Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Burning Daylight
by Mason, Ryan K., M.A., Northern Arizona University, 2012, 53; 1511514
Abstract (Summary)

This collection of short stories seeks to detail simple acts that are regarded as simple by everyone but the main characters. These characters vary from homeless men to streetwise cats, yet the themes of rebellion, conflict with the past and present, distrust of society, and isolation in a kinetic, daunting metropolis are prevalent throughout this collection. Like most fiction, the focus here is on the individual and the way they relate to their environment, which in this case, is urban America in the present day. There are moments of connection—but the title, Burning Daylight , relates to these characters' intention of living life on their own terms, and these moments of connection may be ones that are hard to imagine. This idea of "burning daylight" regards a life doctrine that many people in the world of these stories may regard as a waste of life or at least, an inappropriate way to live. This may indeed be true; but I personally have an interest in this intentional "burning" of one's life, a life lived on the unusual terms of the characters whose stories make up this collection.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Cummins, Ann
Commitee: Armstrong, Jane, Woodman, Allen
School: Northern Arizona University
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Arizona
Source: MAI 50/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: American literature, Creative writing
Keywords: Fiction, Original writing, Short stories
Publication Number: 1511514
ISBN: 978-1-267-36786-0
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