Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Dr. Brit Haraway

Second Advisor

Dr. Amy Cummins

Third Advisor

Dr. Emmy Perez


The Little Devil is a series of moments in the life of a character named Boy. The story follows a loose plot that jumps around different time periods and states of mind of the protagonist in an imaginary town that has elements of both a small midwestern town and a semi-arid desert.

Mr. Crow, a local entrepreneur, and Irene who owns the local diner are both heavily involved in the lives of other citizens and use secrets as a form of currency. However, Mr. Crow uses his knowledge for personal reasons while Irene simply wants to know truth.

Although it is a coming-of-age story of sorts, the story is organized to convey the idea that time is not linear in a person’s development. The past, present, and future as well as the many different influences of other characters shape Boy’s mentality as well as his memory.


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