The Old Widow: What Do You Take if the House is on Fire Public Deposited

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  • March 19, 2019
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  • Mabe, Rachel
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of American Studies
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  • This paper is a creative text based on intensive ethnographic fieldwork and critical ideas encountered in secondary research. It tells the story of an elderly widow, Sandy Edgerly, through her objects. It focuses on four objects that each represents a moment of transformation in Sandy's life. Through these four objects a biography materializes that can be seen as an epitome of how individuals map and navigate life through stories attached to transitional moments. This work is located at the intersection where material culture, ethnography, and performance theory meet to explore the question of identity.
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  • Herman, Bernard
  • Sawin, Patricia
  • Stephenson, Sam
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
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  • 2014
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  • Chapel Hill, NC
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