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Short Stories

Short Stories

Date: December 2007
Creator: Gay, Wayne Lee
Description: This collection of seven representative original short stories will include four short stories relating to a fictional location in Dallas, the Starry Skies gay country-and-western dance hall. Three short stories set in fabulous, sometimes absurd settings, will follow. A preface dealing with the nature of fictional place and non-fictional place in fiction will precede the collection of short stories.
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What Happens to the Where, When and How in Malay?

What Happens to the Where, When and How in Malay?

Date: May 2000
Creator: Muthiah, Kalaivahni
Description: In this thesis, I analyze three positions of the wh-word in Malay and attempt to explain what accounts for the differences between them. Specifically, I consider if the movement of the wh-interrogative is really wh-movement or if something else is going on. In regard to the the in-situ wh-words and the partially moved wh-words, I consider whether these move covertly and if they do, if this is feature movement or covert phrasal movement.
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Wandering Women: Sexual and Social Stigma in the Mid-Victorian Novel

Wandering Women: Sexual and Social Stigma in the Mid-Victorian Novel

Date: August 2000
Creator: Jackson, Lisa Hartsell
Description: The changing role of women was arguably the most fundamental area of concern and crisis in the Victorian era. Recent scholarship has done much to illuminate the evolving role of women, particularly in regard to the development of the New Woman. I propose that there is an intermediary character type that exists between Coventry Patmore's "angel of the house" and the New Woman of the fin de siecle. I call this character the Wandering Woman. This new archetypal character adheres to the following list of characteristics: she is a literal or figurative orphan, is genteelly poor or of the working class, is pursued by a rogue who offers financial security in return for sexual favors; this sexual liaison, unsanctified by marriage, causes her to be stigmatized in the eyes of society; and her stigmatization results in expulsion from society and enforced wandering through a literal or figurative wilderness. There are three variations of this archetype: the child-woman as represented by the titular heroine of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and Little Nell of Charles Dickens' The Old Curiosity Shop; the sexual deviant as represented by Miss Wade of Dickens' Little Dorrit; and the fallen woman as represented by the titular heroine ...
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Jezebel's Daughters: A Study of Wilkie Collins and His Female Villains

Jezebel's Daughters: A Study of Wilkie Collins and His Female Villains

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Date: August 2000
Creator: Colvin, Trey Vincent
Description: The term "feminist," when applied to Wilkie Collins, implies he was concerned with rectifying the oppression of women in domestic life as well as with promoting equal rights between the sexes. This study explores Collins the "feminist" by analyzing his portrayals of women, particularly his most powerful feminine creations: his villainesses. Although this focus is somewhat limited, it allows for a detailed analysis of the development of Collins's attitudes towards powerful women from the beginning to the end of his career. It examines the relationship between Collins's developing moral attitudes and social beliefs, on the one hand, and the ideas of Victorian feminists such as Josephine Butler and feminist sympathizers such as John Stuart Mill, on the other. This interaction, while never overt, reveals the ambivalence and complexity of Collins's "feminist" attitudes. Of the five novels in this study, Antonina (1850), Basil (1852), Armadale (1866), Jezebel's Daughter (1880), and The Legacy of Cain (1889), only one was published at the zenith of Collins's career in the 1860s. Each of the villainesses in these novels, their ideas and experiences, are crucial to understanding Collins's "feminist" impulses. Looking at them as powerful women who detest domestic oppression, one becomes aware that Collins ...
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A Study of Seventeenth-Century Spelling as Represented in the Comedies of William Congreve

A Study of Seventeenth-Century Spelling as Represented in the Comedies of William Congreve

Date: August 1963
Creator: Daniel, Marian Jean
Description: This paper is a study of the differences in orthography which are found in contrasting late seventeenth-century written English with that of today.
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The Naturalistic Technique of John O'Hara

The Naturalistic Technique of John O'Hara

Date: August 1963
Creator: Krause, Donald Paul
Description: The thesis of this paper on John O'Hara is that certain of his novels contain sufficient characteristics of literary naturalism to reward a study of them from that perspective. In part, the purpose of this paper is to illustrate O'Hara's merits and, hopefully, to enhance his reputation as a writer of literary worth by viewing his novels from the proper perspective.
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Eve, the Apple, and Eugene O'Neill: the Development of O'Neill's Concept of Women

Eve, the Apple, and Eugene O'Neill: the Development of O'Neill's Concept of Women

