Date of Award

5-1-2011

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Lordan, Beth

Abstract

AN ABSTRACT OF THE THESIS OF JANELLE JUNE BLASDEL, for the Master of Fine Arts degree in ENGLISH, presented on April 5, 2011, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. TITLE: THE NATURE OF THINGS MAJOR PROFESSOR: Professor Beth Lordan The Nature of Things is a collection of short stories divided into two parts. While both parts are thematically linked and include similar recurring themes, such as childhood, motherhood, maturation, and the menace that follows characters from one phase of life and into the next, each part experiments with different formal and tonal writing elements. Part I exercises a closer narrative voice that is more character-driven and maintains a strong sense of realism. Part II, in contrast, employs a much more distant third person narrative voice and elements of the surreal.

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