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Troublesome Minorities: Questioning Assimilation In The Reluctant Fundamentalist And Home Fire, Nida Choudary Sep 2020

Troublesome Minorities: Questioning Assimilation In The Reluctant Fundamentalist And Home Fire, Nida Choudary

The Macksey Journal

Cultural discourse has long proposed assimilation as the method for the successful social and political incorporation of immigrant populations in the West. The model minority myth is perpetuated as a success story of the immigrant (particularly the Asian immigrant) achieving the American Dream, of finding success through hard work and trademark American determination, while marketing the perceived silence and patience of the minority as honorable traits. However, these ideals are insufficient and problematic as they ignore the challenges immigrants and their descendants face in the post-9/11 era and promote deep set notions of race and associated categories. In order ...


Happy The People: The Use Of Classical Literature In John Dickinson's Letters From A Farmer In Pennsylvania, Rachel E. Wiedman Sep 2020

Happy The People: The Use Of Classical Literature In John Dickinson's Letters From A Farmer In Pennsylvania, Rachel E. Wiedman

The Macksey Journal

John Dickinson is well noted as an influential writer of the American Revolution, particularly in his series of twelve letters known as the Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania. While previous scholarship has noted the significant effect these widely circulated letters had upon the colonies and has further explored the purpose for the pseudonym “Farmer,” it has overlooked one major feature of the writings: the inclusion of a Latin quotation at the end of each letter, pulled from various Roman authors. Though the classics at that time were often employed in pamphlet writing to invoke a sense of kinship with ...


Examining Diversity In School Stories, Ellie Lauren Pauly Sep 2020

Examining Diversity In School Stories, Ellie Lauren Pauly

Senior Honors Theses

A simple Google search for texts ordinarily studied in a high school English classroom generates a list of works written by, and featuring, white men. Currently, the texts taught in English classrooms in the United States are generally written by white men and feature middle-class white, cisgender, able-bodied, heterosexual men as protagonists. There are of course a few exceptions, such as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) or Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), but they are exceptions. Most is protagonists of stories read in schools are not representative of other kinds of ...


Hegelian Agency And Communication In William Gaddis’ Jr, Ryan Andrew P. Hacek Sep 2020

Hegelian Agency And Communication In William Gaddis’ Jr, Ryan Andrew P. Hacek

The Macksey Journal

This paper analyzes the relation between different forms of agency (as conceptualized by GWF Hegel) in the capitalist systems presented in postmodern literature. The subject of my paper is William Gaddis’ JR and its usage of postmodern techniques (from telephone conversations to clashing dialogue snippets) to express the chaos of late-stage capitalism. This paper argues that one can use Gaddis’ narrative to extrapolate the significance of Hegel's account of agency for our own contemporary world, because Gaddis depicts individuals in capitalism having different forms of agency within different spheres and through different projects. This multiplicity can be understood through ...


Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography, Ed Folsom Aug 2020

Walt Whitman: A Current Bibliography, Ed Folsom

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Fellow Journeyers Walt Whitman And Jesse Talbot: Painting, Poetry, And Puffery In 1850s New York, Jessica Skwire Routhier Aug 2020

Fellow Journeyers Walt Whitman And Jesse Talbot: Painting, Poetry, And Puffery In 1850s New York, Jessica Skwire Routhier

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Back Matter Aug 2020

Back Matter

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


"A Hastily Corrected Slip": Literary And Democratic Collectivity In A New Whitmanian Artifact, Nathan Schmidt Aug 2020

"A Hastily Corrected Slip": Literary And Democratic Collectivity In A New Whitmanian Artifact, Nathan Schmidt

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Front Matter Aug 2020

Front Matter

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Material Witness: Occult Affects In The Mystery Fiction Of The Fin De Siècle, Thomas Matthew Stuart Aug 2020

Material Witness: Occult Affects In The Mystery Fiction Of The Fin De Siècle, Thomas Matthew Stuart

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

As the nineteenth century progressed, Spiritualism blossomed from a religious movement to a cultural moment. While it remained an object of faith or ancillary faith, Spiritualism became as well a voice for radical reform, parlour entertainment, means of negotiating an increasingly mediated world, and so forth. Combined with enthusiasm for occult knowledge, Spiritualism offered intricately interrelated modes of narrating our relation to a consistently present past, in light of a rapidly approaching future. My project reads this fin-de-siècle fascination as a sensibility. Occult figures and spiritualist impulses, I argue, provide a vocabulary of feelings evoked in encounters with the mysterious ...


