Date of Award
College of Liberal Arts
Type of Degree
Women with Short Hair is a short-fiction collection that centers on the lives of four women who live in West Virginia. Each story depicts a female character during a different developmental stage: childhood in ―In Casino Daycare,‖ young adulthood in ―Felis domestica,‖ adulthood in ―Date Night at the Beach,‖ and middle-age in ―Women with Short Hair.‖ Short-fiction collections that influenced Women with Short Hair include Flannery O‘Connor‘s A Good Man Is Hard to Find, James Joyce‘s Dubliners, and Ernest Hemingway‘s In Our Time. Symbolism, repetition, the objective correlative, and free indirect discourse constitute reoccurring literary devices while reappearing themes include female bonding, the longing for connection and acceptance, sex as a means to assert dominance, twenty-first century beauty ideals, and the inability to escape unfulfilling and often destructive home lives.
Short stories, American -- West Virginia.
Life cycle, Human -- Fiction.
Stephens, Amanda Layne, "Women with short hair" (2010). Theses, Dissertations and Capstones. 1075.