Date of Award

January 2013

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Elizabeth Harris


This thesis is a collection of four stories, which are all rooted in my Norwegian heritage. Two of the stories are historical narratives based on the German occupation of Norway, and the other two take place in an unspecified presence. The stories deal largely with familial relationship and abandonment, but also include themes such as illness, war, and sexuality. I employ a variety of writing styles, inspired by, but not limited to, authors such as Franz Kafka, Erlend Loe, Ernest Hemingway, and Miranda July. I also experiment with time, language, and cultural references. Along with my stories, I am including an introduction describing my writing style in more detail, as well as discussing my influences and how they impact my writing.