English, Department of


First Advisor

Jonis Agee

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A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: English, Under the Supervision of Professor Jonis Agee. Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2021

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This creative thesis is a collection of short stories involving humanoid androids and robots in positions of performance, art, creation, and employment. This collection works to imagine potential sentience within the field of technology and robotics and bring into question perceptions of agency, control, and, ultimately, humanness.

Advisor: Jonis Agee