Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS)


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Catherine Golden

Second Advisor

Brian Black


Part One of this thesis, "Inseparably Connected to Place," analyzes Terry Tempest Williams's Refuge (1991) in terms of the effect the land has on the author, and analyzes the author-land relationship in terms of human attachment and loss theory.

Part Two, "A Glimpse into my Topophilia," is my own creative expression. The pieces of the collection mirror the pieces of my grief and the places that have informed my life. The collection reflects my studies regarding the interplay of illustration with the written word, the various stages of attachment and loss, and the primacy of place in the human experience.