Babine, Karen, 1978-; Balazs, Thomas
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This thesis contains the first three chapters of my novel in progress, Ambergris, and a craft essay on sentence construction titled, “Narrative on the Level of the Line.” In the craft essay I explore the mechanisms of sentences in creative writing and their function to craft narrative in unique ways through sentence structure, dialog, and imagery. I examine methods of redefining grammar as it pertains to writing fiction works, such as whether or not to use traditional structural rules to keep the reader engaged. I have used these creative methods in constructing the specific language of my characters, deploying supernatural elements, crafting imagery-laden exposition, and the overall flow of the narrative in Ambergris. If I have crafted it well, it will translate into an engaging, fantastical, dark fairy tale that imparts a subliminal message on the power of free will and what can happen when that agency is tested.
I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to all the supportive care and guidance provided by the dedicated professors of the UTC English Department who have guided my way through the course of my degree. I will be forever grateful to Dr. Sarah Einstein for her unending patience and gracious support, and for without whom, my dream may have ended interrupted, I appreciate all the narrative wisdom she has cultivated and shared which has made me a better writer. I would also like to thank the wonderful and committed Dr. Thomas Balazs, who has workshopped many of my ideas and advised me artfully through them, giving me new perspectives to consider in fiction craft, and to Dr. Karen Babine, who holds a special place in my heart for teaching me the art of sentence crafting in nonfiction and inspired my love of the shorter forms of essay writing.
M. A.; A thesis submitted to the faculty of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the degree of Master of Arts.
Ambergris; Creative writing; Mermaids--Fiction
vii, 63 leaves
Scealf, Lysa, "Ambergris" (2022). Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations.
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