Date of Award

2002

Level of Access

Open-Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

Advisor

Constance Hunting

Second Committee Member

Welch Everrnan

Third Committee Member

Elaine Ford

Abstract

My Creative Writing Thesis is a collection of short stories. This original collection, THE WISE WOMEN OF CHELM, reflects an older, oral and written tradition of folk tales known as THE WISE MEN OF CHELM. I grew up with these older tales and have been inspired by their humor all my life. Many authors have added to the Chelm tradition, spanning centuries and including contemporary times. My tales occur in the late l W s , and my twist on them is the focus on women. I like to describe them as mock-feminist since they involve women who, in their way, are often fighting for the privileges only men enjoy. However, the readers find out how difficult life can be when you have it all, and it is up to these readers to understand the true "wisdom" of these exceptional women.

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