Honors Program

Fine and Performing Arts Honors

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Thesis Professor(s)

Scott Honeycutt

Thesis Professor Department

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Thesis Reader(s)

Mark Baumgartner


World building is a key component to many young adult novels, but what is world building and what are some different styles and techniques that authors use when constructing fictional universes? In this thesis, Falling Down the Rabbit Hole: World Building Techniques in YA Literature, I will examine Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865), The Princess Bride by William Goldman (1973), and my own unpublished novel, The Sun Kingdom, to compare different techniques and styles of world building. These works will be explored through the aspect of world building, focusing specifically on the importance of the geography, language, and traditions and culture that were created for their respective worlds, how these elements were created, and what effect this has on the story.


East Tennessee State University

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Honors Thesis - Open Access

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