Date of Award:

5-2003

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

English

Advisor/Chair:

Brock Dethier

Abstract

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.

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