Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

2016

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Christine Stewart

Keywords

healing narrative, trauma narrative, trauma theory

Abstract

In this collection, I explore the process of writing to heal from trauma. In exploring the rhetorical landscape of trauma writing, I offer a new framework for understanding how those who experience a traumatic event may use the process of writing creatively to engage in a process of healing. I argue that through the creation of art, individuals may take ownership of their experiences and memories, thus exerting the agency over the experience that was lost as the result of trauma. I also demonstrate and reflect upon my own journey in creating the healing narrative as a process of healing from trauma.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Narrative therapy.

Creative writing -- Therapeutic use.

Poetry -- Therapeutic use.

Mothers -- Death -- Poetry.

Loss (Psychology) -- Poetry.

Psychic trauma.

Description

Includes bibliographical references (pages 100-103)

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

110

Publisher

South Dakota State University

Rights

Copyright © 2016 Carrie Crisman Oorlog

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