Thesis - Open Access
Master of Arts (MA)
Department / School
memoir, adoption, creative writing
Adoption writings span across various forms, such as fiction, non-fiction, essays, poetry, theatre, and scholarly fields of study. While many of these adoption writings speak to the complexities of adoption, the general public still tends to see adoption “such a beautiful thing” to do—as the best plan for the child, a noble act, a selfless decision, and a solution to a long-standing social issue. This thesis explores the “literary adoption memoir”—artful writings about real life happenings; my contribution to this genre addresses the complexities of the closed adoption era, transnational/transracial adoption, and parenting an adoptee as an adult adoptee. For this project, I share my process and the theories that validate and inform my felt experiences as an adoptee and as an adoptive mom. I use the literary tools in the creative nonfiction genre to write not a mere record of events of my adoption, of adopting our daughter, of searching for my birth family. I offer pieces of creative nonfiction that represent my desire for a final project: a literary adoption memoir—a memoir of real life that borrows from the literary world, and a memoir that speaks to the complications in adoption—to loss, abandonment, belonging, identity, and rejection.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Adoptive parents -- Biography
Includes bibliographical references (pages 88-90)
Number of Pages
South Dakota State University
Nagy, Jamie K., "Composing a Literary Adoption Memoir and Self Through Creative Nonfiction Memoir Writing" (2015). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. 2.