While young narrators or protagonists have been included in many famous works, such as J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, or Truman Capote’s Other Voices, Other Rooms, typically the main character of a work of fiction is mature. The pieces in this collection of stories, however, are centered around children. Adolescents act as the protagonists of the stories, exploring an adult world. The goal of this collect is not to contribute to young adult fiction or child fiction, but to appeal in style and form to adult readers in a mature, adult writing style. Exploring adult themes through the points of view of children allows for a different feeling or idea about them. The perspectives vary from omniscient narratives, limited-omniscient narratives, and one first-person account. While the stories do not name specific places or give characters specific names, each story stands alone; no character reappears in another story.
Advisor(s) or Committee Chair
Dr. David J. Bell
English Language and Literature
Kiefer, Jennifer, "Youth and Legends: A Short Story Collection" (2011). Mahurin Honors College Capstone Experience/Thesis Projects. Paper 295.