This dissertation is a hybrid project that includes a critical paper and a collection of creative writing. Both sections of the dissertation are concerned with the relationship between trauma and memory in creative nonfiction. The critical portion of the dissertation focuses on how creative nonfiction writers address real-life antagonists and ugly truths in memoir, especially when the limitations of memory come into play; it proposes a social contract between the real-life person portrayed in the narrative and the author, so that the author of a creative nonfiction text should seek to humanize abusers. The creative portion of the dissertation is a memoir comprised of linked essays which explore themes of identity, family, and desperation. Against a rural southern backdrop in Kentucky, the memoir explores central events—violence, family trauma, addiction, arrests, affairs, sexual assault, unemployment—and the aftermath. The memoir asks what it means to leave a family and an identity behind.
|Advisor:||Richard, Charles E.|
|Commitee:||Goodwin, Jonathan, Hoagland, Sadie J., Ingram, Shelley, Richard, Charles E.|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||DAI-A 80/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Creative nonfiction, Essays, Family, Kentucky, Memoir, Trauma|
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