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The Ecocritical Carnivalesque Of Mason & Dixon: Thomas Pynchon's Environmental Vision, Theodor Jack Hamstra 2017 University of Colorado Boulder

The Ecocritical Carnivalesque Of Mason & Dixon: Thomas Pynchon's Environmental Vision, Theodor Jack Hamstra

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Among American novelists since 1945, Thomas Pynchon ranks as one of the most accomplished, with arguably the most fully realized and profound visions of Postmodernity. Therefore, his absence from the field of Ecocriticism is alarming. The aim of my thesis is to demonstrate that Pynchon’s 1997 novel Mason & Dixon ought to be considered as an essential text of American environmental writing. My thesis triangulates the environmental vision of Mason & Dixon by highlighting its affinity with environmental literature on three overlapping levels: the specter of the ancient, the spectacle of the new during the Enlightenment setting of the novel, and ...


J. C. Penney: The Man, The Store And American Agriculture (Under Contract), David Kruger 2016 University of Wyoming

J. C. Penney: The Man, The Store And American Agriculture (Under Contract), David Kruger

David Delbert Kruger

No abstract provided.


Reconciling The Past In Octavia Butler's Kindred, Haley V. Manis 2016 East Tennessee State University

Reconciling The Past In Octavia Butler's Kindred, Haley V. Manis

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This thesis uses the observations of Nancy J. Peterson on historical wounds as a springboard to discuss Octavia Butler’s novel Kindred and its use of both white and black characters to reexamine the origins of the historical wounds and why they are so difficult to deal with even today. Other scholarly works will be used to further investigate the importance of each character in the story and what they mean to the wound itself. Specifically, Dana is analyzed alongside the other main characters: Rufus, Alice, and Kevin. Though Dana’s relationships with these characters, Kindred’s version of the ...


A Place For Poe: The Foreign In Two Tales Of The Gothic, Shelby Spears 2016 Ouachita Baptist University

A Place For Poe: The Foreign In Two Tales Of The Gothic, Shelby Spears

English Class Publications

There are certain words we use so often in life that they begin to lose their meaning—buzzwords, or broad categorical ones, like millennial. These words, too, crop up in literature: Here I would like to explore one of these in particular, Gothic. We talk often of Gothic literature, Gothic writers, Gothic horror, Gothic post-core triphop—but our definition is so often fuzzy. We know that to be Gothic means to be scary, to be full of the strange and terrifying, but where exactly do we draw the line between Gothic and other forms of horror fiction? Is Stephen King ...


Secrecy, Confidentiality And "Dirty Work": The Case Of Public Relations, Sue Curry Jansen 2016 Muhlenberg College

Secrecy, Confidentiality And "Dirty Work": The Case Of Public Relations, Sue Curry Jansen

Secrecy and Society

No abstract provided.


Restoration Declensions, Divine Consolations: The Work Of John Foxe In 1664 Massachusetts, Anne Myles 2016 University of Northern Iowa

Restoration Declensions, Divine Consolations: The Work Of John Foxe In 1664 Massachusetts, Anne Myles

Anne Myles

Dr. Anne Myles, of the University of Northern Iowa, has recently published an article describing her discovery of a previously unattributed work of Joshua Scottow: Divine Consolations for Mourners in Sion (1664). Her excellent article is titled “Restoration Declensions, Divine Consolations: The Work of John Foxe in 1664 Massachusetts,” and can be found in The New England Quarterly, March 2007, Vol. 80, No. 1, Pages 35- 68. It is available online.

She writes: “In 1664, a text appeared in New England that addressed itself to the uncertainty of the present by once again reaching back into the past—in this ...


Mapping Joaquín: How Literary Cartography Opens New Perspectives On The Western Novel, Reinhild R. I. Kokula 2016 University of North Georgia

Mapping Joaquín: How Literary Cartography Opens New Perspectives On The Western Novel, Reinhild R. I. Kokula

Papers & Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research

Scholars like Peter Turchi argue that the relationship between literature and geography is important to consider when looking at a text. While this discipline, called literary cartography, is on the forefront in Europe, it is only seldom considered by American scholars. My paper shows that a simple literary cartography approach allows us to read a novel from a new perspective. For this purpose I have chosen “The Life and Adventures of Joaquín Murieta” by John Rollin Ridge which follows the fictionalized Mexican bandit Joaquín Murieta on his exploits through California. Through pinning each place in the novel onto a Google ...


