Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph. D.



Degree Program

Humanities, PhD

Committee Chair

Griner, Paul

Committee Member


Committee Member

Fosl, Catherine

Committee Member

Maxwell, Kristi

Author's Keywords

memoir; bipolar disorder; epilepsy; temporal lobe epilepsy; creative writing


This dissertation is a memoir that is about my nuclear family. The themes within the memoir itself include my father’s bipolar disorder, my temporal lobe epilepsy, and how volatile the combination was as I grew up, but also how loving my family was, despite all the issues. It also looks at the ramifications of having temporal lobe epilepsy, growing up queer (bi+) in a time when being queer at all was not accepted and being bi+ was not understood, and the issues I’ve had with my sisters, which were caused in part by my father The memoir is accompanied by a critical afterword that examines my positions within the memoir (primarily) through the lenses of disability studies, medical humanities, and creative writing/memoir studies.

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