Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



First Advisor

April Selley

Second Advisor

Patricia Wareh




time, think, wade, room, apartment


My thesis is a collection of surrealist short stories. The inspiration for my thesis came from Franz Kafka’s Metamorphosis, published in 1915. I drew the majority of my inspiration from the concept of making a normal situation completely abnormal. My stories range from horrifying to humorous to historical fiction, but all are tied together by their surreal elements. I tend to end my stories on cliffhangers, which are intended to leave the reader pondering what it is that they have just read. Two examples of my stories are, “The Girl With Kaleidoscope Pupils” and “Har Har Ganga.” “The Girl With Kaleidoscope Pupils” follows the downward spiral of a recovering drug addict who falls in love with a woman who isn’t real. I was inspired to write “Har Har Ganga” when I bathed in the Ganges. This story follows the life of a girl who is plagued by horrible nightmare that prove to be actually happening. I think the best way to know if a story is good is if it sticks with the reader long after it is read, and that is what I hope to achieve with my thesis.