Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in English Composition



First Reader/Committee Chair

Jessica Luck-


Craig Russell’s novel Fragment merges a science fiction story of first contact between humans and whales and a chilling ecological disaster warning into one high action-adventure novel of the sea. Undergirding the novel and its many musical references is a rondo musical structure, manifested in the use of several geographical locations and a diverse group of character singers, both human and other. To uncover this, I will define and apply the contemporary theory of intermediality to the novel, and, along the way, expand the definition and consequences of the theory of intermediality. The result will be an ever-increasing interconnectedness to the arts, multiple fields of academia, and personal application of political issues, all while showing how books can sing.