Graduate Studies


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Leibman, Caitlin C. Capacity. MA Thesis. University of Nebraska–Lincoln, 2013. Web.


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: English, Under the Supervision of Professor Joy Castro Lincoln, Nebraska: May, 2013

Copyright (c) 2013 Caitlin C. Leibman


A collection of personal essays, Capacity explores issues ranging from health and aging to familial communication in a variety of tones and styles. Most of the pieces in this nonfiction work take the form of braided or segmented essays, which allows them to engage with multiple topics while seeking a deeper resonance overall. Navigating challenges including the deteriorating lungs and declining capabilities of the author’s mother as well as interpersonal pressures with the young author’s partner, the pieces attempt to articulate an understanding of “capacity”: a role or ability, as well as one’s potential.

Adviser: Joy Castro