Date of Award

5-2014

Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Department

English

First Advisor

Andrew Malan Milward, M.F.A.

Advisor Department

English

Abstract

The short story sequence format, wherein a group of short stories are united by an overarching plot, has an appropriately storied history, having been utilized by such titans of literature as Sherwood Anderson, Ray Bradbury, J.D. Salinger, Stephen King, and James Joyce. It has many merits. Chiefly, it establishes a middle ground between the short story and the novel, granting its author a chance to construct an elaborate plot while developing an equally elaborate character study. Despite its preeminence, however, it is rarely attempted by contemporary writers. With reference to historical examples, this text presents a new short story sequence set in the modern day, in order to illustrate the potential of the form and, in so doing, encourage its revitalization. Furthermore, as with all fiction, the text aims to entertain.

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