Date of Award

May 2021

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Member

Keith L Morris

Committee Member

Keith L Morris

Committee Member

Nicholas Brown

Committee Member

Andrew Lemons


This creative thesis consists of two historical fiction short stories and a critical essay discussing the merits and challenges of writing historical fiction. The essay ties together the main themes of the short stories, both set in the early 1900s American west, and discusses how an author’s choice in character, plot, and setting may interact with a historical perspective to capture something that transcends time. As the critical component of the thesis, the essay also explores the techniques of well-known fiction writers who use history in their storytelling, drawing together time and place in ways unique to the genre. The two short stories included with the thesis intend to illustrate some of these techniques and demonstrate growth and competency in the form.



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