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“To Be Men, Not Destroyers”: Developing Dabrowskian Personalities In Ezra Pound’S The Cantos And Neil Gaiman’S American Gods, Michelle A. Nicholson May 2019

“To Be Men, Not Destroyers”: Developing Dabrowskian Personalities In Ezra Pound’S The Cantos And Neil Gaiman’S American Gods, Michelle A. Nicholson

University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations

Kazimierz Dabrowski’s psychological theory of positive disintegration is a lesser known theory of personality development that offers an alternative critical perspective of literature. It provides a framework for the characterization of postmodern protagonists who move beyond heroic indoctrination to construct their own self-organized, autonomous identities. Ezra Pound’s The Cantos captures the speaker-poet’s extensive process of inner conflict, providing a unique opportunity to track the progress of the hero’s transformation into a personality, or a man. American Gods is a more fully realized portrayal of a character who undergoes the complete paradigmatic collapse of positive disintegration and ...


Pineapple Poetry - Studying Literature Through A Food Studies Lens, Anke Klitzing Dec 2018

Pineapple Poetry - Studying Literature Through A Food Studies Lens, Anke Klitzing

Articles

In his essay 'A Winter Feast', literature professor Paul Schmidt unveils the layers of meaning that Pushkin wove into the description of a New Year’s feast in Eugene Onegin. But unusually, Schmidt continues his essay making the jump from literary criticism to food studies by musing on the various items on the menu without reference to Onegin, but rather to the cultural and philosophical context of food, bringing in such varied references as Brillat-Savarin and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Studying food writing through the lens of literary criticism allows us to penetrate the social and symbolic meanings of food more deeply ...


The Puppeteer: An Analysis Of The Implications Of Gendered Spheres Through Sadie Burke In All The King’S Men, Sierra D. Riddle Nov 2016

The Puppeteer: An Analysis Of The Implications Of Gendered Spheres Through Sadie Burke In All The King’S Men, Sierra D. Riddle

Papers & Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research

In a novel written about All the King's Men, this critical analysis serves as a closer look at the [wo]man behind the curtain. "The Puppeteer" scrutinizes Robert Penn Warren's use of gender in relation to politics, power, and puppet strings through his female character Sadie Burke. All the King's Men is praised for being the insightful chronicle of Willie Stark's journey from rags to riches, who is rumored to serve as the fictional representation of Louisiana Governor Huey Long. It is also celebrated for the tantalizing coming-of-age narrative of Warren's narrator Jack Burden, in ...


What Is Really Funny: Humor Ahead Of Its Time In The Twentieth Century American Novel, Timothy Baffoe Oct 2016

What Is Really Funny: Humor Ahead Of Its Time In The Twentieth Century American Novel, Timothy Baffoe

All Student Theses

This thesis sets out to examine a specific function that humor has played in twentieth century American literature and that is reflective of American culture today—that being a constant testing of boundaries of who and what are allowed to be considered funny. Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) gives readers a woman whose struggle for a Black female voice lands her on an informal standup comedy stage. Lolita (1955) by Vladimir Nabokov walks a tightrope of taboo subject matter, encouraging readers to appropriately—though maybe uncomfortably—laugh at the inappropriate, and this decades before such ...


Antitheatricality And Irrationality: An Alternative View, Kent Lehnhof Apr 2016

Antitheatricality And Irrationality: An Alternative View, Kent Lehnhof

English Faculty Articles and Research

"Over the last three decades, antitheatrical authors like Stephen Gosson, Phillip Stubbes, and William Prynne have become increasingly visible in the literary and cultural studies of the early modern period. Even so, the tendency has been to treat these authors as ideological extremists: reactionary hacks whose opposition to stage plays originates in outrageous ideas of the self, impossible notions of right and wrong, and bizarre beliefs about humanity’s susceptibility to external suggestion. This characterization can be traced back to several of the pioneering studies in the field, including Jonas Barish’s The Antitheatrical Prejudice (1985) and Laura Levine’s ...


