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Artful Manipulation: The Rockefeller Family And Cold War America, Julia Kaziewicz Jan 2015

Artful Manipulation: The Rockefeller Family And Cold War America, Julia Kaziewicz

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

My dissertation, "Artful Manipulation: The Rockefeller Family and Cold War America," examines how the Rockefeller family used the Museum of Modern Art, Colonial Williamsburg, and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Collection to shape opinions about America, both at home and abroad, during the early years of the Cold War. The work done at Colonial Williamsburg tied the Rockefeller name to the foundations of American society and, later, to the spread of global democracy in the Cold War world. The establishment of a new museum for the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art collection in 1957 renewed the narrative that American ...


'The Scar Must Remain': Memory And The First World War In The Ruth Fielding And Beverly Gray Series, Anna Murell Thompson Jan 2014

'The Scar Must Remain': Memory And The First World War In The Ruth Fielding And Beverly Gray Series, Anna Murell Thompson

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Liberty's Kids: Toys, Children's Literature, And The Promotion Of Nationalism In The Early Nineteenth-Century United States, August M. Butler Jan 2014

Liberty's Kids: Toys, Children's Literature, And The Promotion Of Nationalism In The Early Nineteenth-Century United States, August M. Butler

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Southern Orientation: Reimagining Asian American Identity And Place In The Global South, Frank Sung Cha Jan 2013

Southern Orientation: Reimagining Asian American Identity And Place In The Global South, Frank Sung Cha

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Asians have been part of the American South's physical, cultural, and economic landscape since Reconstruction when plantation owners introduced Chinese immigrants to replace newly freed African Americans as their primary labor source. Nearly a century later, sweeping immigration reform led to the influx of thousands of Asian immigrants who transformed the region's social, economic, and physical landscapes. Southern Orientation: Reimagining Asian American Identity and Place in the Global South utilizes twentieth- and twenty-first-century literature, film, and oral histories to investigate how the socio-spatial practices of Asians produce new iterations of place-bound identities that unsettle traditional notions of southern ...


"History Written With Lightning": Religion, White Supremacy, And The Rise And Fall Of Thomas Dixon, Jr, David Michael Kidd Jan 2013

"History Written With Lightning": Religion, White Supremacy, And The Rise And Fall Of Thomas Dixon, Jr, David Michael Kidd

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Baptist minister and author of novels, plays, sermons, and essays, Thomas Dixon, Jr. today remains most known as the storyteller behind the 1915 D. W. Griffith Film The Birth of a Nation. I argue that Thomas Dixon crafted a white supremacist rhetoric and narrative of modern whiteness indebted to the structures of Fundamentalist Christianity. With varying degrees of success, later writers struggled with the legacy the Dixonian cultural narrative bequeathed them.;Fundamentalist theology offered a whole host of tropes, metaphors, and arguments to its users. In short, Fundamentalism presented a rhetorical stance that was, in the hands of an ambitious ...


"A Dollar Book For A Dime!": The Vernacular Of Cheapness And The Beadle Dime Handbooks, Sarah Elisabeth Adams Jan 2012

"A Dollar Book For A Dime!": The Vernacular Of Cheapness And The Beadle Dime Handbooks, Sarah Elisabeth Adams

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Gone To The Dogs: Inter-Species Bonds And The Building Of Bio-Cultural Capital In America, 1835--Present, Merit Elfi Anglin Jan 2012

Gone To The Dogs: Inter-Species Bonds And The Building Of Bio-Cultural Capital In America, 1835--Present, Merit Elfi Anglin

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

In following the rise of canis lupus familiaris from America's pet dog to dogmestic partner and ontological metaphor for capital unseen and humanly unseeable this dissertation hopes to reveal the 'spirit of calculation' that undergirds the nation's seemingly disinterested love for their four-legged others and demonstrate how cultural politics affect and are in turn affected by bio-politics and bio-power.;It argues that in response to the deflation of prevalent signifiers of social standing and sexual or matrimonial desirability during the financial and ontological crises of the 1830s, Jacksonians turned to the dog as an incorruptible sign of invisible ...


