Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Memory of Sand and Silence: Stories in Formation
by Amir, Mia Susan, M.F.A., Mills College, 2014, 100; 1571114
Abstract (Summary)

This collection of stories is very much in formation, on the long trajectory towards development. The protagonist in this work is driven by the complexities of navigating life with a trauma born disability, and the connection she sees with her mother's lifelong struggles with mental health, addictions and her eventual death. Using the archives of memory, documented history and the imagination in her quest, the protagonist explores how sociopolitical events inform and are manifest intergenerationally, in the spaces of the home and the body. She revives the dead through the reassembly of family stories, discovering how the condition of Dybbuk Consciousness — the ways in which we become haunted individually, collectively, politically, when our narratives go untold - has become her inheritance to unwork. The memoir is built as a series of vignettes set across time and geography, from the 1920s to 2013, from Poland to Mandate Palestine to Canada. For now these stories serve as initial documentation of the haunting itself.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Abinader, Elmaz
Commitee: Obejas, Achy
School: Mills College
Department: English - Creative Writing, Prose
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 54/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Mental health, Womens studies, Holocaust Studies, American literature
Keywords: Addictions, Dybbuk consciousness, Grief, Intergenerational trauma, Loss, Memory, Original writing, Stories
Publication Number: 1571114
ISBN: 9781321407167
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