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dc.contributor.advisorLevy, E.J. (Ellen J.)eng
dc.contributor.authorMehl, Katrinaeng
dc.coverage.spatialFormer Soviet republicseng
dc.date.issued2011-05eng
dc.date.submitted2011 Springeng
dc.description.abstractThe two memoirs in my thesis universalize personal experience by linking it to larger historical events (war or the fall of the Soviet Union), and illuminate the historical through the lens of intimate life. The first piece Novosibirsk is a memoir that uses my childhood memories of Siberia—where my family spent four months studying Russian—to humanize larger political and historical changes in Russia in the early post-Soviet 1990s. The second piece, The Marine Wife, follows a young military couple as they negotiate their youth and first adult experiences in the shadow of the Iraq War, in an effort to bring a national issue closer to home. Through these pieces, I attempt to examine aspects of history that we tend to disregard: the young military population in our country, who are largely overlooked, and the human face of a culture most Americans dehumanized or vilified during the Cold War. I am working to engage readers of my generation in the larger political and cultural movements that have shaped and are shaping our lives. The pieces interrogate how my generation as a group fits historically into the world, challenging the popular complacent view that history is irrelevant to our lives (and we to it), encouraging readers of my generation to engage with history and see ourselves as part of the larger society.eng
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/10747eng
dc.relation.ispartof2011 Spring theses (MU)eng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. College of Arts and Sciences. Department of Englisheng
dc.subjectsocial issueseng
dc.subjectliterary analysiseng
dc.subject.lcshCreative nonfictioneng
dc.subject.lcshFamilies of military personneleng
dc.subject.lcshIraq War, 2003-eng
dc.subject.lcshCivil societyeng
dc.titleTwo works in creative non-fiction: The Marine wife and Novosibirskeng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglisheng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelBachelorseng
thesis.degree.nameB.A.eng


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