Date of Award

Spring 5-2014

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Chair

Andrew Milward

Committee Chair Department


Committee Member 2

Steven Barthelme

Committee Member 2 Department


Committee Member 3

Luis Iglesias

Committee Member 3 Department



These short stories represent different genres, forms, ideals, and times. This collection contains the weird, the scientific, the fantastical, and settings that are real. The problems faced by the characters are a product of each story's genre, but the willingness of its characters to overcome change remains the same. In one story, a man wants to get rid of his mechanical daughter because she reminds him of his wife. In another, a man takes care of his brother who has returned from the dead as a pig. In others, a man believes his wife is trying to kill him, a woman invites three masked strangers to dinner, and a grandfather removes his skin and passes it on to his grandchildren. Two brothers wait for their mother to die, and a young scientist writes letters to a man who will only be revived when the rest of civilization is dead. These stories strive for thematic juxtaposition, and are for the most part worried about people.

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