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    Gravelle, Jessica Spike
    While many critics note the numerous musical allusions in Ishmael Reed's Mumbo Jumbo, Jack Kerouac's On the Road, and Maxine Hong Kingston's Tripmaster Monkey, this thesis examines the appropriation of jazz in particular to these three American texts. . . .
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    Bates, Rebecca Joyce
    To become part of any literary tradition is to call upon the classics while inventing new and individual ideas and concepts. In my writing I strive to find a balance between the old and the new . I have been heavily influenced by authors in the litera . . .
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    Henry, Lorelei Lee
    My thesis will focus on three of O'Brien's Vietnam War novels: The Things They Carried, Going After Cacciato, and In the Lake of the Woods. I will show how O'Brien develops these stories in terms of individual, social, cultural, and historical aspects . . .
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    Theriault, Jennifer Marie
    This thesis explores the moral evolution of Joseph Conrad's protagonist, Marlow, in Heart of Darkness and Lord Jim. Marlow appears uniquely in literature as the omnipotence of cloistered Victorian moral ideals began to fade and just as the shattering . . .
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    Siegel, Stacey Beth
    Women today are taught to believe that mothering is instinctual and that when they have children they are supposed to love taking care of them. This notion perplexes many women who give birth without immediately feeling kinship with their baby. Some, . . .
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    Caruth, Elissa S.
    Two Trees explores writing from a post-modern, post-sturcturalist perspective and experiments with form. Some of the works include elements of conventional poetry and fiction. Other poems combine the two genres of writing to create a poetic-fiction th . . .
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    D'Andrea, April Lynn
    A teenage girl grows up in the early nineteen eighties. Her parents are divorced, she rarely sees her father, and she doesn't get along with her stepfather. She moves to a new town and makes friends with popular kids. She meets an older boy and has a . . .
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    Kolarek, Tara
    As a writer I have positioned myself within the framework of lesbian writing. The term 'lesbian writing', however, is varied and constantly in a state of definition. Yet, both in spite of, and because of this, I must construct a framework of lesbian w . . .
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    Maechler, Julie L.
    The plays of Lanford Wilson have interested scholars, critics and playgoers for more than three decades . Among other things, critics have focused on Wilson's use of language. Some assert that Wilson's evocative language has captured the voice of the . . .
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    Saunders, Judith
    This thesis suggests that Bertolt Brecht's play, Round Heads and Pointed Heads, has been underserved both critically and theatrically. Although it evolved from a previous attempt Brecht made to adapt Shakespeare's play Measure for Measure, there has b . . .
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    Babayeva, Syuzanna
    This thesis explores the manifestation of closed and open consciousness in conventional rhetoric of persuasion and the rhetoric of the rhizome. The rational mode of the Western discursive tradition has determined a pragmatic mode of consciousness, whi . . .
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    Garcia, Mario Steven
    This thesis contains the first seven chapters of a novel in progress. The novel is set in the present. The protagonist and narrator is an engineer working at an aerospace company in the San Fernando Valley. The narrator is a remarkable figure in that . . .
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    Grigorian, Masha
    This thesis is concerned with analyzing the characters of Harry Potter, Lord Voldemort, and Professor Severus Snape from the sensational children's book series, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling through the perspective of literary and critical theory. Alth . . .
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    Chukhadarian, Lucin
    This thesis brings together three shorter plays, "Reverse Intimidation," "Collectors," and "Chandra," each of which I've been working for some time. Each play explores the courage and the fragility of women. "Reverse Intimidation" is based on personal . . .
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    Freeman, Daniel
    A comedienne clasping a manly-man hand to her face-that's the sight gag splashed across the cover of Tina Fey's bestselling memoir Bossypants, a joke and title with centuries' worth of setup. A subversion of expectations is reflected in the cover desi . . .
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    Elisara, Unai
    In this grant I will be addressing the need for an expansion of Feleti Barstow Public Library of Pago Pago, American Samoa. This Library is the only library on the island and houses many of the island's cultural and historical artifacts. I am requesti . . .
