Thesis Title

Heading home


Dorian Zimmerman

Graduation Year


Date of Thesis Acceptance

Spring 5-8-2012

Major Department or Program

Environmental Humanities


Don Snow


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.

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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 -- Dissertation collection 2012 -- Environmental Humanities

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