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The Contribution of Scholarship Toward an Understanding and Appreciation of Chaucer

Description: In the more than five hundred years since the death of Geoffrey Chaucer, scholars have labored steadfastly to bring to light early criticisms of the poet's works, comments on his life and the customs of his time, and any recorded facts that would contribute in any way toward a better understanding and appreciation of the Canterbury Tales, the poet's life, and the practices of his age. It is the purpose of this study to show this contribution of scholarship; and the writer has relied heavily upon the publications made by T. R. Lounsbury, Caroline Spurgeon, and F. N. Robinson, each of whom has brought together the results of scholarship up to his own time and without whose works this writer's task would have been impossible.
Date: June 1954
Creator: Cundiff, Virginia Riggs
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Decay of the Yoknapatawpha Aristocracy in the Works of William Faulkner

Description: This study consists of an examination in detail of those facets of character, and conduct arising from character, which specifically account for the decay of the aristocracy of Yoknapatawpha; and by way of emphasis, of the specifically regenerative attitudes and actions which have sufficed to preserve various individuals of this class who have endured as fully adequate human beings.
Date: June 1962
Creator: Pyland, Joel L.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Dostoyevsky's American Reputation to 1930

Description: Undoubtedly, Dostoyevsky's influence upon the novel is great, but, even yet, few concrete studies have been made and no full-length study has been published. It is hoped that this account of Dostoyevsky's reputation in America during the 1920's will be of assistance in the greater task of tracing Dostoyevsky's influence.
Date: June 1961
Creator: Lacy, Dallas L.
Partner: UNT Libraries

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

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.
Date: June 1963
Creator: Mazaher, Kay H.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Graham Greene and the Idea of Childhood

Description: A marked preoccupation with childhood is evident throughout the works of Graham Greene; it receives most obvious expression in his concern with the idea that the course of a man's life is determined during his early years, but many of his other obsessive themes, such as betrayal, pursuit, and failure, may be seen to have their roots in general types of experience which Greene evidently believes to be common to all children.
Date: June 1966
Creator: Bell, Martha Frances
Partner: UNT Libraries

A Guide to the Teaching of Negro Literature in High School

Description: This paper will be a survey of the major American Negro writers from pre-Civil War days to the present time. Background information concerning each major period will be given, along with information about each author and comments about the selections which are appropriate for classroom discussion. Teachers will also be given suggestions for presenting the material to class, as well as suggested questions and assignments. In conclusion, it will be shown how the literature presented can be fused into the eleventh grade course of study for the Fort Worth Public Schools.
Date: June 1970
Creator: Tucker, Rose Warren
Partner: UNT Libraries

Horror in the Fiction of Ambrose Bierce

Description: Since horror is so prevalent in Bierce's fiction and since no concentrated study of this important element has been attempted by critics, it is proposed here to examine carefully the sources and nature of the horror in Bierce's fiction in an attempt to arrive at a better understanding of his literary technique and his contribution to American literature.
Date: June 1962
Creator: Tapley, Philip Allen
Partner: UNT Libraries

Medievalism in Shakespeare

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.
Date: June 1963
Creator: Silverthorne, Elizabeth Emily
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Mythic Themes and Literary Analogues in Lowell's Prometheus Bound

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.
Date: June 1970
Creator: Holford, Carolyn
Partner: UNT Libraries

Philosophical Ideas in Five Plays by Jean-Paul Sartre

Description: The drama of Jean-Paul Sartre is primarily an investigation into the meaning of the human condition. The question of primary concern is: What does it mean to be a human being? Through his drama, Sartre reveals the nature of the existential situation. This thesis looks at five plays of Sartre and discusses the philosophical ideas in each.
Date: June 1968
Creator: Portman, Stephen G.
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Problem of the Hero in Shakespeare's King John

Description: This thesis is an attempt to evaluate the evidence for and against the presence of a hero in King John. As such, it is actually a search into the artistic abilities which Shakespeare exercised in this drama to determine whether he created a dramatic work of art which merits recognition for its own sake.
Date: June 1970
Creator: Ratledge, Wilbert Harold
Partner: UNT Libraries

Representation of Father-Son Relations in the Major Novels of Samuel Clemens

Description: John Marshall Clemens was a failure, as a man, as a husband, and as a father. It is his lack of emotion, his inability to express or receive love, with which this thesis is mainly concerned, for it is his emotional vacuum that so greatly affected his fourth son, Samuel Clemens.
Date: June 1968
Creator: Coplin, Merritt Keith
Partner: UNT Libraries

Representations of the Mother-Son Relations in the Major Novels of Samuel Clemens

Description: This thesis examines the relationship between Samuel Clemens and his mother, Jane Lampton Clemens. It is apparent that Samuel was strongly influenced by his mother in his personality, appearance, and beliefs; but of greater importance is the influence she exerted on the literary creations of Mark Twain.
Date: June 1968
Creator: Rogers, Janie
Partner: UNT Libraries

A Sampling of Variant Idiomaticity in Freshman Composition at North Texas State University from 1958 to 1968

Description: "The object of this thesis is neither to uphold the sacred cows of traditionalist grammar nor to forge a way for a liberal philology. It does, however, examine "the kind of English that most people use most of the time," that is, the idiom of the language, and specifically the phrases and expressions that compose idioms."--1.
Date: June 1970
Creator: Fuller, William H.
Partner: UNT Libraries