Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Major/Program

Creative Writing

First Advisor's Name

Julie Marie Wade

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

John Dufresne

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member

Third Advisor's Name

Maneck Daruwala

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee member

Keywords

Marriage, motherhood, mental health, bisexual, divorce, police

Date of Defense

3-20-2018

Abstract

AMBIENT LIGHT: ESSAYS ON MARRIAGE, MOTHERHOOD, AND MENTAL

HEALTH is a collection of ten personal and lyric essays interspersed with poems

that speak to the subject or tone of the essay that follows. These essays examine

the narrator’s experiences as mother, wife, and daughter, and explore the manner

in which the different roles bleed into one another. The narrator’s impending

divorce and the events that coalesce around it shape these essays into a coherent

whole.

In the spirit of Brenda Miller’s lyric essays, the essays collected in AMBIENT

LIGHT: ESSAYS ON MARRIAGE, MOTHERHOOD, AND MENTAL HEALTH, use

rich, imagistic language to tell of places and times both reflective and speculative in

nature. They speak to the all-too-common dilemma of balancing motherhood with a

demanding professional life, while also considering less ordinary issues, such as

one child’s mental health challenges and another’s run-ins with the law.

Identifier

FIDC004072

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