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Homer's Asymmetrical Gods

Homer's Asymmetrical Gods

Date: August 1968
Creator: Thrash, William H.
Description: The objective of this paper is not to be right about Homer's understanding and use of the gods in some absolute sense, but to enter the spiraling Homeric conversation as a lesser voice--to be right, given the paper's presuppositions and limitations.
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Conflict of the Heath

Conflict of the Heath

Date: August 1968
Creator: Lusk, Donna Jane
Description: The Return of the Native, and, to a lesser degree, Tess of the D'Urbervilles, served as the "darkling plain" upon which Hardy tried to pose and to solve his theories of the universe, its meanings and its duties toward man. The "darkling plain" in Hardy's works is represented by Egdon Heath and the country surrounding this heath.
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The South in Faulkner's Novels: Myth and History

The South in Faulkner's Novels: Myth and History

Date: January 1969
Creator: Lee, Barbara Yates
Description: The purpose of this paper is to view Faulkner's use of history from a different perspective by examining in detail the myths and historical facts with which Faulkner dealt. First, several of the prevailing myths about the Old South and the Civil War will be examined. Second, the actual historical facts will be compared and contrasted with legendary tradition. Third, and most important, several of Faulkner's works will be examined to show how he uses both the myths and historical facts to create his own "legend" of the South. Finally, Faulkner's view of the New South will be examined.
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The Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Edna St. Vincent Millay

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Edna St. Vincent Millay

Date: August 1968
Creator: McDonald, Henry Sue
Description: Millay and Dickinson, born more than sixty years apart, were subject to vastly different influences and environments, although their homes were in the same geographic area. Their poetry reflects the difference of their times and their own temperament, but both wrote from a great depth and understanding of feeling and experience about subjects common to all mankind - death, love, anguish, the significance of nature.
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Symbolism in Coleridge's Minor Poetry

Symbolism in Coleridge's Minor Poetry

Date: August 1968
Creator: Madewell, Viola D'Ann
Description: In his minor poems, Coleridge applies symbolic techniques to embellish the poetry and satisfy his spiritual needs. His symbolism allows for a release of pent-up emotions and transmits philosophical ideas in "capsule forms" rather than in historical prose, making them relate to the poetic appeal.
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Language Drift in English : Gender Loss and Semantic Change

Language Drift in English : Gender Loss and Semantic Change

Date: August 1968
Creator: Parker, Mary A.
Description: In parallel passages from Old and Middle English and in noun cognates from Modern English, Old English, and Modern German, the most discernible elements of language drift are gender loss and word meaning change, respectively. They can be observed, discussed, and calculated to show a definite progression toward the development of Modern English.
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The Shadowless Soul : Parallel Ideas of Nietzsche and Swinburne

The Shadowless Soul : Parallel Ideas of Nietzsche and Swinburne

Date: August 1968
Creator: Thomas, Marilyn
Description: The purpose of this paper is to point out the parallels of the ideas of Nietzsche and Swinburne with the objective of exonerating Swinburne's poetry from the charge of "intellectual thinness."
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The Moral Judgments of Jane Austen

The Moral Judgments of Jane Austen

Date: August 1968
Creator: Thornton, Katherine
Description: It is the purpose of this thesis to examine the relevance of Jane Austen's moral and social judgments for the twentieth century, in terms of insight into human nature and human relationships and of a realistic and penetrating treatment of the moral and social problems most vital to moiety in the 1960's.
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Cleopatra: A Comparative Critique

Cleopatra: A Comparative Critique

Date: August 1968
Creator: Orcutt, Helen Jewell Smith
Description: Shakespeare's Cleopatra is a character of magnificent aspect, a puzzling paradox of magnetic intensity, an intensified diversity unmatched by any other Cleopatra in literary history. Although she was not his invention, Shakespeare made of her a living woman, believable in spite of her incredulous behavior.
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The Literary Theory of Ayn Rand

The Literary Theory of Ayn Rand

Date: January 1969
Creator: Carpenter, Thomas W.
Description: The author believes that Ayn Rand presents a systematic approach to aesthetics and that her work presents an interesting and significant approach to aesthetic problems. The author will attempt to present Ayn Rand's basic aesthetic concepts that throw light on her literary theory. The author will also present her views on literary schools and of individual authors.
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Phenomenology and Northrop Frye's Anatomy of Criticism

Phenomenology and Northrop Frye's Anatomy of Criticism

Date: August 1968
Creator: Tuck, Ralph Michael
Description: This thesis discusses the principles of phenomenology as well as the critical theory and interrelation with the Anatomy of Criticism.
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Truman Capote : Evil and Innocence

Truman Capote : Evil and Innocence

Date: August 1968
Creator: Clayton, Glenn N.
Description: Capote's themes of the innocent character who is confronted with evil and the evil character - a product of society - who tries to initiate the innocent, are brought together in In Cold Blood.
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Francis Thompson as a Myth-Maker

Francis Thompson as a Myth-Maker

Date: May 1968
Creator: Carter, George F.
Description: The purpose of this paper is to establish that Francis Thompson, the English poet who lived from 1859 until 1907, is a myth-maker. In doing this, it will be necessary to define the term "myth-maker." The theme will then be developed by considering it in relation to the following topics: a brief resume of the events of his life having a direct bearing upon his mythic system, difficulties the student of his work must face, proof that he is a myth-maker of noteworthy significance, a consideration of the nature of his myth, a discussion of his most notable mythic values, and a special look at his mythic development of "The Hound of Heaven."
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Katherine Anne Porter's Fiction : Man in a Falling World

