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Date Permissions Signed

5-20-2019

Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Masters Thesis (Campus-Only Access)

Department or Program Affiliation

English - Creative Writing

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Magee, Kelly, 1976-

Second Advisor

Kahakauwila, Kristiana

Third Advisor

Yu, Ning, 1955-

Abstract

There Is Only Us is a collection of short speculative fiction in which each story is an act of intimacy—an altered world shown through the lens of a close relationship. In these stories, brothers, sisters, lovers, mothers, and daughters come together in myriad constellations, often so that one character can make a body-altering choice of extreme proportions. These stories ponder what makes us human, how our humanness is inextricably tied to our bodies, and how our bodies are inextricably tied to those we love. In a variety of forms—from a satirical retelling of Noah’s Ark to a sister drama revolving around naked mole rats—There Is Only Us presents a series of escalating scenarios, simultaneously intimate and absurd, that pose the question: How much can you change and still be you?

Type

Text

Keywords

body, intimacy, speculative, absurd, family, mother, daughter

Publisher

Western Washington University

OCLC Number

1102636947

Subject – LCSH

Identity (Psychology)--Fiction; Self--Fiction; Human body--Fiction; Families--Fiction

Format

application/pdf

Genre/Form

masters theses

Language

English

Rights

Copying of this document 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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