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Disrupting Narratives And Narrators: A Case For Anna Deavere Smith's Work In The High School Classroom, Amy Hale 2018 Dominican University of California

Disrupting Narratives And Narrators: A Case For Anna Deavere Smith's Work In The High School Classroom, Amy Hale

Master's Theses and Capstone Projects

Anna Deavere Smith, American actress, writer, and professor, explores racial conflicts and the nuances that contribute to dissonance and identity politics through her one- woman plays. Employing a journalistic dramatic format of her own, Smith interviews a panoply of people who play major and minor roles involving conflicts. She then brings these interviews to life on the stage. As a high English teacher, I incorporate Smith’s plays Fires in the Mirror and Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992 into my eleventh grade American literature class. In this paper, I explain why Smith’s plays help facilitate and nurture important conversations about ...


Women’S Erotic Desires And Perspectives On Marriage In Sappho’S Epithalamia And H.D.’S Hymen, Amanda Kubic 2018 Washington University in St. Louis

Women’S Erotic Desires And Perspectives On Marriage In Sappho’S Epithalamia And H.D.’S Hymen, Amanda Kubic

Arts & Sciences Electronic Theses and Dissertations

In her collection Hymen (1921), the modernist poet H.D. engages in a collaborative, composite reception of the archaic Greek lyric poet Sappho. H.D. draws on Sappho as a source of lyric power and lesbian erotic authority, and brings together the various women’s voices and perspectives represented in Sappho’s poems—especially those that have to do with marriage—into her own present poetic moment. As the title Hymen suggests, of particular significance to H.D.’s Sapphic reception work is the genre of the epithalamium, or “wedding song.” Sappho, in her epithalamia, constructs a woman-centered and woman-identified ...


Female Gender Stereotypes And Inequality Within Ursula Vernon’S Jackalope Wives And David K. Yeh’S Cottage Country, Breanna D. Perrin 2018 Wilfrid Laurier University

Female Gender Stereotypes And Inequality Within Ursula Vernon’S Jackalope Wives And David K. Yeh’S Cottage Country, Breanna D. Perrin

Bridges: An Undergraduate Journal of Contemporary Connections

Historically, fairy tales attempt to bring forth issues of femininity, typically surrounding domestic violence, oppression, as well as unequal gender relations. This paper attempts to utilize Ursula Vernon’s Jackalope Wives, as well as David K. Yeh’s Cottage Country to exemplify the ways in which modern fairy tales conform and reject previous notions of what it means to be a woman within fantasy. Furthermore, through analyzing content presented within both texts, this paper acknowledges their differing, yet failed attempts to abolish gendered stereotypes within literature, raising concern as to whether such social issues are so easily overcome.


You Are What You Wear: Clothing And American Authors Of The Early 20th Century, Alyssa Q. Johnson 2018 Abilene Christian University

You Are What You Wear: Clothing And American Authors Of The Early 20th Century, Alyssa Q. Johnson

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Though clothes are often said to “make the man,” they are not frequently said to build a character. This thesis explores the ways in which clothing was a performative tool for those who wore it during the 1920s in America as well as for authors who wrote about this world in which they lived. This study’s theoretical framework is inspired by Judith Butler’s concept of the performative; it is also influenced by historical research into the clothing of the 1920s. Primary texts explored include F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and Tender Is the Night, Nella Larsen ...


T.S. Eliot, "The Waste Land", And Yoga Philosophy, Jessica Cloud 2018 The University of Southern Mississippi

T.S. Eliot, "The Waste Land", And Yoga Philosophy, Jessica Cloud

Master's Theses

While pursuing his graduate studies at Harvard, T.S. Eliot put a year into deep study of the Yoga Sutras with renowned scholar James Haughton Woods. Yoga, defined in the Sutras as the practice of stopping “the fluctuations of the mind-stuff” (Patañjali 8), provides the possibility of hope and equanimity in Eliot’s poem The Waste Land (1922), which depicts a world seemingly devoid of meaning. Not only can the influence of the Yoga Sutras be seen in the poetic form, style, and voice of The Waste Land and in the explanatory notes to the poem provided by Eliot ...


Front Matter, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, V. 35, Nos. 3/4, 2018 University of Iowa

Front Matter, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, V. 35, Nos. 3/4

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

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Circulating Multitudes: From Antiquity To Cell Theory, Stefanie Heine 2018 University of Toronto

Circulating Multitudes: From Antiquity To Cell Theory, Stefanie Heine

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

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Whitman’S Native Futurism: Frontier Erotics In The 1860 Leaves Of Grass, Benjamin Meiners 2018 Washington University in St. Louis

Whitman’S Native Futurism: Frontier Erotics In The 1860 Leaves Of Grass, Benjamin Meiners

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

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“Till The Gossamer Thread You Fling Catch Somewhere”: Parvin E’Tesami’S Creative Reception Of Walt Whitman, Behnam Mirzababazadeh Fomeshi 2018 TU Dortmund University

“Till The Gossamer Thread You Fling Catch Somewhere”: Parvin E’Tesami’S Creative Reception Of Walt Whitman, Behnam Mirzababazadeh Fomeshi

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography, Winter/Spring 2018, Ed Folsom 2018 University of Iowa

Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography, Winter/Spring 2018, Ed Folsom

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


In Memoriam: Joann Peck Krieg, 1932-2017, Karen Karbiener 2018 New York University

In Memoriam: Joann Peck Krieg, 1932-2017, Karen Karbiener

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

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In Memoriam: Donald J. Kummings, 1940-2017, Ed Folsom 2018 University of Iowa

In Memoriam: Donald J. Kummings, 1940-2017, Ed Folsom

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

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Back Matter, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, V. 35, Nos. 3/4, 2018 University of Iowa

