Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

John D. Morefield

Committee Members

Ernest J. Branscomb, Mark A. Holland


This study is divided into two major parts. The first explores the variations of the stranger genre in the American twentieth-century short story by examining the short works of Sherwood Anderson, Ernest Hemingway, Eudora Welty, Katherine Anne Porter, Flannery O'Connor, Raymond Carver, and David James Duncan. The second provides five original works of fiction that represent my understanding of the genre. Observations in the first section fall into three basic categories: "The Mysterious Stranger: Character," "The Tough Guy: Conflict," and "The Nature of Knowing: Theme." "The Character in Transition" chapter relates my observations in the critical study to the structure of my original fiction, while the final chapter presents five original short stories.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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