Date of Award

Spring 5-2-2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Women's Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Susan Talburt

Second Advisor

Dr. Megan Sinnott

Third Advisor

Dr. Julie Kubala


Seventy-five percent of people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder are women; however, these women have only infrequently represented how they experience BPD. I interviewed three women with BPD and their narratives were transformed into vignettes using techniques from ethnographic fiction and affect theory. Salient themes from the vignettes were embodiment, trauma, and internal turmoil. This thesis represents how my participants experience BPD and demonstrates that their trauma needs more attention.