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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of English Honors Theses; 2013
Solon Asa Brood is a 17-year-old MENSA-approved smartie and determined to become famous. He writes a diary that he feels could make him the "next Anne Frank." Ellis August Qualm is a humanities professor who finds himself immersed in a complex, dystopian afterlife. The two protagonists' timelines, when combined, are wyrd.: a full-length novel that incorporates prose, poetry, rap, screenplays, slang, and biting self-awareness. The novel's themes center on postmodernity--that is, blistering uncertainty--that is, a stark nihilism--that is, an impenetrable skepticism--that is, an inability to define what is. wyrd. juxtaposes first person commentary on life as a teenager in Midwest Ohio (Brood) with a third person allegorical storyline determined to define determinism (Qualm), and asks that age-old question: "Why?"
2013 Denman Undergraduate Research Forum Winner, First Place - Humanities
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