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 Decade: 1950-1959
 Degree Discipline: English
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The Treatment of Human Cruelty in the Novels of Mark Twain

The Treatment of Human Cruelty in the Novels of Mark Twain

Date: August 1956
Creator: Ford, Jeanne Marie Davis
Description: The purpose of this thesis is to demonstrate Mark Twain's awareness of and sensitive reaction to the cruelty which surrounded him throughout his lifetime, and to evaluate his literary use of cruelty for both comic and satiric effects.
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Recent Interpretations of Iago

Recent Interpretations of Iago

Date: August 1954
Creator: Pankhurst, Martha Nell
Description: A study of the character of Iago from Shakespeare's Othello. Traces the trends of interpretations, schools of thought, and major influences in interpretations of Iago as manifested in a survey of the writings of Shakespearean critics of the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. The emphasis of the study shall be on twentieth-century criticism, with possible established patterns of interpretation and their relation to or deviation from the patterns of the two previous centuries.
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The Faithful Wife Motif in Elizabethan Drama

The Faithful Wife Motif in Elizabethan Drama

Date: August 1953
Creator: Sayles, Elizabeth Miller
Description: The major purpose of this thesis is to present a discussion of the motif of the faithful wife as it appears in the domestic drama of the Elizabethan Age; in addition, an account of the literary history of the theme will be given, in order that the use made of the story in Elizabethan drama may be correctly evaluated.
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The Treatment of Women in the Restoration Comedy of Manners

The Treatment of Women in the Restoration Comedy of Manners

Date: August 1956
Creator: Brock, Dorothy Sala
Description: Reflecting the real beau monde of Restoration London, the treatment of women in the comedy of manners was the best and most unusual characteristic of this dramatic type. With the first gay reaction against the past, the independent ladies demanded complete equality with men; intellectually, they gained that equality. To the gay belles, no less than to the beaux, wit was the passport to society. The truewit had everything; the witwould was social refuse, marked for that worst of all punishment--ridicule.
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Modern Trends in the Interpretation of Falstaff

Modern Trends in the Interpretation of Falstaff

Date: August 1956
Creator: Boswell, Fred Page
Description: The different interpretations of the character of Sir John Falstaff have been so controversial that at no time since the presentation of the Henry IV plays have critics been able to agree as to his precise qualities. He has been called the greatest humorous character in all literature by even those critics who have spoken adversely of his other traits. George Bernard Shaw called him "a besotted and disgusting old wretch," an opinion added to those of others who have seen him as a coward, liar, cheat, thief, glutton, and rogue. There is no denying that he is one of the most captivating and controversial of all characters in English literature.
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The Effect of Journalism on Modern American Writing

The Effect of Journalism on Modern American Writing

Date: August 1956
Creator: Estes, Dorothy Southerland
Description: This paper is an analysis of the relationship between journalism and formal literary usage in America. It is the purpose of this study to define and illustrate characteristics of modern journalese and to make a comparison of standards of correct usage advocated by recent textbooks in English composition and journalism. Particular attention will be given to diction, structure and length of sentences, capitalization, abbreviation, and punctuation. The conclusion will be a brief evaluation of modern journalism, a succinct resume of its impact on modern language and literature, and a simple prediction of future tendencies in journalistic and literary language. And to give a better perspective to the analysis of journalism and American English, the paper begins with a description of the American linguistic heritage.
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Characterization of Women in the Fiction of Nathaniel Hawthorne

Characterization of Women in the Fiction of Nathaniel Hawthorne

Date: August 1956
Creator: Estes, Emory Dolphous, Jr.
Description: While his Transcendentalist contemporaries were expounding their optimistic philosophy of natural goodness, progress, and perfectibility, Hawthorne probed into the human heart, recording the darkest motives of his characters and writing bitter criticism of life. Around him men were declaring that scientific inventions, political organizations, and religious reforms were ushering in a new era; but Hawthorne viewed the new society as a probable continuation of old evils and a manufacturer of new ones. His fiction has been called "an elaborate study of the centrifugal, . . . a dramatization of all those social and psychological forces that lead to disunion, fragmentation, dispersion, incoherence. Critics generally comment on Hawthorne's obsession with guilt. His pessimistic analysis of the mind, his somber outlook on living, and his personal tendency to solitude are frequently credited to his Puritan ancestry; yet as Arvin points out, "He had no more Puritan blood than Emerson and hundreds of other New Englanders of his time: and who will say that they were obsessed with the spectral presence of guilty. One must go beyond Calvinist theology to comprehend the source of guilt that hovers over the pages of his fiction. His religious, moral, educational, and economic background was so typical ...
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The Problem of Spelling Reform

The Problem of Spelling Reform

Date: August 1950
Creator: Lacey, Vera B.
Description: Spelling is a tool by which one records his thoughts and ideas; therefore it is a vital part of life. To fulfill its task successfully, spelling must be accurate. Spelling is that tool by which the happenings of the past are revealed to the present and are preserved for the future. For any individual who attempts to transfer his thoughts and words by symbols onto paper, correct spelling is a prime essential. It follows, then, that to develop perfect habits of spelling in order that perfect transcriptions of thoughts might be made is the duty of the teacher. This duty has been attempted by teachers for many generations. But it is an established fact that the goal has not been reached, for there is a stupendous number of misspellings in the written work of students in high schools. Many methods have been advanced for correcting this incompetence in spelling; when these were tried, they have failed to secure the coveted goal. In some instances the cure has aggravated the disease. Successful abolishment of this handicap baffles the teaching profession. In a course in American pronunciation recently conducted at North Texas State College, the teacher presented the fact that there are ...
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Jane Austen and Her Critics, 1940-1954

