First Advisor

Thomas Doulis

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.) in English






Chen's wife -- The guard -- Afternoon of the faithless -- The good -- Falling -- Negative space --Homeland -- Matador -- Metatarsus -- Your daddy loves you -- Gums -- People on the edges of dreams.



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1 online resource (91 p.)


This thesis is composed of a collection of twelve short stories, varying in length from 2 to 14 pages. Each story contains its own discrete theme, but fits as well within the overarching theme of the collection as a whole. This overarching theme is what gives the collection its cohesiveness. The main theme of the larger work can be found in the title of the collection, People on the Edges of Dreams. In many of the stories dreams, or dream-states, figure in the lives of the protagonists. In addition to the dream-state theme there is a less obvious theme, which has to do with the extent to which most or all of the main characters in the stories are faced with a kind of inescapable compassion for others. For example, the selfinvolved, self-gratifying protagonist in Matador cannot help but feel compassion first for Pearl, the woman he insults, and second for the "bums" on whom his livelihood depends. The theme of inescapable compassion can, I believe, be found to varying degrees in each of the stories in this collection.


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