Date of Award

6-18-2021

Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

M.A.

Department

English Language, Literature, and Creative Writing

First Advisor

Richard Douglass-Chin

Second Advisor

Andre Narbonne

Keywords

Gay, Lesbian, LGBT, Literature, Queer, Stories

Rights

info:eu-repo/semantics/embargoedAccess

Abstract

Missed Connections is a collection of short stories exploring queer and peculiar women navigating the minutae of their existences in cities across southern Ontario; Hamilton, Burlington, and Windsor, in particular. Missed Connections navigates the complexities of identities that are mutable and in flux, reflected in part through the youthful state of most of the protagonists. Some stories in Missed Connections include: “Stick-N-Poke” which follows a bisexual high-school drop-out who struggles with addiction and infatuation, “Ephemera” in which a militant lesbian unwittingly falls for a drag queen and meditates on desire, and a triptych, which is composed of “Catfish,” “Vernacular,” and “One New Message” an ironic bildungsroman following a fat straight white girl’s pursuit of authenticity. Missed Connections asks what it means to be here, now.

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