Head Above Water
Head Above Water demonstrates how cultural roles and changing societies affect the identities of young women struggling through moments of adolescent angst and solitude. Value systems inform cultural identity, and it is important to study, recognize, and challenge them so that we may be enlightened about the human condition.
In the formative stages of my thesis, I read fiction by writers from a range of cultural backgrounds who used motifs to signify the complexity of the issues central to their stories. In my stories symbols are juxtaposed as dichotomies-the mask as an obstructer and demonstrator of identity, water as a symbol of fertility as well as oppression, ugliness and beauty both internally and externally, and power versus weakness.
In order to achieve an accurate portrayal of industrial and village life in Nigeria, I conducted primary and secondary research. I learned about the verve, flavor, and culture of Nigeria through literature, media, and interviews, and I studied the ways published writers employ voice, physical and material landscapes, and cultural details. My research has informed my thesis, which ultimately centers not only on Nigerian women as mothers and daughters, but on the human condition itself.
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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences; Short stories, English; Women -- Fiction
Length of Campus-only Access
Honors in the Major Thesis
Iromaunya, Julie, "Head Above Water" (2004). HIM 1990-2015. 328.