Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Graft Fixation, and Collision, Consent, Construction: Narrating Injured Women Runners' Identities, and Notes toward a Feminist Injury Poetics
by Tadros, Billie R., Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2017, 379; 10269285
Abstract (Summary)

The impetus for my dissertation, Graft Fixation, and Collision, Consent, Construction: Narrating Injured Women Runners' Identities and Notes toward a Feminist Injury Poetics, was a traumatic injury to my own body. The work comprises two bodies, a creative manuscript and a critical examination of women's injury narratives. Graft Fixation is a manuscript of poems that perform texts of gendered traumatic injury, using my own accident report and hospital reports, medical correspondence, Facebook posts, and MRI images as source texts. The poems represent the constructions of injured narratives and bodies and explore the ways that narratives and bodies change over time and under erasure. The other component of my dissertation offers a phenomenological analysis of my own injury narrative as a woman runner and a qualitative study of injured women runners based on 34 interviews I conducted and 47 survey responses. I examine women runners' evolving and gendered understandings of pain, as well as my own, and how medical agency and treatment are gendered and shape injury and recovery narratives. In my dissertation I both practice and theorize an embodied feminist poetics and offer narrative alternatives to prescribed cultural scripts of gendered trauma.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: McGuire, Jerry
Commitee: Davis-McElligatt, Joanna, Hoagland, Sadie, Wilson, Mary Ann
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: DAI-A 79/01(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Rhetoric, Gender studies
Keywords: Embodiment, Injury, Narrative, Phenomenology, Running, Trauma
Publication Number: 10269285
ISBN: 978-0-355-11449-2
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