Storyville: Discourses In Southern Musicians' Autobiographies, Matthew Daniel Sutton Jan 2011

Storyville: Discourses In Southern Musicians' Autobiographies, Matthew Daniel Sutton

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This study utilizes many of the tools of the literary critic to identify and analyze the discursive conventions in autobiographies by American vernacular musicians who came of age in the American South during the era of enforced racial segregation. Through this textual analysis, we can appreciate this seemingly amorphous collection of books as a continuing conversation, where descriptions of the South and its music by turns confirm, contradict, and complicate each other. Ultimately, the dozens of southern musician autobiographies published in the last fifty years engage in a valuable and revealing dialogue, creating a virtual "Storyville"; ostensibly disparate works share ...


Determining Reliability In Indian Captivity Narratives, Heather Nicole Diangelis Jan 2011

Determining Reliability In Indian Captivity Narratives, Heather Nicole Diangelis

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


"What's A Nice Mormon Girl Like You Doing Writing About Vampires?": Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" Saga And The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints, Karen Elizabeth Smyth Jan 2011

"What's A Nice Mormon Girl Like You Doing Writing About Vampires?": Stephenie Meyer's "Twilight" Saga And The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints, Karen Elizabeth Smyth

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Between Fact And Fiction: Writing By American Women In A Transnational Context, Hilary Jennifer Marcus Jan 2010

Between Fact And Fiction: Writing By American Women In A Transnational Context, Hilary Jennifer Marcus

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Drawing on poststructuralist theories of gender, nation and modernity, this dissertation is an interdisciplinary exploration of American experimental women's writing and their linkages to and explorations of colonial and U.S. imperialist histories. "Between Fact and Fiction: Writing by American Women in a Transnational Context" considers experimental literary texts by women writing from diverse spaces across places and times as cultural texts that can provide important insights for understanding transnational politics of power and possibilities for disrupting power. The project examines a broad range of experimental literary texts by women including Gertrude Stein, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Alicia Gaspar ...


Buck-Horned Snakes And Possum Women: Non-White Folkore, Antebellum *Southern Literature, And Interracial Cultural Exchange, John Douglas Miller Jan 2010

Buck-Horned Snakes And Possum Women: Non-White Folkore, Antebellum *Southern Literature, And Interracial Cultural Exchange, John Douglas Miller

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The antebellum American South was a site of continual human mobility and social fluidity. This cultivated a pattern of cultural exchange between black, indigenous, and white Southerners, especially in the Old Southwest, making the region a cultural borderland as well as a geographical one. This environment resulted in the creolization of many aspects of life in the region. to date, the literature of the Old South has yet to be studied in this context. This project traces the diffusion of African-American and Native American culture in white-authored Southern texts.;For instance, textual evidence in Old Southwestern Humor reveals a pattern ...


From Sight To Site To Website: Travel-Writing, Tourism And The American Experience In Haiti, 1900-2008, Landon Cole Yarrington Jan 2010

From Sight To Site To Website: Travel-Writing, Tourism And The American Experience In Haiti, 1900-2008, Landon Cole Yarrington

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


"Taking It Out!": Jayne Cortez's Collaborations With The Firespitters, Renee Michelle Kingan Jan 2009

"Taking It Out!": Jayne Cortez's Collaborations With The Firespitters, Renee Michelle Kingan

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


The First Thing Out The Window: Race, Radical Feminism, And Marge Piercy's "Woman On The Edge Of Time", Kimberly Lynn Mann Jan 2009

The First Thing Out The Window: Race, Radical Feminism, And Marge Piercy's "Woman On The Edge Of Time", Kimberly Lynn Mann

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Celebrity And The National Body: Encounters With The Exotic In Late Nineteenth-Century America, Caroline Carpenter Nichols Jan 2008

Celebrity And The National Body: Encounters With The Exotic In Late Nineteenth-Century America, Caroline Carpenter Nichols

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This project uses the remarkable careers of anthropologist Frank Hamilton Cushing, stunt reporter Nellie Bly, anti-lynching activist Ida B. Wells, and war correspondent Richard Harding Davis, as well as literary texts by Davis and Henry James, to frame a set of questions about the politics and implications of cultural crossover at the end of the nineteenth century. Through their work as participant observers of racial, ethnic and social Others, these reporters, reformers, and authors were gradually transformed into charismatic exotics. More than simply mediating between a mainstream (usually white, middle-class) audience and a more exotic people or place, these individuals ...


