Date of Award

Fall 12-5-2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Dr. Jody Brooks

Second Advisor

Dr. Erin Tone

Abstract

This thesis contains five short stories, each narrated by a character with a psychological disorder. The disorders represented are as follows: alcohol use disorder, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, phobic disorder, and autism spectrum disorder. Research was conducted in two parts: (1) study of psychological texts including peer reviewed articles and case studies and (2) study of literary works including memoirs and novels. The author aims to use storytelling to humanize and therefore generate empathy for those with mental illnesses.

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