Honors Program Theses


Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

First Advisor

Jeremy Schraffenberger, advisor


Fiction--21st century;


The following thesis was intended be a long-form work of fiction in the sciencefiction genre within the category of Young Adult. Young Adult (YA) fiction is often overlooked, criticized, or dismissed likely due to the amount of heterosexual white women who dominate the category. As a reader, I often find it bothersome to read works that depict characters of color or varying sexuality written by someone who does not share this with their characters. This was more or less my driving motivation in crafting my thesis: to write characters of varying identities and write them well. In the world of YA publishing, a similar sentiment termed “own voices” has become an increasingly vocal and vital movement. This idea of “own voices” suggests to writers that representations of cultural, racial, gender, etc. should be written with guidance from people of those identities and not simply writing based on stereotypes. For my own work, I wished to include characters of color and non-heteronormative sexualities in my project, to break away from standard expectations of what characters should look or act like. The intended purpose of this long-form work is to create a fiction that breaks away from traditional conventions of race and ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and romance to explore how these identities move fluidly or intersect with one another.

Year of Submission



Department of Languages and Literatures

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original


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