Date of Graduation
Masters in English
short stories, short story, literary, family, literature
Fiction | Literature in English, North America
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.
© Anastasia M. Berkovich
Berkovich, Anastasia M., "Dinner at Eight" (2017). MSU Graduate Theses. 3106.