Date of Award
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Master of Fine Arts
Jan Smith Coleman
Charles E. Hall
This thesis is a memoir of creative nonfiction based on real life experiences. It interrogates the idea of truth through the lens of childhood and adulthood, while relating my experiences growing up--including my father's illness and decline. The primary question asks whether or not the "truths" given to you in childhood become those you keep as an adult. During initial staging, the work resembled a collection of personal essays. The transformation to memoir was accomplished through the expansion of scene and dialogue and stricter attention to chronological format. Further themes include: family connections, relationships to food, and reliance on faith, empahsizing the psychological implications of each. The thesis findings reflect my initial belief that people often reject "false truths" in childhood as they search for "real truths" in adulthood. In this effort, however, they often resemble and even emulate the former generation they attempt to interrogate.
Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.
Duggan, Jenny M., "Eating Fish with Ice Cream and Other Truths: A Memoir" (2011). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2239.