Defense Date

2022

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

English

First Advisor

Gretchen Comba

Second Advisor

Jessica Hendry Nelson

Third Advisor

Katy Resch George

Fourth Advisor

Michael R. Hall

Abstract

THE MASK, ON DRUMMING IN BANDS, AND OTHER STORIES AND ESSAYS

By Ty Phelps, MFA

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts

at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Virginia Commonwealth University, 2022

Major Director: David Wojahn, Full Professor, Director of MFA, Department of English

Part 1: Short Fiction:

This short fiction is composed in a range of styles and genres, including fairy-tale, science fiction, contemporary modernist realism, flash fiction, and experimental fiction. The stories explore ideas of friendship, community, grief, and the dissolution of relationships and identity.

Part 2: Creative Nonfiction:

These essays, composed in a variety of forms including personal essay, flash essay, braided essay, and interview, explore themes of memory, family, nature, relationships, masculinity, and the creative impulse.

Rights

© The Author

Is Part Of

VCU University Archives

Is Part Of

VCU Theses and Dissertations

Date of Submission

7-7-2022

Available for download on Monday, May 20, 2222

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