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Date of Submission


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Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Visiting Assistant Literature Professor Corinna Vallianatos, Ph.D.

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"Stories We Don’t Talk About" is a collection of short stories delving into complex human dynamics. Each of the four stories features a protagonist leading a double life, thrust into unfamiliar settings that challenge their perceptions. These characters, experiencing contrasting social classes, gender norms, and power structures, offer insightful observations from their outsider perspective. Whether navigating extreme wealth or the struggles of the working class, they confront questions of identity and values amid shifting circumstances. The characters' dual existence, transitioning between social classes or gender roles, prompts reflections on societal structures and human relationships. The collection portrays nuanced human dynamics, sometimes unsettling yet often overlooked in reality. Whether exploring themes of service, young women's experiences, alienation, privilege, beauty, family, or interpersonal influence, these narratives depict individuals grappling with dualities. Through these stories, the collection aims to stimulate social awareness, shed light on prevalent issues, and foster empathy toward others' experiences.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.