Title

The Week

Date of Award

11-2012

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

English

First Advisor

Brian Kiteley

Keywords

Creative writing, Fiction

Abstract

THE WEEK is a collection of short stories. These stories engage the politicized (if not overly political) question of what it means to be human and to be in relation to other humans in the world. Some of the stories are quite compressed; I attempt to create effects in these pieces through subtraction, ellipsis, parataxis, and surprise. Other stories are more sustained, producing voices that address the reader directly or voices that follow the involutions of a thought, dwelling on minute details of consciousness; these pieces play with conventional short story elements (character, plot, rising action, falling action, etc.), although they often “fizzle” or turn sharply to unsettle reader expectation. I have found that it is very difficult to be human. That being human is a problem is both the premise and the conclusion of this book.

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. This work may only be accessed by members of the University of Denver community. The work is provided by permission of the author for individual research purposes only and may not be further copied or distributed. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.

Provenance

Received from author

Rights holder

Joanna Ruocco

File size

148 pgs

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Creative writing



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