Date of Award




Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Department of English

Content Description

1 online resource (iii, 57 pages)

Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Jeffrey Berman


Abandoned Daughter, Absent Father, Father Abandonment, Memoir, Autobiography, Fathers in literature, Absentee fathers

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities | Education


Who is the absent father? What happens to a child when the father is absent? What happened to me? This thesis explores my personal experience of having an absent biological father and my attempt to try to understand why my father left my family before I was born. While my biological father was physically absent my entire childhood, there are other children who have fathers who are both physically and emotionally absent for different portions of their lives. We want answers for this abandonment. We want to understand why we feel the way we feel about our fathers. Is it okay to desire them? Is it okay to want to push them away?