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    Masters Thesis
    Gates, Andrew E.
    This thesis is an investigation into the role of names within Olga Grushin’s Forty Rooms, in order to in understand the protagonist, Mrs. Caldwell, as an “everywoman” in which readers can see themselves. I use the names of the male characters to show . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Ellet, Hannah Camille
    American contemporary and multicultural literature focuses on issues surrounding race. This project analyzes race through differing spaces, places, and environments in three works of 20th and 21st century American literature. Despite their differences . . .
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    Graduate project
    D'Augelli, Carissa
    “Mother Outsider” is a collection of poems that explores non-conventional motherhood while also pushing against cultural assumptions of motherhood. Questioning these societal assumptions and the speaker’s own questions of herself are central to the po . . .
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    Graduate project
    Allen, Ian T.
    Reasons to Worry is a collection of short stories and flash fiction focused on the traditions of literary fabulism and speculative fiction. Their genres span across cyberpunk, gothic, folklore, science fiction, horror, magical realism, and cosmicism. . . .
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    Graduate project
    Smith, Jennifer L.
    Touch the Stars/Touch the Earth is a collection of four short stories that explore themes of grief, death, loss and agency through the medium of fiction, specifically using the genres of fabulist and science fiction. Each story has a central theme of . . .
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    Graduate project
    Martinez, Zeth M.
    The Cost of Freedom and Other Stories is a collection of interconnected fictional short stories that turn the internal conflict into a tangible obstacle the characters must overcome. By exploring themes of escapism, obsession, and toxic patterns, The . . .
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    Thesis
    Harris, Scarlett O.
    “The Good Housewife’s Receipt Book” is a master’s thesis investigating the real and symbolic role of the middling-sort rural English housewife of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, and the resulting gendered nature of ideas about hous . . .
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    Thesis
    Tellesen, Hilary Beth
    ABSTRACT ALTERNATIVE SUBTERFUGE: PRANKING RHETORIC IN SHOPDROPPING AND IDENTITY CORRECTION by Hilary Beth Tellesen Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Spring 2009 Currently corporate rhetoric monopolizes all means of cultural . . .
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    Graduate project
    Cullen, Christopher William
    ABSTRACT IN THERE SOMEWHERE: A MEMOIR by Christopher William Cullen Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Spring 2009 In There Somewhere is a memoir focusing on my family and relationships, and on coming of age and the male iden . . .
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    Thesis
    Becker, Karl
    ABSTRACT THE NEW WORLD OF THE POST-APOCALYPTIC IMAGINATION by © Karl Becker 2010 Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Spring 2010 In light of a recent explosion of post-apocalyptic narratives in popular film and literature, thi . . .
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    Thesis
    Candelaria, Kelly
    ABSTRACT A POSTMODERN VIEW OF MORALITY IN THE WORKS OF MORRISON, CAPOTE, AND O'BRIEN by Kelly Candelaria Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Summer 2010 Postmodern literature is not the first place that we think to look in ord . . .
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    Thesis
    Barnett, Janis Lynn
    This thesis analyzes the process of human transformation apparent in Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables, specifically focusing on Hugo’s representation of God’s involvement in the process. I identify three major motifs: “Mysterious and Terrible Blows”; the . . .
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    Thesis
    Homayoun, Allia Ida
    ABSTRACT DUST AND FRESH HOPE: BLACK MASCULINITY AND THE SPACE LEFT FOR WOMEN IN AUGUST WILSON'S DRAMA by Allia Ida Homayoun 2009 Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Spring 2009 This project examines August Wilson's ten-play cy . . .
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    Thesis
    Runyan, Amanda Blair
    ABSTRACT MASKS OF PASSIVITY: HOODOO AND VOODOO IN THE WORKS OF HURSTON, TWAIN, AND CABLE by Amanda Blair Runyan Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Spring 2009 This thesis addresses the texts Mules and Men (1935) by Zora Neale . . .
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    Treba, Connor J.
    ABSTRACT THE PERFORMANCE OF IDENTITY IN SELECTED PLAYS BY JONSON, ETHEREGE, CIBBER, AND CROWN by Connor J. Trebra Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Spring 2009 This study focuses on the performance of gender and social ident . . .
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    Thesis
    Homer, Shelli
    ABSTRACT NEGOTIATIONS OF POWER IN RAYMOND ANDREWS‟S MUSKHOGEAN COUNTY TRILOGY by Shelli Homer Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Spring 2009 My thesis looks at the availability of situational power in Raymond Andrews‟s Muskho . . .
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    Graduate project
    Flinger, Lucretia Annelle
    ABSTRACT ABOVE THE FOG BELOW THE SNOW by © Lucretia Annelle Fligner 2009 Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Spring 2009 The short stories in this fiction collection, “Above the Fog Below the Snow,” are psychological in nature . . .
