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What does it mean to study the discipline of English? Am I any good in this field? What do I really value? This experimental anti/thesis blends qualitative research essay practices and creative writing (with an emphasis on memoir writing) to explore identity formation. Both my personal relationships and my literary relationship with Laura Ingalls Wilder become subject matter as my experiences with these people contribute to my sense of self.

By employing the epistolary form to communicate between myself, Wilder, and the audience of this work, I profess a closeness to the recipient(s) of these letters. Additionally, the diary form creates an intimacy with the reader.

Tensions exist. The confessional quality of my writing disturbs my equilibrium, opening pathways for greater self-confidence in my ability and identity. This alternative form of research is extremely conditional to personal experience; therefore, different stories and outcomes would occur if these research practices were replicated. As a reflection of my diverse education, this anti/thesis crosses genres; poetry, prose, and poetic prose blend together to create an identity in Wilder.

Date of Award

2017

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Department of Languages and Literatures

First Advisor

Jeremy Schraffenberger

Date Original

2017

Object Description

1 PDF file (vi, 63 pages)

Language

EN

File Format

application/pdf

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