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Human Gumbo And All Its Glory: Taking A Look At Black Culture And Mardi Gras Indians In The Face Of Erasure, Jayde Tyranique Davis 2017 Bard College

Human Gumbo And All Its Glory: Taking A Look At Black Culture And Mardi Gras Indians In The Face Of Erasure, Jayde Tyranique Davis

Senior Projects Spring 2017

Senior Project submitted to The Division of Social Studies of Bard College.


The Reflection And Reification Of Racialized Language In Popular Media, Kelly E. Wright 2017 University of Kentucky

The Reflection And Reification Of Racialized Language In Popular Media, Kelly E. Wright

Theses and Dissertations--Linguistics

This work highlights specific lexical items that have become racialized in specific contextual applications and tests how these words are cognitively processed. This work presents the results of a visual world (Huettig et al 2011) eye-tracking study designed to determine the perception and application of racialized (Coates 2011) adjectives. To objectively select the racialized adjectives used, I developed a corpus comprised of popular media sources, designed specifically to suit my research question. I collected publications from digital media sources such as Sports Illustrated, USA Today, and Fortune by scraping articles featuring specific search terms from their websites. This experiment seeks ...


"It's [Not] Only Lines On Paper, Folks!": The Curious Literary Identity Of The Graphic Novel, Oona Blood Cullen 2017 Bard College

"It's [Not] Only Lines On Paper, Folks!": The Curious Literary Identity Of The Graphic Novel, Oona Blood Cullen

Senior Projects Spring 2017

Art Spiegelman's “Maus,” Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' “Watchmen,” and Frank Miller's “The Dark Knight Returns,” created waves in both the literary and comics communities upon their subsequent release in the year 1986. My project seeks to unpack the ways in which the “1986 Big Three” forge identities for themselves both within and without the designations of literature and comics, and ultimately to define the unique literary identity of each work. I examine the ways in which each of these works makes use of the history and traditions of the medium from which they emerge, including use of ...


A Long Strange Trip Through The Evolution Of Fan Production, Fan-Branding, And Historical Representation In The Grateful Dead Online Archive, Anna Richardson 2017 Eastern Illinois University

A Long Strange Trip Through The Evolution Of Fan Production, Fan-Branding, And Historical Representation In The Grateful Dead Online Archive, Anna Richardson

Masters Theses

This study explores how a digital music archive tells the story and contributes to the public memory of cult bands. Utilizing the Grateful Dead Archive Online (GDAO) as the primary data source, the researcher obtained a population of 26,835 items and categorized them by the production method of fan or band, item type, era, and logo. Content analysis illustrated themes within the archive in relation to the fannish production and activity within the fandom of the Grateful Dead. The span of this specific fandom spreads across five decades and sheds light onto the ways in which the fandom surrounding ...


The Parton Paradox: A History Of Race And Gender In The Career Of Dolly Parton, Lindsey L. Hammers 2017 Georgia Southern University

The Parton Paradox: A History Of Race And Gender In The Career Of Dolly Parton, Lindsey L. Hammers

Electronic Theses & Dissertations

With a career that has spanned over five decades, country music artist Dolly Parton has continually redefined her image and her music to remain relevant. By incorporating the musical and lyrical stylings of disco and other popular music genres into her songs, Parton moved beyond music’s color line to increase her popularity as an artist. This thesis shows how Parton established a distinct career that catered to different audiences as she traversed the musical color line and repackaged what feminism looked like to country music fans during the Women’s Movement of the 1960s. Placing Parton’s actions in ...


Girls Are Us: A Collection Of Oral Histories From The Jmu Community, Anne M. Sherman 2017 James Madison University

Girls Are Us: A Collection Of Oral Histories From The Jmu Community, Anne M. Sherman

Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current

On a campus where women make up a majority of the student population, it is especially important that female voices are heard and given a platform on which they can control their own narrative. I wanted to give those female-identifying voices that platform. I conducted a series of interviews to examine how college-aged female-identifying students feel about their identity and how they construct that identity within the climate of the JMU community. I was particularly interested in the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual preference, and ability. I asked each person to share their stories of times when they ...


Women Of Color In Music Archives: “Hidden Histories Of Diaspora”, Clitha Mason, Becky D. Jenkins 2016 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus

Women Of Color In Music Archives: “Hidden Histories Of Diaspora”, Clitha Mason, Becky D. Jenkins

Clitha Mason

Women of Color in Music Archives: “Hidden Histories of Diaspora”

Bowling Green State University’s Music Library, and now the Bill Schurk Sound Archives (MLBSSA), have both enhanced and increased my knowledge and awareness of women of color in music, who have made significant contributions to the industry. Many of these musicians often go un-examined, worse yet, many disappear into relative obscurity. This special collection, which celebrates fifty years in 2017, houses works by many women of color, across various diasporas, however. Their music reveals the various intersections from which they exist.  Of the diasporic crossings within the MLBSSA’s ...


From Shtetl To Stardom: Jews And Hollywood, Vincent Brook, Michael Renov 2016 Purdue University

From Shtetl To Stardom: Jews And Hollywood, Vincent Brook, Michael Renov

Purdue University Press Book Previews

The outsized influence of Jews in American entertainment from the early days of Hollywood to the present has proved an endlessly fascinating and controversial topic, for Jews and non-Jews alike. From Shtetl to Stardom: Jews and Hollywood takes an exciting and innovative approach to this rich and complex material. Exploring the subject from a scholarly perspective as well as up close and personal, the book combines historical and theoretical analysis by leading academics in the field with inside information from prominent entertainment professionals. Essays range from Vincent Brook’s survey of the stubbornly persistent canard of Jewish industry “control” to ...


