Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of English

Content Description

1 online resource (iii, 62 pages)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Eric Keenaghan

Committee Members

Kir Kuiken


Identity (Philosophical concept), Identity (Philosophical concept) in literature

Subject Categories

Creative Writing


The following is a collection of creative personal essays, each focusing on a woman writer and a selection of her texts: Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickinson, and H.D., respectively. Central to the collection is the construction of identity through literature, whether that’s a queer reading of Woolf’s Orlando, a quest to discover the “true” Dickinson behind her cultural mythos, or a meditation on autobiographical writing in H.D.’s fiction. Though each essay takes on a topic specific to its subject, the collection as a whole explores the intimate relationship between reader and text through a lens of reader-response theory and the phenomenology of reading—how what background readers bring to a text changes the text, and how the text in return changes the reader.