Honors Program

Honors in Communication Studies

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Andrew F. Herrmann

Thesis Professor Department


Thesis Reader(s)

Kelly A. Dorgan, Amber E. Kinser


This project seeks to understand the construction of a personal narrative concerning a primary parental figure using the process of collaborative autoethnography. In order to properly encapsulate the author’s lived experience, primary influential factors were considered imperative in allowing for a fuller representation. Thus, the author’s story joins those of her siblings to highlight the paradoxical process inherent in unearthing one’s singular perception. This project primarily aims to explore the complexity of autoethnography while simultaneously interrogating the cultural discourse surrounding motherhood and academic writing. By having a close and personal understanding of the subject matter as well as the research participants, the author was provided a unique glimpse into the ways family stories are both co-constructed and individually recounted


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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