Thesis Title

The Personal Essay As a Self Portrait

Author

Evelyn Cannon

Date of Graduation

Summer 2001

Degree

Master of Arts in English

Department

English

Committee Chair

Nancy Walker

Subject Categories

English Language and Literature

Abstract

The challenge addressed in this project has been how to effectively portray myself through the medium of the personal essay. In order to address this challenge, I first had to clarify and define exactly what a personal essay is, which required quite a bit of reading, and then use my writing skills to convey who I am through that medium. I then had to choose how to best present the essays, since they cover such a broad spectrum of subject matter; I arranged the reminiscent essays in chronological order, followed by a collection of essays that reveal aspect of my personality and values, and finally, I conclude the thesis with a collection of essays about nature and my observations about the seasons.

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© Evelyn Cannon

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