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Being Born: A Memoir of Self-Making in Four Parts

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title
Being Born: A Memoir of Self-Making in Four Parts
author
Langford, Margaret Ellen
abstract
In this project, the author pursues an understanding of motherhood through a creative exploration of her own family and legacy. She writes about her experiences growing up with a mother who always felt distant, a grandmother who deeply nurtured, and an Episcopal upbringing that provides the foundation for an adult, feminist, and open-minded faith. She employs the poetry of Sylvia Plath, the essayistic writing of Virginia Woolf, and the fiction and non-fiction work of writers such as Sheila Heti, Maggie Nelson and Adrienne Rich. Through a palimpsest of vignettes, quotations, and other references, Langford asks questions about her own life as a daughter and the possibilities of motherhood, possibilities which exceed the literal bounds of birthing one's own child. Motherhood is understood as process and experience and always idiosyncratic, and an aspect of life that has an apt place in conversations regarding writing, art, and the divine.
subject
Coming of Age
Creativity
Maternity
Motherhood
Religion
Virginia Woolf
contributor
Wilson, Eric G (advisor)
Ruocco, Joanna (committee member)
Erhardt, Marianne J (committee member)
date
2023-06-07T08:35:45Z (accessioned)
2023 (issued)
degree
English (discipline)
embargo
2028-06-01 (terms)
2028-06-01 (liftdate)
identifier
http://hdl.handle.net/10339/102112 (uri)
language
en (iso)
publisher
Wake Forest University
type
Thesis

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