Title

Sisters

Date of Award

12-10-2018

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

English

First Advisor

Sheri Joseph

Second Advisor

John Holman

Third Advisor

Joshua Russell

Abstract

Sisters is a short story cycle that explores the insular world of sororities and the complicated dynamics of female friendship. Set in Athens, Georgia, at the fictional University of Athens, the book centers on a small group of college women pledging the sorority Delta Theta. Drawing on the literary traditions of the campus novel and bildungsroman—as well as tropes from Greek mythology and the Southern Gothic—Sisters follows multiple protagonists as they move from the first night of Rush, through their collegiate years, and beyond, and tracks their struggles to define themselves on campus, at costume parties, and in the bedrooms of fraternity men. Sisters contains eleven short stories written as stand-alone examinations of character and sorority life, but when read together also attempt to challenge one-dimensional, made-for-TV portrayals of undergraduate women.

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