Thesis Title

Heading home

Author(s)

Dorian Zimmerman

Graduation Year

2012

Date of Thesis Acceptance

Spring 5-8-2012

Major Department or Program

Environmental Humanities

Advisor(s)

Don Snow

Abstract

This thesis explores the manner in which we define the word “home” through both personal narrative and literary analysis. As it will claim, we are all exiles of a certain kind and face displacement at some point throughout our lives. Therefore, the issue of how we define home is paramount for how we inhabit our surroundings. It argues that with home comes responsibility and that internalizing this obligation is essential in how we inhabit the earth as a home – made especially important in light of the environmental problems that plague our societies today.

Page Count

62

Subject Headings

Homecoming, Germany, Washington (State), Exiles -- Psychology, Belonging (Social psychology), Homer -- Odyssey -- Home, Virgil -- Aeneis -- Exile, Assimilation (Sociology), Cultural fusion, F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) -- Great Gatsby, Memory (Philosophy), Homelessness -- Reflection, Personal narratives, Whitman College 2012 -- Dissertation collection -- Environmental Humanities

Permanent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10349/1183

Document Type

Whitman Community Accessible Thesis

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