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Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

2010

American Studies

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The Spectacle Of Citizenship: Halftones, Print Media, And Constructing Americanness, 1880--1940, Sarah Lucinda Grunder Jan 2010

The Spectacle Of Citizenship: Halftones, Print Media, And Constructing Americanness, 1880--1940, Sarah Lucinda Grunder

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Advances in photography and conceptions of national identity proceeded side by side during the nineteenth century. The introduction of halftone reproductions marks the beginning of an information revolution and is an important moment not only in media history, but in studies of nineteenth and twentieth century cultural history and studies of national identity. Visual representation of differences between people and places was one means by which people identified and validated Americans' belonging because photographs were infused with authority: they seemed to be truthful, to provide infallible evidence of events and of people. as the nineteenth century gave way to the ...


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

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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 ...


Flying Under The Radar With The Royal Chicano Air Force: The Ongoing Politics Of Space And Ethnic Identity, Ella Maria Diaz Jan 2010

Flying Under The Radar With The Royal Chicano Air Force: The Ongoing Politics Of Space And Ethnic Identity, Ella Maria Diaz

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This dissertation explores the Royal Chicano Air Force (RCAF), a Chicano/a arts collective that produced numerous murals in Sacramento, CA, for over forty years. Grounded in Mexican and US aesthetic traditions, their murals reflect cultural hybridity and re-imagine US history through a Chicano/a perspective. Many of their works were and are located in Sacramento's Chicano/a barrios, while others occupy interethnic, public space in the vicinity of the State Capitol. By encoding hidden Chicano/a iconographies within each mural, the RCAF offers what scholar Alicia Gaspar de Alba calls "alter-Native" narratives of American history because they posit ...


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

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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 ...


The American Grotesque: Free-Thought Idealism In Edward Bliss Foote's "Science In Story", Lita M. Tirak Jan 2010

The American Grotesque: Free-Thought Idealism In Edward Bliss Foote's "Science In Story", Lita M. Tirak

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No abstract provided.


The Alan Lomax Photographs And The Music Of Williamsburg (1959-1960), Peggy Finley Aarlien Jan 2010

The Alan Lomax Photographs And The Music Of Williamsburg (1959-1960), Peggy Finley Aarlien

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No abstract provided.


Class Act: Negotiating Art And Market In The Career Of Isadora Duncan, Anne Meredith Gittinger Jan 2010

Class Act: Negotiating Art And Market In The Career Of Isadora Duncan, Anne Meredith Gittinger

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No abstract provided.


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

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No abstract provided.


The Search For A New England Character: Change, The Town, And The Wilderness In Timothy Dwight's "Travels In New England And New York", Nicolette Gable Jan 2010

The Search For A New England Character: Change, The Town, And The Wilderness In Timothy Dwight's "Travels In New England And New York", Nicolette Gable

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No abstract provided.


"You Have No Boss Here To Work For": Women And Labor In Chesapeake Bay Fishing Communities, Elizabeth Marie O'Grady Jan 2010

"You Have No Boss Here To Work For": Women And Labor In Chesapeake Bay Fishing Communities, Elizabeth Marie O'Grady

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No abstract provided.


The Immigrant, The Native Son, And The Ambassador: The Transnational Travels Of "Godzilla", "Speed Racer", And "Akira", Amber Shandling Cohen Jan 2010

The Immigrant, The Native Son, And The Ambassador: The Transnational Travels Of "Godzilla", "Speed Racer", And "Akira", Amber Shandling Cohen

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No abstract provided.


The 2008 Election: Prior Belief Strength, Cognitive Dissonance, And Voter Reactions, Elicia Chelsey Lair Jan 2010

The 2008 Election: Prior Belief Strength, Cognitive Dissonance, And Voter Reactions, Elicia Chelsey Lair

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No abstract provided.