AbstractsLanguage, Literature & Linguistics

Home: A Memoir

by Bonnie Alice Lovell

Institution: University of North Texas
Year: 2001
Keywords: Lovell, Bonnie Alice  – Homes and haunts.; creative nonfiction; personal essays; home; memory
Record ID: 1718403
Full text PDF: http://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc2841/


Home: A Memoir, a creative non-fiction thesis, is a memoir in the form of personal essays, each exploring some aspect of the meaning of home, how my sense of self has been formed by my relationship to home, and the inevitability of leaving home. Chapter I explores the nature of memory and of memoir, their relationship to each other and to truth, and how a writer's voice shapes memoir. Chapter II, “Paternity,” is an attempt to remember my father, resulting in renewed interest in his past and renewed awareness of his legacy. Chapter III, “Home,” is on the surface about my grandparents' house, but is really about my grandmother. Chapter IV, “Dixie,” is about my contradictory feelings for the South, and my eventual acceptance of the South's complexities.