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Everything Turns to Light

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Title:Everything Turns to Light
Authors:Wright, Raindrop
Contributors:Yang Ryan, Shawna (advisor)
English (department)
Keywords:Creative writing
creative nonfiction
domestic abuse
mental health
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Women's narratives
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Date Issued:Dec 2018
Publisher:University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Abstract:In Everything Turns to Light, Raindrop Wright navigates family stories of domestic violence, escape, and mother (ing) and mother (hood). Wright explores her mother’s narrative voice (lost to cancer in 1996), her own role as mother, narratives of mental illness, and storytelling as a means to unseat intergenerational trauma and empower the complicated mother-daughter dynamic. Through the use of her mother’s journals, letters, genealogy websites, dreams, and family stories as history, Wright considers the ways in which trauma is accessed and ordered (from chaos to sequential) in the process of storytelling to further interrupt cycles of domestic violence and trauma.
This series of creative nonfiction stories presents the connective act of language as a performative agent (body, genealogical, and land and storytelling mapping) that will pass from mother to daughters, proposing that the stories that are circulated intergenerationally are narratives of healing. Wright finds healing narratives in the relationship of memory to her genealogy of women; she writes on her mother, her grandmother, her daughter’s paternal grandmother, and her “self” as mother, calling her generation of women forward to give voice to women’s stories.
Description:Ph.D. Thesis. University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa 2018.
Pages/Duration:215 pages
Rights:All UHM dissertations and theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission from the copyright owner.
Appears in Collections: Ph.D. - English

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