Date of Graduation

Spring 2014

Degree

Master of Arts in English

Department

English

Committee Chair

Michael Czyzniejewski

Keywords

defamiliarization, short story, flash-fiction, non-narrative, polyphony

Subject Categories

English Language and Literature

Abstract

The goal of this thesis is to explore Victor Schklovsky's idea of defamiliarization from his essay "Art as Technique” and Mikhail Bakhtin's idea of polyphony as defined in his book Problems in Dostoevsky's Poetics through the practice of writing short fiction. The stories collected in the thesis explore these ideas by taking advantage of different approaches to narrative form and content and exploring current trends in literary fiction including fabulism, flash-fiction, and non-narrative fiction. The thesis demonstrates different ways to approach defamiliarization and polyphony in short fiction and shows that these techniques can be used to vastly different results in the discourse of short fiction.

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