Date of Award
Master of Arts in English Composition
First Reader/Committee Chair
Because racial oppression is often internalized, this thesis examines literature written by POC about protagonists of color struggling with depression. The pieces are Gwendolyn Brooks’ Maud Martha, Haruki Murakami’s “Tony Takitani,” and Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Using literary concepts informed by Black feminist theory, decolonial theory, and affect studies, as well as rhetorical frameworks of silence and listening, this thesis attempts to better understand how the relationship between depression and racial oppression work to color the life expectancy and perspectives of depressed people of color
Franklin, Carlee, "Depressed & Dis-eased: Storytelling, Melancholia and the Rhetorical Affordances of Affect" (2020). Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations. 1113.
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