Date: June 1963
Creator: Mazaher, Kay H.
Description: It is the purpose of this paper to outline the development of O'Neill's characterization of women from the loving, submissive Mother in the early plays to the Mother turned Destroyer in the later plays. This is accomplished through a chronological examination of the women characters in eight of O'Neill's major plays--Beyond the Horizon, The Staw, Anna Christie, Welded, Desire Under the Elms, The Great God Brown, Strange Interlude, and Mourning Becomes Electra.
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The Relationship between the Hunter and the Hunted: Moby Dick, The Old Man and the Sea, and The Bear

The Relationship between the Hunter and the Hunted: Moby Dick, The Old Man and the Sea, and The Bear

Date: August 1963
Creator: Egner, Ruth Ann
Description: The purpose of this thesis is to point out explicitly the rather startling fact that each of these three writers in a novel which is representative of his own art and world view had developed the hunt-quest theme in a pattern and manner which are almost identical.
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The Artist in Durrell's Alexandria Quartet

The Artist in Durrell's Alexandria Quartet

Date: January 1964
Creator: Fry, Phillip Lee
Description: Self-knowledge serves as the basis for further insight into other themes and ideas. The investigation proceeds, then, from the search for self to the somewhat higher plane of the role of the artist in society; it is completed with an analysis of the motivations which lead the artist into an attainment of complete artistic fulfillment.
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Lord Byron's Interest in British Politics

Lord Byron's Interest in British Politics

Date: August 1963
Creator: Krukowski, John D.
Description: The purpose of this thesis is to examine the politics of Byron as they are related to his age. Necessarily, a part of this work will deal with ideas that are somewhat conjectural, largely because of the limitations of time and space as well as the lack of accurate information--particularly that which concerns Byron and the Whig circle.
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Medievalism in Shakespeare

Medievalism in Shakespeare

Date: June 1963
Creator: Silverthorne, Elizabeth Emily
Description: This study will undertake to point out only a few of the many medieval elements used by Shakespeare. It does not purport to do more than to examine briefly a small number of the myriad medieval traits to be found in Shakespeare's writing nor to cite more than a few examples of these traits in a limited number of his plays.
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Backflow: A Collection

Backflow: A Collection

Date: May 2011
Creator: Kullberg, Adam
Description: This collection consists of a critical preface and nine essays. The preface analyzes, first, how the imagination influences the personal journey of a writer, and second, the techniques authors use, mainly form, time, and space, to enact the imagination and propel the reader into an imagined narrative. The essays explore themes of loss, mental illness, the rift between the “real” and the “imagined” life, and the intangibility of memory itself. Collection includes the essays “Into the Snow,” “No Longer a Part,” “Borderland,” “Still Wounds,” “What Stays in Las Vegas,” “Remnants,” “The Root,” “Your Father,” and “The Land Lord.”
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An Evaluation of the Literary Sources of Gulliver's Travels

An Evaluation of the Literary Sources of Gulliver's Travels

Date: 1941
Creator: Jones, Guy W.
Description: This study examines and also evaluates the literary sources of Gulliver's Travels.
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A Comparative Study of Samuel Richardson and Henry Fielding

A Comparative Study of Samuel Richardson and Henry Fielding

Date: 1941
Creator: Shaver, Robert J.
Description: This thesis presents a biographical and literary study of Samuel Richardson and Henry Fielding. It also looks at the romanticism and realism of Richardson, the realism of Fielding, and the differences between Richardson and Fielding.
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The Technique of Effect: a Study of Poe's Narrative Method

The Technique of Effect: a Study of Poe's Narrative Method

Date: 1941
Creator: Rasco, Edna Earle
Description: It is the purpose of this paper to try to show the various methods used by Poe for securing a single unified effect in each of his stories. To facilitate the work, I shall divide his short stories into four groups: stories of effect, stories or ratiocination, stories of pseudo-science, and stories of satire and humor. It is inevitable that the chapters overlap in many instances because some methods are used in more than one type of story. Often a story may be placed in more than one group, since the divisions are so broad. Notwithstanding these difficulties, it is possible to find many methods used by Poe to develop the narrative style, so peculiarly his own, by which he seldom failed to produce a compelling story.
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A Study of the Revolutionary War Novels of William Gilmore Simms

A Study of the Revolutionary War Novels of William Gilmore Simms

Date: 1948
Creator: Linton, Esta Louise
Description: This thesis is a study of William Gilmore Simms' novels that deal with the Revolutionary War.
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Robert Frost: Poet of New England

