Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

First Advisor's Name

Julie Marie Wade

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee chair

Second Advisor's Name

Denise Duhamel

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member

Third Advisor's Name

Donna Weir-Soley

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member

Keywords

memoir, identity, coming-of-age, anorexia, lyric essay

Date of Defense

10-26-2016

Abstract

HUNGER: ESSAYS is a collection of lyric essays that present the coming-of-age story of a young woman growing up in a Panamanian family where identity is defined by patriarchal notions of femininity (e.g., physical appearances) and economically-oriented career aspirations. In an attempt to fit into this family rather than explore her difference, the narrator undergoes psychological trauma that results in anorexia during her young adulthood. As she works towards healing, the narrator grapples with Western dichotomies of body and mind in an effort to become a more integrated self.

Identifier

FIDC001231

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