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English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing
Language, literature and linguistics, Original writing, Short stories
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This collection of cross-genre fictional short stories and attendant artist's statement examines the results of disconnect and social marginalization on characters faced with complex social and personal situations. Various manifestations of apathy and failure are considered as the characters interact within a post-utopian society that offers little hope of betterment and is rife with social awkwardness and anxieties regarding interaction. Ultimately, the disconnect of apathy and the acceptance of a failure to connect with their lives are problematized for the characters of the work, as the thesis identifies the troubling way in which apathy and difficulty in social connectivity is overlooked in modern society.
Flieger, John R., "Failures in apathy" (2009). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 8087.