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Date of Graduation
Master of Arts (MA)
School of Communication Studies
Melissa W. Alemán
This thesis is an embodied autoethnography that examines my experiences of accepting and coming-to-terms with my relationship with my mother through my chronic illness. Utilizing creative vignettes and short personal stories, throughout this autoethnographic thesis project I shine light to my lived experiences as a daughter in a Catholic household, diagnosed with chronic illness in adulthood. I use narrative theorizing to understand how the stories I tell in this thesis create meaning in my relationship with my mother. Through personal narratives I explore themes of autonomy and connection within a mother-daughter relationship, illness narratives and illness as a turning point, and myself and mother as wounded storytellers.
Smith, Kathleen, "Yet it was good of you to share in my troubles: An autoethnographic study of a mother-daughter relationship experienced through a wounded body" (2022). Masters Theses, 2020-current. 134.
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