Title

Why We Stay

Date of Award

2014

Degree Name

English

College

College of Liberal Arts

Type of Degree

M.A.

Document Type

Thesis

First Advisor

Rachael Peckham

Second Advisor

Carrie Oeding

Third Advisor

Eric Smith

Abstract

Why we stay is a piece of Creative Non-Fiction, is a work that is heavily focused on region. The narrative takes up the life of a female Appalachian. The challenges of being an Appalachian woman raising a family are analyzed alongside such issues as domestic violence, family dysfunction, and mental illness. Because the piece is set in both rural and urban Appalachia, the issue of family is examined in terms of generational conflict and the strong bonds of a matriarch.

Subject(s)

Women -- Appalachian Region.

Appalachian Region -- In literature.

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