Data Recovery Investigations: Murvaul Creek Site (41pn175), Panola County, Texas, Arlo McKee, Charles D. Frederick, Timothy K. Perttula, Robert Z. Selden Jr., Leslie L. Bush, Leonard Kemp, Brittney Gregory, Chad Yost, Linda Scott Cummings, Jeffrey R. Ferguson, Michael D. Glascock, Steve Tomka, Leslie Cecil, Caroline Masiello, Xiaodong Gao, Christopher Goodmaster, Virgil Beasley III 2016 Center for Regional Heritage Research, Stephen F. Austin State University

Data Recovery Investigations: Murvaul Creek Site (41pn175), Panola County, Texas, Arlo Mckee, Charles D. Frederick, Timothy K. Perttula, Robert Z. Selden Jr., Leslie L. Bush, Leonard Kemp, Brittney Gregory, Chad Yost, Linda Scott Cummings, Jeffrey R. Ferguson, Michael D. Glascock, Steve Tomka, Leslie Cecil, Caroline Masiello, Xiaodong Gao, Christopher Goodmaster, Virgil Beasley Iii

Robert Z. Selden Jr.

This report summarizes the archeological findings of the 2011 data recovery investigations at the Murvaul Creek site, 41PN175, in far northeastern Texas in Panola County. The site is located along Farm-to-Market Road (FM) 10 approximately 1 mile north of Gary, Texas (Figure 1). Geo-Marine, Inc. (GMI), performed this work under contract to the Texas Department of Transportation, Environmental Affairs Division (TxDOT ENV) under the Texas Antiquities Permit Number 5879 (Work Authorization [WA] 579 06 SA005; WA 590 08 SA005; CSJ:1222-01-014; Geo-Marine project numbers 22005.00.06 and 22005.00.09). The fieldwork for this project was conducted in advance ...


The Channel For Gay America?: A Cultural Criticism Of The Logo Channel's Commercial Success On American Cable Television, Michael Johnson 2016 University of South Florida

The Channel For Gay America?: A Cultural Criticism Of The Logo Channel's Commercial Success On American Cable Television, Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

Logo currently holds a self-described monopoly as the "Gay Channel for America." Logo stands alone as the single most concentrated national-level vehicle of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered) visibility in the post millennial television era. The Logo Channel has reaped financial rewards from its strategy as a business entity, as LGBT American television viewers embraced its presence as a signifier to America that gays and lesbians have finally "made it". First, any claim to a monopoly deserves critical attention for its place in mainstream television, for its business practices, and for the power it holds in representing and targeting ...


The Channel For Gay America?: A Cultural Criticism Of The Logo Channel's Commercial Success On American Cable Television, Michael Johnson 2016 University of South Florida

The Channel For Gay America?: A Cultural Criticism Of The Logo Channel's Commercial Success On American Cable Television, Michael Johnson

Michael Johnson

Logo currently holds a self-described monopoly as the "Gay Channel for America." Logo stands alone as the single most concentrated national-level vehicle of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered) visibility in the post millennial television era. The Logo Channel has reaped financial rewards from its strategy as a business entity, as LGBT American television viewers embraced its presence as a signifier to America that gays and lesbians have finally "made it". First, any claim to a monopoly deserves critical attention for its place in mainstream television, for its business practices, and for the power it holds in representing and targeting ...


A Critique Of Puritan Values And Social Restrictions, Laura Guebert 2016 Murray State University

A Critique Of Puritan Values And Social Restrictions, Laura Guebert

Scholars Week

This paper outlines and discusses Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter through the lens of feminist and social critiques. It attempts to draw attention to the fates of both male and females characters in the story according to their personality and status. Therefore, by examining the complex treatment and relationships between the four principle characters of The Scarlet Letter and their author, Hawthorne’s use of a feminist critique can be understood as a wider criticism of Puritan and, by extension, mid-nineteenth century social and moral restrictions and expectations.


"One Accord Of Sympathy": The Relationship Between Narrator, Reader, And Puritans, Brianna E. Taylor 2016 Murray State University

"One Accord Of Sympathy": The Relationship Between Narrator, Reader, And Puritans, Brianna E. Taylor

Scholars Week

Ambiguous narration in Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter creates a reader that is simultaneously an insider privy to uncertain narrative report and an outsider sympathetic to Hester’s ignominy. While current reader response criticism explores narrative techniques of ambiguity and sympathy in isolation, this paper analyzes how these techniques are used in conjunction to establish a relationship between narrator and reader. The narrator’s role as storyteller and gossip, accepting explanations of a rational contemporary audience and superstitious Puritans, both defies Puritan inflexibility and creates intimacy that includes readers in this community. At the same time, a sympathetic relationship ...


