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The Second Pen, Nicholas D. Brennan 2017 CUNY Hunter College

The Second Pen, Nicholas D. Brennan

School of Arts & Sciences Theses

"The Second Pen" evaluates the historical relevancy of prevalent monikers for William Shakespeare-- namely, "The Bard," "Swan of Avon," and "Upstart Crow." While Brennan finds the general concept of the moniker to encapsulate Shakespeare's current historical legacy, he equally finds the aforementioned monikers to misrepresent this. Brennan offers "The Second Pen" as a moniker for Shakespeare that redresses the distortions of the others. He concentrates his defense of its relevancy around a defense of William Shakespeare as the "second pen" which Ben Jonson's 1605 Sejanus quarto names as a collaborator in the writing of a preceding stage version ...


Jane Austen’S Politics As Determined By An Examination Of Three Of Her Novels, Rebecca Payton 2017 The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Jane Austen’S Politics As Determined By An Examination Of Three Of Her Novels, Rebecca Payton

University of Tennessee Honors Thesis Projects

No abstract provided.


Simulations Of The Androgynous Society: Shattering Gender Stereotypes In George Eliot’S Silas Marner, Jessica L. Wall 2017 Pepperdine University

Simulations Of The Androgynous Society: Shattering Gender Stereotypes In George Eliot’S Silas Marner, Jessica L. Wall

Seaver College Research And Scholarly Achievement Symposium

This paper examines George Eliot's novel Silas Marner and the compelling argument it asserts against Victorian gender stereotypes. Through the contradictory successes of characters that fail to conform to their expected niches, Eliot presents her revolutionary vision for an androgynous society. Most notably, Silas’s accidental motherhood redeems his purpose while saving Eppie's life, Priscilla's ability to protect the well-being of her family stems from her avoidance of a husband and assumption of a “masculine” managerial position, and Eppie’s idyllic life with Silas is preserved by her refusal to be treated as a possession by male ...


Intro To Intros: Victorian Literature In Brief, Leah Kind 2017 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Intro To Intros: Victorian Literature In Brief, Leah Kind

Leah Kind

Often, teachers struggle with a way to introduce students to a large canon (such as Victorian Literature) without overwhelming them with a heavy reading load. Many teachers can also not expect that students will read outside of class, and cannot devote great swaths of time to in-class reading. This lesson seeks to introduce students to some exemplary representational examples of Victorian literature by reading a portion of the novel’s first chapter, and allowing them to discuss what they have seen, analyze, make predictions, and draw conclusions, based on their reading. This lesson is most suitable for students who have ...


Arming Herself In Leaden Stupor: Janet's Repentance And The Role Of Female Alcoholism, Leah Kind 2017 Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Arming Herself In Leaden Stupor: Janet's Repentance And The Role Of Female Alcoholism, Leah Kind

Leah Kind

George Eliot's fiction contains a wealth of figures who are touched by intoxication: both through their own imbibing, and (sometimes literally) because of others' drinking. As Kathleen McCormack1 has noted, the instances of drink are closely tied to the "manifestoes of realism in the early fiction" and that "...despite George Eliot's reputation for earnestness, responsibility, and even ponderousness, a remarkable number of her characters stagger through the novels with their perceptions blurred and reason distorted by unwise consumption of brandy, wine, beer, ale, patent medicines, and opium" (2, 40). In drawing freely upon this trait and using it ...


Anthony Trollope Competition, 2017 Liberty University

Anthony Trollope Competition

Honorable Mention

Essays are invited on the topic of "Trollope and His World." Submissions may include essays focusing exclusively on the works of Anthony Trollope; comparative essays on Trollope and other writers; essays examining Trollope's work and career in the larger context of Victorian history, culture and society; historical or literary essays on topics central to Trollope's work and illuminated by his work; or essays on the reception of Trollope's work or on his larger cultural influence. Prize is $1,000 to undergraduates and $2,000 to graduates. Deadline is June 1, 2017.


The Shadow Puppets Of Elsinore: Edward Gordon Craig And The Cranach Press Hamlet, James P. Taylor 2017 Pomona College

The Shadow Puppets Of Elsinore: Edward Gordon Craig And The Cranach Press Hamlet, James P. Taylor

Mime Journal

Taylor considers the role that book arts may play in Craig’s theories of the new theatre, or the Art of the Future. He expands our understanding of Craig’s design work to include print culture, examining his engravings for the monumental editions of Hamlet published by Count Harry Kessler’s Cranach Press in 1929–30. Taylor explores the relationship of Craig’s designs for the 1912 Moscow Art Theatre production of Hamlet to his engravings for the German and English-language Cranach Press editions of the play. He suggests that it was only with this print publication that Craig finally ...


The Merchant Of Venice: Tsubouchi’S Shylock And Early Modern Japanese Dichotomy, Matthew Thome 2017 The University of Akron

The Merchant Of Venice: Tsubouchi’S Shylock And Early Modern Japanese Dichotomy, Matthew Thome

Selected Papers of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference

No abstract provided.


Band Of Bastards: Rhetorical Parallels And National Memory In Shakespeare’S St. Crispin’S Day Speech, Patton’S Speech To The Third Army, And Olivier’S Henry V, Mitchell Ploskonka 2017 Michigan State University

Band Of Bastards: Rhetorical Parallels And National Memory In Shakespeare’S St. Crispin’S Day Speech, Patton’S Speech To The Third Army, And Olivier’S Henry V, Mitchell Ploskonka

Selected Papers of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference

No abstract provided.


