Humor is an ever-present aspect of American Literature, and, in particular, short fiction. While the construction of the comedic has been studied and broken down into its constituent parts, the reasons for its application are less studied and understood. This dissertation examines the application of humor and the comedic in the works of American writers: Raymond Carver, Flannery O’Connor, George Saunders, and Denis Johnson in order to gain understanding about the decision to include humor in a variety of their works. The goal of the critical introduction portion of Pieces is to illustrate the use of comedy as a means of creating engagement in works of short fiction, which may be less engaging as a matter of plot or character, and then to come to a conclusion about the decisions these authors make about humor while writing. The creative portion of Pieces is a collection of short fiction, which attempts to illustrate the same comedic application.
|Commitee:||Davis-McElligatt, Joanna, Stetco, Dayana|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||DAI-A 79/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Creative writing, American literature|
|Keywords:||American, Comedy, Fiction, Humor, Short stories|
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