Murray State Theses and Dissertations

Title

Prosthesis

Abstract

“Prosthesis” is a collection of short fiction that explores, primarily, loss. Whether it’s the loss of a friend, the devastation in the wake of a failed marriage, or the emptiness that occurs when one’s overriding personal philosophy is suddenly suspect, the protagonists in each of the stories in this collection put themselves on trial, post-loss, and struggle to metabolize their new realities. The stories in this collection aren’t looking for answers, but rather to add to the rich history of self-aware literature that has preceded it; that life has no certainty, is never static; that the only way to effectively deal with these losses, as artists, is to dissect these many and myriad small moments and share them with each other, like casting a baited hook into the lake, that some reader might be caught, reeled into their own meaning and interpretation, and add that new, small thing to their journey.

Year manuscript completed

2018

Year degree awarded

2018

Degree Awarded

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English and Philosophy

College/School

College of Humanities and Fine Arts

Thesis Advisor

Julia Watts

Committee Chair

Julia Watts

Committee Member

Nickole Brown

Committee Member

Lynn Pruett

Document Type

Thesis

Included in

Fiction Commons

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