Master of Fine Arts
Date of Defense
Glenn Irwin, MFA
John Dalton B.A., M.F.A.
Steven Schreiner B.A., M.F.A., Ph.D.
An Abstract on the Thesis of Donald Q. Counts Title: Lessons in Betrayal Each of the selected works in this thesis share one common element, as they attempt to explore the nature of betrayal as a thematic element, and each story depicts a different aspect of this theme. Cold Hearted is a coming-of age story, as a young boy discovers what it can mean when family cannot be trusted. Threads can be viewed as science fiction or magic realism, but at heart it concerns itself with a man whose own nature has led to time itself turning against him. Then the collection jumps back to a realist story with Sleepwalker, as the main character discovers how badly his own mind can work against him. Remnants shifts to a dystopian future as a man must decide to be true to his noble ideals, or give in to a more savage past. The last work is a unique form and genre, the first act of a screenplay, a format for story-telling that has its own set of rules and challenges. Omega Watch is only the first act of a super hero tale in which forces unseen turn against those trying to save the world.
Counts, Donald Quentin, "Lessons in Betrayal" (2014). Theses. 109.