Intercessions : a poetic exploration of mental illness and Christianity

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dc.contributor.advisor Didden, Katy, 1974-
dc.contributor.advisor Powell, Jason A. Thibodeau, Chris 2019-04-11T17:41:38Z 2019-04-11T17:41:38Z 2018-05
dc.identifier.other A-392
dc.description.abstract How does mental illness interact with Christianity? What is it like to lose your faith as a mentally ill person? My thesis explores these questions and more through poetry and the lives of St. Christina the Astonishing - a medieval saint and the patron saint of mental illness - and myself. I juxtapose my experiences with St. Christina's as a way to discuss the differences between a mentally ill life with and without Christianity. Throughout the chapbook, I argue that St. Christina and my experiences are more similar than they first appear, that Christianity is not always compatible with mental illness (but can be), and that breaking out of what is expected of me (Christianity, straightness, neurotypicality) has been the most healing part of my life. I do this through pantoums, free verse, and prose poetry, as well as hymn and liturgical forms. The vocabulary I use also connects my work to the Church and tries to pull away from it. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship Honors College
dc.subject.lcsh Creative writing.
dc.title Intercessions : a poetic exploration of mental illness and Christianity en_US
dc.type Undergraduate senior honors thesis. Thesis (B.?) en_US

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    Honors theses submitted to the Honors College by Ball State University undergraduate students in partial fulfillment of degree requirements.

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