Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2012

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Jeffrey DeShell

Second Advisor

Karen Jacobs

Third Advisor

Juile Carr


This creative non-fiction project explores belonging as a concept that binds two narrators, a mother and daughter--both on journeys, both torn--though what each wants to belong to becomes part of their individual exploration. The daughter's narrative hungers for her mother's sense of home, and in the process, her own. The mother's narrative actualizes rupture. The mother, not only speaks of the past, but embodies history. She is Poland. The immigrant lives in two worlds. The first is imbued in the materiality of the everyday, a locality more than a "home." The second is in the imagination and the dense layers of dreams, the place where the "home" resides. To emphasize the in-between, the book vacillates between these two voices, which impress and bleed into one another to destabilize the concept of personal narratives and bring attention to the gossamer space in identity formation, language learning and historical constructs.

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