Date of Award

May 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Member

Nic Brown

Committee Member

Andrew Lemons

Committee Member

Erin Goss


The primary content of this creative thesis is a portion of a manuscript—the first four chapters of a novel to be called, Between Worlds. This could be considered a work of fantasy and science fiction. Additionally, this thesis contains a critical essay entitled, “A Conversation on Fantasy, Portals, and Escape,” which explores the idea of multiple genres within fantasy and the question of escape versus escapism in fiction. This essay elucidates on the creative work herein, as Between Worlds ventures into both multiple genres and the argument surrounding escapism.



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