Date of Award

Spring 3-4-2022

Degree Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Chair

Olivia Claire Friedman

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, Yonder, includes a critical introduction that considers the stories collected in the manuscript within the traditions of the literature of consciousness, micro fiction, and Jewish fiction. In the stories collected in Yonder, something is often missing: meaning, connection, a loved one. While the characters in the stories are often at odds with each other, the formal and stylistic focus centers on interiority. Often, it seems as if that missing piece is just around the next corner, whether the subject at hand is a widow looking for meaning after her husband’s suicide, or a writer hoping to rekindle his inspiration abroad. Of course, finding what one is missing is never that easy, or simple, and often the characters in Yonder do receive, in one form or another, what they are looking for, only to be disappointed in the results. As I say in the introduction, the aesthetic aim for the creative work here is “something cerebral, with a heart.”

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