Date of Award

1-1-2014

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Department

English

First Advisor

Douglas Hesse

Keywords

Creative Nonfiction, Memoir

Abstract

This memoir chronicles the three summers I spent working in the factories at Chestnut Hill Gazebos. It focuses on three narrative strands: the day-to-day life of a factory worker, the struggles within and eventual breakdown of my relationship with my girlfriend, and how my job at Chestnut Hill helped me critique my fundamentalist Christian roots by forcing me into a deeper understanding of my faith and its relationship to the world outside the confines of my upbringing.

The critical afterword uses essays by Leona Toker and other theorists as a framework for understanding how I approached several different problems when writing my memoir, such as how to present incomplete memories of events, whether or not to condense events for the sake of a more streamlined narrative, and whether or not a memoirist should use composite characters. I explain how various practitioners and critics influenced my decisions, and I also compare my approach to the practices of other memoirists.

Provenance

Recieved from ProQuest

Rights holder

Jason Ney

File size

273 p.

File format

application/pdf

Language

en

Discipline

Literature

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