Date of Award
Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
Luisa A. Igloria
Molly McCully Brown
As far as the arguments about the concepts of nature and nurture and which of them have the most influence on the individual, I have always leaned towards nurture. The concept of nurture posits that we are a sum total of the environmental factors that influence our upbringing ranging from interaction with family to the surrounding culture of our society. As someone who was born into a deeply religious Christian family as a Pastor’s child, it forms a core of my personality, something I have realized with time and a move to America to study writing.
I like to think that I started to really deconstruct who I am when I traveled overseas, far away from everything I have ever known, far from the people that have influenced me in many ways, far from the things I have always run to. This body of work is a personal reflection and manifesto on who I am as a person without the safety of family. However, the work of deconstruction is in many ways, an act of documentation. We do not exist in a vacuum and I found myself reaching for the filial threads that existed long before I existed. In doing this, I realize how much I do not yet know. Thus, this body of work which starts out as a personal exploration become a frantic attempt to document the now and then because memory is fleeting and what we have now, I must protect in writing.
While I am certain that this is in no way an exhaustive documentation of the threads that have formed me, it is a start and sometimes starts are all we need.
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Larayetan, Temitope A..
"Becoming the Family Archive"
(2023). Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Thesis, English, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/35g2-ps28
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