Title

Setlist

Date of Graduation

Fall 12-13-2019

Document Type

Restricted Thesis - USF access only

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts in Writing (MFAW)

College/School

College of Arts and Sciences

First Advisor

Stephen Beachy

Second Advisor

Karl Soehnlein

Abstract

Setlist is a collection of stories centered around belonging and understanding. The protagonists in these stories grapple with their identities, whether they’re defying the standards placed upon them by society, or the standards they have placed on themselves. Sometimes these standards are worth overcoming; other times the best option is to just let things be and hope for the best. Regardless, each story is a journey, whether through one’s sexual discovery, one’s loss of status and power (even when there was not much to begin with), or one’s confrontation with the truth about a dystopian landscape. Each character attempts to wrestle with concepts as parenthood, gay male identity, mortality, and scientific advancements. Sometimes the barrier between real and fantasy is a blurry one indeed.

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