Title

The Syntax of Things and Other Stories

Date of Award

2003

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

English

First Advisor

Frederick Barthelme

Advisor Department

English

Abstract

The stories in this collection present female protagonists who struggle to find a voice with which to describe their everyday lives. These eleven short fictions chronicle the lives of women as they seek their identities and assert their individualities while maintaining a sense of self. The stories "Blue Tea," "Bliss," "Time," "Like Other People," "Angels and Prophets," and "Remember Lucille" are thematically linked by place.