Theses and Dissertations - UTB/UTPA

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


Creative Writing

First Advisor

Dr. Mark Noe

Second Advisor

Dr. Jean Braithwaite

Third Advisor

David B. Carren


This project is in the design of high-fantasy sword and sorcery, wherein the concepts of mana and magic are employed as expressions of virtue to highlight contemporary issues of cultural identity and belonging. This project is also an experiment to attract a readership of non-traditional fantasy readers into the genre by creating, rather than assuming, a fantastic world context using immersive rhetorical techniques.

This project in of itself is not so much a re-invention of the traditional adventure quest as it is an exploration of its post-Tolkien form (the attraction of mythology and folklore, the narrative use of prophecy), and also includes elements of satire, which respond to the stereotypical battle between good versus evil and the haphazard treasure hording conventions encouraged by fantasy gaming culture.


Copyright 2011 Leif Carl Behmer. All Rights Reserved.

Granting Institution

University of Texas-Pan American