Date of Award

5-2015

Level of Access

Campus-Only Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

Advisor

Gregory Howard

Second Committee Member

David Kress

Third Committee Member

Robert Brinkley

Abstract

“Re-Awake: Seven Stories” consists of seven “fairytales” I have reimagined and rewritten, in an attempt to explore the ways in which fairytale tropes shape us as surely as they are shaped by us. Through my stories I address issues of gender and class and cultural assumptions, bringing readers’ attention to some of the ideas embedded in our culture and the ways in which traditional narratives can reinforce or undermine our determined “selves.” In my Critical Introduction I discuss some of the literary scholars and fiction writers who have influenced my work.

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