Creatures after Their Kind

Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

Dr. Jaimy Gordon

Second Advisor

Dr. Jil Larson

Third Advisor

Dr. Steve Feffer

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Peter Blickle


Fiction, memory, tradition, short stories, myth, southern fiction


Creatures after Their Kind is a collection of six short stories that explores the importance of myth, memory, tradition, and place within a Southern context. The setting for the collection is the rural South and, in the vein of William Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha and Eudora Welty's Morgana--and more recently William Gay's Ackerman's Field and Kill McCorkle's Fulton, North Carolina--many of the stories take place in fictional Benosha County, Mississippi. The collection also reflects the communion between animals and people, and as such, animals of all varieties--both domestic and wild--populate the stories. The title, Creatures after Their Kind, is taken from the book of Genesis and serves as a unifying link between the characters' animalistic nature and their desire to maintain traditions that are on the cusp of fading out entirely.


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