Soft serve: a collection of stories

Graves, Allison (2017) Soft serve: a collection of stories. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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In Wal-Mart and McDonald’s, on Tinder and on the highway, standing on the edge of the CN tower and the top of Signal Hill, this collection of short stories questions how people navigate the places that ultimately make them feel lost. Exploring the often strange confusion and boredom that seeps into the everyday of modern life, this book negotiates this affective dualism by weaving subverted existentialism into casual speech. In this collection, I explore the realm of superficial acquaintance between person and place that plays contrast to moments of sincerity laid bare. Within and around such quotidian spaces, I ask: What is the significance of the attendant feelings? Where do those feelings direct us? Do they teach us something? Do they have the capacity to make us think differently? In this book, I comment on how these landscapes can reflect both the banality and intensity that so often marks our lives.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 12888
Keywords: Thesis, Short Stories, Fiction, Collection, Contemporary, Non-place
Department(s): Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of > English Language and Literature
Date: October 2017
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Place attachment; Emotions; Short stories

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