Thesis Title

Ship of Fools

Date of Graduation

Spring 2017

Degree

Master of Arts in English

Department

English

Committee Chair

Mike Czyzniejewski

Keywords

flash fiction, deterritorialization, reterritorialization, absurdism, supernatural

Subject Categories

English Language and Literature

Abstract

In this collection of stories, the absurd deterritorializes characters, plots, and ideologies throughout a combination of full-length narratives and flash fiction. In the process of reterritorialization, new meaning is added to archetypical narratives (The Bible's creation myth) and to familiar characters (the impoverished man, the cruel industrialist). Through these narratives, humanity is explored through unconventional means as characters find themselves at odds with supernatural forces, whether it be reincarnation, interaction with deities, or being haunted by the grotesque rat king. While this is a far cry from realism, the absurdism allows the reader unusual ways of seeing the same world.

Copyright

© Kevin Grzybowski

Open Access

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