Advisor(s) - Committee Chair
Dale Rigby (Director), Jessica Folk, and Wes Berry
Department of English
Master of Arts
The Memorialist is a work of creative nonfiction. In this long-form essay, the author digests the memories and secondhand stories unearthed while exploring the junked, rusted, and wrecked life of an eccentric uncle who was preceded in death by his sister, the author’s mother. Through its associative and slippery structure, it follows the author as she untangles two histories halted—connected, contrasting lives disrupted by death. Meditative and metaphorical, the narrative explores both the beauty and burden of death through the eulogy form in a quest to determine how to memorialize a life defined by what death leaves behind.
Creative Writing | English Language and Literature | Nonfiction
Houchin, Lindsey, "The Memorialist" (2020). Masters Theses & Specialist Projects. Paper 3225.