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ORCID

https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4042-0694

Date of Graduation

5-7-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

School of Communication Studies

Advisor(s)

Kathryn Hobson

Melissa Alemán

Michael Broderick

Abstract

This thesis is a performative autoethnographic exploration of my experiences existing betwixt-and-between the intersection of queer femme-ininity and isolation. Through a creative, affective rendition of my experiences, I detail and connect the nuances of queerness, femme-ininity, and queer isolation to provide a closer look at understanding queer identity with an absence of connection to the queer community. First, I provide an overview of the main theoretical and methodological approaches, and main concepts I utilize throughout my project. I then provide the intricacies of queer theory, queer intersectionality, and affect theory to provide theoretical explanations of my approach to queer isolation. After I explain the process of queer performative autoethnography, I weave my vignettes and narratives within existing research and scholarship regarding queer femme-ininity and social exclusion and isolation to create connections between embodied knowledge and scholarly literature. This project was ultimately a means through which I was able to creatively reflect on my experiences with queer isolation while also beginning the effect to bridge the gaps in knowledge that exist between concepts such as social isolation, communication, and queer femme identities.

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