Late Night Words To A Young Friend, Rowan Cahill 2016 University of Wollongong

Late Night Words To A Young Friend, Rowan Cahill

Rowan Cahill


An Australian response to concerns expressed to the author in the wake of the electoral success of Donald Trump in the 2016 US Presidential Election. Published 14 November 2016 on the Radical Sydney/Radical History blog.]


Margaret Jane Mussey Sweat Diary, 1849-1880, Margaret J. M. Sweat 2016 University of New England

Margaret Jane Mussey Sweat Diary, 1849-1880, Margaret J. M. Sweat

Diary, 1849-1880

Diary of Margaret Jane Mussey Sweat with entries dating from 1849-1880. Includes several clippings and photographs pasted in.


Visionaries Of The American West : Mari Sandoz And Her Four Plains Protagonists, Lisa Rae Lindell 2016 South Dakota State University

Visionaries Of The American West : Mari Sandoz And Her Four Plains Protagonists, Lisa Rae Lindell

Lisa R. Lindell

The authorial reputation of Mari Sandoz has long rested in the shadow of other writers of her era. First of all, Sandoz wrote from and about a relatively remote region of the United States. In addition, she firmly refused to produce popular works at the expense of sacrificing the truth she perceived and wished to express. Consequently, Sandoz has often been classified as a regional writer and her works have been overlooked by many readers and critics. Her status as a woman, her unconventional writing style, point of view, and subject matter, and the blending of historical and fictional elements ...


Tapley, Corinne R., B. 1892 (Sc 3060), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives 2016 Western Kentucky University

Tapley, Corinne R., B. 1892 (Sc 3060), Manuscripts & Folklife Archives

MSS Finding Aids

Finding aid only for Manuscripts Small Collection 3060. The Little Colonel’s Good Times Book (Boston: L. C. Page, 1909) containing birthday records and diary entries of Corinne R. Tapley, Watertown, New York, from January 1910 to September 1912. She writes of social occasions, travel to New York City, graduating from high school, and participation in a wedding party.


Pricey Purchases And Classy Customers: Why Sophisticated Consumers Do Not Need The Protection Of Trademark Laws, Meaghan E. Goodwin 2016 University of Georgia School of Law

Pricey Purchases And Classy Customers: Why Sophisticated Consumers Do Not Need The Protection Of Trademark Laws, Meaghan E. Goodwin

Journal of Intellectual Property Law

No abstract provided.


Indigenous Helpers And Renegade Invaders: Ambivalent Characters In Biblical And Cinematic Conquest Narratives, L. Daniel Hawk 2016 Ashland Theological Seminary

Indigenous Helpers And Renegade Invaders: Ambivalent Characters In Biblical And Cinematic Conquest Narratives, L. Daniel Hawk

Journal of Religion & Film

This article compares the role of ambiguous character types in the national narratives of biblical Israel and modern America, two nations that ground their identities in myths of conquest. The types embody the tensions and ambivalence conquest myths generate by combining the invader/indigenous binary in complementary ways. The Indigenous Helper assists the invaders and signifies the land’s acquiescence to conquest. The Renegade Invader identifies with the indigenous peoples and manifests anxiety about the threat of indigenous difference. A discussion of these types in the book of Joshua, through the stories of Rahab and Achan, establishes a point of ...


Book Review - Porch Lights, Jennifer Putnam Davis 2016 Augusta University

Book Review - Porch Lights, Jennifer Putnam Davis

Georgia Library Quarterly

No abstract provided.


New South(Ern) Landscapes: Reenvisioning Tourism, Industry, And The Environment In The American South, John Barrington Matthews 2016 College of William and Mary - Arts & Sciences

New South(Ern) Landscapes: Reenvisioning Tourism, Industry, And The Environment In The American South, John Barrington Matthews

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Commenting on two distinct bodies of visual culture, this thesis examines how the American South has been depicted in photography, advertisement, and popular media. Exploring images of the South ranging from Depression-era Virginia to present day lower Louisiana, these papers seek to better incorporate views of a region traditionally underrepresented in visual depictions of the American landscape. Underlying both projects is an interest in utilizing visual culture as a means to understand humanity’s relationship with the nonhuman world. Taking a closer look at promotional materials from the early years of Shenandoah National Park, as well as the (post)industrial ...


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