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    Masters Thesis
    Birch, Dotty
    Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is a celebrated classic, and it is often the first favorite classic among young women who identify with the heroine and indulge in her fairy-tale romance with Edward Rochester. However, as Jane Eyre is the fairy tale of th . . .
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    Visokey, Andrew David
    This thesis incorporates, and attempts to reconcile, both sides of this debate. In doing so, it seeks to accomplish two purposes. First, it explores the possibility that The Scarlet Letter is a novel about sexual slavery for both men and women—on both . . .
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    Sergi, Stephanie Lynne
    In this thesis, I seek to resolve the debate over Tiresias’s ability to unify The Waste Land by offering a new perspective—Tiresias as a Modernist Maypole. I propose that Tiresias’s inability to perfectly coalesce the different voices and themes withi . . .
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    Martinez, Lauren Elizabeth
    Originally published in 1898 in serial form, The Turn of the Screw has undergone many incarnations. The short story was published again, complete with a preface, in Henry James’s New York Edition, 1907-1909. The version I have chosen to use, edited by . . .
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    Kroll, Rebecca
    To approach these concerns, this project seeks to provide an evaluation of the intellectual and personal relationship between authors Ralph Ellison and Kenneth Burke as viewed through the lens of personal correspondence. A review of selected letters d . . .
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    Wrisley, Brooke
    toogoodtobetrue is a fiction creative project containing a collection of queer short stories designed to examine the unifying and diverse experiences of a modern queer existence. Thematically, the collection seeks to create and explore the practical a . . .
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    Soto, Erik M.
    Statement of Intent: The intent behind Children of Immigrants is to give a voice to people who are Latinx, Chicanx, or Mexican in a country which constantly shapes our narratives to benefit the Anglo-American narrative. By writing about the culture, r . . .
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    Gaumond, Theresa Anita McCarron
    Barnes’s works are steeped in overt grief and rage, and all of her longer works can be directly traced back to traumatic events in her life. Antiphon and Ryder both are vicious retellings of her early family life. Themes of incest, rape and stolen vir . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    DeMartini, Paul
    Podloujny is a creative thesis in the form of a fiction novel. The thesis features the generational dynamics of a family experiencing a series of profound crises. The narrative form of Podloujny shifts perspectives between each family member, explorin . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Senteney, Natasha D.
    Nobody’s Damn Business is a collection of autobiographical narratives that focus, primarily, on the author’s childhood. As a whole, the essays aim to convey the complicated nature of trauma in relation to familial relationships, while dealing with t . . .
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    Rouley, Hannah
    This thesis project examines the role that narrative and memoir play in a writing classroom that is focused on growing and educating an entire student. I begin by examining critical expressivist and postpedagogical approaches to teaching writing; the . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Molle, Kierstin E.
    My intent with Through the Valley was, in part, to provide representation in a genre I so rarely find for myself and for others who fall into similar identities as myself in terms of gender and sexuality. Historical fiction has always been a genre I h . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Ganiy, Helen
    My thesis begins by interrogating the ways in which two texts by Harriet Beecher Stowe--Uncle Tom’s Cabin and its follow-up, Dred--construct Black supernatural ability as racially innate and divinely specific. Harriet Beecher Stowe’s notion of “Black . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Clark, Nicolette
    Violence is a fundamental truth in the works of Cormac McCarthy. More than just violence for the sake of violence, McCarthy employs violence in a way that is productive within his works: Blood Meridian: Or the Evening Redness in the West, No Country . . .
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    Cassells, Breanne
    Throughout Toni Morrison’s novels, characters struggle to reclaim their own humanity in the face of domination and trauma. While countless scholars have remarked upon the themes of oppression and language, and several others upon the symbolism of natu . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Lo, Isabella
    The Hmong people are a group of Southeast Asians who came to America around 45 years ago. Because they are still so new and still such a small group, their stories have only began to come to light. As a group of becoming, the Hmong are now engaging in . . .
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    Wilson, Veronica Lauren
    The literature and drama of the long eighteenth century is overpopulated with nuns, and they are all transgressors of patriarchal society in one way or another. These nuns are all vow-breakers, fornicators, and fallen women; whether they were ruined a . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Abbassi, Susan
    In the play of Othello, Shakespeare perfectly explores the issue of racial tension that existed in the Elizabethan era. Othello, a loyal soldier and the protagonist of the play, appears as an outsider in Venice because of his dark skin; he is repeated . . .
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    Collins, Kim Maria
    This paper is dedicated to improving the classroom experience of students enrolled in writing courses one level below university level composition. Everyone's goal is persistence and completion. The question this paper seeks to answer is, what do inst . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Leavenworth-Keenberg, Gretchen Daria
    Melancholy, enigmatic, haunting, spectral. These are words often used to describe W.G. Sebald’s prose style. Critics and lay readers who find themselves enmeshed in Sebald’s enchanting, dark web of words sometimes find his work difficult to categorize . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Evans, Megan Day
    Feminist rhetoric often looks back in history to find instances of women’s voices in writings, but for my thesis, I argue the importance of looking at modern forms of feminist rhetoric in academia. I am specifically looking at what I term as Rouge Fem . . .
