The Dirt Road House—Personal Discovery Through the Memoir

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Liberal Studies

Organizational Unit

University College, Arts and Culture Management


Arts and Culture

First Advisor

Jennifer Zukowski Boughn


Memoir, Personal discovery


The Dirt Road House is a partial memoir that consists of two chapters from a larger work in progress, which supports the theoretical foundation of reflection and introspection as pathways to personal discovery. The concept of identity, including the vast and complex way the human mind comprehends the world, is resolved through the memoir. This project includes a reflective paper that draws on the experiences of Karen Dinesen, Primo Levi, Sylvia Plath, and Elie Wiesel as they reflect on external and internal experiences that precipitated their personal discovery. Other well-known writers like Virginia Woolf, Thomas Merton, Alexander Pope, and Walt Whitman, provide the inspiration to reflect on the totality of the human condition, as it pertains to personal discovery.

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.

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