Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University

Advisor

Hagenston, Becky

Committee Member

Kardos, Michael P.

Committee Member

Claggett, Shalyn R.

Date of Degree

5-12-2022

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

Many have chosen to divide the world of fiction into literary and genre. I do not believe these have to be mutually exclusive. Writers such as Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, and Benjamin Percy note the importance of literary devices while simultaneously creating plots that elicit emotional responses from readers. It is my goal to accomplish the same, and bridge the gap between literary and genre fiction in my collection of short stories by using symbolism and imagery to create a sense of the foreboding.

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