Class Year

2014

Date

12-12-2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department or Program

English

First Advisor

Robert Archambeau

Second Advisor

Janet McCracken

Third Advisor

Joshua Corey

Abstract

This is a creative thesis told over the course of eight short stories organized around three different home spaces. The original goal of the project was to examine these places through the lens of friendly and familial connections. The prose itself was meant to be informed stylistically by the poetry of modernists such as T.S. Eliot and postmodern novelists such as Don DeLillo and David Foster Wallace, but throughout the writing process, the overall project evolved into an examination of the interaction between the Apollonian and Dionysian sensibilities as described in Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy. Although there are still there are still elements of commentary on place in the final product, the theme of the thesis became how anxiety and perceived alienation are resolved in the pursuit of human connection.


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