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Create your own: A Bildungsroman/autotheory

Updated: Jul 21, 2022

Abstract

The piece is inspired by Maggie Nelson’s methodology, style, and argumentation in her autotheory “The Argonauts” (2015). With this, I will incorporate personal anecdotes and a poetic voice. Similar to Nelson, I will be writing a “coming of age” story where I chronicle my own personal relationship with womanhood and how it relates to American beauty standards and gender performance. The primary question that this serves to explore is how, or why, one may shed their femininity in an attempt to shed beauty standards? This is the main question that drives many of my experiences with performing my chosen gender as a heterosexual, cis female. Further, I will be incorporating the writings of Charlotte Bunch, Sojourner Truth, and Sandy Stone within each vignette.