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    Thesis
    Metzger, Angela
    ABSTRACT THE CRITICAL FORTUNES OF ARTHUR MILLER'S DEATH OF A SALESMAN by Angela M. Metzger Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Summer 2009 This thesis undertakes the task of exploring Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman throug . . .
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    Thesis
    Bertucci, Christopher
    ABSTRACT DRAMATIZING THE WRITTEN WORD: ALLUSIONS AND INSERTED GENRES AS HETEROGLOSSIA by Christopher Bertucci Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Spring 2009 This thesis examines the implications of two literary phenomena: (1) . . .
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    Graduate project
    Knowlton, Sarah T.
    ABSTRACT THIS WOMAN’S WORK by © Sarah T. Knowlton 2009 Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Fall 2009 The idea of gender specific roles is a common theme that modern society wrestles with even in today’s more enlightened times. . . .
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    Thesis
    Gerrard, Jeremy
    ABSTRACT LIFE IS BUT A DREAM: THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS IN TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICAN LITERATURE by Jeremy M. Gerrard Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Fall 2010 This thesis analyzes and re-defines the American Dream in twent . . .
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    Thesis
    Arteaga, Rachel Lilia
    ABSTRACT “THE RARER ACTION”: REVENGE AND PITY IN TITUS ANDRONICUS AND THE TEMPEST by © Rachel Lilia Arteaga 2009 Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Spring 2009 In Williams Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and The Tempest, pity . . .
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    Thesis
    Lane, Carol M.
    ABSTRACT DEMONSTRATIONS OF POWER IN THE MARRIAGE PLOTS OF DANIEL DERONDA, THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS, AND PHOEBE JUNIOR by Carol M. Lane Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Fall 2010 This thesis will explore and analyze expressions . . .
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    Thesis
    Boone, Jacob Thomas
    ABSTRACT PERFORMATIVE PATRIARCHY IN THREE TURN-OF-THE-CENTURY NATURALIST NOVELS by Jacob Thomas Boone Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Summer 2011 This thesis examines protagonists’ paths to “failure” (and “success”) in thr . . .
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    Thesis
    Spangler, Erica A.
    ABSTRACT USING POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE IN THE FIELD OF COMPOSITION: A CROSS-DISCIPLINE DIALOGUE by © Erica A. Spangler 2011 Masters of Arts in English California State University, Chico Spring 2011 This thesis analyzes, discusses, and extends the cros . . .
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    Thesis
    Giuffrida, Mike
    ABSTRACT GABRIEL GARCIA MARQUEZ AND THE AESTHETICS OF SENSUALITY by © Mike Giuffrida 2011 Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Summer 2011 My thesis consists of five sections: the introduction and overview; the aesthetics of st . . .
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    Thesis
    Alpert, Lauren
    ABSTRACT THE POSSIBILITIES OF PUBLICS: NEW MEDIA AND GENRE IN THE FIRST-YEAR COMPOSITION COURSE By © Lauren Michele Alpert 2011 Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Spring 2011 This thesis analyzes work produced by students in . . .
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    Thesis
    Rosen-Molina, Katharine
    ABSTRACT “YOUR LITTLE HANDS WERE NEVER MADE/ TO TEAR EACH OTHER‟S EYES”: VICTORIAN ANXIETY AND THE FERAL CHILD IN FRANKENSTEIN, THE JUNGLE BOOK(S), AND PETER PAN by Katharine C. Rosen-Molina Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico . . .
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    Kraker, Christina Deann
    ABSTRACT MULTIMODALITY IN THE TECHNICAL AGE: A HISTORICAL SURVEY OF TECHNOLOGY AND WRITING by © Christina Deann Kraker 2011 Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Summer 2011 This thesis begins with an examination of the spread o . . .
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    Thesis
    Epley, Brianne
    ABSTRACT COMPETITION AND COOPERATION: RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN WOMEN IN PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, THE MILL ON THE FLOSS, AND JANE EYRE by Brianne P. Epley Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Spring 2011 This thesis will analyze the re . . .
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    Thesis
    Warren, Jennifer Jean Rose
    ABSTRACT WALKING RELINQUISHMENTS: SACRIFICE IN WILLIAM FAULKNER’S THE SOUND AND THE FURY, AS I LAY DYING, AND “THE BEAR” by Jennifer Jean Rose Warren Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Spring 2009 The works of William Faulkne . . .
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    Thesis
    Loman, Jennifer Dempsey
    ABSTRACT ANGLO-SAXON: THE KEY TO STEPHEN KING'S "THE DARK TOWER" by  Jennifer Dempsey Loman 2009 Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Summer 2009 Stephen King engages in medieval imitation in his seven-volume series The Dark T . . .
