Date of Award

2010

Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Department

English Language and Literatures

Sub-Department

English

First Advisor

Janette T. Hospital

Abstract

Kickaround Nixon (And Other Stories) is a collection made up of four short stories and a novel excerpt. The short stories attempt to systematize the engagement of the individual narrators with their worlds. The novel excerpt--the Kickaround Nixon of Kickaround Nixon (And Other Stories)--is a fictional account of the 1983 U.S. National Videogame Tournament. The novel takes much of its structure from Melville's Moby-Dick, but with the characters of Ishmael and Ahab switched position-wise to better mesh with the zeitgeist of the 1980s. Moreover, the novel attempts to explore the subjects of homosexuality, potentiality spaces, history, and the Information Age.

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