Title

Ten

Semester

Summer

Date of Graduation

2010

Document Type

MFA Creative Writing Thesis

Degree Type

MFA

College

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Department

English

Committee Chair

Mark Brazaitis.

Committee Co-Chair

Ethel Morgan Smith

Committee Member

Jay Dolmage

Abstract

Ten is a collection of stories that emphasizes either a singular character or a relationship between two characters and how they find their way in the world during and/or after a significant loss or change in their lives. The collection discusses issues surrounding the characters that may marginalize them in the eyes of our society, such as disease, introversion, mental illness, and what is generally characterized as deviant sexuality and its corresponding practices (e.g. homosexuality, sex work, ambiguous sexual preference). These ten characters struggle with societal and familial pressures and expectations and must negotiate their own desires and selves within this social construct---some acquire their own version of success, some fail, and others grapple with acceptance.

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