Date of Award
Master of Arts
Jennifer A. Howard
This fictional work traces the superstitions around No Name Forest as members of the town just beyond the forest begin to disappear. While set in present day, the piece draws on the way fairy tales use the inexplicable and strange to engage readers in questioning the human experience. The story details the disappearances of several people from the town of Little Haven. While each of these disappearances are presented in individual tales, they are linked together through the voice of a girl who has been tracking the disappearances. In search of the father who abandoned her, Gwynn Halpert is interested in discovering the truth of No Name Forest. Through various characters’ interactions with the forest, the story interrogates the complicated nature of desire.
Suess, Emily M., "Past the Edge of the Forest" (2015). All NMU Master's Theses. 44.