Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Flatlines: A Memoir of Grief
by Gillaspy, Kelley Marie, Ph.D., University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 2017, 185; 10643131
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation is a hybrid project that includes a critical paper and a collection of creative writing, including poems, a nonfiction piece, several drama pieces, and an erasure project. The critical paper is an analysis of the mental ailments and disassociated discourse of Anton Chekhov’s characters in three of his plays—The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, and The Cherry Orchard. Many of Anton Chekhov’s characters display symptoms of depression, including suicide attempts, and formal thought disorder. The creative section’s drama pieces were loosely influenced by Anton Chekhov’s work, but all of the work completed in the creative section is connected through common themes of mental illness and grief. Many of the poems in this section symbolize grief through the loss of a father. Some of the more grief-stricken moments are symbolically represented through animals, such as the mice in “All Summer.” Later, this same type of grief is transformed in “Flatlines,” the titular work of the dissertation, to a young woman’s reimaging and hallucination of childhood characters brought to life to her by her father’s death. The last work presented in this creative section is the erasure project that blends the poetry with the drama–a stage manager’s notes blacked out, silenced, and relit with a different perspective, but still a connection to the theatre’s space, set, and characters.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Stetco, Dayana
Commitee: Geer, Jennifer, Wilson, Mary Ann
School: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: English
School Location: United States -- Louisiana
Source: DAI-A 79/09(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Literature, Theater
Keywords: Chekhov, Drama, Grief, Mental illness, Poetry, Theater
Publication Number: 10643131
ISBN: 978-0-355-85412-1
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