Title

Zora

Keywords

Creative nonfiction, experimental nonfiction, graphic narrative, memoir, chronic illness narrative, film industry, autonomic nervous system disorder, dysautonomia, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome

Abstract

This mixed-media memoir uses a variety of forms from short epigrammatic essays to straightforward stories and graphic narratives to explore the author’s coming-of-age experiences augmented by chronic illness. Trying to succeed in the film industry, romance, and family situations, the young female narrator navigates the often unexpected or disappointing consequences of having an autonomic nervous system disorder. Relationships between conflicting identities emerge—between healthy versus sick self, projected/envisioned versus actual self, and tough versus vulnerable self—as the narrator journeys toward a more complete and accepting self-understanding.

Notes

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Graduation Date

2013

Semester

Spring

Advisor

Roney, Lisa

Degree

Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.)

College

College of Arts and Humanities

Department

English

Degree Program

Creative Writing

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0004763

URL

http://purl.fcla.edu/fcla/etd/CFE0004763

Language

English

Release Date

May 2018

Length of Campus-only Access

5 years

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Campus-only Access)

Subjects

Arts and Humanities -- Dissertations, Academic, Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Humanities,

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