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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.


“The Unwelcome Truth” : Arthur Miller’S The Crucible As Satirical Political Allegory, Deanna Marie Mattia 2018 Montclair State University

“The Unwelcome Truth” : Arthur Miller’S The Crucible As Satirical Political Allegory, Deanna Marie Mattia

Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects

The purpose of this thesis is to demonstrate that while Arthur Miller’s 1952 play The Crucible is often cited as a political allegory of the McCarthy era, analyzing various instances of irony and how language itself becomes almost criminal shows the play can also be interpreted as satire. This thesis begins with a detailed analysis of Puritan life and religion to show how Spectral Evidence and an inherent fear of the Devil become the driving forces of the Salem Trials. From there, an examination of the political climate that inspires Miller to do a close-reading of human behavior shows ...


Hiding Behind The Closet Door: Representations Of The Homosexual Experience In A Streetcar Named Desire, Antonia Piccirillo 2018 St. John Fisher College

Hiding Behind The Closet Door: Representations Of The Homosexual Experience In A Streetcar Named Desire, Antonia Piccirillo

The Review: A Journal of Undergraduate Student Research

Themes related to homosexuality and the homosexual experience are interwoven in many layers throughout Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire. This research paper analyzes contemporary commentary on homosexuality from the 1940s and ‘50s, Blanche’s experiences with light and perception, and moments of homosociality between the male poker players, to interpret how the homosexual experience is represented and exposed on stage through the two main characters in the play, Blanche and Stanley. Williams uses a heteronormative context to portray the homosexual experience, thus mirroring the way gay men had to navigate life in the closet while presenting to the public ...


Connected Spirits: Adolescent Females And Animal Agents, Elizabeth A. Parrish 2018 University of Texas at Tyler

Connected Spirits: Adolescent Females And Animal Agents, Elizabeth A. Parrish

English Department Theses

The novels The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers and The Welsh Girl by Peter Ho Davies create a unique opportunity to investigate human and animal relationships given the similarity of their time frames and main characters. Both novels feature adolescent females struggling to resolve their identities against the backdrop of WWII. Frankie Addams in The Member of the Wedding and Esther Evans in The Welsh Girl share the additional characteristics of deceased mothers, distant fathers, and contacts with animals. Because these books are bildungsromans, they permit a comparative analysis as separate experiments in feminine growth with attention to ...


Science Fiction And Models Of Humanity, Emily Holland 2018 Carroll College

Science Fiction And Models Of Humanity, Emily Holland

Carroll College Student Undergraduate Research Festival

Science Fiction as a literary genre offers a unique platform for social commentary. It presents plausible scientific advancements as a reality, and then uses this possible future to enter the discussion on society’s current model of humanity. One of the first works of Science Fiction, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus, published in 1818, was written in a time overflowing with new scientific theories and advancements. Two such sciences, galvanism and vitalism, aimed to identify the principle of life in the human body. At the same time, pseudo-psychological theories discussed the psychological aspects of what we call ...


Mythic Quest In Bob Dylan's Blonde On Blonde, Graley Herren 2018 Xavier University

Mythic Quest In Bob Dylan's Blonde On Blonde, Graley Herren

Faculty Scholarship

Blonde on Blonde epitomizes Bob Dylan’s debts to the classics. The album depicts the mythic quest of a hipster-hero descending into the Underworld in pursuit of the Muse. The hero resembles Dylan but is augmented by the experiences of mythic figures like Orpheus and Odysseus. The singer encounters bizarre figures and wanders in exile through the “Lowlands” searching for the goddess—a figure inspired by Sara Dylan, but also a composite of the White Goddess, Persephone, Eurydice, and others. Dylan’s mythic adaptations are also informed by the syncretic work of T.S. Eliot, Joseph Campbell, and Robert Graves.


