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Moments, Matthew Benjamin Mcmilon Dec 2016

Moments, Matthew Benjamin Mcmilon

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I am an interdisciplinary artist, educator and writer from Southern California. My practice explores the ways in which images, text and even something as complex as human identity are all made up of fragmented parts that work together to establish visual narrative. Working across multiple media, I create artworks that are lyrical and chaotic and place them in highly aestheticized conditions. My work depicts universal themes of love, loss and resilience over social and political oppression. Additionally, my work questions ideas of social and personal validity, agency and the visually queer.


Autobiography As Self-Defense In The Works Of Agnes Newton-Keith And Michelle Kennedy, Robin Heim Jan 2010

Autobiography As Self-Defense In The Works Of Agnes Newton-Keith And Michelle Kennedy, Robin Heim

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This thesis examines the captivity narrative, Three Came Home, written in 1947 by Agnes Newton-Keith, and the poverty narrative, Without a Net: Middle Class and Homeless (with Kids) in America: My Story, written in 2005 by Michelle Kennedy. When examined together through the lens of Trauma Theory, these narratives provide evidence of how similar the survival skills and strategies are between the American female POW's and the American females experiencing downward mobility. This thesis will also show how language uncovers and decodes the presence of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder not often associated with women in poverty.


Frank Zappa And Mikhail Bakhtin: Rabelais's Carnival Made Contemporary, Sarah Hill Antinora Jan 2008

Frank Zappa And Mikhail Bakhtin: Rabelais's Carnival Made Contemporary, Sarah Hill Antinora

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For this project, the author uses Bakhtin's theory of carnival to illuminate Zappa's sound and rhetoric. The author hopes that by using this theoretical lens allows audiences to understand Zappa's choices in subject matter. Those who can see his work as satire and understand the use of carnivalesque techniques in challenging authority see the genius in his work.


The Use Of Violence As Feminist Rhetoric: Third-Wave Feminism In Tarantino's Kill Bill Films, Leah Andrea Katona Jan 2008

The Use Of Violence As Feminist Rhetoric: Third-Wave Feminism In Tarantino's Kill Bill Films, Leah Andrea Katona

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For the purpose of this thesis, the main focus of the feminist rhetorical criticism method was specifically linked to gender-related power inequities. This method was especially appropriate for the analysis of how film violence is used as a feminist rhetorical strategy in the Kill Bill films. This thesis is more closely aligned with challenging rhetorical standards as it sought to identify feminist counter positions of rhetoric in film violence.


Irony, Rhetoric, And The Portrayal Of "No Place": Construing The Elaborate Discourse Of Thomas More's Utopia, Davina Sun Padgett Jan 2006

Irony, Rhetoric, And The Portrayal Of "No Place": Construing The Elaborate Discourse Of Thomas More's Utopia, Davina Sun Padgett

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While traditional readings of Thomas More's Utopia have largely relied upon literal interpretations, and accordingly have emphasized the significance of Utopia as a model of the ideal society, this thesis endeavors to explore beyond the conventional or literal appearance of More's language to consider the possible meanings, intentions, and strategies underlying Utopia's elaborate discourse, concentrating specifically on the significance of More's use of humor and irony and his familiarity with the conventions of satiric fiction.


Situating The Cetacean: Science And Storytelling In Witi Ihimaera's The Whale Rider, Lee Elton Dionne Jan 2006

Situating The Cetacean: Science And Storytelling In Witi Ihimaera's The Whale Rider, Lee Elton Dionne

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This thesis analyzes two major discourses that intersect and inform one another in Witi Ihimaera's The whale rider: storytelling and modern science.


Negotiating "Post" Era Writing Pedagogies, Hannah Sloan Holbrook Jan 2005

Negotiating "Post" Era Writing Pedagogies, Hannah Sloan Holbrook

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This study examines how post-process theories are being defined, negotiated, and enacted in composition classrooms. While recognizing that most composition instruction remains shaped by modern and process oriented theories, this research asks how post-process considerations might be currently informing teaching practices in some classrooms.


