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dc.contributor.advisorLevy, E.J. (Ellen J.)en_US
dc.contributor.authorMehl, Katrina
dc.coverage.spatialFormer Soviet republics
dc.date.issued2011-05
dc.date.submitted2011 Springen_US
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.en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10355/10747
dc.relation.ispartof2011 Spring theses (MU)
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. College of Arts and Sciences. Department of English
dc.subjectsocial issuesen_US
dc.subjectliterary analysisen_US
dc.subject.lcshCreative nonfiction
dc.subject.lcshFamilies of military personnel
dc.subject.lcshIraq War, 2003-
dc.subject.lcshCivil society
dc.titleTwo works in creative non-fiction: The Marine wife and Novosibirsken_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
thesis.degree.disciplineEnglishen_US
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaen_US
thesis.degree.levelBachelorsen_US
thesis.degree.nameB.A.en_US


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