Mercy of the fallen : a memoir in shards

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dc.contributor.advisor Christman, Jill, 1969- en_US Leaf, Patricia L. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us-in en_US 2011-06-03T19:41:33Z 2011-06-03T19:41:33Z 2007 en_US 2007
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 2007 .L43 en_US
dc.description.abstract This work of creative nonfiction is a hybrid of memoir, essay, cultural critique, and, to a lesser extent, literary journalism. The central autobiographical thread is my brother's shocking and violent murder at the hands of law enforcement, its handling by the media and subsequent trip through the American criminal justice system, and the spiraling effect of such trauma on family and friends. However, the text goes beyond a personal account of loss to illuminate the intersection between the personal and the universal: the way that the individual political subject embodies our cultural and systemic atmosphere of grief, alienation, confusion, powerlessness, violence, and corruption. This examination also necessarily raises questions about the social and personal consequences of individual and systemic decisions, as well as the role of rhetoric in attempts to justify such decisions and discourage activism.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.format.extent 235 leaves : ill. (some col.), facsims., ports (some col.). ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Police shootings -- Indiana -- Indianapolis. en_US
dc.subject.other Leaf, John P., 1965-2001 -- Death and burial. en_US
dc.subject.other Leaf, Patricia L. en_US
dc.title Mercy of the fallen : a memoir in shards en_US Thesis (M.A.)
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