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Date of Award

Spring 2020

Document Type

Masters Thesis (Campus-Only Access)

Department or Program Affiliation


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Paola, Suzanne

Second Advisor

Miller, Brenda, 1959-

Third Advisor

Odabasi, Eren


Not One Girl, But Many is a collection of short stories that explores and critiques gender norms and expectations through a speculative lens. It examines the way that communities of women process and live through trauma. Through the experiences of witches, mermaids, and vestal virgins, this collection asks what it means to be angry and joyful at once. Further, this collection subverts the trope of nature as feminine through stories that replace the tranquil docility typically assigned to women and flora with wildness. Across stories about the overgrowth of weeds and a profusion of growing plant women, Not One Girl, But Many considers the way that abundance can produce power. Finally, these stories interrogate trauma and oppression by examining not only the roles of accuser and accused, but also the roles of men and women complicit in this kind of oppression through their silence and lack of action.




speculative, first person plural, short stories, gender, gender expectations, magical realism, overgrowth, oppression


Western Washington University

OCLC Number


Subject – LCSH

Short stories--Women authors; Women--Fiction; Feminist fiction--Women authors; Women--Violence against; Misogyny




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