English Language and Literature ETDs

Publication Date

8-17-2011

Abstract

This dissertation is comprised of seven works of short fiction that revolve around contemporary life in the Upper Midwest and a nonfiction critical preface that illustrates authors creative concerns and influences in writing. The seven stories are united recurring characters and settings, a sense of fictional realism and attention to place-based identity, as well as a balance between comedic and dramatic situations that reflect the emotional concerns of women between the ages of eighteen and thirty, including themes of family, romance, individualism, escape, and grief. The collection is influenced by the work of Stuart Dybek, Tim O'Brien, Elizabeth Strout, Melissa Bank, and Garrison Keillor in terms of structure, character, image, and setting.'

Degree Name

MFA Creative Writing

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

English

First Advisor

Mueller, Daniel

First Committee Member (Chair)

Warner, Sharon

Second Committee Member

Power, Mary

Third Committee Member

Avila, Elaine

Language

English

Keywords

Middle West--Fiction, Short stories, American--21st century

Document Type

Dissertation

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