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Master of Arts (MA)
The creative writing is preceded by a critical introduction that explores the history of the steampunk genre, the YA literature movement, and many novels and short stories in both genres. The critical introduction establishes genre guidelines and expectations, as well as provides examples for important qualities of the genre.
The nature of the story required additional research into steam engines, WWI history, the RMS Olympic, tree climbing ascension techniques, and various other subjects. This informal research was used to improve the descriptions of technology in the creative work, as well as the naval terminology and battle tactics performed by steam powered ships before and during the first World War. Though not a historical novel, this information assists in building a believable steampunk world.
Cragun, Hailey, "Sky Rising: An Examination of YA Steampunk Literature Exploring Themes of Prejudice, Power, and Morality" (2017). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 6248.
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