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Manipulation Within The Language Of Love: Politeness Theory, Abuse, And Woody Allen’S Match Point, Stacy Petersen Jan 2018

Manipulation Within The Language Of Love: Politeness Theory, Abuse, And Woody Allen’S Match Point, Stacy Petersen

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Politeness theory, proposed by linguists Penelope Brown and Stephen Levinson, posits that power (P), social distance (D), and riskiness (R) of a face-threatening act (FTA) are universally key factors in determining politeness strategies in conversation between two individuals. However, politeness can be used as a form of manipulation, masking the speaker’s true intentions. By using abuse as the underlying intention, I test this claim by analyzing Woody Allen’s Match Point. This film is used because: (1) there are no obvious signs of abuse before a major act of physical violence; (2) an adulterous relationship provides ample manipulative speech ...


“Where The West Began: Environment, Transportation, And Capitalism In Marion County, Indiana, 1820-1860”, Kelly Stephen Wenig Jan 2017

“Where The West Began: Environment, Transportation, And Capitalism In Marion County, Indiana, 1820-1860”, Kelly Stephen Wenig

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This dissertation examines Midwestern development and focuses on the early development of Marion County, Indiana, through the end of the Civil War and examines the ways that the region’s overwhelmingly rural residents adapted to the challenges and successes of the urban growth and market interconnectivity that they sought from the moment of settlement. Starting with initial meetings of the Marion County Commissioners and examining major municipal turning points including the passage of the Mammoth Internal Improvements Bill, the Panic of 1837, the arrival of the first railroad a decade later, and the onset of the Civil War, this work ...


Food Pirates: An Exploration Of Food, Technology And The Future Through Sequential Art, Bridgette Alsbury Jan 2017

Food Pirates: An Exploration Of Food, Technology And The Future Through Sequential Art, Bridgette Alsbury

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This document serves as accompaniment and commentary for the exhibition, “Food Pirates. Food, Technology, Pirates and the Future” which was shown March 29th through April 9th, 2017 at Design on Main in Ames, Iowa. The work comprised of the first issue of the comic book series, Food Pirates. This document serves as a supplement to the exhibit, examining background material used to build the world the comic is set in, current and historical practices in the comics industry, influences, and processes used to create the finished work.

This body of work is an exploration of what happens when I attempt ...


"To Dress Against Nature And Reason": Fashion And Transgressive Dressing In The Mid-To-Late Eighteenth Century British North Atlantic, Brenna Buchanan Jan 2017

"To Dress Against Nature And Reason": Fashion And Transgressive Dressing In The Mid-To-Late Eighteenth Century British North Atlantic, Brenna Buchanan

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Because of changes due to Atlantic trade, commerce, consumption, and continual expansion across the globe, ideas of the natural and artificial shifted rapidly for those in the British North Atlantic during the mid-to-late eighteenth century. An increased relationship between the idea of the control of nature and greater human improvement through clothing, hairdressing, and costuming emerged. This meant that clothing styles changed very quickly. Certain items of clothes, along with the actions of transgressive dressing prompted contemporaries to revisit and reconsider their relationship with nature and artifice. Clothing's greater availability made it an unreliable tool for creating distinctions between ...


Millennial Pedagogy: Towards Understanding Millennial Myths And Identity, Bryan Alan Lutz Jan 2017

Millennial Pedagogy: Towards Understanding Millennial Myths And Identity, Bryan Alan Lutz

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Scholars who have embraced the social (Berlin, 1988) and the global (Hesford, 2006) turns in rhetoric and composition are seeking comparative-historical frames for understanding how communication mediates social roles within sites of conflict. Since the publication of Millennials Rising: The Next Generation, it is my observation that communication about Millennials is a significant site of conflict in the United States. While scholars in rhetoric have explored how age bias affects non-traditional students who enter college later in adulthood (Bowen, 2011; Crow, 2006; Grabill and Pigg, 2012; Swacha, 2017), I am curious about age bias against the young, where scholars and ...


Mourningwood, Elizabeth Hamilton-Poore Jan 2017

Mourningwood, Elizabeth Hamilton-Poore

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Set in the post-Civil War South, Mourningwood humorously explores the lives of townsfolk after they’re confronted with who-done-it mystery not fit for the squeamish. Prostitutes, law enforcement, and town drunks come together to solve a crime and save the town in a screenplay that will live on in readers’ memories for years to come.


Iowa Handgun Permits, Charles Richard Stockner Jan 2016

Iowa Handgun Permits, Charles Richard Stockner

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Private gun ownership is fairly common in the United States. Estimates indicate that there are more privately owned guns than people in the U.S. It is estimated that Iowa has more firearms in private hands than all but a few states. Rural county handgun permit to carry rates are two to three times greater than urban rates. This study examines handgun permit to carry rates by Iowa county type. The study asks four questions: (1) Is Iowa handgun carrying explained by a strict rural-urban handgun difference, or is it more complex? (2) If it is more complex than ...


The Year Of And A Statement: Two Plays, William Joseph Bonfiglio Jan 2016

The Year Of And A Statement: Two Plays, William Joseph Bonfiglio

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The Year Of and A Statement are two plays by William Bonfiglio about school shootings.


