This thesis explores the roles the novella genre and the travel narrative motif play in conveying the universal need for escape. I will begin with an analysis of the novella Sandy Downs by Tim Wirkus. By analyzing the story through its use of novella and travel tropes, I will prove that it is a perfect example of how the two concepts work together to accurately portray the human desire to escape one’s life, despite the possibility of it being impossible. I will use the short story “Rock Springs” for comparison. Then, I will provide my own original novella that displays an example of a road trip narrative as a method of the two characters’ pursuit of escape: What Happens on the Road.
|Commitee:||Geer, Jennifer, Richard, Charles|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Novellas, Sandy downs, Travel narratives|
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