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Robert Bly, C.K. Williams & Michael Klein: Corporate Intimacy In Prose Poetry, Julie M. Oyer May 2015

Robert Bly, C.K. Williams & Michael Klein: Corporate Intimacy In Prose Poetry, Julie M. Oyer

English Master’s Theses

This advanced project explores the genre of the prose poetry form taking specific note of its shape, sound, and structure. It considers the juxtaposition of intimacy and inclusivity within the form in the prose poetry work of three poets, Robert Bly, C.K. Williams, and Michael Klein. Reader-response theory is also addressed to theoretically ground the conversation and infuse the concept of community and connection in and through this poetic form. Drawing on the accessible and personal nature that prose poetry can invite, this project examines how each poet exemplifies the idea of “created corporate intimacy” as it is applied ...


Any Bodies' Protest Novel: Challenging The Politics Of Canon Formation In The Works Of Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, And James Baldwin, Anthony M. Casciano Dec 2012

Any Bodies' Protest Novel: Challenging The Politics Of Canon Formation In The Works Of Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, And James Baldwin, Anthony M. Casciano

English Master’s Theses

James Baldwin, Nella Larsen, and Zora Neale Hurston are three authors who are very often read alongside one another in classrooms, book groups, and history. This grouping is often based on a system of seemingly arbitrary but identity-based categorical structures . Facets of the author' s assigned social categories (African i\merican, woman, queer) are read within a greater historical context to create stability, meaning, continuity, and mass-identification where it may or may not actually exist. However, a thorough examination of the aesthetic commonalities and connections between each of these authors ' most wel l known works reveal s not an engagement ...


Exploring Utopia: The Utopias Of Blithedale Romance And Feed, Dominic M. Palmeroni Jan 2011

Exploring Utopia: The Utopias Of Blithedale Romance And Feed, Dominic M. Palmeroni

English Master’s Theses

Since the earliest recorded settlements, there has been the desire to build a functioning world where everyone is happy and there is eternal peace and harmony. By the nineteenth century, many people had tried to create the perfect society and all failed in their attempts. As with many modes of life utopia and its' darker sibling dystopia were woven into the fabric of literature. Here the duality could thrive with examples of successful utopias but at the same time there are stories that about utopias that fail, one being The Blithedale Romance written by Nathaniel Hawthorne. The latter becomes a ...


Moral Absolutism In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Jennifer Rodgers Apr 2010

Moral Absolutism In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Jennifer Rodgers

English Master’s Theses

The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, explores several complex and trans-historic topics, many of which relate to the playwright's experiences during the McCarthy era. Miller asks his audience to value independent and personal truths, which he defines as more morally right and good than social truths. This is because, in the playwright's mind, social truths are often manipulated and exploited to gain a desired personal result regardless of how they affect other's lives. In order to illuminate this point, he repeatedly plays with the concepts of truth and lies, confession and accusation, as well as public and private ...


Hawthorne's 1850'S Romances: Political And Personal Apologia And Accommodation, Vicki Carbone Dec 2008

Hawthorne's 1850'S Romances: Political And Personal Apologia And Accommodation, Vicki Carbone

English Master’s Theses

Nathaniel Hawthorne was one in a long line of American scholars, politicians, statesmen, and writers who created a national mythos. By creating, or recreating, a national past wherein every American would share, at least in myth, a common New England beginning, it was hoped that Americans would share a common view of America as the city set on a hill which the Puritans believed they had established. This was to accomplish many objectives: glorify America's Puritan beginnings, make heroic the Puritan forefathers, and remind every American of the brotherhood of all Americans. In addition to this, Hawthorne undertook to ...


The Threats Of The Present: Reading William Faulkner's Light In August And Absalom, Absalom! As Representations Of American Issues In The 1920s And 1930s, Lindsay Alaine Bachman Dec 2007

The Threats Of The Present: Reading William Faulkner's Light In August And Absalom, Absalom! As Representations Of American Issues In The 1920s And 1930s, Lindsay Alaine Bachman

English Master’s Theses

As one of the most well-known modern American authors, William Faulkner is no stranger to the world of critical interpretation. His works are often discussed and analyzed in academic circles, and these analyses have taken on, over time, a quite traditional interpretation. With Light in August and Absalom, Absalom!, interpretation has traditionally focused on themes of history and race. There is no doubt that Faulkner had a rather distinct preoccupation with these two themes; his works are full of references to the issues of the past and of race in relation to the Civil War and ''the Old South." It ...


Passive Spectacles And Resilient Heroines: Examining The Female Gaze In Cinematic Adaptations Of The Scarlet Letter, The Last Of The Mohicans, And Little Women, Megan E. Cassidy May 2006

Passive Spectacles And Resilient Heroines: Examining The Female Gaze In Cinematic Adaptations Of The Scarlet Letter, The Last Of The Mohicans, And Little Women, Megan E. Cassidy

English Master’s Theses

In her 1975 article, "Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema," Laura Mulvey writes, "Unchallenged, mainstream film coded the erotic into the language of the dominant patriarchal order" (60). She argues that in film, this patriarchal language produces images of women who are displayed for the erotic enjoyment of male spectators, playing out male subconscious erotic fantasies on screen. Using Mulvey's articles as a theoretical framework, I look for evidence of the active female gaze in the cinematic adaptations of 1he Scarlet Letter written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in 1850, The Last of the Mohicans written by James Fenimore Cooper in 1826 ...


Open Endings And Questionable Liberation In Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace, Cat 'S Eye, And The Handmaid's Tale, Donna M. Klick Aug 2003

Open Endings And Questionable Liberation In Margaret Atwood's Alias Grace, Cat 'S Eye, And The Handmaid's Tale, Donna M. Klick

English Master’s Theses

This thesis project discusses the literary work of Margaret Atwood, specifically highlighting Alias Grace (1996), Cat's Eye (1989), and The Handmaid's Tale (1986). As part of the discussion, the project considers Michel Foucault's theories on how power and discourse shape the individual and Sigmund Freud's work on how repetition aids an individual in obtaining power, and argues that Atwood’s female protagonists are not only shaped by their imagined environments but are liberated from the oppression within them. Given the focus on female protagonists and how they may liberate themselves, the research also considers Peter Brooks ...