Thesis Committee Member(s)
Regis College Senior Honors Program
Thesis - Open Access
Number of Pages
This thesis, a collection of creative nonfiction essays, explores the ways in which writing can be used to confront traumatic memory and-find healing. The essays range from stories of growing up on Bainbridge Island, the chronicle of a backpacking trip through South America, and memories from a summer spent working on a farm. As the introduction of the thesis explains:
"In the opening lines of her acclaimed collection of essays, The White Album, Joan Didion tells us that "we tell ourselves stories in order to live." This line is as much the reason why to this thesis as any other explanation I could come up with. We tell stories - to ourselves and to others - in order to live, and in order to live better. That is the sum result of this writing project. That I had stories to sort through and make sense of and share. That I had a desire, and still do, to live and live better."
Date of Award
© Peyton Lunzer
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Lunzer, Peyton, "Cucumber Island and After: On Trauma, Memory, Writing, and Healing" (2014). Student Publications. 604.