Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2017

Level of Access Assigned by Author

Campus-Only Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




Gregory Howard

Second Committee Member

David Kress

Third Committee Member

Sarah Harlan-Haughey


(Parenthesis) is a collection of texts focused on how language works to craft experience, particularly as fiction shapes the experiences of women and how women fiction to describe experience. My narrators are women and girls who are struggling to define what it means to be a woman in a world linguistically structured (as well as socially, culturally, politically, etc.) to disadvantage them. Language is a site of connection, of two things colliding and creating something new. Language is more than language. It is our history, our culture, the way in which we weave together our narratives. At the site of the violent collision of language and experience, this is where fictioning exists.