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    Narayanamurti, Krishna
    Late in Jane Austen’s "Emma," a peculiar scene of harrowing adventure disrupts an otherwise realistic novel. On an early morning walk, Harriet Smith takes a wrong turn into the woods outside the posh village of Highbury. A “gang” of young “gypsies,” p . . .
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    Lee, Ambre
    Establishing and maintaining a professional teacher blog enables teachers to publish, reflect, share, collaborate, and enrich their professional presence. While publishing has long been the standard for university professors, secondary teachers do not . . .
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    Farrukh, Sawsan
    This paper is an investigation of the widows found in Jane Austen’s Lady Susan and Sanditon, two unpublished works during her lifetime. The paper presents a careful close read of both Lady Susan and Lady Denham and their methods of manipulation in ord . . .
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    Beckman, Donna S.
    The creative portion of this thesis is The Girl Who Loved Gable, a psychological detective novel. Set in Los Angeles in the present, the novel is a first person narrative. The central character is Leda Swann, a 30 year old female detective who is assi . . .
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    Zumstein, John
    This essay enters the ongoing disciplinary debate regarding the place of literature in the composition classroom, with special emphasis on first-year college college composition courses. Drawing on the work of past scholars, as well as on my own field . . .
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    Postal, Caitlin
    King Horn, like many verse poems of the thirteenth century, is interested in courtly culture and what it means to be king. The poem follows the development of Horn, heir to Suddene, through his exile-and-vengeance plot before he takes back the throne . . .
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    Kellenberger, Anne Elaine
    Pearl, a twelve hundred line poem, is recognized as one of the most important products of the Alliterative Revival which took place in England during the fourteenth century. Yet, its obscure dialect and the changes that have occurred in the English la . . .
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    Morrill, Bethany
    This paper explores and examines Katniss Everdeen, the star of Suzanne Collins' hit trilogy, as a modern interpretation of Judith Butler's "Drag Queen" as discussed in Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. Through the analysis of th . . .
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    Roche, Jason
    In recent years, hip-hop has propelled its way into the mainstream. The genre has produced some of the most commercially successful albums of the 21st century namely from artists such as Kanye West, Jay-Z, Eminem, Rihanna, and OutKast. Despite this ri . . .
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    Arellano, Alejandro
    Fighting the Mindset By: Alejandro Arellano Masters of Arts in English This project introduces the collision of a character, Leandro Montejo, with an illness he's been fighting his whole life. Unfortunately, given his upbringing, his family is dismiss . . .
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    Maki, Gary A.
    Richard Boleslavsky, in his Acting: The First Six Lessons, details two conditions necessary to the conception of art: "You suffered just now; you felt deeply. Those are two things without which you cannot do in any art." According to Boleslavsky, an a . . .
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    La Joie, Kathleen Joyce
    It is virtually impossible to survey George Gissing's novelistic ideas on women and feminism without occasionally introducing biographical data. The data of his literary thoughts and his marital difficulties are so heavily intermingled that it is nece . . .
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    Hasholian, Taleen Sandra
    Jane Austen is often simultaneously placed under two conflicting areas of thought. Scholarly research views her novels as indicative of either a woman whose main concern is marriage or an early feminist who refused to submit to the conventions of her . . .
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    Lee, Richard
    The educator's portfolio is seen by most as both a tool for reflecting on one's teaching practice and as a marketing tool to prospective employers. In the past, an educator's standard portfolio consisted of a three-ring binder that included lesson pla . . .
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    Poduje, Jennifer
    An inaccessible truth does not negate the existence of truth. My relationship to writing is an ontological investigation of the lack (derived from Lacan). My writing process typifies the investigative process of finding patterns in seemingly disparate . . .
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    Arabian, Shoushan
    Between scrambling to piece together the all-star, standards-savvy curriculum, grading piles of papers, and attending more meetings than one can count, it's no wonder that teachers rarely have to time to pause and reflect on...well, anything! The purp . . .