Critiquing Psychiatry, Narrating Trauma: Madness In Twentieth-Century North American Literature And Film, Sarah Blanchette Aug 2020

Critiquing Psychiatry, Narrating Trauma: Madness In Twentieth-Century North American Literature And Film, Sarah Blanchette

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

This dissertation explores representations of trauma and mental distress in twentieth-century novels and films. Drawn on research that emphasizes the ways that marginalized communities—in particular women-coded, racialized, and Indigenous persons—have historically been pathologized, the thesis considers how select novels and films query biomedical approaches to mental illness and critique psychiatric contexts, which prioritize social control more than they provide substantive and humane forms of support and care. How might representations of trauma and mental distress be understood without confirming regimes of psy-authority or psy-power? The thesis takes up this core issue by building on theories drawn from Mad ...


Atmosphere And Religious Experience In American Transcendentalism, Thomas Sorensen Aug 2020

Atmosphere And Religious Experience In American Transcendentalism, Thomas Sorensen

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

I propose a new intellectual history of how the aesthetic obtains religious value in the American literary tradition. According to the account that prevails from Perry Miller to Tracy Fessenden, the Transcendentalists collapse scripture and literature into a single secular category. I argue instead that the Transcendentalists redraw the distinction along aesthetic criteria. A text’s sacred status has little to do with who wrote it when, and everything to do with a particular aesthetic quality expressive of divine inspiration. Scholarship has neglected two concepts instrumental to this development: the religious sentiment and atmosphere. Unitarian and Calvinist norms held all ...


Clawing For Power: Merricat And Constance's Struggle Over Patriarchal Oppression, Savannah F. Gregg Aug 2020

Clawing For Power: Merricat And Constance's Struggle Over Patriarchal Oppression, Savannah F. Gregg

The Macksey Journal

In this essay, I explore the ways Shirley Jackson’s revision of the traditional gothic in We Have Always Lived in the Castle provides the illusion of matriarchal dominance. Critics typically read this novel as a celebration of female power, which the women hijack from male authority figures, but I argue that by analyzing the feminine objects in the novel, we can see that the illusion of matriarchal power actually supports a patriarchal society. Historical and cultural contexts, including Shirley Jackson’s biography, allow us to see the psychological oppression placed on women in twentieth-century American society. This background moreover ...


Seeking The Feminine Divine: Mormon Women's Religious Authority And Power In Rachel Hunt Steenblik's Poetry, Kaitlin Hoelzer Aug 2020

Seeking The Feminine Divine: Mormon Women's Religious Authority And Power In Rachel Hunt Steenblik's Poetry, Kaitlin Hoelzer

The Macksey Journal

Literary theorists like Hélène Cixous and other French feminists have written about l’écriture feminine, a deconstructive force which allows female writers more freedom from male-dominated areas. Because Christianity has been historically male-dominated, Christian women have long used this idea to great effect, using their writing as a space in which they are free to assert power and authority. Mormonism, which arose in the 1830s during the Second Great Awakening, has grown to reinforce a patriarchal model for both family and church leadership, making Cixous’ separate space of writing necessary for Mormon women of the twenty-first century. The Mormon poet ...