Grains Of God: Planting Faith And Growing Cold War Fears In Iowa During The 1950s, Lindsay John Bell Jan 2014

Grains Of God: Planting Faith And Growing Cold War Fears In Iowa During The 1950s, Lindsay John Bell

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The decade of the 1950s was a challenging time for the United States as the nation coped with racial inequalities at home and dealt with a Cold War abroad. America believed that freedom - rooted in democratic principles - provided the ideal political and social structure for the rest of the world to emulate.

Using Iowa during the 1950s as a case study, this thesis argues that the United States government perceived communism as a greater threat to American security than it actually posed. Legislators in Washington feared that communism threatened to destroy the American way of life inciting them to push ...


Sacrificing Our Daughters: Changing Perceptions Of Prostitution In Iowa, 1880-1915, Hope C. Mitchell Jan 2014

Sacrificing Our Daughters: Changing Perceptions Of Prostitution In Iowa, 1880-1915, Hope C. Mitchell

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In response to the urbanization and industrialization that occurred throughout the nineteenth century, people across the country began to reevaluate their perceptions of prostitution during the later part of the nineteenth century and into the early part of the twentieth century. As young women began to migrate to cities looking for factory and domestic work, parents became concerned by the dangers that their daughters would face in the city. This concern was especially felt within the Midwest, where farm families were heavily dependent upon the labors of their daughters. As they transitioned into the later part of the nineteenth century ...


System Of Ghosts, Lindsay Tigue Jan 2014

System Of Ghosts, Lindsay Tigue

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System of Ghosts examines the ways infrastructure and technology relate to loss and isolation in everyday life. These poems examine how environments structure experience and how we seek out information within these spaces. Isolation from the natural world affects people both at a systemic and personal level and loss of environment speaks to the power of connections--connections to the landscape, to the power of infrastructure, and connections to other people. My research focuses on the negative space in that connection, and on how we use technology and built environments to create and combat loss.


Borrowed Identity: The Tea Party And The Ethos Of Web Dubois' "Preacher", Pamela Jean Holt Jan 2013

Borrowed Identity: The Tea Party And The Ethos Of Web Dubois' "Preacher", Pamela Jean Holt

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Drawing on WEB Du Bois' notion of the "Preacher," as defined in The Souls of Black Folk, this thesis explores the intersection of this traditionally black community figure with the leadership of the Tea Party. Du Bois's "Preacher," a figure characterized by a multiplicity of powerful leadership roles within the black church community, has been largely absent from rhetorical scholarship. I argue that the ethos of the "Preacher" has lately been appropriated by white, middle class political leaders, including Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, and Michele Bachmann in an effort to form spiritual, charismatic relationships with their audiences. Through close ...


`You Must Make It The Fashion:' Selling Utopia In Roycroft And Arden, 1895-1915, Rachael A. Beyer Jan 2013

`You Must Make It The Fashion:' Selling Utopia In Roycroft And Arden, 1895-1915, Rachael A. Beyer

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The arts and crafts movement, a design style and reform movement in the late nineteenth century, formed as a reaction to the socio-economic inequities of industrialized labor in Britain before appearing in America at the turn of the century. The arts and crafts embraced simplicity and solid craftsmanship, however, the American marketplace forced the movement into a paradox when consumers demanded cheap, widely available goods. Wrapped in the ideology developed by John Ruskin and William Morris, arts and crafts goods present a unique opportunity to study the paradox between consumer dreams and realities. In the United States, Elbert Hubbard and ...


Sawgrass And The Broken Heart: Stories, Brenna Dixon Jan 2012

Sawgrass And The Broken Heart: Stories, Brenna Dixon

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Florida is conceived of as a destination-capital-D (South Beach, Miami, Disney, Sea World). Often overlooked: the giant Confederate flag flying over I-4; the fact that the sand that makes up Miami Beach is actually imported regularly; that some days it's sunny in the front yard while it rains out back. Florida is a weird, wonderful state. There's no other state like it. We're in the geographical south, but we're not The South. We kayak with alligators and find iguanas on our porches and hit the rinse cycle when roaches show up in our dishwashers. We have ...


The Middle Of Everything, Kathryn Jennifer Sukalich Jan 2012

The Middle Of Everything, Kathryn Jennifer Sukalich

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The Middle of Everything is a collection of personal essays about language, place, and memory. The thesis is framed by stories of Alzheimer's disease and divided into sections that travel to different places to consider what memories, stories, and people are important. The settings of the essays range from Wisconsin to Spain, from Iowa to Mexico, and the narrator explores the relationship between people and places, the way place influences individuals and the way individuals impact place. The collection is also a personal journey about learning to deal with losses and about learning what home means. It explores personal ...


