Date of Award:
Master of Science (MS)
In this study, I explored how nature writing could be seen as healing text. I described some common problems associated with the construction of trauma and grief narratives and examined how nature writers dealt with them. The study began with my frustration at being unable to write a healing narrative for myself and progressed as I integrated research that informed my own writing.
The literature I read included a variety of perspectives, from Jungian and traditional psychotherapy to current writing theory. I used the theory to comment on the nature writing texts as I discovered them. Using the words and stories of nature writers to fuel my own, I explored how their writing was both personally reflective and socially aware. In particular, I examined the importance of the natural world as a significant "other" for the writers and analyzed how their relationship with nature brought meaning and solace to their grieving.
Turner, Denice H., "Nature Writing and Healing: Recovering the Wild Soul" (2003). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 7322.
Copyright for this work is retained by the student. If you have any questions regarding the inclusion of this work in the Digital Commons, please email us at .