Panel Presentations

Event Title

Wilderness

Authors

Kathryn E. Bucolo '14, Gettysburg College

Location

Breidenbaugh Hall 311

Session

Special Topics in Literature

Start Time

5-3-2014 9:00 AM

End Time

5-3-2014 10:15 AM

Supervising Faculty Member

Fred Leebron

Department

English

Description

The collection of short stories I have written focuses on how people process (or do not process) tragedy, especially as related to themes of grief, memory, and faith. Most of the stories I have written are dysfunctional narratives in that they do not necessarily provide solid conclusions or solutions for the characters or readers, reflecting current trends in literature to move away from the didactic and moralistic in favor of the ambiguous and unstable, the hopeless and sorrowful. In "Wilderness", one of the pieces I wrote for my collection, Robert struggles with the death of his wife when he realizes that there were aspects of her life about which she never told him, leading him to fear that she never really loved him. I chose to title the collection after this story because in each story, the characters are unable to see the purposes in their sufferings, feel abandoned or alone, and are frustrated by the wildernesses of questions, doubts, and loss in their lives.

Comments

English Honors Thesis

First Place - 2014 Stephen Crane Fiction Prize

 
May 3rd, 9:00 AM May 3rd, 10:15 AM

Wilderness

Breidenbaugh Hall 311

The collection of short stories I have written focuses on how people process (or do not process) tragedy, especially as related to themes of grief, memory, and faith. Most of the stories I have written are dysfunctional narratives in that they do not necessarily provide solid conclusions or solutions for the characters or readers, reflecting current trends in literature to move away from the didactic and moralistic in favor of the ambiguous and unstable, the hopeless and sorrowful. In "Wilderness", one of the pieces I wrote for my collection, Robert struggles with the death of his wife when he realizes that there were aspects of her life about which she never told him, leading him to fear that she never really loved him. I chose to title the collection after this story because in each story, the characters are unable to see the purposes in their sufferings, feel abandoned or alone, and are frustrated by the wildernesses of questions, doubts, and loss in their lives.