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thesisposted on 2022-08-01, 00:00 authored by Laura Mary Jok
Maestro, a collection of thematically linked short fiction about expertise, intimacy, and music, flouts boundaries between authority and uncertainty, the individual and the other, through the title story’s conductor, who must perform a competence beyond any one person’s capacity—imagining how it feels to voice each character and play every instrument—to orchestrate a concerted effort. The experiments in perspective across the collection are influenced by nineteenth-century omniscience in which the authorial narrator exhibits a distinct personality at once human and knowing. The heightened formal effects of second-person point of view or free indirect discourse emphasize the virtuosic suspension of disbelief and the etudes in empathy and authority that all fiction demands; for a moment, the readers inhabit the characters and assume the position of the maestro.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Illinois at Chicago
Degree namePhD, Doctor of Philosophy
Committee MemberGrimes, Christopher Schaafsma, David Fink, Christopher Czyzniejewski, Michael
Submitted dateAugust 2022