Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Hagenston, Becky

Committee Member

Kardos, Michael P.

Committee Member

Claggett, Shalyn R.

Date of Degree

5-13-2022

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Campus Access Only

Major

English

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of English

Abstract

When the world is full of so much fear and worry, pain and tragedy, we need new ways to work through our own personal loss; we need new ways to heal. It is my opinion that stories are meant to heal, to make us feel and take us to a better place. Stories offer understanding, a good laugh, a way to move forward, they thrill us, make us cry, show us love, or scare us into momentary elation. My creative thesis will be a collection of short fiction that employs elements of literary realism and magical realism to explore the topic of loss and grief, as well as modes of alternative healing, demonstrating a progression of human awareness.

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