Term of Award

Fall 2021

Degree Name

Master of Arts in English (M.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

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Department of Literature

Committee Chair

Mary Villerponteaux

Committee Member 1

Julia Griffin

Committee Member 2

Joe Pellegrino


Using Hanya Yanagihara’s A Little Life, this thesis outlines how to ethically and effectively teach literature that deals with trauma. My personal teaching philosophy as well as the current pedagogy surrounding trauma literature preface a detailed syllabus, lesson plans, assessments, and activities that would be useful in teaching a course centered around literature that deals with trauma. This thesis highlights the merits of teaching trauma fiction in the literature classroom.

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