Back Matter, Walt Whitman Quarterly Review, V. 35, Nos. 3/4

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Insurgent Knowledge: The Poetics And Pedagogy Of Toni Cade Bambara, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, And Adrienne Rich In The Era Of Open Admissions, Danica B. Savonick 2018 The Graduate Center, CUNY

Insurgent Knowledge: The Poetics And Pedagogy Of Toni Cade Bambara, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, And Adrienne Rich In The Era Of Open Admissions, Danica B. Savonick

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

Insurgent Knowledge analyzes the reciprocal relations between teaching and literature in the work of Audre Lorde, June Jordan, Toni Cade Bambara, and Adrienne Rich, all of whom taught in the Search for Education, Elevation, and Knowledge (SEEK) educational opportunity program at the City University of New York in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Drawing on archival research and analysis of their published work, I show how feminist aesthetics have shaped U.S. education (especially student-centered pedagogical practices) and how classroom encounters with students had a lasting impact on our postwar literary landscape and theories of difference. My project demonstrates ...


Introducing Godzilla To Marianne Moore's Octopus Of Ice At The Intersection Of Global Warming, Environmental Philosophy, And Poetry, David Seter 2018 Dominican University of California

Introducing Godzilla To Marianne Moore's Octopus Of Ice At The Intersection Of Global Warming, Environmental Philosophy, And Poetry, David Seter

Master's Theses and Capstone Projects

This paper explores the question: how can a poet write an ecologically aware poem about global warming? Global warming impacts everything on earth, most visibly the glaciers melting away before our eyes. Adopting Aldo Leopold’s environmental philosophy of thinking like a mountain, the poet may describe the impact of global warming upon the mountain, glacier, flora and fauna, that form an interconnected web of life. A poem that thinks like a mountain already exists: Marianne Moore’s “An Octopus” (published in 1924), which takes its title from the system of glaciers (or octopus of ice) on Mt. Rainier. For ...


The Presentation Of Postmodern Sexuality In Short Fiction, Allie J. Kapus 2018 Liberty University

The Presentation Of Postmodern Sexuality In Short Fiction, Allie J. Kapus

Senior Honors Theses

Shifting norms in twentieth century western society, coupled with emerging postmodern thought in the 1960s, radically changed the ways in which people viewed sexuality, gender roles, and the institutions of marriage and the family. The literature of the postmodern era, namely short fiction, also reflects such ideological shifts. Literature is a powerful communicator of the human condition as well as a crucial means for reflecting the customs, beliefs, and norms of a society at the time of its writing. Such evolving differences as were occurring in the realm of sexuality came to be represented in postmodern literature. This thesis aims ...


Iarwain Ben-Adar On The Road To Faerie: Tom Bombadil's Recovery Of Premodern Fantasy Values, Greta Rogers 2018 Liberty University

Iarwain Ben-Adar On The Road To Faerie: Tom Bombadil's Recovery Of Premodern Fantasy Values, Greta Rogers

Masters Theses

This thesis project discusses J. R. R. Tolkien's character Tom Bombadil as an agent of recovery of premodern fantasy values. Several premodern fantasy works espouse a sense of harmony with the world as God’s created order, a value that is missing from some postmodern fantasy works. Tolkien’s Tom Bombadil is examined as a means to recover that acceptance of the created order.


Becoming Your Broken Cisterns: F. Scott Fitzgerald's Short-Fiction Treatment Of Religion, Richard W. Halkyard 2018 Winthrop University

Becoming Your Broken Cisterns: F. Scott Fitzgerald's Short-Fiction Treatment Of Religion, Richard W. Halkyard

Graduate Theses

The intention of my thesis is to reorient the popular vantage points whereby the masses view — and pigeonhole — author F. Scott Fitzgerald. Literary critics and cursory readers alike oftentimes fail to see how the writer’s foundational Catholic upbringing, and therefore, a religious inclination informed his craft. While Fitzgerald was raised Catholic, few literary critics acknowledge the pattern of religious thematics and imagery Fitzgerald implemented throughout the course of his career. Among those select critics — including Joan Allen, Alice Hall Petry, and Edward Gillin — none argue for a positive relationship between Fitzgerald and the Christian God. I assert that Fitzgerald ...


Resistance And Women's Solidarity In The Handmaid's Tale, From 1985 To 2017, Dana S. Florczak 2018 College of William and Mary

Resistance And Women's Solidarity In The Handmaid's Tale, From 1985 To 2017, Dana S. Florczak

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis examines Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel The Handmaid’s Tale within its contemporary context of 1980s backlash and analyzes one of its central messages: that of the power and potential of women’s solidarity. This original message is then compared to the messages communicated by the 2017 Hulu adaptation of the novel, focusing on differences in depictions of backlash and women’s solidarity and concluding with an analysis of how these differences may affect the important original underlying theme: the strength found in women’s solidarity. Through analysis of genuine and forced solidarity and how these main types ...


Stripping The Paint: Uncovering The Self-Made Man In The Rise Of Silas Lapham And The Great Gatsby, Emma Elena Johnson 2018 College of William and Mary

Stripping The Paint: Uncovering The Self-Made Man In The Rise Of Silas Lapham And The Great Gatsby, Emma Elena Johnson

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The Self-Made Man has become a most arresting American myth— one that still fascinates and captivates today. Engaging The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and The Rise of Silas Lapham by W. D. Howells, Emma Johnson explores the tensions that the self-made man faces at the intersection of class, character, and capital. From this complex crossroads, Johnson focuses on how self-made men in literature understand their identities and success in a generational context by investigating how family and socioeconomic transformation across historical periods influence this seemingly individualistic and seemingly timeless character type.


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