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Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Naturalist Playwright

Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Naturalist Playwright

Date: May 2012
Creator: Tolle, Andrew
Description: This study explores Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s use of the dramatic form to challenge Herbert Spencer’s social Darwinism by offering feminist adaptations of Darwin’s theories of natural and sexual selection. As she does in her career-defining manifesto, Women & Economics (1898), Gilman in her lesser-known plays deploys her own brand of reform Darwinism to serve the feminist cause. Despite her absence in histories of modern drama, Gilman actively participated in the establishment and development of this literary, historical, and cultural movement. After situating Gilman in the context of nineteenth-century naturalist theater, this thesis examines two short dramatic dialogues she published in 1890, “The Quarrel,” and “Dame Nature Interviewed,” as well as two full-length plays, Interrupted (1909) and the Balsam Fir (1910). These plays demonstrate Gilman’s efforts to use the dramatic form in her early plays to “rehearse” for Women & Economics, and in her later drama, to “stage” the theories she presents in that book.
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Chaucer and the Rhetorical Limits of Exemplary Literature

Chaucer and the Rhetorical Limits of Exemplary Literature

Date: May 1999
Creator: Youmans, Karen DeMent
Description: Though much has been made of Chaucer's saintly characters, relatively little has been made of Chaucer's approach to hagiography. While strictly speaking Chaucer produced only one true saint's life (the Second Nun's Tale), he was repeatedly intrigued and challenged by exemplary literature. The few studies of Chaucer's use of hagiography have tended to claim either his complete orthodoxy as hagiographer, or his outright parody of the genre. My study mediates the orthodoxy/parody split by viewing Chaucer as a serious, but self-conscious, hagiographer, one who experimented with the possibilities of exemplary narrative and explored the rhetorical tensions intrinsic to the genre, namely the tensions between transcendence and imminence, reverence and identification, and epideictic and deliberative discourse.
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Chaucer's Devices for Securing Verisimilitude in the Canterbury Tales

Chaucer's Devices for Securing Verisimilitude in the Canterbury Tales

Date: August 1952
Creator: Felts, Marian Patricia
Description: This thesis explores Chaucer's devices for securing verisimilitude by various methods in the Canterbury Tales.
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The Cherokee Language and Culture: Can Either Survive?

The Cherokee Language and Culture: Can Either Survive?

Date: August 1972
Creator: Lyde, Judith Ann
Description: One of the three-fold purposes of this study is to indicate the relationship between the cultural advancements of the Cherokees and the development and implementation of a written, printable language into their culture. In fulfilling a second purposes, the study emphasizes the influence of literacy on the social values of the Cherokees. The third purpose is to consider the idea of the Cherokees themselves that bi-lingual education, first in Cherokee, then in English, and a renewed national pride and productivity in literacy could go far in solving the problems of social alienation and educational negativism that exist among un-assimilated Cherokees.
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The Choric Element in Shakespeare's Second History Tetralogy

The Choric Element in Shakespeare's Second History Tetralogy

Date: 1958
Creator: Leath, Helen Lang
Description: This thesis is a study of the anticipatory remarks and choric comments in Richard II, Parts I and II of Henry IV, and Henry V.
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Christian Doctrine in the Plays of T. S. Eliot

Christian Doctrine in the Plays of T. S. Eliot

Date: August 1962
Creator: Short, Robert Lester
Description: The purpose of this thesis is to explore the available evidence concerning Eliot's theological beliefs--particularly as that evidence is found in his plays--in an attempt to define with as much accuracy as possible the understanding of Eliot's theology which provides the most adequate understanding of and enjoyment of Eliot's writings.
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Christian Orthodoxy in the English Novel 1930-1950

Christian Orthodoxy in the English Novel 1930-1950

Date: January 1959
Creator: Burleson, James B.
Description: This thesis discusses Christian orthodoxy in the English novel during the time period from 1930 to 1950.
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The Classical Influences in Twentieth-Century Poetry: Ezra Pound

The Classical Influences in Twentieth-Century Poetry: Ezra Pound

Date: August 1966
Creator: Green, Patricia Diane
Description: This thesis examines the contributions of Ezra Pound to the modern readers' awareness of the classics.
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Classical Mythology in the Secular Poetry of John Donne

Classical Mythology in the Secular Poetry of John Donne

Date: January 1967
Creator: Walker, Brena Bain
Description: It is the purpose of this thesis to examine the classical allusion in Donne's secular poetry to show that the body of such allusion is more extensive than is generally conceded. More important, this study will evaluate rather than merely catalogue the allusions in order to show ho Donne employs such allusion and in what way his poetic practice as to the employment of classical allusion is different from the practice of his contemporaries. It will be demonstrated that, with very few exceptions, Donne uses the standard myth or allusion as a foundation or departure point from which he then goes on to synthesize the myth and turn it into poetic material that is of special significance to his theme.
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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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