Title

Wildlife: Stories

Date of Award

5-2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

Program

Creative Writing

First Advisor/Chairperson

Jennifer A. Howard

Second Advisor

Monica McFawn

Third Advisor

Jon Billman

Abstract

Wildlife: Stories is a flash fiction collection written with many influences from contemporary postmodern and fabulist writers. The collection is broken up into two projects, Brothers Monsters and The Condition of Marjorie’s Feet. The first project is a novella written from the perspective of a child, London Jeffries, who is possessed by the ghost of his dead brother. The second project attempts to document a mythos of Marjorie—as rampaging mutant, demon ghost, televised prophet, kiosk salesperson, vengeful aunt—in new and surprising settings across time and space. London and Marjorie occupy two very distinctive functions in fiction writing, using different points of view and narrative arcs.

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