Katherine Anne Porter's Fiction : Man in a Falling World

Date: August 1968
Creator: Ferguson, Susan Margaret
Description: This thesis argues that Katherine Anne Porter's novel, Ship of Fools, "is not a departure from the body of Porter's work which precedes it, but a culmination in theme and technical achievement."
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The Solitary Dissenter : A Study of Emily Dickinson's Concept of God

The Solitary Dissenter : A Study of Emily Dickinson's Concept of God

Date: August 1968
Creator: Elliott, Gary D.
Description: The province of this paper, therefore, is to reveal Emily Dickinson's concept of God which resulted from her personal confinement and subsequent delving as a "solitary dissenter."
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Richard Wilbur's Poetry: a Celebration of Reality

Richard Wilbur's Poetry: a Celebration of Reality

Date: January 1968
Creator: Sage, Robert L.
Description: The celebration of reality in Richard Wilbur's poetry has significant implications for contemporary literature and for contemporary man. In literature, his celebration of reality points to the way out of the mood of despair which has influenced much of literary thought in the twentieth century. For the individual, the celebration of reality encourages man to turn from self to an appreciation for reality which makes life worthwhile. This thesis will discuss the celebration of reality that is present in Wilbur's poetry.
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The Concept of the Ennobling Power of Love in Shakespeare's Love Tragedies

The Concept of the Ennobling Power of Love in Shakespeare's Love Tragedies

Date: January 1968
Creator: Fort, Barbara Jean
Description: This study proposes to demonstrate that the Platonic doctrine of the ennobling power of love is of paramount importance in a number of Shakespeare's plays. This study has been limited to the three love tragedies because in them the ennobling power of love is a major theme, affecting both the characters and the plot structure. The plays to be studied are Romeo and Juliet, Troilus and Cressida, and Antony and Cleopatra.
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Fact, Interpretation, and Theme in the Historical Novels of A. B. Guthrie, Jr.

Fact, Interpretation, and Theme in the Historical Novels of A. B. Guthrie, Jr.

Date: May 1968
Creator: Stephan, Peter M.
Description: One can compare Guthrie's fiction with a sampling of the primary source material, to determine in general his degree of historical accuracy. Then one can compare Guthrie's interpretation with the interpretations of some widely read historiographers, to determine points of agreement or divergence. Finally, Guthrie's interpretation of history can be studied in relation to the themes he develops in his fiction.
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Strife, Balance, and Allegiance : The Schemata of Will in Five Novels of D. H. Lawrence

Strife, Balance, and Allegiance : The Schemata of Will in Five Novels of D. H. Lawrence

Date: August 1968
Creator: Fiddes, Teresa Monahan
Description: D. H. Lawrence made the final break through the mask of Victorian prudery to gain a full conception of man and his role in the universe. His principal emphasis is on the restoration of man's conception of himself as animal, an animal capable of conceptualizing, but essentially animal all the same. In attempting to restore man to the mindless state of irrational animism, Lawrence did away with the conventional idea of man as the perfection of God's created universe. Lawrence did not conceive of man as being controller of the natural universe; he thought of man as being, like Mellors in Lady Chatterly's Lover, a warden who lives within natural order. He attacks vain intellectual sophistry of the scientific, industrial society and finds man to be a brute spirit caged by the conventions of his puny reason and his self-imposed social customs. Philosophically, he changes the emphasis from being to becoming.
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Shakespeare's Use of the Melancholy Humor

Shakespeare's Use of the Melancholy Humor

Date: August 1968
Creator: Choi, Young Ju
Description: The purpose of this study is to define what melancholy meant during the English Renaissance, to throw some light on the origins and types of melancholy which became dominant in the thought and literary expression of the period, and to examine the various melancholy types among Shakespeare's characters.
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Lamb's Self-Revelations as "Elia"

Lamb's Self-Revelations as "Elia"

Date: January 1968
Creator: Rushing, Paula B.
Description: The purpose of this thesis is to determine the nature of Charles Lamb as revealed in his Elia essays. To this end, these essays form the major portion of the text. The general procedure for ascertaining what these excerpts indicate is as follows: first, the characteristics of Charles Lamb are determined from a study of the Elia essays; second, these characteristics are considered in relation to information derived from biographies. Careful attention is given to significant discrepancies between the essays and other sources.
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Mythic Themes and Literary Analogues in Lowell's Prometheus Bound

Mythic Themes and Literary Analogues in Lowell's Prometheus Bound

Date: June 1970
Creator: Holford, Carolyn
Description: The present study will be concerned primarily with an interpretation of Lowell's derivation of Prometheus Bound as he adapted that play from the Greek playwright Aeschylus' version, with a study of the development of his themes in that play, and with consideration of some of the sources upon which those themes are dependent.
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Utopia : An Idea-centered Activity for Accelerated Twelfth Grade Students

Utopia : An Idea-centered Activity for Accelerated Twelfth Grade Students

Date: January 1970
Creator: Hull, Mary F.
Description: Through the ages dissatisfaction with his environment has provoked man to envision the ideal or "utopian" setting which would be more to his liking. The discontent of today's youth with the world it has inherited echoes the complaints of past generations and yet is of particular significance and relevance to the twelfth grade student soon to enter the college community where protests are becoming increasingly more articulate and effective. Established institutions and behavior codes are challenged with impunity although critics charge that such dissent is irresponsible and unsupported by positive, alternative proposals for improvement.
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William Golding: A Process of Discovery

William Golding: A Process of Discovery

Date: August 1970
Creator: Dodson, Diane M.
Description: Golding has developed a process of discovery that takes place in the overlap of fable and fiction, which is found in almost all of Golding's works. He is writing about free will and human choice: most of Golding's characters make the wrong choices and, in so choosing, create their own isolated and fallen existences.
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