Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts



First Advisor

Benedict, Pinckney


AN ABSTRACT OF THE THESIS OF Richard Kelly Pechous, for the Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing, presented on May 19, 2011, at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. TITLE: Spine of a Dog and Other Stories MAJOR PROFESSOR: Professor Pinckney Benedict The characters in this collection display a sense of longing for stability--some sort of attainment of what it means to be an insider--whether it be with romance, happiness, or control. More importantly, the material here examines the way we perceive ourselves in greater society; what drives our desperate need to conform.




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