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    Saboury, Sabrina Fatemeh
    The Fortuneteller is a piece of historical fiction. Written in the style of memoir, it is part of a larger body of work on carnival culture set in late 19th and early 20th century Persia. Narrated by Nasreen, a blue-eyed, bearded woman reflecting on h . . .
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    Gibbs, Gina
    Many first-year composition (FYC) instructors aim to create a student-centered classroom. However, there is often not enough student influence for the classroom to be truly student-centered. Often, instructors have difficulty in constructing opportuni . . .
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    Chevallier, David Chase
    This thesis explores and traces the inception of Puritan ideology from the early Puritan elites and texts available during the initial development of America in New England. Through a close examination of how Puritan faith became ideology, I argue tha . . .
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    Elliott, Jennifer L.
    Although studies show that students are reading frequently outside of school, teachers often find that students struggle with reading activities inside the classroom. This study uses network and reader-response theories to explore some of the possible . . .
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    Krone, Jarret W.
    This thesis examines the role dualistic conceptual frameworks play in the decision making process, and I make claims about how these limiting systems of thought impact our culture on many levels, including academia. I introduce readers to the concept . . .
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    Graduate project
    Stagner, Sheila Michelle
    Turquoise Sky is a character-driven piece, with emphasis on the psychological and psychosexual, written in the received Realist tradition of literary mode. It is a plot of decline—and hope—set in the milieu of San Francisco during the early 1970s, and . . .
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    Fitzpatrick, Michael Clark
    This thesis provides the first philosophical systematization of John Milton’s views on freedom and uses this systematic exposition to interpret the most pivotal choices in the final three poems of Milton’s literary career—Paradise Lost (1667, 1674), P . . .
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    Christensen, Diana L.
    This thesis examines the nightmarish and destructive side of the American Dream as portrayed in literature about the Hollywood film industry, namely Play it as it Lays by Joan Didion, The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and The Day of the Locust b . . .
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    Smith, Mark
    When an individual enters a new field of practice, an integral part of that process is the development of an identity that situates the individual as a legitimate participant in that practice. This study combines elements of identity theory with theor . . .
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    Wheat, Kristen Marie
    October Rain is a collection of poetry that seeks to explore the dynamics of change in human lives, especially loss and grief. Some of these poems follow a young woman as she loses her boyfriend to cancer, and reveal the pain and waves of her grieving . . .