Reconsidering The Emergence Of The Gay Novel In English And German, James P. Wilper Mar 2016

Reconsidering The Emergence Of The Gay Novel In English And German, James P. Wilper

Purdue University Press Books

In Reconsidering the Emergence of the Gay Novel in English and German, James P. Wilper examines a key moment in the development of the modern gay novel by analyzing four novels by German, British, and American writers. Wilper studies how the texts are influenced by and respond and react to four schools of thought regarding male homosexuality in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The first is legal codes criminalizing sex acts between men and the religious doctrine that informs them. The second is the ancient Greek erotic philosophy, in which a revival of interest took place in the ...


A Companion To Australian Aboriginal Literature Edited By Belinda Wheeler, Jose-Carlos Redondo-Olmedilla Aug 2015

A Companion To Australian Aboriginal Literature Edited By Belinda Wheeler, Jose-Carlos Redondo-Olmedilla

The Goose

José-Carlos Redondo-Olmedilla reviews A Companion to Australian Aboriginal Literature, edited by Belinda Wheeler.


The Oxford Handbook Of Ecocriticism Edited By Greg Garrard, Camilla Nelson Dr Aug 2015

The Oxford Handbook Of Ecocriticism Edited By Greg Garrard, Camilla Nelson Dr

The Goose

Camilla Nelson reviews The Oxford Handbook of Ecocriticism, edited by Greg Garrard


Fear Of Formalism: Kant, Twain, And Cultural Studies In American Literature, Elizabeth Maddock Dillon Dec 2013

Fear Of Formalism: Kant, Twain, And Cultural Studies In American Literature, Elizabeth Maddock Dillon

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon

No abstract provided.


Democracy, Memory, And Methodology [Book Review], Elizabeth Maddock Dillon Oct 2013

Democracy, Memory, And Methodology [Book Review], Elizabeth Maddock Dillon

Elizabeth Maddock Dillon

No abstract provided.


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 ...


Going No Place?: Foreground Nostalgia And Psychological Spaces In Wharton's The House Of Mirth, Sean Scanlan Apr 2010

Going No Place?: Foreground Nostalgia And Psychological Spaces In Wharton's The House Of Mirth, Sean Scanlan

Publications and Research

This essay argues that the power of Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth comes not from Lily Bart's function as a mere symptom of historical and economic pressures, but from the complex narrative and psychological process by which she negotiates a sequence of homes and their repeated collapse. Informing this process is nostalgia, a feeling that frames Lily Bart's step-by-step fall from riches to rags. Reading Lily via cognitive and family systems approaches suggests that Lily's rootlessness is predicated on a subtle transformation from her reliance upon simple “background” (aesthetic and monetary) nostalgia to a more ...


Reading Khaled Hosseini, Rebecca A. Stuhr Dec 2008

Reading Khaled Hosseini, Rebecca A. Stuhr

Rebecca A Stuhr

Reading Khaled Hosseini provides an introduction to the novels of Hosseini including an overview of his life, an examination of the common structures of his two novels, detailed plot summaries and analysis of the characters and themes of the novels, analysis of contemporary issues and pop culture references in Hosseini's work, a guide to Internet resources on Hosseini, an examination of Hosseini's reception in the media, and a guide to related further reading. Each chapter includes questions that could be asked for furthering classroom or book club discussions.

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An Annotated Bibliography Of Stephen King Criticism, Tyler Cobabe Jan 2008

An Annotated Bibliography Of Stephen King Criticism, Tyler Cobabe

Library Research Grants

No abstract provided.


No Ordinary English: Gertrude Stein Defines Literacy, Nicole Williams, Amanda Morrish Jan 2006

No Ordinary English: Gertrude Stein Defines Literacy, Nicole Williams, Amanda Morrish

Undergraduate Review

No abstract provided.


