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Master of Arts (MA)
Miller, Brenda, 1959-
Goebel, Bruce A., 1958-
Girl on the Loose is a collection of personal essays focusing on the author's acts of searching. These searches are sometimes physical undertakings such as the recreational activity Geocaching. Other times they are metaphorical as with the author's search for answers to questions concerning family lineage. Set in the Pacific Northwest, the essays reflect the author's cultural background as seen in an on the history of cultural institution of craft brewing. The essays explore themes of searching for identity, as in the essay "Do They Still Call in Cyberspace?" in which the author works through the created online persona she developed as a young child. This theme of identity then connects to essays concerning the author's family, and especially how the women in her family develop identities and cope with living in a society that does not allow them to fully explore their own searching endeavors.
Western Washington University
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Wood, Rachel, "Girl on the loose" (2013). WWU Masters Thesis Collection. 292.