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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Dulaney, Laura Jaques
Author's Email Address ljdulaney@vt.edu
URN etd-04162008-151801
Title Fault Lines
Degree Master of Fine Arts
Department English
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
D'Aguiar, Frederick M. Committee Chair
Falco, Edward Committee Member
Mann, Jeff A. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Southern Writers
  • Short Stories
  • Creative Writing
  • Transitions
Date of Defense 2008-04-10
Availability restricted
Abstract
Fault Lines is a collection of nine stories that explore the themes of otherness, isolation, and transitions. In most of these stories I explore the concept of isolation in its many forms—emotional, physical, social, and spiritual. Many of my characters are people who have been “othered” for one reason or another, and many of them are people on the cusp, not only of society but also their own lives. I also explore characters who are on the verge of transition, either staring one down with fear and denial, moving hesitantly and trepidatiously toward one, or, in rare instances, jumping gleefully toward that next big moment in their lives. Many of my characters yearn for something to transcend their ordinary, material lives, whether through a spiritual encounter or simply an ordinary yet unusual one. Some of these characters are stuck in the mire of their current lives, and we see an uncomfortable mix of lethargy and longing. Primarily, I explore exactly what catalysts people require in order to move from a state which, though unsatisfying, might be comfortable, to one that is unknown and risky but potentially fulfilling. The title of the collection refers to those moments or events in one’s life that indicate or cause shifts or transitions, whether mental, physical, or emotional.
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