Trauma Begetting Trauma: Fukú, Masks, And Implicit Forgiveness In The Works Of Junot Díaz, Jacob Vanwormer Aug 2020

Trauma Begetting Trauma: Fukú, Masks, And Implicit Forgiveness In The Works Of Junot Díaz, Jacob Vanwormer

English (MA) Theses

This essay began as an examination of Junot Díaz’s combination of “low” and “high” culture art and literature in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao.In the wake of Díaz publishing “The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma,” and the subsequent accusations of abuse against him, it seemed irresponsible to examine the text in such a way without considering this new information. It was both more topical and relevant to re-examine the portrayal of Díaz’s recurring tragic playboy narrator through two short story collections and a novel, making note of the character’s proximity to Díaz’s ...


Muriel Rukeyser : The Contemporary Reviews, 1935-1980, Vivian R. Pollak Jul 2020

Muriel Rukeyser : The Contemporary Reviews, 1935-1980, Vivian R. Pollak

Books and Monographs

Muriel Rukeyser: The Contemporary Reviews, 1935-1980 is an open access bibliography with electronic links when available. It documents the reception of sixteen books of poetry and five books of prose, from Theory of Flight (1935) to The Collected Poems (1978). A set of “Additional Notices” includes reviews that are less tethered to individual publications, such as “Grandeur and Misery of a Poster Girl,” which appeared in the Partisan Review in the fall of 1943. The bibliography excludes reviews of Rukeyser’s children’s books, of her 1945 play The Middle of the Air, and of her translations. Prominent reviewers include ...


Sacrifice, Magic, And Age: The Young Adult’S Burden (A Study Of Ya Fantasy), Angelamarie Malkoun Jul 2020

Sacrifice, Magic, And Age: The Young Adult’S Burden (A Study Of Ya Fantasy), Angelamarie Malkoun

The Macksey Journal

“Young adult,” coined in the 1960s by the Young Adult Library Services Association, holds immense meaning though it has had a much shorter lifetime than “child” and “adult.” The young adult (“adolescent” or “teenager”) continues to as a grey area between the duality of child and adult, an area that tends to be disregarded due to stereotypes and clichés. In working extensively on Fantasy/Young Adult Fantasy literature from the 19th century to the present, my research has focused on the evolution of the adolescent/adolescence and how magic and temptation are used to argue the human inability to ...


Choke, Brooksie Harrington Jul 2020

Choke, Brooksie Harrington

English Faculty Working Papers

No abstract provided.


The Library Of Appalachian Preaching: A Digital-Humanities Project At Marshall University, Robert H. Ellison, Larry Sheret Jul 2020

The Library Of Appalachian Preaching: A Digital-Humanities Project At Marshall University, Robert H. Ellison, Larry Sheret

English Faculty Research

This article provides an overview of the sermons in the Special Collections Department at Marshall and a description of the Library of Appalachian Preaching, a project that will make these materials universally discoverable and accessible online. In addition to the sermons themselves, the Library will include biographical sketches of each preacher featured in the project and a robust User Guide, a Google sheet which users can search, sort, and download to help make their research as efficient and productive as possible


Debility And Disability In Edith Wharton's Novels, Karen Weingarten Jul 2020

Debility And Disability In Edith Wharton's Novels, Karen Weingarten

Publications and Research

No abstract provided.


Walt Hunter. Forms Of A World: Contemporary Poetry And The Making Of Globalization. Fordham Up, 2019., Jeremy Glazier Jun 2020

Walt Hunter. Forms Of A World: Contemporary Poetry And The Making Of Globalization. Fordham Up, 2019., Jeremy Glazier

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Review of Walt Hunter Forms of a World: Contemporary Poetry and the Making of Globalization. Fordham UP, 2019. 190 pp.


The Canons Of Fantasy: Lands Of High Adventure (2019) By Patrick Moran, Mariana Rios Maldonado Jun 2020

The Canons Of Fantasy: Lands Of High Adventure (2019) By Patrick Moran, Mariana Rios Maldonado

Journal of Tolkien Research

Book review, by Mariana Rios Maldonado, of The Canons of Fantasy: Lands of High Adventure (2019), by Patrick Moran


Aspects Of Character: Quantitative Evidence And Fictional People, Jonathan Cheng Jun 2020

Aspects Of Character: Quantitative Evidence And Fictional People, Jonathan Cheng

Dissertations, Theses, and Student Research: Department of English

“Aspects of Character” uses quantitative evidence to trace new timelines in the literary history of characterization. The guiding premise of this work is that digital libraries and mathematical perspectives can shed new light on the practices used to configure fictional people. Using texts from the nineteenth to twenty-first century, this dissertation analyzes how different aspects of characters have transformed throughout history, coordinating quantitative experiments with the critical perspectives of literary scholars. This project begins by analyzing the characterization used in works of fiction that were reviewed by prestigious publications. This first experiment pushes back on a historical truism about “well-crafted ...