Parents' And Practitioners' Perceptions Of Supports, Interventions, And The Home Visiting Process Used In Early Intervention, Jason Peck Jan 2012

Parents' And Practitioners' Perceptions Of Supports, Interventions, And The Home Visiting Process Used In Early Intervention, Jason Peck

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Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have been considered an uncommon childhood disorder, but now they are estimated as one of the most prevalent types of developmental disabilities. Although people are more aware of ASDs, many questions remain. The purpose of this phenomenological study is to explore three issues: parents' of young children diagnosed with ASDs perceptions of supports thought to be effective in addressing stress, practitioners' views of interventions, and parents' and interventionists' perceptions of the structure of the home visit used in Early Intervention. Interviews and observations were used to collect data, and findings from this are presented in the ...


"Nothing Of Ourselves": Agriculture And Community In St. John De Crèvecoeur, Susan Fenimore Cooper, And Henry Beston, Joshua Dean Sullivan Jan 2012

"Nothing Of Ourselves": Agriculture And Community In St. John De Crèvecoeur, Susan Fenimore Cooper, And Henry Beston, Joshua Dean Sullivan

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In this study of three agricultural narratives, J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur's Letters from an American Farmer (1782), Susan Fenimore Cooper's Rural Hours (1850), and Henry Beston's Northern Farm: A Chronicle of Maine (1948), I utilize a number of approaches, including ecocritical criticism and theory, as well as agricultural history, to investigate how the American agricultural imagination portrays the overlapping ecological and cultural spaces of farming communities. These narratives approach the natural world through neither an entirely anthropocentric nor ecocentric perspective, but through a nuanced and refreshing viewpoint of environmental and communal interaction and reciprocity. In ...


Someone Else's Life: Columns From Insider Iowa, Amy Clark Jan 2011

Someone Else's Life: Columns From Insider Iowa, Amy Clark

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Someone Else's Life incorporates a series of columns I wrote for the local online news publication Insider Iowa. While working on a memoir, I came to the realization that I had grown up feeling alienated from the community I lived in. I wasn't even sure I understood what community meant. In these short essays, I sought to pin down that definition, and highlight stories that arose out of this newfound sense of community. I have a fledgling theory that the lack of a long sordid history on this continent is a boon to the American psyche. That our ...


Making A Difference And Facilitating Success: A Model Of Chicana/O Student Retention In Chicana/O Studies, Philip L. Vasquez Jan 2011

Making A Difference And Facilitating Success: A Model Of Chicana/O Student Retention In Chicana/O Studies, Philip L. Vasquez

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For every 100 Chicana/o students only 24 will enroll in college and of those students only seven will obtain a bachelor's degree (Yosso, 2006). These data present the need for increased examination of how students are retained in higher education. Therefore, this study sought to further understand and explore the retention factors contributing to the development and anticipated college completion of a case of Chicana/o studies students working toward the completion of their bachelor's degrees. Findings revealed that retention was impacted by academic factors such as faculty affirmation, and positive contributions to academic development. Social factors ...


Expanding Social Justice Knowledge With Sweatshop History, Ashley Ratute Jan 2010

Expanding Social Justice Knowledge With Sweatshop History, Ashley Ratute

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The purpose of this research was to provide examples of undergraduate textiles and clothing lesson plans that incorporate social justice into the course curriculum. Specifically, the researcher examined three periods of sweatshop conditions in the United States ready-to-wear apparel industry: 1880 to 1915, the 1930s, and the 1990s and developed corresponding lesson plans. The three periods were selected because they represented significant occurrences in the history of sweatshops in the United States, including disasters, legislation, and demonstrations held by unions, trade leagues, consumer advocacy groups, and the popular press media.


Good Iowa Boy, Lonnie E. Carrick Jan 2010

Good Iowa Boy, Lonnie E. Carrick

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"Good Iowa Boy" is a story of the intersection of place and personal identity. It provides a series of snapshots of the author's life growing up in Iowa and coming to terms with his adult identity as a gay man.


Radical Saints And Conservative Churches: Cynewulf's Juliana In Its Cultural Context, Kimberly Joy Tanner Jan 2010

Radical Saints And Conservative Churches: Cynewulf's Juliana In Its Cultural Context, Kimberly Joy Tanner

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Cynewulf's poem, Juliana, relates the story of a female saint who is remarkably independent and authoritative, denying any obligation to follow legal, cultural, or familial expectations that conflict with her understanding of her Christian faith. Historical evidence indicates that Juliana and stories like it enjoyed wide promotion from the ninth-century English church and wide veneration from many different kinds of people. However, the church itself did not advocate the radicalism Juliana seems to promote. Instead it was conservative, interested in maintaining its influence and the status quo rather than in promoting independent practices of faith. The question emerges: how ...


Christian Privilege: Do Jewish Students Feel Marginalized In U.S. Public Schools?, Michelle Nichole Garland Jan 2009

Christian Privilege: Do Jewish Students Feel Marginalized In U.S. Public Schools?, Michelle Nichole Garland

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This research sought to illustrate instances of Jewish students feeling marginalized in public schools. Qualitative interviews were conducted with 12 Jewish students attending public schools in a medium sized Midwestern city and a small Midwestern town. The results indicated the public school students felt marginalized when absent from school to observe Jewish holidays and during the Christian holiday season. These same students also felt pressured by teachers to be a spokesperson for their religion, and believed that because they are a minority, do not deserve equal rights and privileges. Students attending the Jewish day school never felt marginalized. All of ...