• Marie Louise Micola Von Furstenrecht

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis (MFA)


This thesis is an excerpt of a full novel, which comprises chapters four to twenty. Chapters one to three are not included as they have been previously submitted as coursework. The synopsis below will only cover the content submitted within this thesis. Emma, a 26-year-old junior doctor in Cardiff has been suppressing her submissive identity out of shame. She’s been keeping people at arm’s length until she meets Inge on a night out, a 29-year-old dominant from The Netherlands, who seems to reveal very little about her past. They go on several dates and feel attracted to each other, but communication isn’t always easy. Inge hints at her interest in BDSM, while Emma is reluctant to admit her submissive desires. With some encouragement, Emma dips her toes into the kink community but then contact suddenly falters when Inge stops texting Emma back. A mutual friend urges them to talk and after clearing up a misunderstanding, Inge and Emma officially start dating. They engage in power play and start a D/s dynamic. Slowly Emma starts feeling safe and the relationship grows until she discovers that Inge might not be monogamous. While coming to grips with her jealousy, Emma begins to fear that she might lose it all.
Date of Award1 Feb 2021
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of St Andrews
SupervisorEmma Jones (Supervisor) & Susan Catherine Sellers (Supervisor)

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  • 15 November 2026

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