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  • Encounters With the Modernist Food-Object 

    Malone, Jennifer Anne
    This interdisciplinary dissertation seeks to remedy scholarly neglect of the topic of food within literature and art of the early twentieth century, particularly within transatlantic forms of modernism. I argue that the ...
  • "The Architecture of Anti-Utopias: Critiques of Modern Public Housing from London to Orwell" 

    Youell, Ryan
    In my dissertation I analyze how Jack London, Robert Hugh Benson, Aldous Huxley, and George Orwell adopt anti-utopian perspectives to show the inherent flaws of supposed utopian belief systems. Building off of Gregory ...
  • Teach A Man To Fish: Difficulty and Play in Literary prose 

    McLeod, Dave
    This essay presents a way of talking about difficulty in literary prose rooted in three different critics, and lists the main techniques writers can use to make a work more or less difficult. I look at some examples to ...
  • Baffling Narrators: Barthes’s Neutral in Novels by Szabo, Sebastian, and Sebald 

    Kernaghan, Stephen Dimitrios Kerkinos
    This essay uses Roland Barthes’s concept of the Neutral to explore the narrative styles of three 20th century European novels: The Door by Magda Szabo, For Two Thousand Years by Mihail Sebastian, and The Rings of Saturn ...
  • Brazilian University English Professors’ Translingual Orientations to Language: Complexities of a Developing Paradigm Shift 

    Blum, Avram Stanley
    In this ethnographic research project, I explore beliefs of two Brazilian university English professors about language variation and language learning in response to developments in the digital age. Primarily through ...
  • Who Killed It: Toward A Hip Hop Theory 

    Roberts, Georgia M.
    This dissertation examines how the set of creative impulses and artistic methods initially ascribed to nineteenth-century American literary Realism continues to inform and shape present-day expectations and interpretations ...
  • Affective Time: American Realism as Resynchronization, 1860-1910 

    Bald, Emily K.
    My dissertation, Affective Time: American Realism as Resynchronization, 1860-1910, examines the disciplinary functions of the clock and attendant temporal systems in U.S. literature and culture from the mid-19th to early ...
  • On the Responsible Representation of Heroes 

    Evans, Garrett Victor
    This paper offers a contemporary understanding of the term "hero," and examines methods poets use to responsibly engage in the act of heroification, beginning with Homer before moving to work by contemporary poets Terrance ...
  • Waterlogged: Narrating Hydroecologies in the Anthropocene 

    Schaumberg IV, Ned G
    As accelerating global climate change transforms the dynamics of the hydrosphere, water presents simultaneously ecological and epistemological questions: how do human beings comprehend hydrological crises that seem ...
  • Glancing Visions: American Literature Beyond the Gaze 

    Tavlin, Zachary
    This dissertation challenges the longstanding assumption that visuality in American literature of the nineteenth century through early modernism was inherently imperialistic, possessive, and theological. I acknowledge the ...
  • Isolation and the Image 

    Durham, Will
    The purpose of the essay is to try to understand description's hand in the point of poetry. From various means films, novels, 19th century picturesque painting, etc., description isolates and primes the attention of the ...
  • Weighing Words 

    Bagby, Michael Warren
    This thesis is an experimental poetic interrogation of the language of size discrimination from a heterosexual male point of view, utilizing the Oxford English Dictionary and its citations as a primary source of text.
  • Becoming With: Writing Ourselves in the Chthulucene 

    Arthur, Meagan
    After the passing of her mother, Carrie Fischer’s daughter Billie appeared on The Ellen Show, with headlines advertising the segment claiming Billie Lourd Talks Life after Leia—on camera, however, all Billie has to say on ...
  • The Language of Music: Representations of Music in Fiction or Why I Write 

    Philbrick, Deven James
    This essay takes up the question of the different methods fiction writers use to represent music in their works. This inquiry prompts a meditation on the relationship between literature and music, the differing and overlapping ...
  • Whip & whisper 

    Moni-Sauri, Alex
    In this essay, I seek to investigate the contours of power and class dynamics in the equestrian world, and look for resonance in the wider world of capitalism and its various crises. I want to examine our desire for ...
  • Delenda Est: World and Belief in Apocalyptic Thought 

    Van Houdt, Jennifer A
    In the recent rise of dystopic fiction, millenarianism, fundamentalism, and ecological disaster, Delenda Est interrogates the current proliferation of apocalyptic texts not as individual phenomena but as shared configurations ...
  • Reflection in Motion: A Case Study of Reflective Practice in the Composition Classroom 

    Fiscus, Jaclyn
    In my dissertation, I take up Kathy Yancey’s call (2016) to compositionists to consider reflection as rhetorical: an activity that is constantly occurring, emerging in relations to various factors, and inspiring resultant ...
  • Postmodern Ecocritical Poetics: Contemporary Responses to Romantic Aesthetics of the Sublime and the Picturesque 

    Kelly, Ainsley E
    This essay explores the ways in which contemporary poets critique and reappropriate the Romantic aesthetics of the sublime and the picturesque in nature poetry. I examine how contemporary poets use craft to expose suppressed ...
  • Beyond Show Don’t Tell: Creating Complex Child Narrators in Adult Fiction 

    Destin, Sarah Jacqueline
    There is no one way to create a compelling child narrator, but attempting to write a novel-length piece from the purest “child voice” presents numerous complications. We can think of every word that a child does not know ...
  • The Mirrors of Naturalism: Stephen Crane's Pragmatic Determinism 

    Manganaro, Anthony
    My dissertation contributes to current scholarship on nineteenth-century American naturalism by arguing that the emergent theories of determinism and pragmatism were antithetical to, and yet dependent upon, one another. ...

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