LETTERS TO THE OUTSIDE WORLD: A COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL SHORT FICTION

Open Access
Author:
Greco, Alexandra Christa
Area of Honors:
English
Degree:
Bachelor of Arts
Document Type:
Thesis
Thesis Supervisors:
  • Charlotte Amalie Holmes, Thesis Supervisor
  • Janet Wynne Lyon, Honors Advisor
  • William James Cobb, Faculty Reader
Keywords:
  • short fiction
  • letters
  • place
  • identity
  • personal realities
Abstract:
Letters to the Outside World is a collection of short fiction composed of four distinct but thematically interlocking stories. As a whole, these stories explore the related concepts of place and identity, as well as touch on certain gender issues. In each piece, the dynamics of personal relationships are explored through characters’ struggles to define, or redefine, their roles and responsibilities within the context of society, or its microcosm, the family. Isolation, dependence, and the re-imagining of individual realities serve as common threads throughout collection.