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A Thousand Splendid Suns: Sanctuary And Resistance, Rebecca A. Stuhr 2011 Penn Libraries

A Thousand Splendid Suns: Sanctuary And Resistance, Rebecca A. Stuhr

Scholarship at Penn Libraries

In his novel A Thousand Splendid Suns, author Khaled Hosseini provides a vivid portrait of a country shattered by a series of ideological leaders and wars imposed on it by foreign and internal forces. The narrative, which spans several decades, is driven by the stories of two women, Laila and Mariam, who, despite starkly different beginnings, find themselves intimately connected and dependent upon one another. Hosseini’s women, much like the country of Afghanistan itself, appear to be propelled by the whims of outside forces, familial and societal, with little chance of influencing their own lives and futures Yet Laila ...


The Bonds Of Love And The Boundaries Of Self In Toni Morrison's "Beloved", Barbara Schapiro 2011 Rhode Island College

The Bonds Of Love And The Boundaries Of Self In Toni Morrison's "Beloved", Barbara Schapiro

Barbara A Schapiro

Toni Morrison's Beloved penetrates, perhaps more deeply than any historical or psychological study could, the unconscious emotional and psychic consequences of slavery. The novel reveals how the condition of enslavement in the external world, particularly the denial of one's status as a human subject, has deep repercussions in the individual's internal world. These internal resonances are so profound that even if one is eventually freed from external bondage, the self will still be trapped in an inner world that prevents a genuine experience of freedom. As Sethe succinctly puts it, "Freeing yourself was one thing; claiming ownership ...


The Great American Love Affair: Indians In The Twilight Saga, Brianna R. Burke 2011 Iowa State University

The Great American Love Affair: Indians In The Twilight Saga, Brianna R. Burke

Brianna R. Burke

No abstract provided.


Nobilitashungariae: List Of Historical Surnames Of The Hungarian Nobility, Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek 2011 Selected Works

Nobilitashungariae: List Of Historical Surnames Of The Hungarian Nobility, Steven Tötösy De Zepetnek

Tötösy de Zepetnek, Steven & Totosy de Zepetnek, Steven

nobilitashungariae: List of Historical Surnames of the Hungarian Nobility 2010- (ISSN 1923-9580 ©Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek Purdue University Press) is compiled by Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek based on published historical genealogical sources. nobilitashungariae is archived in the Electronic Collection of Library and Archives Canada. A magyar történelmi nemesség családneveinek listája 2010- (ISSN 1923-9580 ©Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek & Purdue University Press) genealógiai munkák alapján van Tötösy de Zepetnek Steven által összeállítva. A könyv állománya az Electronic Collection of Library and Archives Canada digitális archívumjának.


"The Ties That Bind: Family And Blood In Television’S The Vampire Diaries.”, Kimberley McMahon-Coleman 2011 University of Wollongong, Shoalhaven Campus

"The Ties That Bind: Family And Blood In Television’S The Vampire Diaries.”, Kimberley Mcmahon-Coleman

Kimberley McMahon-Coleman

No abstract provided.


Fulfillment Of Woman And Poet In Elizabeth Barrett Brown's Aurora Leigh, Beth Leonardo 2011 Providence College

Fulfillment Of Woman And Poet In Elizabeth Barrett Brown's Aurora Leigh, Beth Leonardo

English Student Papers

No abstract provided.


From Karen To Keisha: The New Black Names, David L. Cooper 2011 Jefferson Community and Technical College

From Karen To Keisha: The New Black Names, David L. Cooper

David L Cooper

Shakespeare wrote: "A rose called by any other name would smell as sweet." What's in a name? Everything and nothing. When I first started teaching, over twenty years ago, most students had either family names or biblical names such as Rebecca, Anne, Carolyn, Andrew, John, or James. This was irrespective of race or class. For the most part black and white American students had the same names. Then, in the 1990s I started to see names that I had difficulty pronouncing, the spellings were not phonetic, and apostrophes appeared in strange places e.g. La'Tonya. Despite the nonstandard ...


East / West: Salman Rushdie And Hybridity, Jessica Brown 2011 Olivet Nazarene University

East / West: Salman Rushdie And Hybridity, Jessica Brown

Honors Program Projects

The purpose of this study is to explore the ways in which the novelist Salman Rushdie advocates a hybrid world—a world in which difference and heterogeneity are not only tolerated, but are eagerly celebrated as a means of cultural newness. In the 21st century, instantaneous communication, global economics, and increasing migration of people across continents have drastically destabilized old views on the formation of cultural identities. In his novels, Salman Rushdie explores these questions which plague the postcolonial and cosmopolitan world—what is the migrant? How can a person survive between cultures? What do those grand ideas of home ...


I Don't: A Study Of Marriage, Ethnicity, And Citizenship In Ethnic Women's Writing, Shannon McMahon 2011 University of Nebraska-Lincoln

I Don't: A Study Of Marriage, Ethnicity, And Citizenship In Ethnic Women's Writing, Shannon Mcmahon

Dissertations, Theses, and Student Research: Department of English

For the 19th and well into the 20th century, marriage was the most formative institution that defined women’s civic presence in the American community. Nancy Cott’s Public Vows provides crucial context for my study. Cott shows how marriage not only implied a structure for private life but also participated in public order, namely the wife’s civic status was subsumed by the status of her husband. An unmarried woman’s civic identity was ambiguous absent a husband who could represent her in the public sphere. For ethnic women, marriage did not guarantee access to the benefits ...


