Grandma's Funeral and Writing a Short Story
Date of Award
Arts and Culture
Master of Liberal Studies
Arts & Culture
comedy; emotional balance; factors influencing social behavior; fiction; humor; short story; the decision making process; the value of humor
Grandma's Funeral follows Mary-Jane's journey through the evolution of emotional uncertainty while attending her grandmother's funeral. It explores humor in the context of loss through the dramatic pull between the tragedy of the setting and the character's humor. Mary-Jane's story gives insight into the way humor is intertwined with other emotions like guilt and love, and how that relationship affects the decisions people make in everyday and extreme situations. The corresponding essay on writing a short story discusses my writing and revision process, probes the value of humor and the genre of comedy in American today, and discusses what I learned about myself and my writing process during this project.
Glass, Mary, "Grandma's Funeral and Writing a Short Story" (2011). Arts and Culture. 53.