Gravity: Stories

Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

Dr. Jaimy Gordon

Second Advisor

Dr. Richard Katrovas

Third Advisor

Dr. Steve Feffer

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Peter Blickle


This work constitutes a collection of short stories themed around social inequity and the search for employment. Although the stories in Gravity operate from the perspective of male speakers, the experiences they describe are as much about women as men. Bound up in them is the assumption that everything in life depends on being solvent, employed, and generally needed. These things constitute the gravity, or the seriousness, of one's situation - that which holds a person's life together and makes it mean something. Each of the stories makes use of a heightened, idiosyncratic voice associated with the maximalist aesthetic in contemporary fiction.


5th Advisor: Dr. Stuart Dybek

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