Type of Document Thesis Author Kelley, Wilma Diane Author's Email Address firstname.lastname@example.org URN etd-11082007-163149 Title Domestic Studies Degree Master of Fine Arts Department English, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Virgil Suarez Committee Chair Elizabeth Stuckey-French Committee Member Ned Stuckey-French Committee Member Keywords
Date of Defense 2007-11-07 Availability unrestricted AbstractMy thesis consists of three essays: “Dennis,” “Would You Take a Quick Look at This,” and “Community Center.” I also have included four short stories: “The British Are Coming,” “Like Frankenstein,” “Woman’s World,” and “Auto-Man.” The final part of my thesis is a novel excerpt, “Domestic Studies.”
My intention in my short stories is to show the alienation people feel within society, especially women. The framework of my stories is one of disconnectedness and isolation within a declining society.
My essays center on various subjects, loss of innocence being the one that stands out the strongest. I also have a humorous essay, “Will You Take a Quick Look at This,” that is an example of ironic self-examination.
My novel excerpt is actually the beginning of my novel. It sets the story up as one of domestic upheaval. It is part domestic humor, part farce.
I believe I have achieved what I set out to do with this body of work.
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