My project, titled Piecework, is a collection of poetry exploring how my family history relates to and affects the woman that I am today. In the first half of my collection, I have created a persona named Madelena, based on my maternal great-grandmother. The poems, told through Madelena's perspective, explore the life of an Italian immigrant and seamstress in the early twentieth century, a woman bound by circumstance. The insight into my heritage helped me build a foundation for the second half of my collection, in which I seek to define myself as a woman in contemporary society. There are parallels and contradictions among the poems in each section that have made this undertaking not only a look further into myself, but also into my history.
In essence the goal of this project was a better understanding of my connection to the past. By building a persona and telling her story through poetry, I have had the opportunity to research a historical time period that has a direct impact on my own life. I was then able to look at myself objectively and more clearly, and thus able to write more effectively. This project essentially is an exploratory endeavor- a look into my past, present and future.
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Thaxton, Terry Ann
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
English; Creative Writing
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences; Women -- Poetry
Length of Campus-only Access
Honors in the Major Thesis
Brice, Adrienne, "Piecework" (2005). HIM 1990-2015. 444.