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Date Permissions Signed

5-25-2016

Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type

Masters Thesis (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Guess, Carol, 1968-

Second Advisor

Westhoff, Kami Dawn-Marie

Third Advisor

Laffrado, Laura

Abstract

This is a creative project containing short stories of varying length, that speak to current situations involving human relationships mediated by modern tools for communication. In my thesis, I am seeking to depict how, despite the increasing ease in communication and visibility, there can still be a pervading feeling of confusion. In these fictional pieces, the fluctuation in length is used as a way to imitate distraction brought on by tools intended to help communication. This distraction is used as a way to bring readers into the content of the stories, understand the confused and distracted characters, that are often struggling with how to engage their worlds of intense visibility. They yearn to find ways to reconcile this intense exposure with feelings of isolation brought on by close connections from their devices.

Type

Text

Publisher

Western Washington University

OCLC Number

950624637

Digital Format

application/pdf

Genre/Form

Academic theses

Language

English

Rights

Copying of this thesis in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this thesis for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author's written permission.

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