English Language and Literature ETDs

Title

Across Water

Author

Nari Kirk

Publication Date

8-17-2011

Abstract

This dissertation is a collection of essays that examines the authors coming-of-age in terms of religion, race, gender, and family. Using a combination of personal experience, reflection on this experience, and outside research, these essays employ creative nonfiction strategies to find meaning and sense in the complex terrain of human existence. The recurring themes all focus on change—the author's growth from a conservative, sheltered girlhood to womanhood, when she begins cultivating her new beliefs. The questions persist of how much the past will influence the present and how much the past can, and should, be let go.'

Degree Name

MFA Creative Writing

Level of Degree

Masters

Department Name

English

First Advisor

Martin, Gregory

First Committee Member (Chair)

Doyle, Brian

Second Committee Member

Warner, Sharon

Third Committee Member

Houston, Gail

Language

English

Keywords

Coming of age in literature, American essays--21st century

Document Type

Dissertation

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