Honors Senior Theses/Projects

Date of Award

Spring 2020

Exit Requirement

Undergraduate Honors Thesis/Project

Department

Honors Program

Faculty Advisor

Katherine Schmidt

Honors Program Director

Dr. Gavin Keulks

Abstract

I chose to write a novel for my project to explore a creative avenue. Many writers have portrayed alternate, magical worlds, but perhaps the most well-known example is Lewis Carroll’s Wonderland. But what happens when the magical world is even less magical than the real world? I wanted to answer that in my novel, Backwards, the first book of the Glass People trilogy. The book centers around Ava, a soul trapped in a mirrored version of the real world called the Noviscope. She stays connected to the living world through her newfound friend, a second grader named Lucy. As Lucy discovers that the Noviscope is a real place, she takes her chances following Ava down the rabbit hole, only to learn it is not a friendly place for a seven-year-old. Through Backwards, I aimed to explore how human relationships adapt and grow out of isolation. At the same time, I experimented with the narrative possibilities of a character who is removed from another character’s life while simultaneously omnipresent in it. In the reflective essay on this project, I discuss many aspects about the novel’s creation and what I discovered in the process of committing it to the page.

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