When In Spain: Intercultural Competence In Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, Alexa Barta 2018 University of Minnesota, Morris

When In Spain: Intercultural Competence In Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, Alexa Barta

Undergraduate Research Symposium 2018

Ernest Hemingway, an iconic American writer of the Lost Generation, frequently traveled to Spain while living abroad as an expatriate. In fact, many of the fictitious accounts in his works are based on real events in the lives of Hemingway and his friends during their time in Spain. Despite the large number of American expatriates traveling and living abroad during the 1920s, the concept of intercultural competence likely did not exist; or at least not in the modern-day sense of the phrase. While much literature already exists on Hemingway’s connection to Spain, there is currently limited scholarship on the ...


Broadcasting The Search For Understanding: The Essay's Relationship With The Podcast, Miriam Bay Sweeney 2018 Brigham Young University

Broadcasting The Search For Understanding: The Essay's Relationship With The Podcast, Miriam Bay Sweeney

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In this creative thesis project, I explore the relationship between the modern essay and the podcast. I do so by producing the first three episodes of my own essayistic podcast, called Peer-Refined Health. In this foundational exploration, I consider the value of the podcast as a new medium of communication for the essay. I begin this project report with a background on both the podcast and the essay as well as a discussion of my project development. The transcripts of three episodes of Peer-Refined Health follow. Finally, I analyze the relationship between the essay and the podcast and suggest additional ...


Straddling Two Words: Biracial Identity In "Flight", Rachel Ramlawi 2018 Bowling Green State University - Main Campus

Straddling Two Words: Biracial Identity In "Flight", Rachel Ramlawi

Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies

If borderlands are the space between two territories that is the space bi-racial people occupy every day. Their entire life is lived in the space between creating a unique form of othering where they’re never fully part of either community their parents belonged to. In Sherman Alexie’s novel Flight, the Narrator Zits is a bi-racial Native American teenager who constantly grapples with his identity. Through the theme of past-lives Zits is able to embrace both parts of his ethnicity, establish his identity, and grow up. It is a coming of age tale that is remarkably unique. This paper ...


Development Of A Literary Dispositif: Convening Diasporan, Blues, And Cosmopolitan Lines Of Inquiry To Reveal The Cultural Dialogue Among Giuseppe Ungaretti, Langston Hughes, And Antonio D’Alfonso, Anna Ciamparella 2018 Louisiana State University

Development Of A Literary Dispositif: Convening Diasporan, Blues, And Cosmopolitan Lines Of Inquiry To Reveal The Cultural Dialogue Among Giuseppe Ungaretti, Langston Hughes, And Antonio D’Alfonso, Anna Ciamparella

LSU Doctoral Dissertations

This dissertation seeks to create a literary dialogue among the Italian poet Giuseppe Ungaretti, the African American author Langston Hughes, and the Quebecois writer Antonio D’Alfonso. Giuseppe Ungaretti and Langston Hughes were more or less contemporaries. Ungaretti was born in 1888 and Hughes in 1902, and both were active in modernist movements that shaped the literary history of their own countries. D’Alfonso was born in Canada about half a center after Ungaretti and Hughes. Besides significant generational differences, these three authors also underwent personal and intellectual experiences that shaped their writing in seemingly incomparable ways. While a traditional ...


Learn To Speak Japanese In Three Excruciating Steps, Jason A. Bock 2018 Hamline University

Learn To Speak Japanese In Three Excruciating Steps, Jason A. Bock

Creative Writing Programs

Gary, a middle-aged Midwesterner, lost his first wife and the mother of his only son to a terminal illness ten years ago. His son, Brent, has been living in Japan for five years and barely speaks to his father. After Brent receives a life-threatening diagnosis of his own, Gary travels half-way across the globe to be with his son and attempt to repair their tattered relationship.


