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Homer's Asymmetrical Gods

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.
Date: August 1968
Creator: Thrash, William H.

Conflict of the Heath

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.
Date: August 1968
Creator: Lusk, Donna Jane

The South in Faulkner's Novels: Myth and History

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.
Date: January 1969
Creator: Lee, Barbara Yates

The Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Edna St. Vincent Millay

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.
Date: August 1968
Creator: McDonald, Henry Sue

Symbolism in Coleridge's Minor Poetry

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.
Date: August 1968
Creator: Madewell, Viola D'Ann

Language Drift in English : Gender Loss and Semantic Change

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.
Date: August 1968
Creator: Parker, Mary A.

The Moral Judgments of Jane Austen

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.
Date: August 1968
Creator: Thornton, Katherine

Cleopatra: A Comparative Critique

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.
Date: August 1968
Creator: Orcutt, Helen Jewell Smith

The Literary Theory of Ayn Rand

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.
Date: January 1969
Creator: Carpenter, Thomas W.

Francis Thompson as a Myth-Maker

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."
Date: May 1968
Creator: Carter, George F.

Richard Wilbur's Poetry: a Celebration of Reality

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.
Date: January 1968
Creator: Sage, Robert L.

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

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.
Date: January 1968
Creator: Fort, Barbara Jean

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

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.
Date: May 1968
Creator: Stephan, Peter M.

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

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.
Date: August 1968
Creator: Fiddes, Teresa Monahan