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5-1-2020

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The short story cycle has been a misunderstood genre, since it unifies shorter pieces of fiction into a bigger frame. James Joyce and John Steinbeck are examples of writers using this genre, but neither have a unifying plot, instead using setting and theme to bring their stories together like a puzzle. Steinbeck in his cycle, The Pastures of Heaven, incorporates reoccurring setting, theme, and characters. In Dubliners, Joyce introduces different characters in each story and their experiences living in Dublin. Each story stands on its own, looming over a bigger picture.

My own short story cycle, Kojira the Girl of a Thousand Tongues, is influenced by both Joyce and Steinbeck. Similar to Joyce, my cycle introduces a new main character in each story who deals with different communication issues and an immortal being who helps humans with this. John Steinbeck uses the Munroes to signify chaos and trouble and the Whitesides to alleviate their effects. Kojira, the immortal being in my own cycle, alleviates the communication issues between humans. Steinbeck, also, uses the Munroes as minor characters to alter other characters around them as Kojira hides in the background and influences everyday humans. I diverge from most short story cycles by moving through different cultures and time periods with the only consistency being Kojira, the immortal being, This presentation will include a discussion of the short story cycle as a genre, its influence on my work and a brief reading from "Lost Words," one of the stories in my cycle.

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May 1st, 12:00 AM

Girl of a Thousand Tongues: The Evolution of a Short Story Cycle

The short story cycle has been a misunderstood genre, since it unifies shorter pieces of fiction into a bigger frame. James Joyce and John Steinbeck are examples of writers using this genre, but neither have a unifying plot, instead using setting and theme to bring their stories together like a puzzle. Steinbeck in his cycle, The Pastures of Heaven, incorporates reoccurring setting, theme, and characters. In Dubliners, Joyce introduces different characters in each story and their experiences living in Dublin. Each story stands on its own, looming over a bigger picture.

My own short story cycle, Kojira the Girl of a Thousand Tongues, is influenced by both Joyce and Steinbeck. Similar to Joyce, my cycle introduces a new main character in each story who deals with different communication issues and an immortal being who helps humans with this. John Steinbeck uses the Munroes to signify chaos and trouble and the Whitesides to alleviate their effects. Kojira, the immortal being in my own cycle, alleviates the communication issues between humans. Steinbeck, also, uses the Munroes as minor characters to alter other characters around them as Kojira hides in the background and influences everyday humans. I diverge from most short story cycles by moving through different cultures and time periods with the only consistency being Kojira, the immortal being, This presentation will include a discussion of the short story cycle as a genre, its influence on my work and a brief reading from "Lost Words," one of the stories in my cycle.