Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2021

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Chair

Olivia Claire

Committee Chair School


Committee Member 2

Joshua Bernstein

Committee Member 2 School


Committee Member 3

Monika Gehlawat

Committee Member 3 School



The following creative writing thesis, A Collection of Misfits, includes a critically informed introduction which places my works of fiction within the larger conversation of contemporary fiction. These short stories explore numerous ways in which characters fail to connect to the world around them. Characters falter with relationships, religion, and fitting in. The collection also explores how the use of humor works to bridge the fissure that can form around a character who fails to connect–creating a personal connection between reader and character. Taken in sum, these stories indicate that we, as humans, have a binding thread that intertwines us together, no matter how isolated we might feel.

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