English, Department of


First Advisor

Dr.Stacey Waite

Date of this Version

Spring 4-22-2020


Abdulghafoor, Sarwa. “What She Became?” University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 2020.


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 Grace Bauer. Lincoln, Nebraska: April, 2018

Copyright (c) 2020 Sarwa A. Abdulghafoor


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

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