The Revolutionary Writings Of Mary And Royall Tyler: Marital, Medical, And Political Discourse In An Early-Nineteenth-Century Family, Elizabeth Anne Bond Jan 2008

The Revolutionary Writings Of Mary And Royall Tyler: Marital, Medical, And Political Discourse In An Early-Nineteenth-Century Family, Elizabeth Anne Bond

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


More Or Less Than Kind: Brothers And Sisters In Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Jennifer P. Blanchard Jan 2007

More Or Less Than Kind: Brothers And Sisters In Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Jennifer P. Blanchard

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This dissertation investigates the under-examined relationships between sibling characters in nineteenth-century American literature (1852-1900). Focusing on the depictions of siblinghood in such works as Herman Melville's Pierre, Louisa May Alcott's Little Women, Charles Chesnutt's The House Behind the Cedars, and Edith Wharton's Bunner Sisters, I explore how nineteenth-century American authors construct, comment on, and use the sibling bond as an attempt to reconcile tensions of personal and collective identity and the competing drives for family ties and individual experience. In these fictions and others, I argue, siblinghood is a space where the rules of relation are ...


Science And Imagination In Anglo-American Children's Books, 1760--1855, Sandra Burr Jan 2005

Science And Imagination In Anglo-American Children's Books, 1760--1855, Sandra Burr

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Didactic, scientifically oriented children's literature crisscrossed the Atlantic in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, finding wide popularity in Great Britain and the United States; yet the genre has since suffered from a reputation for being dull and pedantic and has been neglected by scholars. Challenging this scholarly devaluation, "Science and Imagination in Anglo-American Children's Books, 1760--1855" argues that didactic, scientifically oriented children's books play upon and encourage the use of the imagination. Three significant Anglo-American children's authors---Thomas Day, Maria Edgeworth, and Nathaniel Hawthorne---infuse their writings with the wonders of science and the clear message that an ...


(Un)Conventional Coupling: Interracial Sex And Intimacy In Contemporary Neo-Slave Narratives, Colleen Doyle Worrell Jan 2005

(Un)Conventional Coupling: Interracial Sex And Intimacy In Contemporary Neo-Slave Narratives, Colleen Doyle Worrell

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

"(Un)Conventional Coupling" initiates a more expansive critical conversation on the contemporary neo-slave narrative. The dissertation's central argument is that authors of neo-slave narratives rely on the politicized theme of interracial coupling to both reimagine history and explore the possibility of social transformation. to establish a framework for my particular focus on interracial intimacy, this study extends the boundaries of the genre by adopting Paul Gilroy's theory of the black Atlantic. This theoretical paradigm serves as a provisional framework for both accommodating and analyzing the complexity of authorship, nationality, and influence within this large body of work.;This ...


"Far Out Past": Hemingway, Manhood, And Modernism, Timothy L. Barnard Jan 2005

"Far Out Past": Hemingway, Manhood, And Modernism, Timothy L. Barnard

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This dissertation investigates Ernest Hemingway's authorship as an instance of international modernisms forming as sustained engagements with gender and sexuality. By focusing on four of Hemingway's most experimental texts it shows how a figure of both "high" and "popular" modernism sought to occupy a heterogeneous space of cultural queerness vitalized by masculinity, national and ethnic identities, and writing.;The introduction discusses how post-war gender, sexual, and literary discourses reflected period obsessions with authenticity in the face of a rising commodity culture. It also introduces the dissertation's argument that Hemingway's success in becoming a valuable "literary property ...