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    Altman, Dylan
    In this Dystopic Factory-Dickensian setting, Naifi, the protagonist, is at the bottom rung of the social order. Naifi is an orphan and therefore property of the state; within this world, the Factories are workhouses where children are forced to contri . . .
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    Sotelo, Emilio
    This project consists of experimentation in form, legibility, hybridity, and challenges the notion by which poetry is to be understood. Ranging from poems with unreadable text to images of artwork being substituted in place of language, the work in th . . .
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    Levi, Neda
    As a poet, the one thing that I find the most redemptive is the power of confession that language affords me, even though within that power lies a struggle of bittersweet magnitude. My poetic confessions speak to the torrential downpour of an unpleasa . . .
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    Vasquez, Robert Joseph
    The Heart of the Hawk is a novel about a young American Indian named Tom Red Hawk who returns from the Viet Nam war to attend college in Vermont at Bartlett University. Red Hawk is a complex person, and aspires to be a writer. He begins a novel about . . .
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    Solis, Enrique
    This paper argues that genre awareness can be taught more effectively by challenging the boundaries of genre by genre blending. This approach exists to supplement and augment the current ways in which genre is taught in a first year composition class . . .
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    Fernandez, Sandra
    Public education and the university have stricter, more basic rules and forms of self-expression when it comes to literature and language, usually neglecting creative empowering ways of communication and representation. For my culminating project, I w . . .
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    Blake, Lesley King
    In Family Justice, I take the reader on a rollercoaster of exploration which seeks the answer to which instinct is more dominant when combined with the societal gender expectations of being a "woman": nature or nurture. Even growing up and becoming a . . .
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    Goldowitz, Michael Daniel
    Throughout his lifetime, Dickens was fascinated by the nature of evil. I believe there is a distinct pattern of development in his portrayal of evil. In order to show this, I treat four novels spanning over twenty years: Oliver Twist (1838), David Cop . . .
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    Millstein, Bruce
    My Graduating Project is a one-act theatrical play, entitled The Writer vs. the World. To situate and categorize the performative text historically, theoretically, and aesthetically: it is a hybrid creative and academic postmodern amalgamation of surr . . .
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    Petrosyan, Anna
    The title character of Anna Karenina represents a resentment and hypocrisy from 19th century Russian traditionalists as well as a severe resistance to an ever-growing globalized Victorian cosmopolitanism. Commonly referred to as a negative breaching o . . .
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    Noh, Miguel
    A compilation of poems, The Deviant and the Divine is an explorative piece from a single, queer speaker scrutinizing the relationship between Catholicism and self-identity. Being born and raised int the Catholic Church condemning homosexuality, the sp . . .
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    Brummet, Ross
    In Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, the creature learns of inequality and social injustice, “the strange system of human society was explained to me. I heard of the division of property, of immense wealth and squalid poverty, of rank, descent, and noble b . . .
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    Mathews, Barbara Anne
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    Mitchell-Askar, Kathleen
    This project combines a lyric essay on Bunraku Japanese theater with "staged" poems that explore the mother-daughter relationship. The lyric essay sections seek to provide a theory for the relationship between the body and spiritual mind and its posit . . .
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    Kufs, Eric
    The sociologist Erving Goffman's theory from over a half a century ago suggests that all communication between one or more individuals is essentially a performance. Considering the many critical arguments made that socio-political norms such as gender . . .
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    Martin-Rowe, Scott
    For my master's thesis, my intent was to craft a story for the students who come in my classroom and proclaim their disdain for reading. While I take great joy in the students who walk from classroom to classroom with their nose in a book, it is those . . .
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    Fragoso, Robert
    Richard Wright's novel, Native Son, published in 1940, has seen itself adapted to a stage drama directed by Orson Wells in 1941, and various film adaptions--one of them starring the author himself. Most recently, an HBO film was released in 2019 direc . . .
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    Nowell, Trevor
    This piece will be a series of short stories in the sci-fi speculative fiction genre exploring what crime looks like in the year 2072. The sci-fi author and creator of the “cyberpunk” genre, William Gibson, described cyberpunk as being “high tech meet . . .