Date of Award
Master of Arts
Margaret Lazarus Dean
Michael Knight, William J. Hardwig
In Walking with the Wampus, Abigail (Abby) Griffith offers a collection of short stories that toe the slippery stream that runs between the shores of the fantastic and the mundane. Challenging preconceptions of what might be traditionally defined as “literary fiction,” Griffith’s stories are three parts surrealism to two parts metafiction. Fairy tales that come equipped with teeth and a twist, this collection introduces readers to a ragtag variety of characters, including: a girl who turns everything she touches to ice and the Devil who loves her, a kid cursed with a mother who just might be a goldfish, a serial killer who just can’t seem to catch a break, and a winged man who loves a little Led Zeppelin in the morning.
Griffith, Abigail Grace, "Walking with the Wampus. " Master's Thesis, University of Tennessee, 2012.