Graduate project

The cost of freedom and other stories

The Cost of Freedom and Other Stories is a collection of interconnected fictional short stories that turn the internal conflict into a tangible obstacle the characters must overcome. By exploring themes of escapism, obsession, and toxic patterns, The Cost of Freedom and Other Stories takes a hybrid approach to the genres of Cyberpunk and Fabulist Fiction. This hybridity allows the fabulist elements to take on a more active role in the plot of the story. The critical introduction discusses the craft elements of defamiliarization and characterization as they explore the fabulist elements of the stories. The authors discussed in the critical introduction are Kôbô Abe, Charles Baxter, John Ajvide Lindqvist, Gloria Naylor, Marge Piercy, and Victor Shklovsky.