Term of Award

Fall 2018

Degree Name

Master of Arts in English (M.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (restricted to Georgia Southern)

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Department of Literature

Committee Chair

Dr. Olivia Carr Edenfield

Committee Member 1

Dr. Brad Edwards

Committee Member 2

Joe Pellegrino


This paper explores the repercussions of the American search for autonomy in the short fiction of Breece D’J Pancake and Adrian Tomine. The idea of agency and independence has been inherently tied to the United States through the evolution of the American Dream, something explicated in the opening sections of this paper. Pancake and Tomine’s writings both demonstrate the hegemonic nature of the American Dream and the societal quest for autonomy, as well as the consequences of failure.

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