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The magnitiseur and other stories

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dc.contributor.advisor Sandor, Marjorie
dc.creator van Belle, Christine E.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-11-05T20:16:05Z
dc.date.available 2012-11-05T20:16:05Z
dc.date.copyright 1996-05-09
dc.date.issued 1996-05-09
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/34849
dc.description Graduation date: 1996 en_US
dc.description.abstract This thesis is a collection of three short stories and the beginnings of a novel. A similar thread is woven through all the stories: in the attempt to know spiritual truth, what it is to be a woman, and to know themselves, the various protagonists precariously oscillate between the seemingly conflicting wisdom of their known community and mysterious outsiders. At times, the characters find themselves drawn to different poles within their very communities. Two of the stories, "The Magnitiseur," "Charm Course," and the novel with the working title, Behind My Grandmother There is Darkness, are directly set in the world of my upbringing, an insular Dutch immigrant community. This community is rooted in the Reformed Protestant tradition, dating back to John Calvin's 16th Century Geneva. The third story, "Foreign Expert," although set in the alien environment of northeastern China, touches on similar issues of isolation, focusing on an individual in an unfamiliar environment who seeks her place and in some ways herself. Stylistically, I admire Eudora Welty and Alice Munro and throughout the writing of this thesis, I felt their presence as writing mentors. Welty and Munro write with a rich sense of place and understand the effect of landscape, in a broad sense, on the individual. Thus, this collection is influenced by many sources: my rich, four-hundred year old heritage, the story-telling methods of Welty and Munro, and of course, my own imagination. en_US
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dc.title The magnitiseur and other stories en_US
dc.type Thesis/Dissertation en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Arts (M.A.) in English en_US
dc.degree.level Master's en_US
dc.degree.discipline Liberal Arts en_US
dc.degree.grantor Oregon State University en_US
dc.description.digitization File scanned at 300 ppi (Monochrome) using ScandAll PRO 1.8.1 on a Fi-6670 in PDF format. CVista PdfCompressor 4.0 was used for pdf compression and textual OCR. en_US
dc.description.peerreview no en_us

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