Successful Strategies For Expository Writing, Bonnie Dee Reed Jan 2005

Successful Strategies For Expository Writing, Bonnie Dee Reed

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This study focused on creating an Integrated Expository Writing model to improve fifth and sixth grade students' abilities to write well constructed expository essays. It was developed through researching Step Up to Writing, the Six-Traits, interactive writing, play / realia, paired / shared writing, and writers' workshop.


From Darwin To Dracula: A Study Of Literary Evolution, Erin Alice Lamborn Jan 2005

From Darwin To Dracula: A Study Of Literary Evolution, Erin Alice Lamborn

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Argues that, without the publication of Charles Darwin's "Origin of Species," Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula" and Oscar Wilde's novel "The Picture of Dorian Gray" would not have been written with their distinct style and themes, as evolution clashes with degeneration and female power (and the sexuality derived from that power) clashes with the new science. Stoker and Wilde combine the science of the late 19th century with the characters of their imaginations. Natural and sexual selection plays a part in these characters' core development. The mixture of sexuality, science and power in these two novels all combine ...


Using Music To Create Effective Curriculum For English Language Development, Steven John Schulz Jan 2005

Using Music To Create Effective Curriculum For English Language Development, Steven John Schulz

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Research supporting the viability of music to promote language and literacy development as well as the theory of multiple intelligences suggests that any sound educational program employ a multifaceted approach to teaching and learning. This project created a thematically based multiple intelligence curriculum for first grade English language learners that emphasized the use of song.


Assisting Students With Concept Acquisition In Basic Skills Reading Through The Use Of An Interactive Website, Michele Barbara Laveaux Jan 2005

Assisting Students With Concept Acquisition In Basic Skills Reading Through The Use Of An Interactive Website, Michele Barbara Laveaux

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This project creates an interactive website on the literature surrounding reading and concept acquisition skills in adult learners. This website used in conjunction with the Basic Skills English 10A course given in community colleges will enhance reading and concept acquisitions skills enabling student the self cofidence, encouragement and motivation to complete the course.


Tell Me A Story About Feathers: Teaching Discipline Through Literature, Carol Tripoli Rondeau Jan 2005

Tell Me A Story About Feathers: Teaching Discipline Through Literature, Carol Tripoli Rondeau

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This project contends that the instructional time given to language arts is the appropriate time to teach discipline. Sample lesson plans incorporating the teaching of discipline into California's third grade curriculum are offered to inspire and inform educators to become teachers of self-discipline.


The Split Dark Rider: An Examination Of Labor Conflict And John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men, Richard Stephen Sabolick Jan 2005

The Split Dark Rider: An Examination Of Labor Conflict And John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men, Richard Stephen Sabolick

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Argues that Of Mice and Men is not only a tale of morality, but also a representation of the political themes found in In Dubious Battle and The Grapes of Wrath. Establishes that Steinbeck does not simply divorce himself from the labor themes of the other two books; rather he uses this novel as a representative account of the social events taking place in California during the 1930s. Examines aspects of the split hero as found in the novel's two main characters, George and Lennie, who resemble a dark rider coming into a ranch with nothing more than a ...


Hybrid Identity And Arab/American Feminism In Diana Abu-Jaber's Arabian Jazz, Nicole Michelle Khoury Jan 2005

Hybrid Identity And Arab/American Feminism In Diana Abu-Jaber's Arabian Jazz, Nicole Michelle Khoury

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In her novel Arabian Jazz, Diana Abu-Jaber attempts to explore the Arab American identity as something new; as an identity that exists related to, but ultimately separate from, the Arab and American identities from which it was originally created. This thesis discusses the emergence of the depiction of the Arab American female identity in the novel, examining how the characters explore issues of race, class, imperialism, and sex within both the Arab and the American cultures as those issues shape female identity. The thesis also presents a rhetorical analysis of the speeches that allow the characters a voice with respect ...


Use Of A Video Based Instruction Program To Enhance English Literature And Writing Concepts, Jeffrey Christian Pitcher Jan 2005

Use Of A Video Based Instruction Program To Enhance English Literature And Writing Concepts, Jeffrey Christian Pitcher

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In this project an educational DVD about the life and writing styles of John Steinbeck was developed for use in high school freshman classrooms at Yucaipa High School. Additional activities to stimulate students' writing and composition in the style of Steinbeck were created to match educational theory and state standards.


