Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English and University Honors
Young adult literature, Depression in adolescence -- Fiction, Anxiety in adolescence -- Fiction, Mental health -- Fiction, Stigmatization
This thesis project includes a written short story titled "Quiet Dissonance" that explicitly depicts anxiety and depression within the genre of Young Adult literature. The purpose of this story is to consciously de-stigmatize the mental health issues by depicting these mental disorders as authentically as possible with both research and my own real-life experience of being diagnosed with both anxiety and depression, rather than relying upon stereotypes and the influence of the media. This story is consciously written through the point of view of first person narration, allowing for further exploration into the interiority of the thoughts of the protagonist as they struggle with the reality of their mental health issues versus how they are presenting themselves to the people around them.
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Francis, Tatum E., "De-Stigmatizing Mental Health Through First Person Narration in Young Adult Literature" (2020). University Honors Theses. Paper 878.