Date of Thesis

Spring 2023


My thesis is both creative and analytical, delving into the graphic memoir genre and its components. My own graphic memoir is at the heart of this piece: Swimming Lessons, which I wrote and drew over the past four years. The first and main piece of my thesis is the 122-page completed draft of Swimming Lessons which details three significant parts of my life centering on my relationship with swimming. Following my graphic memoir is the analytical reflective essay which details the graphic memoir by situating Swimming Lessons in conversation with other prevalent texts in the genre. This piece centers on the themes of memory, the graphic genre, and the relationship between the memoir and the memoirist, while also touching on the Young- Adult sub-genre. Lastly, I detail my creative choices and process in the artist statement. My thesis is an exploration and embrace of the graphic memoir through my roles of memoirist, reader, scholar, and author/illustrator.

Access Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Type

Bachelor of Arts


English- Literary Studies

Second Major

Political Science

Minor, Emphasis, or Concentration

Legal Studies

First Advisor

Jeremy Chow

Second Advisor

Virginia Zimmerman