Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
This thesis is the start of what I envision to be a full-length memoir. I address multiple themes, specifically family and generational trauma and mental illness. I explore these themes non-linearly, through personal narrative, scientific research, and scene recreations. I begin with an introduction and then move into an essay that explores my experience meeting my estranged sister from the first time. Throughout the essay, I move in and out of this meeting, weaving the encounter together with my own struggles with mental health, research about the Peppered moth species, and scene recreations from the lives of other women in my family. Through each of these subjects, the deeper theme of generational trauma is explored.
Smith, Kylie, "The Moth Effect" (2022). All Graduate Plan B and other Reports, Spring 1920 to Spring 2023. 1647.
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