Degree Type

Thesis (Campus Access Only)

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Date Information

May 2014

Department

English

First Advisor

Regina Flynn

Second Advisor

Rod Kessler

Third Advisor

Stephenie Young

Abstract

What She Left Behind & Other Stories is a collection of short stories in which the emotional and mental stability of the characters is explored. In writing these stories, I wanted to know: What happens when someone gives away so much of themselves that there is nothing left? Why do we hand ourselves over to begin with? What is it like to live through the sudden onslaught of a mental disorder? What are the different ways we cope with love? With loss? And above all, I wanted to explore the challenge of narrators who are unreliable because of the way these mental and emotional factors play on their ability to rationalize.

Department

English

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

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