Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Film, Theatre & Communication Arts - Low Residency Creative Writing concentration;


Film, Theatre, and Communication Arts

Major Professor

Lavender, William

Second Advisor

Moore, Dinty W.

Third Advisor

Walden, Gale


The following thesis is a memoir in essays. The narrative is a reflection of memory as a chaotic system. Each essay stands alone as a single memory but also is part of the larger story of the writer's life. The fragmentation of the story lends itself to what Roland Barthes called a readerly text. That is, a reader may enter the text at any point and read the chapters in an order, and by doing this, the reader creates his/her own version of the author's life. The overall narrative arch is one of self-discovery and self-destruction.


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