Date of Award
Campus Access Thesis
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
This project is the culmination of three years of learning what it means to make a story. Through different narrative perspectives and from different fictional worlds, a broad picture of America is realized. “Western Medicine” takes on a young woman haunted by an opioid addiction and a strained relationship with her mother. “Wacko” is an exploration of male competition in the workplace and is followed by “Televisions”—a short piece about a young boy and violence at home. “Arijiana in the Dark” explores both the magical yet frightening nature of childhood through a young Serbian immigrant. Finally, “The Falls” is a community-narrated story about a small town dealing with economic shortcomings. Collectively, these stories examine both the day-to-day and the tragic, the mundane and the spectacular.
Spaller, Justin, "Stories" (2018). Graduate Masters Theses. 499.