Date of Last Revision

2023-05-02 23:40:40



Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2017


This project presents two distinct pieces of short fiction, linked through intentional stylized language, grammatical patterns, and a sectionalized narrative structure. Each individual piece of short fiction functions independently – as separate and distinct from the other, with no explicit connection in content (i.e. recurring characters, parallel timelines etc.). However, each narrative also displays a kind of complex interaction with the other, each crafted to produce, when read alongside one another, a shared indistinct aesthetic and emotional experience. This aesthetic and emotional experience is crafted, specifically, by the use of stylized verbs, the em-dash, and alternating dialogue-based and image-based sections. These language based tools, when examined in a critical analysis, reveal a deeper underlying connection to queerness, terror, and personal identity present within the stories themselves. Furthermore, through a complex breakdown and critical and personal analysis of theses works, the work of Truman Capote is also analyzed and discussed in relation to both the structural/mechanical and aesthetic/emotional elements of this work. In particular, Capote’s crafting of a complex relationship between queerness, terror, and identity both in his short story “Miriam,” and within a larger cultural context, is revealed, through analysis, to have deeply influenced the work presented here.

Research Sponsor

Dr. Heather Braun

First Reader

Dr. Mary Biddinger

Second Reader

Dr. Jon Miller



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