Prowler: Stories

Hultman, Conor (2019) Prowler: Stories. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Beth Ann Fennelly from English, The University of Mississippi.

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These are a collection of five short stories. Their common feature is the use of the first-person perspective. The intent of these prose experiments was to find the limitations of the first-person narrative, to see how it could be disfigured and reborn. In preparation, I read several books with my advisor that are known for their strong first-person voices. These included: If I Die in a Combat Zone, Box Me Up and Ship Me Home by Tim O’Brien, Always Happy Hour by Mary Miller, The Mezzanine by Nicholson Baker, Birds of America by Lorrie Moore, and The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel. I also undertook personal research, drawing inspiration from the writings of Stephen Dixon and Larry Brown, among others. What I found was that, for all the rules that are often associated with short story writing, successful stories are as unalike as possible. I began to feel I had the right to experiment in every facet of my work. Under the direction of my advisor, I learned to mettle these flights of imagination with sense and taste. The result is a chapbook of very short fiction, sometimes funny, often mean, with its fingers on the pulse of modernity.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Hultman, Conor
Student's Degree Program(s): B.A. in English
Thesis Advisor: Beth Ann Fennelly
Thesis Advisor's Department: English
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Depositing User: Conor Hultman
Date Deposited: 06 May 2019 15:29
Last Modified: 06 May 2019 15:29

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