Title

Rae

Date of Award

Spring 2016

Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

College

College of Theology, Arts, & Sciences

Department

Humanities

Degree Name

English, BA

First Supervisor

Dr. Kimberly Knutsen

Abstract

Rae is a memoir as told through a collection of vignettes. The narrative circles issues of anxiety and the process of self-discovery. The stories are memories organized by issue. The memoir’s non-linear, topic-based organization draws connections between individual moments and follows the author’s attempt to come to terms with familial expectations and her own anxiety. The vignettes emphasize the differences by using the ordinary nature of the titles to convey the common experience of a spiritual journey and the author’s attempt to find her identity as a child and an adult. The writing process and product are the organic journey of the author and the recognition and self-acceptance that came as a result.

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