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    Harris, Laura E
    One of the biggest problems facing incoming freshmen in American colleges today is lack of preparation in appropriate reading, writing, and critical thinking skills. These abilities are necessary for success not only in college but also in the profess . . .
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    Laureate Lab
    In September 2019, the Associated Students, Inc., Henry Madden Library, Fresno State Democrat Club, and League of Women Voters collaborated to organize Dogs for Democracy in a week-long student-run voter registration event in the Henry Madden Library. . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Westerling, Janice.
    Shakespeare's poetic dramas mark the height in the evolution of a form that had begun with the dramatizations of the medieval mystery plays, and they have a power that has not been realized in the genre since. We may describe this power as the capacit . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Thompson, Alvin Joseph.
    In his essay "Technique as Discovery," Mark Schorer observes, "The difference between content, or experience, and achieved content, or art, is technique." According to Schorer, "When we speak of technique ... we speak of nearly everything. . . . Techn . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Taylor, J. Mark.
    Traditionally Shakespeare's Henry V has been seen as a panegyric celebrating King Henry V as the ideal monarch. Some critics acclaim Henry as the poet's finest conception of the statesman-king, a monarch who brought unity and peace to a disturbed Engl . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Swanson, Robert.
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    Masters Thesis
    Shorts, Albert Grayson.
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    Graduate project
    Sauceda, Cecilio.
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    Masters Thesis
    Pena, Manuel H.,1942-
    One difficulty in preparing a lexicon for Finnegans Wake lies in coming to grips with the way Joyce fuses the basic English underlying the book with the seemingly endless number of words, fragments, and phrases from every conceivable language. For tho . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Kurihara, Martha Haruko.
    Herman Melville will surely be remembered as the author of that epic of whaling, Moby Dick, with its savage harpooneers, loyal mates, and the monomaniac Captain Ahab grimly pursuing the white whale. His accounts of trips to the South Seas (Typee, Omoo . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Jacobsen, Jeanette D
    Little is known regarding the reliability of translations of epic poems such as the Anglo-Saxon epic, Beowulf. This is partly because of the time period in which the Beowulf manuscript was created, approximately 1000 A.D. For this manuscript, most Ang . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Wong, Tiffany
    Spurred by an exciting thought, a woman rises from the river bank and hurriedly walks across the university lawn, only to be reverted, by the gaze of a man, to the gravel path. Returning to the designated pathway, the woman—the unnamed fictional narra . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Duarte, Rachel Rebecca Tatro
    The purpose of this thesis is two-fold – on the one hand translation and on the other analysis of Sappho’s influences and depictions in English art and literature. I will include own translations of selected fragments of Sappho of Lesbos taking into c . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Wojtysiak, Jessica
    The debate over the correct political interpretation of Dracula has been waged by critics for decades. It is unlikely to achieve a clear resolution in the near future. However, one aspect of the postcolonial question that has been largely ignored is t . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Dias, Thomas Sherman
    Milton was without a doubt the seventeenth century's most intelligent and prolific artist. He was also the most ambitious counting himself among the most learned and talented men of the era. Idealistic and ambitious he appeared to have personified eve . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Kirouac, Keith Laurien
    The Introduction to this thesis defines a number of key terms and concepts related to the study of paratexts in historiographic metafiction. The chapters that follow describe how paratextual forms operate within specific historiographic metafictional . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Treiber, Pamela.
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    Masters Thesis
    Lawlor, Jeff
    Ever-Becoming Whitman: mythic perceptions cast long showers
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    Masters Thesis
    Lewis, M. Susan.
    No Abstract or Summary
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    Algarmi, Mohamed
    This thesis consists of four short stories by the author.
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    Masters Thesis
    Wedding, Katrina Elise
    This thesis consists of a collection of poetry and two works of nonfiction by the author.
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    Masters Thesis
    Lawrence, Genevieve
    This thesis consists chiefly of poems by the author.
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    Masters Thesis
    Dizon, Christopher John
    This thesis is a collection of six short stories by the author.
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    Masters Thesis
    Hoben, Sandra.
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    Masters Thesis
    Hickmond, Daniel.
    In The Merchant of Venice Shylock comes to understand his place in Christian society. The depth and growth of his consciousness make him more than merely a tragic figure, a comic butt, or a one-dimensional morality character, as many critics have . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Farris, John.
    Individualization in reading instruction has evolved from the realization that children differ widely in interests, learning capacities, and motives for reading. Such differ- ences have aroused the need for teachers to provide more adequately . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Eriksson, Brigitte.
    In the afterword to The Four-Gated City, fifth and final volume of the series, Doris Lessing calls the Children of Violence a Bildungsroman. Traditionally, this genre depicts the intellectual and psychological development of an individual from inn . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Bentley, Gregory Wayne.
