Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Member

Keith Morris, Committee Chair

Committee Member

Nic Brown

Committee Member

Dr. Austin Gorman


The primary content of this creative thesis is a portion of a manuscript: the prologue and first two chapters of a novel to be called Dendarian: A Young Man’s Quest, which could be considered a work of literary fantasy. Secondarily, this thesis contains a critical essay entitled “The Functions of Fairy Tales,” which explores the ways in which the fairy tale form has been used in recent years by various authors to address social and philosophical issues. This essay sheds light on my own creative work in that Dendarian attempts on several levels to explore cultural values within Western society.



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