Date of Award


Document Type

Campus Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


English/Creative Writing

First Advisor

Joan Wickersham

Second Advisor

John Fulton

Third Advisor

Jill McDonough


I Don’t Belong Here But I Am Learning So Much is a multi-form collection that explores the messages of womanhood that are passed from generation to generation. The manuscript showcases womanhood through many different lenses, exposing the inherent oppression and empowerment in career, body image, sexuality, intimacy, health, disability, politics, and grief. The forms in this text range from poetry to narrative in verse, to epistolary fiction, to more traditional prose. Each piece takes its own shape, depending on its content and tone. The refusal to fit the text into any one genre is a refusal to be categorized statically, and an opportunity for ever-evolving representations of femaleness.


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