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Title: Saving
Author: Neilson, Shane
Department: School of English and Theatre Studies
Program: Creative Writing
Advisor: Connelly, Karen
Abstract: This non-fiction thesis combines medical experience with poetic experience. The author, a medical doctor, uses his own family history to reflect upon how and why loved ones stay alive (in this case, the author’s son and daughter, as well as the author himself). The author’s training in medicine provides one lens to look upon the serious illnesses experienced by his children, but another finely-ground lens is that of fatherhood. Poetry is used less as refracting device and more as competing sense-making device, a tool – like the doctor’s interview or physical examination – to name and understand problems, disturbances, and also resiliencies. The problem of faith is confronted in the context of grief. Photographs and references to the texts of others are the final lenses used to make the narrative both more physical and situated in a world outside that of the narrator’s thought-world.
Date: 2013-08
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