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Masters Thesis (Campus-Only Access)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Magee, Kelly, 1976-
Dietrich, Dawn Y., 1960-
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.
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Language and languages--Fiction; Communication--Fiction
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Quinn, Alyssa M. (Alyssa Michelle), "Dante's Cartography And Other Stories" (2018). WWU Graduate School Collection. 672.