Robert Frost: Poet of New England

Date: 1941
Creator: Wells, Imogene
Description: I have endeavored to show that the "gray outlook" that some of the critics have complained about in Frost's poems was well offset early in his career by a sly and subtle humor that rarely failed the poet, and by the sheer beauty of the New England background.
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Mary Austin's Contribution to the Culture of the Southwest

Mary Austin's Contribution to the Culture of the Southwest

Date: 1946
Creator: Wilson, Cora Mae
Description: An examination of Mary Austin's works and how she contributed to the culture of the Southwest.
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Henry David Thoreau as a Social Critic

Henry David Thoreau as a Social Critic

Date: 1945
Creator: Fussell, Myra Beth
Description: A study of Henry David Thoreau's opinions on religion, economics, politics, government, and major political issues of his time.
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Some String or Another: Fiction and Nonfiction Stories of Connection

Some String or Another: Fiction and Nonfiction Stories of Connection

Date: May 2004
Creator: Salts, Diane Michelle
Description: Some String or Another: Fiction and Nonfiction Stories of Connection, a creative thesis, explores patterns of change in stories from the perspective of connection and disconnection. The preface examines the effects of temporal disconnection, the relationship of conflict and connection to narrative rhythm, and the webs of connection formed during the process of creation. Included in the body of the work are six fiction stories, one metafiction story, and two nonfiction essays.
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Corporate Christians and Terrible Turks: Economics, Aesthetics, and the Representation of Empire in the Early British Travel Narrative, 1630 - 1780

Corporate Christians and Terrible Turks: Economics, Aesthetics, and the Representation of Empire in the Early British Travel Narrative, 1630 - 1780

Date: December 2003
Creator: Abunasser, Rima Jamil
Description: This dissertation examines the evolution of the early English travel narrative as it relates to the development and application of mercantilist economic practices, theories of aesthetic representation, and discourses of gender and narrative authority. I attempt to redress an imbalance in critical work on pre-colonialism and colonialism, which has tended to focus either on the Renaissance, as exemplified by the works of critics such as Stephen Greenblatt and John Gillies, or on the later eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, as in the work of scholars such as Srinivas Aravamudan and Edward Said. This critical gap has left early travel narratives by Sir Francis Moore, Jonathan Harris, Penelope Aubin, and others largely neglected. These early writers, I argue, adapted the conventions of the travel narrative while relying on the authority of contemporary commercial practices. The early English travelers modified contemporary conventions of aesthetic representation by formulating their descriptions of non-European cultures in terms of the economic and political conventions and rivalries of the early eighteenth century. Early English travel literature, I demonstrate, functioned as a politically motivated medium that served both as a marker of authenticity, justifying the colonial and imperial ventures that would flourish in the nineteenth century, and as ...
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Outer Reaches of the Palindrome

Outer Reaches of the Palindrome

Date: December 2003
Creator: McConnell, Michael Constantine
Description: This work is an exploration into the palindrome, both as a literary form and an expression of infinity. The first two chapters address the fascinating manner in which the mind contextualizes fragments of speech and ludicrous grammatical implications that are spawned by the poetic structure of the palindrome (third chapter). The thesis then departs from the literary aspect of the palindrome and focuses in the fourth chapter on structural likenesses in psychology and mythology. The fifth chapter argues the palindrome and parallel conceptual structures as examples of recursion, then presents examples of recursion in language/grammar, art, and computer science. The sixth chapter uses instances of the recursive equiangular spiral throughout nature to introduce recursion and therefore the palindrome as an archetypal expression of infinity. The thesis ends with a list of the author's palindromes.
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Samuel Richardson's Revisions to Pamela (1740, 1801)

Samuel Richardson's Revisions to Pamela (1740, 1801)

Date: August 2004
Creator: Bender, Ashley Brookner
Description: The edition of Pamela a person reads will affect his or her perception of Pamela's ascent into aristocratic society. Richardson's revisions to the fourteenth edition of Pamela, published posthumously in 1801, change Pamela's character from the 1740 first edition in such a way as to make her social climb more believable to readers outside the novel and to "readers" inside the novel. Pamela alters her language, her actions, and her role in the household by the end of the first edition; in the fourteenth edition, however, she changes in little more than her title. Pamela might begin as a novel that threatens the fabric of class hierarchies, but it ends-both within the plot and externally throughout its many editions-as a novel that stabilizes and strengthens social norms.
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Religion in the Poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson

Religion in the Poetry of Alfred Lord Tennyson

Date: 1947
Creator: Immel, Betty
Description: This thesis examines the work of the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson and the treatment of religion in his works during the increasingly scientific Victorian Era.
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