Title

Cathedral Pines

Date of Award

1999

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

English

First Advisor

Frederick Barthelme

Advisor Department

English

Abstract

Stories should be about characters and should be expressed freely without any internal monitors or editors taking over to direct them. Writers can be anyone in their stories, exist in any world, so long as they can be felt and believed in, be natural and honest without limit within each story, and not push or judge but discover and experience. Everything else is a warm-up, a fidgeting search for a stance, and a technician's obsessive worry. What really matters, when you boil it all down, is quite simple: it's about telling a good story. It's about creating imaginary worlds which are believable and well worth living in. Though the study of story writing/telling is important, ultimately the focus should not be about the debate or study to be found in the mechanics of their making, but in the sharing and discovery of the stories themselves.