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Title: Boat Stains
Author: Golshan, Sahar
Department: School of English and Theatre Studies
Program: Creative Writing
Advisor: Brand, DionneMaclear, Kyo
Abstract: Boat Stains is a coming to language memoir. The narrator is a young woman who was raised in Toronto by two refugees from whom she’s inherited two different stories of displacement. The narrator attempts to decode the stories she’s learned in order to establish her own narrative. The book is grounded in short scenes that are written in prose. As Boat Stains is a coming to language as well as a coming to art and coming of age text, the narrator tries to interpret selfhood and family life by experimenting with form. The themes addressed in this quest to understand and to be understood include the chasm between personal and collective storytelling, the hush work of hiding inter-generational trauma, the impossibility of geographic and linguistic return, the compartmentalization of memory, the complexities of membership in transnational political struggle, and the pursuit of justice for self on the page.  
Date: 2021-07
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