Thesis - Open Access
Master of Arts (MA)
healing narrative, trauma narrative, trauma theory
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
Creative writing -- Therapeutic use.
Poetry -- Therapeutic use.
Mothers -- Death -- Poetry.
Loss (Psychology) -- Poetry.
Includes bibliographical references (pages 100-103)
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Copyright © 2016 Carrie Crisman Oorlog
Oorlog, Carrie Crisman, "Within and Without: Psychoanalysis, Trauma Theory, and the Healing Narrative" (2016). Theses and Dissertations. 1111.