Date of Award

Spring 5-2021

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)

Department

English

Program/Concentration

Creative Writing

Committee Director

Luisa A. Igloria

Committee Member

Alison Reed

Committee Member

Kristi Danger Murray Costello

Abstract

A woman is not some mythical being with a one-dimensional personality and does not exist for the single purpose of pleasing men and patriarchy. They have layers to them, intersectionality in identity, desires, traumas, power, and so much more. In a world where still in various cultures goddesses are worshipped, regular women fight battles every day to make some space for themselves. The Goddess lives not in the sky, but amongst us, disguised in the skin of everyday women. From unearthing untold family history to tracing family trauma to heartbreak to creating home in a foreign land, all comes together in this collection of ten essays when tied together as an attempt to find the Goddess.

DOI

10.25777/zyy9-bg63

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