Thesis Title

Dinner at Eight

Date of Graduation

Spring 2017

Degree

Masters in English

Department

English

Committee Chair

Jennifer Murvin

Keywords

short stories, short story, literary, family, literature

Subject Categories

Fiction | Literature in English, North America

Abstract

This creative thesis is comprised of six short stories of fiction in various styles and lengths, as well as a critical introduction wherein I discuss the various influences on my work, ranging from Charles Baxter and Karen Joy Fowler to Doležel and John Gardner. All of these stories share a theme of family and loss. Each story also grapples in some way with changing times and places. I have endeavored, by using rhyming action, repeating images, and melodrama, to give each story a great sense of emotion, a feeling both specific to the story but connects to the wider reading experience throughout the collection as well.

Copyright

© Anastasia M. Berkovich

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