Title

From the Vestibule

Semester

Spring

Date of Graduation

2000

Document Type

MFA Creative Writing Thesis

Degree Type

MA

College

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Department

English

Committee Chair

Gail Galloway Adams.

Committee Co-Chair

James Harms

Committee Member

Devon McNamara

Abstract

In the tradition of uncomplicated prose of Hemingway and Carver, these seven stories deal with topics such as fame, passivity, and relationships. The title of this collection refers not only to the alienating nature of fame, but also to the more mundane stasis of characters like Carol in "Free Delivery" and Katherine from "Nothing to Say." The characters are both male and female, and the point-of-view of the stories alternates between first-person and third-person narration. The arrangement of the stories is deliberate, intended to accentuate both the differences and similarities between each of the pieces, and some stories are strategically placed in order to shed the most light on stories with corresponding themes.

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