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Date of Award

Spring 2019

Document Type

Masters Thesis (Campus-Only Access)

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Guess, Carol, 1968-

Second Advisor

Paola, Suzanne

Third Advisor

Rivera, Lysa M.

Abstract

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.

Type

Text

Keywords

Story Collection, Magical Realism, Speculative Fiction, Domesticity, Wifehood, Violence Against Women

Publisher

Western Washington University

OCLC Number

1103528205

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

Format

application/pdf

Genre/Form

masters theses

Language

English

Rights

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