Baker, Sybil; Hunter, Rik
College of Arts and Sciences
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Place of Publication
This creative writing thesis has two parts. Part one is a craft paper, examining the craft elements involved in writing about the passage of time in fiction narratives. The second part of this thesis is the prologue and first four chapters of a literary fiction novel. The story follows Virginia, a seventeen-year-old who recently moved to a new town in rural South Georgia for her father’s work as a Methodist pastor. With an already complicated family and social dynamic, her view of the world is further impacted by her ability to see “auras,” physical representation of each person’s true motives and moods through colors that surround them, an ability that she gained as a result of a car accident. With this view of the world, she struggles to cope with the differences around the words and actions of those around her and the true intent that only she can see.
I’d like to thank all of my professors at UTC for their support and expertise that helped make it possible for me to return to school for my master’s degree. Thank you to Dr. Karen Babine for taking on the role of my committee chair, for always being positive and uplifting when I wanted to focus only on the bad, and for constantly encouraging me to just write the thing. Thank you to Sybil Baker, for not only being on my committee, but for being my first professor when I returned to school for this master’s degree. Her positivity and feedback helped give me back some confidence around being back in the classroom. Thanks to Dr. Rik Hunter for answering all the questions and his support as my advisor through the years, as well as participating on my committee. And lastly, thank you to my family and friends, who have supported me through this journey and cheered me on through the highs and the lows throughout this process.
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.
Time in literature; Magic realism (Literature); Aura--Fiction
vi, 48 leaves
Smith, Laura Catherine, "The different shades of liars: four chapters of literary fiction with craft essay" (2023). Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations.
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