Skin As An Index To Moral Character In English Renaissance Tragedy, Uwe Klawitter 2017 Ruhr-Universität, Bochum

Skin As An Index To Moral Character In English Renaissance Tragedy, Uwe Klawitter

Selected Papers of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference

No abstract provided.


A Case For Using The First Folio As Directing And Acting Text, Megan Burnett 2017 Bellarmine University

A Case For Using The First Folio As Directing And Acting Text, Megan Burnett

Selected Papers of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference

No abstract provided.


Front Matter, Gabriel A. Rieger 2017 Concord University

Front Matter, Gabriel A. Rieger

Selected Papers of the Ohio Valley Shakespeare Conference

No abstract provided.


Hobbits?...And What May They Be?, Michael Flowers 2017 Independent Scholar

Hobbits?...And What May They Be?, Michael Flowers

Journal of Tolkien Research

Hobbits…And what may they be? This study considers the possible origin of the word ‘hobbit’ on the eightieth anniversary of the publication of the first edition of Tolkien’s book - The Hobbit. It examines the most widely discussed supposed origin by contemporary commentators, and undermines its credibility. Instead, it foregrounds what was originally a medieval Welsh word widely used in agricultural circles, which Tolkien may have encountered in his youth. Proof that the word had a widespread use in a specific sector of the provincial Welsh press is amply demonstrated, and consideration is given to Tolkien’s childhood visit ...


Building Middle-Earth: An Exploration Into The Uses Of Architecture In The Works Of J. R. R. Tolkien, Johanna H. Brooke 2017 University of York

Building Middle-Earth: An Exploration Into The Uses Of Architecture In The Works Of J. R. R. Tolkien, Johanna H. Brooke

Journal of Tolkien Research

Many aspects of Tolkien's Middle-earth have been the attention of scholarly interest since the boom of 'Tolkien studies' but an area that seems to be lacking in criticism, but is certainly full of detail and character in Tolkien's books, is architecture. This essay explores how important the creation of buildings and living spaces in Middle-earth is to the underlying messages of the tale and how the architecture of Middle-earth impacts the reader's journey.

This essay starts as we the reader does - in a hole - and explores the way that architecture is used to help explain hobbits, show ...


“The Lass Of Aughrim” – Love, Tragedy, And The Power Of The Past, Allie J. Kapus 2017 Liberty University

“The Lass Of Aughrim” – Love, Tragedy, And The Power Of The Past, Allie J. Kapus

The Kabod

The traditional Irish ballad “The Lass of Aughrim” appears in James Joyce’s short story “The Dead” and provides both significance to the unfolding of the story itself, as well as insight into the frailty of human relationships and the human condition. The song, while appearing only briefly in the story, is the point at which the story drastically shifts. “The Lass of Aughrim” is central to the development of Gretta Conroy as a character, to an understanding of the complexity of Gabriel and Gretta’s marriage, and to the tension present in the “The Dead” which allows the story ...


It’S About The Journey: Lewis On Heroes And Personality In Out Of The Silent Planet, Jillianne L. Hook 2017 Liberty University

It’S About The Journey: Lewis On Heroes And Personality In Out Of The Silent Planet, Jillianne L. Hook

The Kabod

In his novels, Lewis’s heroes come from humble beginnings and are shaped by circumstances until Lewis is satisfied with them; that is, until they reach their full potential. This draws on his belief that humans only attain true personality by surrendering their personalities to God, who then shapes them into true sons: “The more we get what we now call ‘ourselves’ out of the way and let Him take us over, the more truly ourselves we become.”


Berth Of The Abergavenny, Richard Matlak 2017 College of the Holy Cross

Berth Of The Abergavenny, Richard Matlak

Texts relating to the Earl of Abergavenny (ship)

This essay serves as a brief introduction to the digital collection, Berth of the Abergavenny, by providing context for the historical and literary significance of the model East Indiaman, The Earl of Abergavenny, on display in Dinand Library at the College of the Holy Cross.


Romanticism And Christianity, Erin R. Toal 2017 Liberty University

Romanticism And Christianity, Erin R. Toal

The Kabod

The fervency of Romantic notions sometimes caused the Romantics to stray from Christianity; nonetheless, Romanticism offers many insights that can enhance Christian life and inspire worship of God.


The Sinking Of The Abergavenny, Richard Matlak 2017 College of the Holy Cross

The Sinking Of The Abergavenny, Richard Matlak

Texts relating to the Earl of Abergavenny (ship)

This section of the screenplay Immortal Sea is a fictional representation of the sinking of the Earl of Abergevenny off the coast of England in 1805.


Shakespeare And Black Masculinity In Antebellum America: Slave Revolts And Construction Of Revolutionary Blackness, Elisabeth Mayer 2017 Scripps College

Shakespeare And Black Masculinity In Antebellum America: Slave Revolts And Construction Of Revolutionary Blackness, Elisabeth Mayer

Scripps Senior Theses

This thesis explores how Shakespeare was used by Antebellum American writers to frame slave revolts as either criminal or revolutionary. By specifically addressing The Confessions of Nat Turner by Thomas R. Gray and "The Heroic Slave" by Frederick Douglass, this paper looks at the way invocations of Shakespeare framed depictions of black violence. At a moment when what it means to be American was questioned, American writers like Gray and Douglass turned to Shakespeare and the British roots of the English language in order to structure their respective arguments. In doing so, these texts illuminate how transatlantic identity still permeated ...


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