Date of Award


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First Advisor

Rahman, Imad

Subject Headings

Short stories, American, Rare bird


This collection of short stories and one novella use voice and setting to explore individual characters dealing with internal conflict, or relationships between characters who are engaged in conflict with each other. Each story is intended to be a "portrait" with varying degrees of detail and nuance. For the most part, the "antagonists" in these stories are not another person so much as they are circumstances in which the main character finds herself and which creates a need to confront and perhaps change her situation. Characters either take decisive action, escape into delusion, or merely cope with things as they are