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  • Schmuhl, Emily J. (2012-05-24)
    This thesis is comprised of two articles that examine sympathy, material culture, and ownership in Victorian literature. In the first article, I explore the figure of the heiress in the Victorian literary tradition, focu ...
  • Bryan, Frederick Clark (1998-08-10)
    The alien abduction phenomenon has garnered considerable media attention in the last fifteen years, including many representations in books, film, and television. An overview of significant abduction literature is pres ...
  • Evans, Laura A. (Laura Ann) (2012-05-09)
    Cotton Mather's Wonders of the Invisible World (1692) has traditionally been dismissed as a failed missive attempting to defend the controversial Salem Witch Trials. What is missing from this characterization is an ana ...
  • Henkel, William B. (1997-09-11)
    The four stories within, "Jim of India," "Shooting the Breeze," "Bridge," and "Point Reyes," are part of a longer work in progress, tentatively titled The Andy Stories. The stories follow Andy, a woman in her 50s, on a v ...
  • Wells, Jerome B. (2000-05-10)
    The overarching theme of these stories is the relationship between love and hate, especially the connection between kindness and violence. In this fictional world, love often begets hate, and hate, love: a man's capa ...
  • Scott, Ron (1997-06-02)
    This thesis examines the ways in which cyberpunk science fiction novels and short stories reflect our cultural relation with technology, a series of relationships predicated on the way that corporate control of knowled ...
  • Dotterman, Anthony Matthew (2001-07-25)
    This thesis situates a discussion of Thoreau's later natural history essays in the context of the author's other writings. Beginning with an examination of the writings of Thoreau's friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerso ...
  • Britten, Alex M. (2012-04-16)
    This thesis is a study of the shifting philosophical trends in the works of Samuel Beckett, Donald Barthelme, and Kurt Vonnegut as representations of a greater shift from modernism to postmodernism. I have chosen to expl ...
  • Harrell, Anna M. (2001-04-23)
    In this creative non-fiction thesis, the author reads her own life, suggesting that she believes in the details of experience and knows truth in and through experience even though the truth is not always clear. The fir ...
  • Fawbush, Vanessa (2003-04-23)
    I have elected to write a creative nonfiction thesis because it serves to demonstrate my proficiency in the areas of rhetoric and composition. This thesis consists of a series of personal essays based on my effort to r ...
  • Delf, Liz (2011-06-21)
    This thesis examines the characterization of the femme fatale and the implications of this trope for late-Victorian gender and sexuality in the ghost stories of female aesthete Vernon Lee. In her treatment of the femme f ...
  • Tracy, Hannah R. (2002-05-10)
    The popularity and pervasiveness of eugenic discourse during the modernist period in England and Ireland raised many questions about race, class, and gender. While Hitler's Nazi "experiment" ultimately demonstrated the ...
  • Larsen, Haley A. (2013-05-31)
    This thesis explores the electrified female subject in two novels, Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie (1900) and Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth (1905). As cultural touchstones, two literary works that prominently featu ...
  • Greene, Wanda S. (1999-04-15)
    This thesis seeks to explain how Lord George Gordon Byron achieves catharsis through the writing of his truth in Don Juan. In the poem the narrator expresses Byron's innermost emotion while at the same time the protag ...
  • Irwin, Keith F. (1994-05-31)
    These five stories investigate characters who must deal with their unresolved, emotionally troubling pasts. The characters attempt to journey back to life having recognized that their isolation, safe and undisturbing a ...
  • Dieter, Thomas Edward (2011-08-11)
    The following thesis explores the potential for autoethnography to serve as an enabling method for developing a grounded understanding of literacy, performance, gender and sexuality. As autoethnographic writing insists t ...
  • Travers, Jessica D. (2012-12-03)
    In this thesis I examine the ideological mechanisms that work to constitute, construct, and maintain subject identity. Such mechanisms include repetition, performativity, identification, and interpellation. I incorporate ...
  • Fujii, So (2012-06-04)
    This thesis argues for significant correlations in the politics of representation of Chinatown and mother-daughter relationships in two literary texts by Maxine Hong Kingston and Fae Myenne Ng. The two novels do not foll ...
  • Chazzonos 
    Rockler, Lyle (1997-05-08)
    Chazzonos, as presented here for my thesis, represents three chapters of what will be a novel of the same name. Chazzonos is about Hal Perlmutter, a cantor, who at the outset of the novel, is resigning his position of ...
  • Amsk, Allyn W. (1997-05-01)
    The creative writing project Circles in the Sand began as a collection of interrelated short stories but is now the three opening chapters of a novel, a chapter and an early draft of what was originally the ending to a ...

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