First Advisor

Eddy Francisco Alvarez Jr.

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Women's Studies and University Honors


Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Creative writing -- Therapeutic use, Autobiography




Both historically and currently, societies across the globe are inequitably structured and stratified based on gender, race, sex, ethnicity, nationality, ability, and many other social or physical markers of ‘difference’. And yet, despite the enduring presence of unbalanced power dynamics in human culture, there have always been voices resisting that control. From early cultures to modern cultures, storytelling continues to be a site for self awareness, critical analysis, self understanding, self preservation, and even healing. For my research, I am interested in exploring how critical self reflective writing can serve as a language and tool that works to resist the control of interlocking systems of oppression, and redefine established notions of power, self autonomy, and agency. In this project, I investigate how through the construction of a multimedia memoir, multiple forms of expression such as poetry, prose, microfiction, photography, song, and collage, can work together in the writing process to produce a powerful personal and collective message speaking to the experiences of colonization to the land, the body, the mind, and the spirit. This self constructed memoir intends to participate in a process of knowledge production, history making, and legacy building.


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