MA (Master of Arts)
Date of Award
Committee Chair or Co-Chairs
Patrick Cronin, Andrew Herrmann
Suicide touches the lives of millions of people each year in this country alone, yet conversations about suicide loss and survival after a loss remain taboo and often do not happen. The story I performed for this performance autoethnographic study centers on my life as a survivor of suicide. It provides a starting point for dialog regarding trauma, grief, and suicide loss. The narrative was constructed directly following the sudden death of my father, which had a direct effect on my ability to produce artistic work. The development, staging and performance of the story were altered to account for the situational depression I experienced during my creative process.
I received feedback from the audience on what aspects of my telling were well developed, and what needed further development. I was able to experience the importance of balance in an autoethnographers personal life when writing about trauma and experiencing it directly.
Thesis - Open Access
Wheeler, Patricia R., "Love On - The Life of a Suicide Survivor: A Performance Autoethnographic Study" (2016). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3045. https://dc.etsu.edu/etd/3045
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