Integrating The Personal And The Political: The Body Politics In "Daughter Of Earth", Han Shen Jan 2005

Integrating The Personal And The Political: The Body Politics In "Daughter Of Earth", Han Shen

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Envisioning Black Childhood: Black Nationalism, Community, And Identity Construction In Black Arts Movement Children's Literature, Meredith Meagan Crawford Jan 2005

Envisioning Black Childhood: Black Nationalism, Community, And Identity Construction In Black Arts Movement Children's Literature, Meredith Meagan Crawford

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


"I Like Things Simple, But It Must Be Simple Through Complication": Re-Reading Gertrude Stein, Hilary Jennifer Marcus Jan 2004

"I Like Things Simple, But It Must Be Simple Through Complication": Re-Reading Gertrude Stein, Hilary Jennifer Marcus

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Passing Into Print: Walt Whitman And His Publishers, Charles B. Green Jan 2004

Passing Into Print: Walt Whitman And His Publishers, Charles B. Green

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Few scholars have attempted to conduct a close examination of Whitman's relationship to his publishers in the context of Leaves of Grass. In their "Typographic Yawp: Leaves of Grass , 1855--1992," Megan and Paul Benton present a minimal, but interesting examination of the typographic story of Leaves, but they ignore three of the editions and deal with author-publisher relations only superficially. Other articles examine individual editions of Leaves of Grass, but none really explore what Whitman's complicated relationships with the publishers of his time tell us about the conditions for his work and for authorship in mid-nineteenth-century America. Most ...


The Blues And Jazz In Albert Murray's Fiction: A Study In The Tradition Of Stylization, Jacquelynne Jones Modeste Jan 2004

The Blues And Jazz In Albert Murray's Fiction: A Study In The Tradition Of Stylization, Jacquelynne Jones Modeste

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

The use of the blues as a critical theory and as a literary model for the crafting of fiction opens new possibilities for both intellectual and artistic exploration. Reflecting the power of human agency amidst antagonism, the blues is the music of personal triumph over the brutality of circumstances despite any change in condition. The music's emphasis on improvisation reveals human agency because through instrumentation, singing, stylistic nuances, audience participation and/or venue individuals transform perceived or imagined woefulness into hopefulness. Studying the blues and its cultural legacy is significant in identifying the mechanisms by which individuals and ultimately ...


Emily Dickinson's And Christina Rossetti's Portrayals Of Goblins And Their Threat To Feminine Integrity, Miki Jean Hazard Jan 2002

Emily Dickinson's And Christina Rossetti's Portrayals Of Goblins And Their Threat To Feminine Integrity, Miki Jean Hazard

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


In Parisian Salons And Boston's Back Streets: Reading Jefferson's "Notes On The State Of Virginia", David W. Lewes Jan 2002

In Parisian Salons And Boston's Back Streets: Reading Jefferson's "Notes On The State Of Virginia", David W. Lewes

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


A Literature Of Combat: African American Prison Writers Of The Vietnam Era, John William Weber Jan 2002

A Literature Of Combat: African American Prison Writers Of The Vietnam Era, John William Weber

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


The Still Life: Domesticity, Subjectivity, And The Bachelor In Nineteenth-Century America, Matthew Cohen Jan 2002

The Still Life: Domesticity, Subjectivity, And The Bachelor In Nineteenth-Century America, Matthew Cohen

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

"The Still Life" explores debates over single manhood in the culture of the nineteenth-century United States. Until recently, the "bachelor" was less an identifiable social type than a battleground for discourses of privacy and intimacy, sympathy and sentiment, and labor and leisure. Representations of the bachelor tended to excite readers' concerns about the relationships among emotion, public behavior, and intellectual prowess. Concentrating on constructions of the bachelor within specific discursive arenas, this dissertation examines "bachelorhood" as a way culture organized a wide range of ideologies and experiences. Though the bachelor's particular significance faded in the twentieth century, a conceptual ...