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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...