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    Thesis
    Duran-Cox, Kylee
    ABSTRACT CHANGING LANDSCAPES: AMERICAN FRONTIER MYTHOLOGY AND “PLACE-MAKING” IN POPULAR WESTERN NARRATIVES by Kylee Duran-Cox Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Spring 2010 The purpose of this thesis is to explore the way tha . . .
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    Thesis
    Curl, Michael
    ABSTRACT VIRTUE IN THE WORLD OF CHARLES DICKENS by Michael W. Curl Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Fall 2009 My thesis is a literary analysis looking at Dickens’s Oliver Twist and Great Expectations. Dickens’s literature a . . .
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    Trombley, Lisa K.
    ABSTRACT IN THE CRICKET HOURS: A COLLECTION OF POEMS by Lisa K. Trombley 2010 Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Spring 2010 In the Cricket Hours represents my journey as a writer. The "cricket hours" defines the time when my . . .
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    Lombardi, William
    ABSTRACT THE RE-ENCHANTED LANDSCAPE: BRET HARTE’S AND JOHN MUIR’S SPATIAL PRODUCTIONS by William V. Lombardi Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Spring 2010 How do we discuss the role of place in literature? This thesis consid . . .
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    Graduate project
    White, Jennifer A.
    ABSTRACT TEST PATTERNS by © Jennifer A. White 2009 Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Fall 2009 This collection of short stories and nonfiction essays test the patterns found within the craft of fiction and the way writers us . . .
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    Graduate project
    Gruber, Corey Michael
    ABSTRACT WANDERLUST: A COLLECTION OF SHORT STORIES by © Corey Michael Gruber 2010 Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Summer 2010 Wanderlust is a collection of short stories inspired by and written with consideration for the m . . .
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    Thesis
    Aiello, Ryan
    ABSTRACT THE WIRE: POLITICS, POSTMODERISM AND THE REBIRTH OF AMERICAN NATURALISM by Ryan Aiello Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Summer 2010 My thesis analyzes the political themes and messages in David Simon’s television s . . .
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    Delight-Frederking, Shawn Marie
    ABSTRACT RE-ENVISIONING A COMMUNITY COLLEGE READING PROGRAM: ACADEMIC READING INSTRUCTION AS AN INTEGRATED AND RECURSIVE PROCESS by © Shawn Marie Delight-Frederking 2010 Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Fall 2010 This thesi . . .
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    Graduate project
    Sarcona, Lucas
    ABSTRACT SABINA by Lucas Sarcona Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Spring 2011 The purpose of this creative project is to demonstrate my understanding of the craft of literary fiction. “Sabina” is intended to reflect an inte . . .
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    Thesis
    Hudson, Kathryn
    ABSTRACT LIBERTY OR LIFE: DEATH, WOMEN AND FREEDOM IN VICTORIAN SENSATION FICTION by © Kathryn E. Hudson 2011 Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Spring 2011 This thesis explores and analyzes the relationship between female ch . . .
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    Armstrong, Elizabeth Grace
    This thesis explores the different forms of losing control in Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and how the characters in these texts react to los . . .
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    Graduate project
    DeMeyer, Sharon T.
    DIVING FOR ABALONE: BENEATH THE SURFACE OF GRIEF By © Sharon T. DeMeyer 2011 Master of Arts in English California State University, Chico Fall 2011 Diving for Abalone: Beneath the Surface of Grief is a collection of 59-word non-fiction stories that we . . .
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    Graduate project
    Linscheid, Caitlin Ruth
    A Fence in the Dark is a collection of poems that explores the relationship between memory and imagination. The poet blends the literary conventions of poetry, novel, and memoir and explores what it means to love with hate, love with fear, love with d . . .
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    Gerhard, Julia
    This thesis examines how dystopian novels depict various forms of discipline exercised by a government over the body and mind of its subjects, and also offer liberation from that control through the act of writing. The first chapter reveals specific v . . .
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    Graduate project
    Zellmer, Matthew A.
    Good Morning, Colossus is a circus train wreck through the freight cars of my mind. It represents my daily journey as a writer to do battle with myself, to chisel away at my anxiety until I arrive at something I can call a poem. Many of the poems in t . . .
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    Arbaugh, Stephanie
    This thesis attempts to analyze the structures that support and maintain the society of nineteenth-century England through the lens of the novel. Within the novels Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and Middlemarch by George Eliot there appears a specific . . .
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    Kumpan, Katherine
    My thesis addresses the correlation between gender and power in The Pearl of Orr’s Island by Harriet Beecher Stowe, The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett, and The Ballad of the Sad Café by Carson McCullers. In discussing gender the main . . .