Women's Self-Definition Through Poetry, Olivia Samimy Jun 2020

Women's Self-Definition Through Poetry, Olivia Samimy

MAD-RUSH Undergraduate Research Conference

This project looks at five female poets across history – Anne Bradstreet, Aphra Behn, Forough Farrokhzad, Anne Sexton, and Sylvia Plath – to explore the various challenges they faced writing in their patriarchal societies. Further, it looks at the way they each used their poetry to define themselves and their own identity. This project seeks to explain why this act of self-definition is significant, and why it so often drew criticism from the writers’ respective societies. What was discovered, is that the act of a woman crafting her own self-definition through poetry is a privilege in a patriarchal society, where it is ...


Review Of Joyce Carol Oates's Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars., Eric K. Anderson Jun 2020

Review Of Joyce Carol Oates's Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars., Eric K. Anderson

Bearing Witness: Joyce Carol Oates Studies

A review of Joyce Carol Oates's novel Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars. considering its relation to current social protests and previous works by the author.


Xenocitizens: Illiberal Ontologies In Nineteenth-Century America [Table Of Contents], Jason Berger Jun 2020

Xenocitizens: Illiberal Ontologies In Nineteenth-Century America [Table Of Contents], Jason Berger

Literature

Sociality under the sign of liberalism has seemingly come to an end—or, at least, is in dire crisis. Xenocitizens returns to the antebellum United States in order to intervene in a wide field of responses to our present economic and existential precarity. In this incisive study, Berger challenges a shaken but still standing scholarly tradition based on liberal-humanist perspectives. Through the concept of xenocitizen, a synthesis of the terms “xeno,” which connotes alien or stranger, and “citizen,” which signals a naturalized subject of a state, the book uncovers realities and possibilities that have been foreclosed by dominant paradigms. Xenocitizens ...


Topics Of The Sky: Ashbery's Involving Search For The Poem, Tom M. Carlson Jun 2020

Topics Of The Sky: Ashbery's Involving Search For The Poem, Tom M. Carlson

Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

An essay lived by John Ashbery's Three Poems with special attention to the possibility of cosmic relevance. This paper attempts to imagine priorities and needs proper to celestial bodies. Three Poems is the consciousness that gives possibility to the text, while Blanchot, Nietzsche, and other thinkers ground its exploration in philosophical analysis.


Anger, Genre Bending, And Space In Kincaid, Ferré, And Vilar, Suzanne M. Uzzilia Jun 2020

Anger, Genre Bending, And Space In Kincaid, Ferré, And Vilar, Suzanne M. Uzzilia

Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

This dissertation examines how women’s anger sparks the bending of genre, which ultimately leads to the development of space in the work of three Caribbean-American authors: Jamaica Kincaid, Rosario Ferré, and Irene Vilar. Women often occupy subject positions that restrict them, and women writers harness the anger provoked by such limitations to test the traditional borders of genre and create new forms that better reflect their realities.

These three writers represent Anglophone and Hispanophone Caribbean literary traditions and are united by their interest in addressing feminist issues in their work. Accordingly, my research is guided by the feminist theoretical ...


Searching For Proud Antoinette: Evidence And Prospects For Whitman’S Phantom Novel, Zachary Turpin May 2020

Searching For Proud Antoinette: Evidence And Prospects For Whitman’S Phantom Novel, Zachary Turpin

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.


Front Matter May 2020

Front Matter

Walt Whitman Quarterly Review

No abstract provided.