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dc.contributor.advisorBar-Nadav, Hadara
dc.contributor.authorMoran, Shannon
dc.date.issued2023
dc.date.submitted2023 Spring
dc.descriptionTitle from PDF of title page, viewed June 28, 2023
dc.descriptionThesis advisor: Hadara Bar-Nadav
dc.descriptionVita
dc.descriptionThesis (M.F.A.)--Department of English Language and Literature. University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2023
dc.description.abstractThis master’s thesis, Little Girl Gods, is a collection of poems in three parts. The poems presented here aim to follow a speaker through young girlhood, adolescence, and early adulthood, where the speaker struggles with sloughing off the identity of a girl for that of a woman. The second section, “Little Girl Gods,” is a break in the thread of the lyric I, as it is comprised primarily of persona poems. These poems aim to speak from the point of view of other girls and women, giving them a voice and creating a portrait of a unifying femme experience even across disparities and differences. These poems, however, are written by the speaker of the larger project, and are therefore indelibly touched by her voice. Throughout the collection, there are also found poems taken from the text of American Girl’s Samantha Story Collection, which aim to make a sort of parallel narrative to that of the original story in following a young girl, Samantha, and some of the other girls around her as they navigate the world in feminine bodies. The thesis ends as the speaker forges ahead in life, full of the knowledge and resiliency that comes from girlhood and womanhood. In summary, this thesis explores themes of girlhood, womahood, the body, violence, trauma, addiction, and religion, and aims to present the power of femme bodies as akin to godliness in power, strength, and their dedication to survival against all odds.
dc.description.tableofcontentsAmerican girl doll -- Hometown dive bar beauty queen -- The good the bad and the ugly -- Little girl gods -- God spoke to me directly -- Girl ledged -- Over Spring break I shave my mother's head
dc.format.extentxv, 67 pages
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/95774
dc.subject.otherThesis -- University of Missouri--Kansas City -- Creative Writing and Media Arts
dc.titleLittle Girl Gods
thesis.degree.disciplineCreative Writing and Media Arts (UMKC)
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Kansas City
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameM.F.A. (Master of Fine Arts)


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