In my view, ecocriticism needs a foundation in something akin to metaphysics. This work in progress began as an effort to find such a foundation. In the course of working on it, I discovered philosophers today, mostly young, clearly a new generation, philosophizing under the umbrella term “speculative realism” what...
Rethinking the Dualism: Don DeLillo's White Noise and the Ecocritical Possibilities
of the Nature/Culture Mix questions current applications of ecocriticism and offers
that these applications are inadequate in dealing with the perceived nature/culture
dualism. This thesis suggests that ecocritics need to stop thinking in dualistic terms,
but instead must consider...
The eighteenth-century female of sensibility was characterized by delicate nerves that
allowed her to feel her surroundings and enabled her to choose virtue over vice more consistently
than males. While females were considered virtuous, their "innate" delicacy or weakness became
their dominant trait and the true focus of male admiration....
Traditional readings of George Bernard Shaw's texts suggest that he is not a pure
Marxist socialist because of the spiritual and nationalist aspects of his vision. This thesis
attempts to confront Shaw's politics in order to demonstrate that he indeed offers a viable
socialist program. Overlaying his socialism with Louis...
In his works, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1916) and Ulysses
(1922), James Joyce demonstrates what he perceives to be the paralyzing effects of
those institutionalized religions that sit at the center of cultures. Drawing on Michel
Foucault's analysis of institutional dressage as well as his...
The American philosopher and literary critic Kenneth Burke was an "ideologist" (although he never called himself this, and added to that, he spent most of his life avoiding the Marxist term of ideology to describe human "systems" of ideas). Burke instead used the terms "orientation," "rationalization," "perspective." "critical perspective," "way...
The abolition of the Atlantic slave trade was a long struggle in
British Parliament between the slave trade defenders and the abolitionists.
The Act of 1807 officially abolished the Atlantic slave trade, eighteen years
after the initial abolition proposal to Parliament. William Wilberforce was a
member of a committee that...
Many methods in use today for the isolation, purification, and
identification of the staphylococcal enterotoxins involve lengthy
steps with significant loss of enterotoxin, are subject to interference
from contaminating sample components, and lack sufficient specificity.
Culture extracts of enterotoxin producing Staphylococcus
aureus strains (enterotoxins A-E), crude enterotoxin preparations
Given the current abundant supply and cheap price of natural gas (NG) in the United States, there is a significant opportunity to use this fuel for transportation. However, there are few fueling stations for consumers. To address this need, a dual-mode engine has been developed where in one mode all...