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Maestro: Stories

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posted 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.

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Advisor

Mazza, Cris

Chair

Mazza, Cris

Department

English

Degree Grantor

University of Illinois at Chicago

Degree Level

  • Doctoral

Degree name

PhD, Doctor of Philosophy

Committee Member

Grimes, Christopher Schaafsma, David Fink, Christopher Czyzniejewski, Michael

Submitted date

August 2022

Thesis type

application/pdf

Language

  • en

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