Date of Graduation
Master of Arts in English
narratology, narrative levels, characterization, memory, fiction, graphic narrative, graphic memoir, fictional worlds, one-person worlds
Fiction | Nonfiction
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.
© Henry Wilson Essman
Essman, Henry Wilson, "Fragmented Worlds, Fractured Families - Narrative Levels in Graphic Memoir" (2021). MSU Graduate Theses. 3610.