Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts
Courtney Miller Santo
True Confessions from a Wannabe Heel is a collection composed of memoir -themed personal essays in lyrical and mosaic styles touching on the themes of violence, wrestling, sexuality, love, mental health, and the significance of home. The essays are representative of my experiences growing up in an unstable home and how the effects of growing up in that environment shaped how I view the world around me. There are essays reflecting on how we perceive violence in the world, and how that violence has become more widely accepted, and how the line that we draw for what is acceptable seems to move with each trauma. The collection also explores the dynamics of marriage, the burdens we carry for those that we love, and the power of storytelling through a controlled lens, a theme highlighted by the strong focus on different wrestling storylines.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Vanderlip, Kendra Leigh, "True Confessions From a Wannabee Heel" (2018). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 1807.