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AbstractThis work initially grew out of a short story I wrote for one of my workshop classes, one where I was trying to focus on how much characterization I could fit into what is essentially a slice of a longer story as a way to assess my skills, and the queer superheroes were in essence a mechanism for me to carry that out. Admittedly, there was a fair amount of joking in there too- I took pleasure in nudging the names of the vaguely antagonistic characters around in order to make them look like “Sleaze” or “Malarkey” when truncated, but that was as much side benefit as anything else. As I expanded it from the initial short, the focus shifted to more directly interrogate how the relationship between the two characters would develop in parallel with the narrative in a manner more in line with the way that novels work, and to a lesser extent look at the possibility of fusing genre fiction with literary fiction, both in pursuit of broadening my writing toolkit. In doing so, I tried to strike a balance between driving the story forwards with the plot and driving the plot by the characters, in addition to working to use both dialogue (to better convey their reactions to each other) and narration (to show both what they acknowledge and what they don’t about each other, and how that changed) in new ways to better show how their relationship evolved. One of the other things that I didn’t necessarily intend to explore but ended up exploring along the way was genre fiction versus literary fiction and the combination thereof. A lot of the context that I brought into this project from external sources was about genre works (specifically superhero fiction, inasmuch as that can be called a genre) and the plots and tropes associated therein, which Ted (my advisor) helped me contextualize in the medium of literary fiction and the conventions therein. What we ended up with, in my eyes, was the plot of a superhero story told with some of the conventions and idiosyncrasies of literary fiction. While I may not have gotten quite as far as I’d hoped, I do believe that what I did get to worked out quite well.
Degree ProgramCreative Writing