Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Steven Faulkner, Ph.D

Second Advisor

Chene Heady, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Ellery Sedgwick, Ph.D.


This thesis is a collection of creative nonfiction essays revolving around the author’s place and identity within her community, especially where her womanhood is concerned. Within eight different essays, she questions and analyzes what community and individualism are and how they fit together to form a unique sense of self.



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