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Abdulghafoor, Sarwa. “What She Became?” University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2020.
WHAT SHE BECAME? is a thesis comprised of a thirteen- page introduction and 35 poems. As is evident from the title, the poems are about the poet’s unsettling personal and creative journey, as well as her personal movements, her traumatic childhood, her individual and cultural backgrounds. The author takes her readers through the experiences of women in war-torn Iraqi Kurdistan from the early 80s to the present day. Her poetry gives you a glimpse of life under a patriarchal regime that attempts to stifle women’s voices. The introduction dives deeper into her own personal history as a female Kurdish writer, draws close attention to connections between individual/family trauma and collective/historical trauma. Samples of some of the poems are included here.
Advisor: Stacey Waite