Writhing and Roaring

Master's Thesis


Nature is ever changing and indeterminate. As certain as a tornado’s devastating effect on the land, change has an undeniable effect on our identity. Caroline Walker Bynum has written extensively about identity and change. She states, “Change and identity induce anxiety, a need to know what is different and threatening, as well as what is home, what is self.” I understand the animal, land, and weather as stand-ins for our human emotions and experiences. I explore nature as a metaphor for change and regrowth, as embodiments of emotion, struggle, and a place in which we are confronted with, and cannot turn away from our identity.


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  • etd-04152010-144215

Author Brooke Michelle Vertin
Advisor Jean Dibble
Contributor Jean Dibble, Committee Chair
Degree Level Master's Thesis
Degree Discipline Art, Art History, and Design
Degree Name MFA
Defense Date
  • 2010-03-22

Submission Date 2010-04-15
  • United States of America

  • werewolves

  • nature in art

  • metamorphosis

  • Printmaking

  • Lesley Dill

  • Caroline Bynum

  • identity

  • University of Notre Dame

  • English

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