Publication Date

Spring 2016

Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Dale Rigby (Director), Wes Berry, and David LeNoir

Degree Program

Department of English

Degree Type

Master of Arts


Explore through nonfiction essays the question of who will record my grandmother’s generation’s stories especially the oral stories she always tells. Topics discussed will include but are not limited to: Memaw’s oral stories, familial relationships, small town life, rural-living, hard-work, hardships, upbringings, food, family gatherings, moonshine, life, death, dementia, and Alzheimer’s. In addition to the aforementioned characteristics and specific topics, my relationship as daughter to Mom and granddaughter to Memaw will be examined in comparison with and contrasted to other matriarchal powers in my family.


American Studies | Nonfiction | Women's Studies