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Date Permissions Signed

5-2-2018

Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type

Masters Thesis (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Magee, Kelly, 1976-

Second Advisor

Kahakauwila, Kristiana

Third Advisor

Dietrich, Dawn Y., 1960-

Abstract

This collection of short fiction repurposes myths, fairy tales, classic literature, and other narratives to explore the triumphs and failures of language. Some stories depict moments when language fails to signify, exploring what that means for characters and their attempts to communicate. Others celebrate the potential of language and narrative to combat solipsism and forge interpersonal connections. In doing so, the stories also examine the ways language shapes reality and identity. Overall, the collection emerges from the postmodern tradition, but attempts to temper postmodernism’s ironic stance with sincerity, intimacy, and lyricism.

Type

Text

Publisher

Western Washington University

OCLC Number

1034013216

Digital Format

application/pdf

Genre/Form

masters 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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