    In the more than three centuries since its writing, Coriolanus, Shakespeare's last tragedy, written at the height of his maturity, has received considerably less recognition than it deserves. Readers, audiences, and critics have turned primarily t . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Benck, Ernest.
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    Leathers, Kaitlin Rae
    In this thesis, I explore philosophical influences underlying various portrayals of werewolves in language, religious texts, law, and myth, discussing depictions from the earliest in antiquity—the first in The Epic of Gilgamesh in ancient Mesopotamia . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Whitaker, Jacob Daniel
    For the bulk of my project, I will be using the Oxford English Dictionary to single out words recorded for the first time in three plays (Hamlet, King Lear, and The Tempest). The tragedies, Hamlet and King Lear, were chosen for their high levels of em . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Ganger, Cody
    There seems to be a general resistance to humanizing or analyzing the motivations and inner lives of these “evil” women. In my opinion, if Shakespeare wrote such a fully developed character in Cordelia, who only appears alive in four scenes of the pla . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Nelson, Nils.
    No Abstract or Summary.
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    Graduate project
    Kissler, Waymon Clark.
    No Abstract or Summary
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    Masters Thesis
    Schenk, Ruth
    This thesis examines the ways Nigerian-born British novelist Buchi Emecheta incorporates the strategies of post-colonial and feminist theory. The author explores where and how she satisfies the feminist demands of informing and expanding post-coloni . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Aycock, Linnea.
    "The Crystal Cabinet," "The Golden Net," and particu- larly The Mental Traveller" have long intrigued students of Blake, but only in the last few years have scholars begun to explore these poems in depth. The value of studying these shorter poem . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Meier, Kaitlin C.
    Using feminist psychoanalytic and rhetorical theory, this thesis reclaims and reimagines how female relationships and voices are represented in literature by focusing on the ancient myth of Persephone and Demeter in the Homeric Hymn to Demeter and t . . .
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    Spear, Roberta.
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    Masters Thesis
    McGinnis, Ruth.
    About Gertrude Stein there has been much controversy, little competent criticism, but many prejudiced utterances. There has been extravagant praise and damaging accusation. Was she a literary fraud? A clinical case of megalomania? Just a rich and garr . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Lewis, Leean
    Contemporary Young Adult Dystopias and Utopias alike are now a part of our popular culture, and in effect, have begun to lose credibility in the academic setting, especially within the secondary classroom. Yet, I argue, YA dystopian literature is an . . .
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    Masters Thesis
    Laurence, Larry.
    No Abstract or Summary.
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    Carlisle, Robert S.
    A study investigated whether markedness relationships within a target language influence the degree of difficulty in acquisition. The Intralingual Markedness Hypothesis was developed, stating that if structures in the target language differ from thos . . .
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    Carlisle, Robert S.
    Analysis of Crowfoot's speech.
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    Masters Thesis
    Backus, Rebecca.
    In his Introduction to the English Novel, Arnold Kettle points to a dilemma that is shared by almost all of the heroines of English fiction from Moll Flanders onwards: "What is a young woman of spirit and intelligence to do in the polite but bar . . .
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    Carlisle, Robert S.
    The purpose of this paper is to review research in L2 acquisition that has examined the influence of syllable structure universals on the structuring of interlanguage phonology, research that essentially began in the early 1980's. Not all of the resea . . .
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    Capstone project
    Cheng, Julia
    It was 5:45 when Amelia's alarm went off and the sun hadn't come up yet. The sky was still a hazy grey-blue, her bed was soft and warm, and Amelia's feet were still a little sore from her closing shift at Ralph’s last night, but she knew if she didn't . . .
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    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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    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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    Monte, Christian Neal
    This project presents a course curriculum designed specifically to guide basic writing students through the complexities of the writing process. Since one obstacle impeding the success of college writing students is the challenge of effectively planni . . .
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    Donoyan, Tsoleen T.
    "TSON-TSON: Fragmented Selves Post-Death" is a creative thesis in the form of poems accompanied by an analytical commentary. The poetry collection is divided into two parts in order to present two specific periods of grief in the author's life. The fi . . .
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    Hill, Sheri Lynn
    Many critics have read <italic>The Golden Bowl<italic> as a fairy tale because the novelist Henry James designs his protagonist, Maggie Verver, as a young woman who in her innocence flees from life until the Prince ironically awakens her to the redeem . . .
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    De Vine, Tylene
    This pedagogical portfolio presents a curriculum designed specifically for fifth through twelfth grade English Language Arts students. Story Circle is a writing program dedicated to encouraging students to find their authentic voices through storytell . . .
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    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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    Masters Thesis
    White, Emilie Caroline
    This thesis consists of creative fiction by the author.
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    Masters Thesis
    Guarino, Andrea
    On December 30, 2004, my father murdered my mother. The wound left by my mother’s absence has never fully healed. This work is my attempt to describe what it felt like to lose everything in one day, to try and find my place in a new family, and to mov . . .