A Queer Look At Feminist Science Fiction: Examing Sally Miller Gearhart's The Kanshou, Jennifer Jodelle Floerke Jan 2005

A Queer Look At Feminist Science Fiction: Examing Sally Miller Gearhart's The Kanshou, Jennifer Jodelle Floerke

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This thesis is a queer theory analysis of the feminist science fiction novel The Kanshou by Sally Miller Gearhart. After exploring both male and female authored science fiction in the literature review, two themes were to be dominant. The goal of this thesis is to answer the questions, can the traditional themes that are prevalent in male authored science fiction and feminist science fiction in representing gender and sexual orientation dichotomies be found in The Kanshou? And does Gearhart challenge these dichotomies by destabilizing them? The analysis found determined that Gearhart's The Kanshou does challenge traditional sociological norms of ...


Electronic Dictionaries In The Esl Composition Class, Rebecca Lynn Rudd Jan 2005

Electronic Dictionaries In The Esl Composition Class, Rebecca Lynn Rudd

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This thesis examines the use of electronic dictionaries by ESL students. In particular, it considers how, when and why students use electronic dictionaries in their writing processes. It also explores the extent to which students use words found in an electronic dictionary appropriately in their texts and whether electronic dictionary use influences their long-term acquisition of vocabulary.


When English As A Second Language Students Meet Text-Responsible Writing, Miso Jung Jan 2005

When English As A Second Language Students Meet Text-Responsible Writing, Miso Jung

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This thesis follows two international freshman students in an English composition class at California State University, San Bernardino. The results indicate that the students generally experienced feeling challenged and overwhelmed about the unfamiliar topic, but detailed assignment guidelines played a key role for students to progress in understanding the assignment.


College-Level Reading And Writing: Considering Curriculum From A Postmodern Perspective, Brenda Jean Littleton Jan 2005

College-Level Reading And Writing: Considering Curriculum From A Postmodern Perspective, Brenda Jean Littleton

Theses Digitization Project

This project presents qualitative investigations into the relation of science systems to education systems, and suggests post modern constructs as models of systemic change, with application toward reading and writing literacy for the college-level adult learning.


A Skeptical Feminist Exploration Of Binary Dystopias In Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists Of Avalon, Alexandra Elizabeth Anita Lindstrom Jan 2005

A Skeptical Feminist Exploration Of Binary Dystopias In Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists Of Avalon, Alexandra Elizabeth Anita Lindstrom

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In Marion Zimmer Bradley's retelling of the Arthurian legends, The Mists of Avalon, she creates two dystopic cultures: Avalon and Camelot. Contrasting Bradley's account of the legends with the traditional version, Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte d'Arthur, reveals that Bradley's sweeping revisions of the tradition do little to create a feminist ideal. A skeptical questioning of the text's plot and characters with the Women's Movement in mind opens an interpretation of the text as a critique of feminism itself.


Translingual Literature: The Bone People And Borderlands, Jill Marie Murphy Jan 2005

Translingual Literature: The Bone People And Borderlands, Jill Marie Murphy

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This thesis proposes that by producing and existing within a translingual text, the ethnofeminist has found a way to subvert others' construction of her and redefine her identity. In particular, the ethnofeminist uses code switching to select and reinvent meaning from the language system of the dominant culture while maintaining the language system of the "marginal" group. In combining two (or more) language systems within a literature she has created her own language.


We Should Be Like Water: Choosing The Lowest Place Which All Others Avoid: John Steinbeck As A Modern Messenger Of Taoism, Andrea Marie Hammock Jan 2005

We Should Be Like Water: Choosing The Lowest Place Which All Others Avoid: John Steinbeck As A Modern Messenger Of Taoism, Andrea Marie Hammock

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This thesis explores John Steinbeck's Cannery Row as a taoist text. It furthers this investigation by examining Cannery Row's recently discovered precursor, The God in the Pipes; examining the question of whether or not both novels were inspired by the ancient eastern philosophy of Taoism. The thesis uses clues from The God in the Pipes to determine which version of the Tao Teh Ching Steinbeck used to compose these novels.