Modern American Cover Art: The Great Gatsby Through Time, Jessica Harrell 2018 University of South Carolina

Modern American Cover Art: The Great Gatsby Through Time, Jessica Harrell

Senior Theses

Book jackets and cover art are, more than anything, an advertising tool used to attract consumers, promote book sales, and establish company identity. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is a staple in the canon of American literature whose cover art has drastically transformed in the ninety years since its original publication. This thesis traces these changes over time, focusing specifically on publishing history, art history, American culture, and thematic interpretations. In doing so, I found that the most substantial influences on these covers were publishing house identity, design trends, and available artistic techniques. Ultimately, The Great Gatsby’s ...


Faulknerian Social Strata Meridians In Yoknapatawpha County: A Study In Literary Geography, Margaret R. Owens 2018 University of North Georgia

Faulknerian Social Strata Meridians In Yoknapatawpha County: A Study In Literary Geography, Margaret R. Owens

Honors Theses

William Faulkner may have claimed ownership of Yoknapatawpha County as a fictional destination whose inhabitants he had the exclusive right to mine for literary inspiration, but not even the sole proprietor and cartographer himself could have accounted for the transcendence of his literarily- and cartographically-delineated social stratums beyond the boundaries of his 2400-mile mythical county. Superimposed over a real map of Lafayette County, Mississippi, his birthplace and the very root of his modernist and Southern gothic canon, Yoknapatawpha is no more fictional than racism and gender inequality in the South. Faulkner’s maps themselves—of which there are two official ...


Uncovering Christianity Within C. S. Lewis's Fantastical Universe, Joelma Sambdman 2018 University of North Georgia

Uncovering Christianity Within C. S. Lewis's Fantastical Universe, Joelma Sambdman

Department of English Capstone Abstracts

No abstract provided.


Stephen Crane's Class Warfare: The Red Badge Of Courage And Class Conflict, William Hollis IV 2018 University of North Georgia

Stephen Crane's Class Warfare: The Red Badge Of Courage And Class Conflict, William Hollis Iv

Department of English Capstone Abstracts

No abstract provided.


“Books Like This Cannot Be Useless”: The Political And Popular Reception Of Victor Hugo’S Les Misérables In Civil War America, Emily S. Turner 2018 Trinity College, Hartford Connecticut

“Books Like This Cannot Be Useless”: The Political And Popular Reception Of Victor Hugo’S Les Misérables In Civil War America, Emily S. Turner

Senior Theses and Projects

Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in English.


Rebel With A Pause: Emily Dickinson And The Making Of A Personal Doctrine, Anna Fifhause 2018 Lake Forest College

Rebel With A Pause: Emily Dickinson And The Making Of A Personal Doctrine, Anna Fifhause

Lake Forest Papers

No abstract provided.


A Lifetime Of Suffering And Survival: Eugene O’Neill And The Progressive Symbol Of Fog, Kelsey Shewbridge 2018 John Carroll University

A Lifetime Of Suffering And Survival: Eugene O’Neill And The Progressive Symbol Of Fog, Kelsey Shewbridge

Masters Essays

No abstract provided.


Online Versus Face-To-Face Education, Georgia Cackett 2018 Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops

Online Versus Face-To-Face Education, Georgia Cackett

Proceedings of the Annual Thompson Rivers University Undergraduate Research and Innovation Conference

This paper explores the benefits and disadvantages of online and face-to-face modes of education. Throughout the paper, I discuss whether online courses provide the same level of education as face-to-face courses without the nurturing, attentive, and physical aspects. Based on extensive reading on the topic, as well drawing on my personal experience, I argue that online and face-to-face education can have both positive and negative effects on students’ learning. However, I conclude that online courses do not provide the same level of education that face-to-face courses do, based on the nurturing, attentive, and often physical aspects that traditional education provides ...


Mcgurr Cv 2018.Docx, Melanie Jolynn McGurr 2018 The University of Akron

Mcgurr Cv 2018.Docx, Melanie Jolynn Mcgurr

Dr. Melanie McGurr

No abstract provided.


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