Title

Girl on a Roll

Semester

Fall

Date of Graduation

2012

Document Type

MFA Creative Writing Thesis

Degree Type

MFA

College

Eberly College of Arts and Sciences

Department

English

Committee Chair

Kevin Oderman

Committee Co-Chair

Rosemary V. Hathaway

Committee Member

Mary Ann Samyn

Abstract

This nonfiction thesis reflects my life in a series of essays of diverse form that are presented in a roughly chronological order, from childhood to the most recent years of my life. Some essays are primarily descriptive, particularly those presenting early childhood, while others are more contemplative and searching. Some of the essays are dyads, and many are explorations of form as it interacts with content. The essays describe and consider personal relationships through childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, and middle age, considering family interactions, the growth of childhood knowledge, individuation, marriage and divorce, and the impact of a parent's death, as well as the more abstract topics of light and darkness, time and space, and theatre and art.

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