Date of Graduation

Spring 2021


Master of Arts in English



Committee Chair

Jennifer Murvin


This collection of creative writing explores the dynamics of parent-child relationships, as well as the way time can cause these roles to shift and reverse, bringing into question who has the right to tell another’s story. The individual pieces are both in the mediums of prose and graphic narrative, often focused on themes of family and trying to reconcile fractured perspectives. These works are introduced through an essay demonstrating how graphic narratives are uniquely situated to show narrative levels, and how narrative levels are key to showing the shifts in parent-child relationships and the way perspectives can differ while still feeding off one another.


narratology, narrative levels, characterization, memory, fiction, graphic narrative, graphic memoir, fictional worlds, one-person worlds

Subject Categories

Fiction | Nonfiction


© Henry Wilson Essman

Open Access