Title

Abomination

Document Type

Thesis

Date of Award

2022

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Lee Ann Roripaugh

Abstract

Abomination is a collection of creative nonfiction essays through which I examine my sexual and gender identity alongside negotiating the trauma of my childhood, adolescences, and early adulthood. I specifically interrogate how evangelical Christianity acted as a traumatizing agent in its focus on the total depravity of humanity and demonization of queerness. I explore the various ways language impacts and constructs individuals and their experiences. The essays in this collection partly come together to form a narrative of my life; however, this collection is not arranged to be chronological. There is no singular narrative arc. While the essays are interconnected, they can be read individually also.

Subject Categories

English Language and Literature | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Keywords

Abomination

Number of Pages

158

Publisher

University of South Dakota

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