English Language and Literature ETDs

Author

Lisa Gill

Publication Date

8-17-2011

Abstract

This dissertation is comprised of two parts. The first is called Dollo & Me (Aftermath with Permutations)' and is an unconventional and nonlinear memoir addressing the aftermath of violence and the changes that are required for survival. It specifically looks at my twenties and thirties and tackles the various manifestations of trauma in my life. Two essays frame the manuscript: one as Chapter Zero and one as Chapter Oh. The body of the manuscript is contained in seventeen numerical chapters. The second part of this dissertation manuscript is comprised of a new 'poetic' play titled 'The Relenting.' The play addresses my encounter with a rattlesnake in my living room and enacts a literary and archetypal journey that could not have been undertaken without first doing the work of 'Dollo & Me.''

Degree Name

MFA Creative Writing

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

English

First Advisor

Martin, Greg

First Committee Member (Chair)

Martin, Greg

Second Committee Member

Mueller, Dan

Third Committee Member

Norwood, Vera

Fourth Committee Member

Randall, Margaret

Language

English

Keywords

Psychic trauma in literature, Autobiography--Authorship, American drama--21st century

Document Type

Dissertation

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