Teeth and Other Tales Thesis

(2012). Teeth and Other Tales . 10.25148/etd.FI12042305

thesis or dissertation chair


  • Handwerger, Alexandra M


  • TEETH AND OTHER TALES is a novella and a collection of short stories that explore the blurry lines between illusion and reality.

    Teeth, the novella, is narrated backward in time, chronicling the life of Lucy from the age of sixty-five back to seventeen. After years of surviving an oppressive marriage, Lucy escapes her husband, but in doing so abandons her three children. In order to rationalize her decisions, Lucy uses selective memory to create her own reality to the extent that she comes to believe her own delusions.

    The four short stories in the collection feature protagonists who create their own personal myths and struggle to protect their distorted truths, with mixed results. These struggles between the “real,” as conventionally defined, and personal fictions are complicated by elements of magical realism and surrealism. The stories were influenced by the short fiction of Nikolai Gogol, Franz Kafka and Haruki Murakami.

publication date

  • March 6, 2012


  • Girl Scouts
  • In Vivo Veritas
  • Teeth
  • The Ghost of Diane
  • The Rhythm

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