Title

Labor of Love: A Memoir

Document Type

Thesis

Publication Date

1999

Advisor

Ozzie Mayers

Abstract

My thesis was a combination of creative writing and research; I wrote a seventy-page memoir about the last sixteen months of my maternal grandmother's life and framed it between a prologue and epilogue which explore the theoretical underpinnings of memoir as a genre in addition to issues of canonicity and postmodernism in relation to the memoir. The body of the memoir explores the sixteen month period during my sophomore and junior years of high school where my grandmother lived at our house; we chose to care for her in our home rather than putting her in a managed care facility. Issues explored in the work are life, death, aging, memory, families, and responsibility.

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