Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing

First Advisor

Nicole Markotic




Beehive and Icci is a novel chronicling the adventures of its titular animal protagonists. The novel focuses on the characters of Beehive, an anxious bear, and Icci, a sociable bird, throughout their travels within a forest of anthropomorphized animals. This animal narrative is framed by the story of its fictional author, Wilhelm of Aurgarten, whose own eccentricities influence the shape of Beehive and Icci’s goals and inner conflicts. The story of the author is communicated through occasional footnotes, which serve as either informative or humorous anecdotes surrounding the novel’s writing process. Beehive and Icci — and, by extension, Wilhelm and his adopted niece, Mariena — explore questions regarding the value of life, how authority, social norms, and mental illness construct identity, and what it means to be a “person,” regardless of humanity or animality. By exploring human issues through animal characters, Beehive and Icci blurs the boundaries between how we perceive ourselves and others.