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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 Barbara DiBernard
Lincoln, Nebraska: April, 2011

Copyright 2011 Kacey JoNell Barrow


This thesis works toward bringing domestic violence activism and feminist theory together by refuting that these two approaches are necessarily in binary opposition. It is centered on changing the way we make sense of violence against women by addressing why the authors that include personal narrative in their writing should be help up as examples of theory. By analyzing literary domestic violence narratives, the author demonstrates that narrative is itself theory. In addition, this essay creates a third space where the author‘s own domestic violence narratives complement the literary narratives. The author shows how we can analyze victimized characters in story, literary non-fiction, and drama using the theories of domestic violence agencies. This creates a third space where narrative, personal expression and theory become one in the effort toward social change.