Free To Play/Pay To Win: Consuming Competition Through Online Gaming In The Neoliberal Age, Brandon Jones 2016 Bowling Green State University

Free To Play/Pay To Win: Consuming Competition Through Online Gaming In The Neoliberal Age, Brandon Jones

Honors Projects

This project examines online gaming in the context of decades of deregulation and privatization. In the piece, I examine American culture’s infatuation with the value of competition through a historical and hegemonic scope. Throughout the piece, I make connections between online gaming and the illusion that the populace must compete for unnecessarily scarce resources. The goal of this project is to illustrate how micro-transactions in online gaming is not beneficial for the consumer, but rather coercive reinforcements of the spontaneous philosophy of competition prevalent in the Neoliberal age.


French Women In Art: Reclaiming The Body Through Creation/Les Femmes Artistes Françaises : La Réclamation Du Corps À Travers La Création, Liatris Hethcoat 2016 Chapman University

French Women In Art: Reclaiming The Body Through Creation/Les Femmes Artistes Françaises : La Réclamation Du Corps À Travers La Création, Liatris Hethcoat

Student Research Day Abstracts and Posters

The research I have conducted for my French Major Senior Thesis is a culmination of my passion for and studies of both French language and culture and the history and practice of Visual Arts. I have examined, across the history of art, the representation of women, and concluded that until the 20th century, these representations have been tools employed by the makers of history and those at the top of the patriarchal system, used to control women’s images and thus women themselves. I survey these representations, which are largely created by men—until the 20th century. I ...


Crime And Culture : A Thematic Reading Of Sherlock Holmes And His Adaptations., Britney Broyles 2016 University of Louisville

Crime And Culture : A Thematic Reading Of Sherlock Holmes And His Adaptations., Britney Broyles

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This dissertation focuses on the adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes character and stories into the television shows Sherlock and Elementary on air today. The project will consider three central questions: 1) Why is this Victorian detective hero still popular in the twenty-first century and what has remained constant and still resonates with modern audiences? 2) Both television shows transport Holmes in time by setting their narratives in the present day; therefore, what has been changed in this process of adaptation? 3) How do these changes represent shifts in our cultural thinking about important aspects of humanistic inquiry ...


Part Of This World: A Personal Exploration Of Media And Queer Identity, Emilee Harrison 2016 Dominican University of California

Part Of This World: A Personal Exploration Of Media And Queer Identity, Emilee Harrison

Master's Theses and Capstone Projects

This paper is a mix of research and personal narrative exploring the impact of television, film, and online media on identity formation. I look specifically at my own identity as a queer person and how it has been shaped by what I have seen and experienced as a young queer and as an educator. Topics discussed include homophobia in the classroom and workplace, the impact of social media on youth development and identity formation, and our changing culture as queer visibility increases. This piece is primarily a personal reflection that runs from early childhood to adulthood. It addresses social interactions ...


Abdurraqib, Samaa, Iris Sangiovanni, Samar Amhed 2016 University of Southern Maine

Abdurraqib, Samaa, Iris Sangiovanni, Samar Amhed

Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection

Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project Collection

The Sampson Center for Diversity in Maine’s LGBTQ+ Collection includes important papers, photographs, and other artifacts representing four decades of LGBTQ activism, culture, and commerce in the Southern Maine region. The Querying the Past: LGBTQ Maine Oral History Project is intended to add an additional dimension to the Collection by collecting and preserving the voices and stories of members of the Southern Maine LGBTQ community. The oral histories are available to the public in an effort to enrich understanding of our community and will serve as an important resource for ...


English Grammar: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, Wendy Delk 2016 Western Kentucky University

English Grammar: The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly, Wendy Delk

Undergraduate Conference on Literature, Language, and Culture

No abstract provided.


What’S In A Name?: The Evolution Of The Female Identity In Shalimar The Clown, Jessica Barksdale 2016 Western Kentucky University

What’S In A Name?: The Evolution Of The Female Identity In Shalimar The Clown, Jessica Barksdale

Undergraduate Conference on Literature, Language, and Culture

No abstract provided.


Until Valhalla, Mr. Krebs, William J. Williford 2016 Western Kentucky University

Until Valhalla, Mr. Krebs, William J. Williford

Undergraduate Conference on Literature, Language, and Culture

No abstract provided.


Hold Them Down: Oppression Of Film Noir's Working Woman, Shaire Blythe 2016 Western Kentucky University

Hold Them Down: Oppression Of Film Noir's Working Woman, Shaire Blythe

Undergraduate Conference on Literature, Language, and Culture

Introductory Paragraph:

The struggle for women’s rights and roles in society has been an ongoing battle, since the beginning, with Adam and Eve. The subjugation that was presented upon Eve, because of her fault and easiness to be deceived, has trailed behind mankind, and film noir would not be excluded. The femme fatale seems to play the role of what Eve started, seducing men with her sexuality to carry out wicked schemes and being the downfall of all men. Thus, men began to identify women as a threat to their very essence but, yet, still cannot resist the temptation ...


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.


Know Thyself: Individualism In Cold War America And Disney’S The Mickey Mouse Club, Leah A. Byrnes 2016 University of Wyoming

Know Thyself: Individualism In Cold War America And Disney’S The Mickey Mouse Club, Leah A. Byrnes

Honors Theses AY 16/17

1950s television, particularly Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club, contributed to the commodification of pop culture in a time when the integrity of American ideals was in constant strife due to the rising fear of Communism.


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

Book Review - Porch Lights, Jennifer Putnam Davis

Georgia Library Quarterly

No abstract provided.


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