She Poses on a Wailing Stage

Kara M Hollowell, University of Texas at El Paso


She Poses on a Wailing Stage is a work of autofiction that is part epistolary and part bildungsroman. The main protagonist Charlotte is for me a vessel to channel my thoughts on the aftermath of an abusive relationship I found myself trapped. She Poses on a Wailing Stage is a story that, at its core, is about a woman overcoming the negative effects of loneliness and becoming an active agent in her escape with the help of a support system to obtain a more fulfilling and truthful life. My goal of this novel is to challenge the perception of abused women and women who wind up as muses as passive in their abuse. I want to put on paper the reality of silent, feminine resilience that is too often mistaken for passivity. I am creating a work that highlights the severity of loneliness and what it means to live with Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Subject Area

Creative writing|Womens studies|Mental health

Recommended Citation

Hollowell, Kara M, "She Poses on a Wailing Stage" (2023). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI30486747.