Girl on a Roll
Date of Graduation
MFA Creative Writing Thesis
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Rosemary V. Hathaway
Mary Ann Samyn
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.
Hoffman, Elissa J., "Girl on a Roll" (2012). Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports. 503.