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Date of Award
Masters Thesis (Campus-Only Access)
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Guess, Carol, 1968-
Rivera, Lysa M.
A Song with Only One Word is a fiction collection consisting of short stories and flash fiction pieces. Working within the tradition of speculative feminist writing, it explores the ways girls and women are made absent both literally and symbolically in the contemporary world. Through elements of figurative language, lyricality, and magical realism, the stories challenge ideologies associated with misogyny, often by exaggerating them or reframing them in significant ways. Some stories discuss violence against women. Others focus on the sexism associated with domesticity and wifehood. Still others address perpetrators of violence against women, while resisting the “monster” narrative often used to dissuade a closer examination of those who commit harm.
Story Collection, Magical Realism, Speculative Fiction, Domesticity, Wifehood, Violence Against Women
Western Washington University
Subject – LCSH
Short stories--Women authors; Flash fiction--Women authors; Feminist fiction--Women authors; Women--Abuse of; Sex discrimination against women; Women--Violence against; Misogyny
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Cunningham, Bailey, "A Song with Only One Word" (2019). WWU Graduate School Collection. 869.