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My thesis consists of three essays: "Dennis," "Would You Take a Quick Look at This," and "Community Center." I also have included four short stories: "The British Are Coming," "Like Frankenstein," "Woman's World," and "Auto-Man." The final part of my thesis is a novel excerpt, "Domestic Studies." My intention in my short stories is to show the alienation people feel within society, especially women. The framework of my stories is one of disconnectedness and isolation within a declining society. My essays center on various subjects, loss of innocence being the one that stands out the strongest. I also have a humorous essay, "Will You Take a Quick Look at This," that is an example of ironic self-examination. My novel excerpt is actually the beginning of my novel. It sets the story up as one of domestic upheaval. It is part domestic humor, part farce. I believe I have achieved what I set out to do with this body of work.
A Thesis submitted to the Department of English in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts.
Includes bibliographical references.
Virgil Suarez, Professor Directing Thesis; Elizabeth Stuckey-French, Committee Member; Ned Stuckey-French, Committee Member.
Florida State University
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