Style: A New Perspective On Kate Chopin, Daniel Arredondo Jan 2005

Style: A New Perspective On Kate Chopin, Daniel Arredondo

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Uses Edward Corbett's theory of style to help define Chopin's style and expose her rhetorical strategies (sentence and paragraph length, diction, tropes, scheme, etc.) in the short story "The Story of an Hour ." Examines the controversy over using literature to teach composition and provides an analysis of the reasons for and against using literature in composition classes. Finally, defends the use of literature in writing classrooms.


An Interdisciplinary Comparison Of Master's Thesis Abstracts, Patricia Belle Chance Jan 2005

An Interdisciplinary Comparison Of Master's Thesis Abstracts, Patricia Belle Chance

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Explores different ways that organizational moves and other discourse elements such as hedging are reflected in graduate student research abstracts for theses, dissertations and research articles. Master's thesis abstracts from five disciplines at California State University, San Bernardino were analyzed. Rhetorical conventions in these texts that reflect the epistemological and social expectations of the writers' academic communities were explored. Results indicate that these abstracts use a variety of hedging patterns and many of the moves that have been described for published research articles.


Creating A Student-Centered Learning Community In The College Reading Classroom By Incorporating Web-Based Technology, Michael James Shefchik Jan 2005

Creating A Student-Centered Learning Community In The College Reading Classroom By Incorporating Web-Based Technology, Michael James Shefchik

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This project investigated the problem of how to enable a student-centered environment in reading instruction through effectively incorporating meaningful web-based technology into the community college reading curriculum. Three multimedia strategies were tested to promote individual and collaborative meaning making: ePortfolios, eJournals, and the Class Know-It-All. The success of these strategies was measured against that of a previous course with identical materials and resources with the exception of multimedia integration.


Does California's Scripted Curriculum Affect Students' Motivation To Read, Francene Marie Fisher Jan 2005

Does California's Scripted Curriculum Affect Students' Motivation To Read, Francene Marie Fisher

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This thesis looked at the effects of California's adopted scripted learning programs on students' motivation for reading. There is much research about the efficacy of these types of one-size-fits all programs, which claim to be on scientific research.


Exploring Creative Writing In The Middle School Classroom Via The Effective Use Of Multimedia, Nicole Allison Bezi Jan 2005

Exploring Creative Writing In The Middle School Classroom Via The Effective Use Of Multimedia, Nicole Allison Bezi

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The purpose of this project is to develop a website by which students can improve their understanding of literary elements. This project will aid the students in completing some research as part of the initial stages of the WebQuest, to help them better understand the importance of literary elements.


Movie In Search Of America: The Rhetoric Of Myth In Easy Rider, Hayley Susan Raynes Jan 2005

Movie In Search Of America: The Rhetoric Of Myth In Easy Rider, Hayley Susan Raynes

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This thesis is a rhetorical analysis of the movie Easy Rider. It explores how auteurs Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper, and Terry Southern's use of road, regional, and cowboy mythology creates a text that simultaneously exposes and is dominated by the ironies inherent in American culture and breathes new life into the cowboy myth, reaffirming the cowboy's place as one of America's most enduring cultural icons.


Planting The Seeds Of Environmental Sensitivity Using Children's Literature, Kristin Alayne Sanderson Jan 2005

Planting The Seeds Of Environmental Sensitivity Using Children's Literature, Kristin Alayne Sanderson

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This project is aimed at helping children in elementary grades 1-6 develop a deep awareness of and empathy for the environment through children's fictional literature. This project takes a selection of children's books that encourage feelings of love, respect, and concern for the environment, and pairs them with an array of activities that put children more in touch with our planet and its problems. This combination of shared stories and related activities may be influential in developing environmental sensitivity in young children.


Comparison Of Effectiveness Between Merit Software And Traditional Grammar Instruction For Ninth Grade Students, Cynthia Joann Furr Jan 2005

Comparison Of Effectiveness Between Merit Software And Traditional Grammar Instruction For Ninth Grade Students, Cynthia Joann Furr

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Purpose of the project is to determine whether Merit Software program, "Write it right" could be effective in a whole class setting (using one computer) rather than in a computer lab. The further purpose was to identify if this strategy was more effective than the use of the traditional textbook method of grammar study in the ninth grade. Lesson plans and a software description are included.