Jane Austen and Her Critics, 1940-1954

Date: August 1955
Creator: Bowen, Betty Ann
Description: The purpose of this thesis is to survey Jane Austen biography and criticism published since 1940 in order to show the present state of Jane Austen study while providing a bibliographical guide to recent material.
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Naturalism in the Work of Stephen Crane

Naturalism in the Work of Stephen Crane

Date: August 1952
Creator: Conerly, Mary Scruggs
Description: A critical study of naturalism and its influence in the works of Stephen Crane.
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Semantic Change in Biblical Translation

Semantic Change in Biblical Translation

Date: January 1954
Creator: Trickey, Betty Baldwin
Description: Tracing semantic change in various translations of The Bible.
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The Wordsworths' Scottish Tour

The Wordsworths' Scottish Tour

Date: August 1956
Creator: Bingman, Marilyn L.
Description: Together Dorothy and William translate. a simple tour into aesthetic loveliness To his sister the journey was the juxtaposition of impoverished society and pastoral elegance. To Wordsworth the tour was a reawakening of poetic Impulse. Through his intense feeling for natural beauty, Wordsworth became the poet of all mankind..
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Pessimism in Three Major English Poets of the Nineteenth Century

Pessimism in Three Major English Poets of the Nineteenth Century

Date: August 1958
Creator: Simms, Bobbie Gwen
Description: This thesis examines the evidences of pessimism in the poetry of each poet, substantiated when possible by parallel prose writings and other critical and biographical material; and finally, it reaches tentative conclusions about the direction of the change in pessimistic outlook of three poets.
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A Proposed Reconstruction of the Elizabethan Globe Theater in Odessa, Texas

A Proposed Reconstruction of the Elizabethan Globe Theater in Odessa, Texas

Date: August 1950
Creator: Morris, Marjorie Rogers
Description: The purpose of this study is to determine as accurately as possible from an examination of contemporary records and from interpretations of scholars what the structure and conventions of the Globe Theater were in the hope that the projected reconstruction of the theater in Odessa may be as near the original as is possible and feasible.
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Establishing an Integrated Language Arts Program in the Primary Grades

Establishing an Integrated Language Arts Program in the Primary Grades

Date: January 1954
Creator: Harding, Marcella Queen
Description: This thesis had its inception in the mind of the writer when, disturbed by third grade children's lack of interest and low level of linguistic achievement, she endeavored to find both a more effective means of encouraging children to acquire the tools of language and a more effective method of teaching children the fundamentals of language arts. The writer determined, therefore, to investigate an integrated language arts program in the hope that it would prove to be a more effective method of teaching.
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Ability Grouping in Secondary English

Ability Grouping in Secondary English

Date: August 1952
Creator: Harris, Steva Whitehead
Description: This thesis discusses the pros and cons of grouping by ability in secondary English.
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A Study of Mechanics: Prescription and Use

A Study of Mechanics: Prescription and Use

Date: August 1952
Creator: Le Beau, Maurine Schott
Description: This thesis studies historical punctuation its uses and standards developed.
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Fire on Abel's Altar

Fire on Abel's Altar

Date: January 1955
Creator: Taliaferro, Charles R.
Description: This thesis is a work of fiction in the form of a novel.
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The Messenger in Shakespeare

The Messenger in Shakespeare

Date: May 1955
Creator: Branch, James Wesley
Description: The messenger genus is a broad one. It contains several species and sub-species, some of which will hardly seem to belong to the group until they are examined from a functional or structural standpoint. An attempt will be made to break this great group into three species.
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A Decade of Grammatical Liberalism

A Decade of Grammatical Liberalism

Date: January 1955
Creator: Guinn, James M.
Description: Against the background of conservatism, liberalism, and counter-reaction among linguists, this study will survey the degrees of liberality shown by the writers of a group of present-day handbooks and grammars toward six disputable issues.
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Maria Edgeworth as a Precursor of Realism

Maria Edgeworth as a Precursor of Realism

Date: August 1958
Creator: Farr, Carie Jane
Description: The purpose of this thesis is to study the novels of Maria Edgeworth in an attempt to discover whether or not her novels have merit beyond their representation of the manners and morals of her historical period. This involves first an examination of her novels in the light of such criticism as has given rise to the question of their importance.
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Browning's The Ring and the Book in Twentieth-century Criticism

Browning's The Ring and the Book in Twentieth-century Criticism

Date: January 1955
Creator: Blakney, Paul S.
Description: Proceeding from the general judgment that The Ring and the Book is, indeed, Browning's greatest achievement, and that it, more than any other of his works, was responsible for establishing him in an extraordinary position of public acceptance and esteem, I propose, in this study, to examine the four features of The Ring and the Book which have most frequently attracted critical attention and to which the greater portion of analysis and review of The Ring and the Book have been devoted.
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The Social Hierarchy of the South in the Works of William Faulkner

The Social Hierarchy of the South in the Works of William Faulkner

Date: August 1954
Creator: Cain, Roy E.
Description: The Myth of the Old South, like all myths, contains some elements of truth, but like all myths, it contains some things that are not true. Faulkner has used those parts of the Myth that are true, but he has repudiated and in many cases destroyed those parts of the Myth which he has found to be the product of imagination rather than history.
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Mark Twain's Representation of the American West

Mark Twain's Representation of the American West

Date: August 1953
Creator: Bass, Jeanne H.
Description: The purpose of this paper is to picture the West as Mark Twain saw it. Many books have been written which describe Twain's Western years, but few have given much consideration to the accuracy of his account of the West in the 1860's. This paper attempts to portray Twain not only as a social and political satirist, but also as a possible historical satirist.
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