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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 ...


Coleridge, Thoreau, And The Transatlantic ‘Riddle Of The World', Samantha Harvey 2016 Boise State University

Coleridge, Thoreau, And The Transatlantic ‘Riddle Of The World', Samantha Harvey

Samantha Harvey

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Thoreau And Romanticism, Samantha Harvey 2016 Boise State University

Thoreau And Romanticism, Samantha Harvey

Samantha Harvey

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From Slave Cabins To The White House: Homemaking Anxiety In African American Culture, Koritha Mitchell 2016 Ohio State University - Main Campus

From Slave Cabins To The White House: Homemaking Anxiety In African American Culture, Koritha Mitchell

Koritha Mitchell

A book-length study of what I call "homemaking anxiety," which I first began defining in the article "Mamie Bradley's Unbearable Burden." It is "the palpable tension that emerges when African Americans, especially women, continue to invest in homemaking even while seeing the signs that it won't yield for them the respectability or safety that it should." This project traces the imprint this tension has left on black cultural production, from slavery to the Age of Michelle Obama. Performance theory influences my examination of a wide array of texts—whether novels, plays, or the performance text that is Mrs ...


Teaching Place: Heritage, Home And Community, The Heart Of Education, Judy Kay Lorenzen 2016 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Teaching Place: Heritage, Home And Community, The Heart Of Education, Judy Kay Lorenzen

Dissertations, Theses, and Student Research: Department of English

This dissertation examines the implementation of a Place-conscious pedagogy as a means to teach heritage and sense of place. This pedagogy is framed upon the premise that trying to understand our heritage and place—ourselves—are crucial elements in our ability to live well as individuals who are connected school/community members, who help our schools/communities thrive, becoming Place-conscious citizens. I argue that in teaching in such a culturally diverse community, tensions rise as immigration has become a main focus. Our school/community has experienced many ethnic groups with vast social differences for which Place-conscious education offers practical solutions ...


Front Matter, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, V. 34, No. 2, 2016 University of Iowa

Front Matter, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, V. 34, No. 2

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Keeping Tally With Meaning: Reading Numerals In Walt Whitman's Manuscripts, Matt Cohen, Aaron Dinin 2016 University of Texas at Austin

Keeping Tally With Meaning: Reading Numerals In Walt Whitman's Manuscripts, Matt Cohen, Aaron Dinin

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Practicing Infinity, Rachel Feder 2016 University of Denver

Practicing Infinity, Rachel Feder

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Whitman In The Abstract, Zachary Turpin 2016 University of Houston

Whitman In The Abstract, Zachary Turpin

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Back Matter, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, V. 34, No. 2, 2016 University of Iowa

Back Matter, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, V. 34, No. 2

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography, Fall 2016, Ed Folsom 2016 University of Iowa

Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography, Fall 2016, Ed Folsom

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Walt Whitman's Selected Journalism. Ed. Douglas A. Noverr And Jason Stacy [Review], Martin T. Buinicki 2016 Valparaiso University

Walt Whitman's Selected Journalism. Ed. Douglas A. Noverr And Jason Stacy [Review], Martin T. Buinicki

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Whitman And Mathematics: An Introduction, Blake Bronson-Bartlett 2016 Technische Universität Dortmund / University of Iowa

Whitman And Mathematics: An Introduction, Blake Bronson-Bartlett

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Counting From One To A Million: Whitman's Engagement With Large Numbers, Ed Folsom 2016 University of Iowa

Counting From One To A Million: Whitman's Engagement With Large Numbers, Ed Folsom

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Incalculable, Unaccountable, Indivisible? Walt Whitman's Lessons In Arithmetic, Stefan Schöberlein 2016 University of Iowa

Incalculable, Unaccountable, Indivisible? Walt Whitman's Lessons In Arithmetic, Stefan Schöberlein

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


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 ...


The Puppeteer: An Analysis Of The Implications Of Gendered Spheres Through Sadie Burke In All The King’S Men, Sierra D. Riddle 2016 Lee University

The Puppeteer: An Analysis Of The Implications Of Gendered Spheres Through Sadie Burke In All The King’S Men, Sierra D. Riddle

Papers & Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research

In a novel written about All the King's Men, this critical analysis serves as a closer look at the [wo]man behind the curtain. "The Puppeteer" scrutinizes Robert Penn Warren's use of gender in relation to politics, power, and puppet strings through his female character Sadie Burke. All the King's Men is praised for being the insightful chronicle of Willie Stark's journey from rags to riches, who is rumored to serve as the fictional representation of Louisiana Governor Huey Long. It is also celebrated for the tantalizing coming-of-age narrative of Warren's narrator Jack Burden, in ...


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 ...


The Ideology Of Madness: The Rejected Artist Vs. The Capitalist Society In As I Lay Dying, Jared R. McSwain 2016 Oglethorpe University

The Ideology Of Madness: The Rejected Artist Vs. The Capitalist Society In As I Lay Dying, Jared R. Mcswain

Oglethorpe Journal of Undergraduate Research

This article examines the character of Darl Bundren in William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying from the position that he is an artist functioning in a society that ultimately rejects and condemns him through the vessel of ideological conceptions of madness. Topics explored include the ideology of madness, the ideological project of capitalism, queering as a weapon to support an ideology, essential characteristics of “the artist” type, and the consequences of perceived madness.


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