Drury Lane, Natalie B. Ngong

Sierpinski’s Square

No abstract provided.


La Star De Football, Nicholas Khoury Apr 2018

La Star De Football, Nicholas Khoury

Honors Program Contracts

A short fable in French that incorporates vocabulary and lessons learned throughout the semester.


The Delicatessen Kids, Raina Nicole Dziuk Jan 2018

The Delicatessen Kids, Raina Nicole Dziuk

Senior Projects Spring 2018

The Delicatessen Kids is a collection of short stories that follows 4 Ukrainian-American siblings as they grow up in 1960s Brooklyn, New York.


You Are What You Write, Yumeng Wang Jan 2018

You Are What You Write, Yumeng Wang

MSU Graduate Theses

This creative thesis consists of six short stories with different lengths and styles. For the introduction, I discuss how my work is influenced by various aspects of cultural background, with examples including writers from Zitkala-Ša and Richard Wright to Celeste Ng. Cultural background is the key to understand most of the characters in the different stories. After the critical introduction, readers will have a general idea of my stories with a sense of how the relationship between different groups of people shape them to act and live under the influence of their cultural backgrounds and environment they were brought up ...


Loose Light, Logan Lane Jan 2018

Loose Light, Logan Lane

Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects

My honors project is a 9,600-word collection of two short stories. The first story, Loose Light, is a character-driven narrative about an astronomer who has spent his life chasing an outer space phenomenon he saw as a graduate student and what he does when he rediscovers the phenomenon. The second story, Lost Light, is another character-driven narrative about a young man who, after an automobile accident, begins losing his memories. Both stories examine the perspective of the lost, the obsessed, the isolated, and the angry. In the accompanying self-analysis, I explore how my time as a reporter for The ...


Boys Club, Elizabeth Fiset Aug 2017

Boys Club, Elizabeth Fiset

MSU Graduate Theses

This thesis begins with a critical introduction on setting and its influence on the characters and overall effect on the fictional narrative. I use Lubomir Dolezel’s theory of narrative worlds and modalities, specifically the alethic constraints that come with world building to analyze across literary genres of fiction. I argue that genre has developed into a spectrum rather than having clear cut guidelines per genre specification ranging from realism to high fantasy. After the critical introduction you will find short stories and flash fiction all built within the same story world. Each of the stories contains similar theme of ...


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 ...


Desperate Times Call, Hector Duarte Jr Mar 2017

Desperate Times Call, Hector Duarte Jr

FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations

DESPERATE TIMES CALL is a collection of short stories and a novella about people whose lives intersect with violence. The young girl in Of Course She Would is forced to leave her home after finding her meth-addicted father dead of a heart attack. Tomas Mangual, the main character of She Said Two, sets off on a blind date to discover his counterpart has recently been the victim of a disturbing hate crime. The featured novella, Diablo Corrido, raises the question: How far would someone chase their ambition to see a life-long dream come true?

Using the intimate perspectives of first-person ...


Fourth Time’S A Charm, Ardennes Vickery Jan 2017

Fourth Time’S A Charm, Ardennes Vickery

Calvert Undergraduate Research Awards

The sources I used to create my short story, Fourth Time’s A Charm, were essential for all aspects of its development. My story concerns the awkward first meeting of King Henry VIII and his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves. As with all historical fiction stories, striving for period appropriate details and accurate representations of historical events was crucial. The resources that I was able to access through the UNLV University Libraries not only assisted me throughout my project by streamlining the research process, but proved indispensable for obtaining various primary sources that I may not have been unable to ...


Lost Soul: The Process Of Revision In Fiction, Nathan Woolard Jan 2017

Lost Soul: The Process Of Revision In Fiction, Nathan Woolard

Honors Theses at the University of Iowa

My aim in this thesis is to investigate the process of revision through focus upon my own work. To this end, I am presenting one of my short stories in three different stages of revision: a first draft, a heavily restructured middle draft, and a current final draft. The story, “Lost Soul,” follows a teenage boy’s trek through the wintry woods on an unknown mission for a dark creature simply called the Gloom. The progression between drafts is drastic and allows me to highlight different methods of revision, namely working with an editor, sharing with a workshop group, and ...


Daffodils: A Completely Unrelated Collection Of Short Stories, Sawyer E.P. Henshaw Jan 2017

Daffodils: A Completely Unrelated Collection Of Short Stories, Sawyer E.P. Henshaw

Scripps Senior Theses

“Daffodils” is a collection of three fictional short stories without obvious thematic connection, yet all containing tenacious female characters. “The Winner” is told from the unflinching voice of a young wife in her struggle for control within the newfound environment of a Massachusetts boarding school. “The Seers” is a dystopian story, taking place in a world with months of “Sun” and months of dark at a time, intimately describing the effects of this phenomenon upon the civilization. Lastly, “Plastic Flowers” examines the loss of love and comfort within a relationship, depicting the insecurities of young adult life in New York ...


Yo Soy Verde / I Am Green, Ellie Quick Jan 2016

Yo Soy Verde / I Am Green, Ellie Quick

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Imposible, Hannah Hart Jan 2016

Imposible, Hannah Hart

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Lunar Jan 2016

Lunar

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My First Love Story, Mattie Dodson Jan 2016

My First Love Story, Mattie Dodson

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No abstract provided.


Mi Primera Historia De Amor, Hanna Schultz Jan 2016

Mi Primera Historia De Amor, Hanna Schultz

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Lunar, Mark D. Mcgraw Jan 2016

Lunar, Mark D. Mcgraw

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Impossible, Krystal Parker Jan 2016

Impossible, Krystal Parker

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Draco And The Sunshine Girl, Rachel Mack Jan 2016

Draco And The Sunshine Girl, Rachel Mack

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No abstract provided.


Bless Your Heart, Linda Copeland Jan 2016

Bless Your Heart, Linda Copeland

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Fenix 12, Emily Bradley Jan 2016

Fenix 12, Emily Bradley

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Phoenix 12 Jan 2016

Phoenix 12

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La Rama Mas Alta, Mark D. Mcgraw Jan 2016

La Rama Mas Alta, Mark D. Mcgraw

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Pobrecita, Angella Valencia Jan 2016

Pobrecita, Angella Valencia

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Achieving Relationships, Frederick C. Melancon Dec 2015

Achieving Relationships, Frederick C. Melancon

Master's Theses

These stories attempt to follow John Gardner’s instruction to create a dream that will engage the reader. Mirroring the goal that an author has to create a relationship with his audience, each story in turn focuses on emotional details that convey the characters’ feelings of isolation or, alternatively, inclusion in their communities. In the first story, a young man tries to recreate his father’s king cake. In the next, a middle school girl fixates on her relationship with her sister. Trying to recapture the memory of a lost daughter, a man searches for the perfect nectar snowball. A ...


Looker: Stories, George Robert Hargett May 2015

Looker: Stories, George Robert Hargett

Master's Theses

The following stories, completed by the author between August 2013 and February 2015, deal with love, obscurity, isolation, failure, vulnerability and insecurity, looking and losing, the fears tied up in all these, and, once in a while, gaining.


Four Letters, Daniel Duval May 2015

Four Letters, Daniel Duval

Jigsaw

No abstract provided.