Title

Homecoming and Other Stories: Examining Truth in Fiction and Nonfiction

Date of Award

3-12-2010

Document Type

Capstone Project

Disciplines

Liberal Studies

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Department

Arts & Culture

Advisor

Michael Henry

Keywords

coming of age; family; fiction; home; nonfiction; truth

Abstract

Is truth revealed in fiction? Many writers and readers believe that fictional stories communicate intuitive, psychological, and emotional truths that may not be understood without the dramatic tension of story. Creative nonfiction is, by definition, factual and recounts what really happened but also embraces the craft of narrative storytelling and respects the author's version of events. This creative writing endeavor explores the truths revealed in fiction and nonfiction stories by examining the subjects and themes in two original short stories and one short memoir. The Reflective Statement discusses themes that emerged in all three stories, namely: family as a redemptive force and as a destructive power and the proverbial search for home.

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