Date of Award

5-4-2007

Degree Type

Closed Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Josh Russell - Chair

Second Advisor

Sheri Joseph

Third Advisor

John Holman

Abstract

This thesis is comprised of a collection of short stories, most of which are set in southern, urban milieus. The fictional characters contained within deal in their own unique ways with the crises they face. Most of these sources of conflict arise from domestic complications. Six of the eight stories are written in the first person; the collection is voice-driven and concerned with the idiosyncratic points of views of the focal characters, and in this way borrows from the tradition of Southern fiction, which is in many cases laced with dark humor.

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