Date of Award
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Master of Arts (MA)
Second Committee Member
Third Committee Member
This thesis is a collection of short stories. Seeking a means of describing and categorizing types of isolation as they intersect with relationships, places, and exceptional situations, the author sought out to explore some of these possibilities through a series of fictions loosely related by theme but unconnected by content or continuity. Each story investigates a different “type” of separation, including self-imposed exile and social ostracizing. By questioning the limitations we place on the boundaries between ourselves as individuals and as members of a society, this thesis questions the notion that humans are inherently social, and suggests that we only have parameters for such socialization in order to define exclusion.
Becker, Christine, "Disconnect and Try Again: A Collection of Short Fictions" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2424.