Linda Grace Hoyer Updike: Woman, Author, And Mother, Leslie Hoffman Jul 2001

Linda Grace Hoyer Updike: Woman, Author, And Mother, Leslie Hoffman

Library Summer Fellows

Linda Grace Hoyer was a brilliant individual. She graduated from Ursinus College at the age of nineteen, received a master's from Cornell University, and after many years of diligent work, published two novels and a myriad of short stories. She lived an unusual life: reflective, feminine in her thought processes, but nevertheless somewhat stubborn in a time when women were meant to fill a subordinate role. I have found through my research that Hoyer's brilliance did not lie in her intellect and writing alone. In fact, as demonstrated by her literature's autobiographical nature, her brilliance as a ...


The Yellow Wallpaper And The Monster Within, Christy Allen Dec 1998

The Yellow Wallpaper And The Monster Within, Christy Allen

Christy Allen

No abstract provided.


The Novelist As Historian, Michael Boyd Dec 1998

The Novelist As Historian, Michael Boyd

Bridgewater Review

No abstract provided.


The World Would Do Better To Ask Why Is Frimbo Sherlock Holmes?: Investigating Liminality In Rudolph Fisher's The Conjure-Man Dies, Adrienne Gosselin Jan 1998

The World Would Do Better To Ask Why Is Frimbo Sherlock Holmes?: Investigating Liminality In Rudolph Fisher's The Conjure-Man Dies, Adrienne Gosselin

English Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Disseminating Heterotopia, Robert F. Reid-Pharr Jan 1994

Disseminating Heterotopia, Robert F. Reid-Pharr

Publications and Research

Focuses on the motion picture The Passion of Remembrance by Isaac Julien and Maureen Blackwood, and the book Tales of Neveryon by Samuel Delany. Highlights of the motion picture and the book; Author's argument that the tendency to ossify myths only leads to further confusion; Understanding of the mythic process.


Toni Morrison: The Struggle To Depict The Black Figure On The White Page, Timothy B. Powell Jan 1990

Toni Morrison: The Struggle To Depict The Black Figure On The White Page, Timothy B. Powell

Departmental Papers (Religious Studies)

This problem of how to represent the black self on the white page, how to overcome the inherent ethnocentrism of the Western literary tradition, is one with which both the critic and the novelist of Afro-American literature must struggle to come to terms. As Gates points out, it is a tradition which dates all the way back to Plato's metaphor of the soul -of a white horse which is described as a "follower of true glory" and another, "of a dark color," which in turn attempts to lead the soul "to do terrible and unlawful deeds." For those who ...


Mark Twain's Roughing It: A Humorist's Darker Side, Joseph Yokelson Jan 1987

Mark Twain's Roughing It: A Humorist's Darker Side, Joseph Yokelson

Bridgewater Review

Roughing It was based rather roughly on a period of Twain’s life that began in 1861, when Twain went west with his brother Orion. Orion had been appointed Secretary of the Nevada territory with the help of friend who had a friend in Lincoln’s new cabinet. Twain had just faded quietly out of the Confederate army after suffering from boils and a sprained ankle and never firing a shot. For a while out west, Twain prospected for silver around Virginia City; then for about two years he was a reporter for the Virginia City Territorial Enterprise. In 1864 ...


Richard Brautigan: Youth Fishing In America, Cheryl Walker Jan 1972

Richard Brautigan: Youth Fishing In America, Cheryl Walker

Scripps Faculty Publications and Research

Richard Brautigan is an epiphenomenon in American literature. He seems to represent some sort of insubstantial alternative. While the academy of letters reads Beckett, Borges, and Nabokov, the kids read Brautigan...His appeal consists primarily in an irrepressible optimism (probably the brand of a woodsy Pacific Northwest background), a style flashing with artifice, and a total disregard for effete university culture. Mr. Brautigan is not himself the product of American higher education or of much formal training of any kind. Furthermore, his fund of simplicity and optimism is a relief for some from the profound despair of writers like Beckett ...