Toward A Progressive African Americanism: Africanism And Intraracial Class Conflict In Twentieth- And Early Twenty-First-Century African American Literature, LaRonda Meeshay Sanders-Senu 2011 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Toward A Progressive African Americanism: Africanism And Intraracial Class Conflict In Twentieth- And Early Twenty-First-Century African American Literature, Laronda Meeshay Sanders-Senu

Doctoral Dissertations

In this work, I explore how African American authors and texts have contributed to or confronted what Toni Morrison calls “Africanism” in Playing in the Dark. I argue that the construction of blackness by non-black people and its consequent racial stigma, imbuing skin color with mental and physical inferiority, functions in an intraracial context to obscure the solidarity of all African Americans irrespective of their socioeconomic status. My work spans the twentieth and the beginning of the twenty-first centuries, investigating representations of the middle class who seek to deny or ignore the impact that a Eurocentric value system has on ...


The Failure Of The Free World: Anarchy In Uncle Tom’S Cabin, Andy Cerrone 2011 University of Massachusetts Boston

The Failure Of The Free World: Anarchy In Uncle Tom’S Cabin, Andy Cerrone

Interdisciplinary Perspectives: a Graduate Student Research Showcase

Harriett Beecher Stowe is often identified as an advocate for Christianity, woman's suffrage, autonomy, and the abolishment of slavery. However, inviting the reader to view her work through an anarchist lens, her magnum opus—Uncle Tom’s Cabin— offers the reader the opportunity to reconstruct her politics with immense implication. Critics regard Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin" as a sermon devised with the intention to inflate the nation with the righteous spirit of God, offering to the reader the opportunity to partake in the message of her religious vision. While Stowe's absolute faith in her Christian profile ...


Southern Civility, Sexuality And Secularity: Minority Politics In "True Blood.", Kimberley McMahon-Coleman 2011 University of Wollongong, Shoalhaven Campus

Southern Civility, Sexuality And Secularity: Minority Politics In "True Blood.", Kimberley Mcmahon-Coleman

Kimberley McMahon-Coleman

Southern Civility, Sexuality and Secularity: Minority Politics in True Blood. Paper Topic area: Science Fiction and Fantasy - True Blood (Burnett) In the popular HBO series True Blood and the novels by Charlaine Harris on which they are based, Sookie Stackhouse is a thoroughly postmodern Southern Belle. Sookie’s decisions are based on her notions of what it is to be a ‘lady’ and on her Christian beliefs. She is directly contrasted with members of the Fellowship of the Sun in that she refuses to believe that Jesus would hate vampires. The viewer is thus implicitly invited to become a resistant ...


"Undone By Murmurs Of Love": Traumatic Legacies And The Struggle For Personal And Communal Identity Formation In Toni Morrison's Trilogy, Fida Yasin 2011 Governors State University

"Undone By Murmurs Of Love": Traumatic Legacies And The Struggle For Personal And Communal Identity Formation In Toni Morrison's Trilogy, Fida Yasin

All Student Theses

Implications of racial oppression on personal and collective African American identity formation in Toni Morrison’s trilogy are explored in this thesis. Morrison reconstructs African American history in her trilogy, but she also enacts a cultural healing through content and form. Impossible choices are made by characters in Beloved, Jazz, and Paradise who are influenced by the racial trauma they experience and inherit. The legacies of oppression--traumatic memories, fragmentation, stereotypes and negative associations—distort the way these characters view themselves and one another. They are disoriented, isolated, and displaced. Characters recover from their past trauma— together—when they share their ...


Writing, Resistance And History: Violent Rewriting In Postresistance African-American And Polish Prose, Agnieszka Herra 2011 The University of Western Ontario

Writing, Resistance And History: Violent Rewriting In Postresistance African-American And Polish Prose, Agnieszka Herra

Research Day (Arts & Humanities, FIMS, and Education)

My core area of research is Polish and African-American prose fiction written during and after civil resistance movements in each respective culture. My main research question will be the extent to which literature in the postresistance period questions the events and the narratives that were part of uniting the society to participate in the civil resistance movement.


(A)Wry Views: Anamorphosis, Cervantes, And The Early Picaresque, David R. Castillo 2011 Purdue University

(A)Wry Views: Anamorphosis, Cervantes, And The Early Picaresque, David R. Castillo

Purdue University Press Books

The term anamorphosis, from the greek ana (again) and morphe (shape), designates a variety of perspective experiments that can be traced back to the artistic developments of the 1500's and 1600's. Anamorphic devices challenge viewers to experience different forms of perceptual oscillation and uncertainty. Images shift in front of the eyes of puzzled spectators as they move from the center of the representation to the margins, or from one side to the other. (A) Wry Views demonstrates that much of the literature of the Spanish Golden Age is susceptible, and indeed requires, oblique readings (as in anamorphosis).


Duplicities Of Power: Amiri Baraka’S And Lorenzo Thomas’S Responses To September 11, John Gery 2011 University of New Orleans

Duplicities Of Power: Amiri Baraka’S And Lorenzo Thomas’S Responses To September 11, John Gery

English Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Whence Comes Black Art?: The Construction And Application Of “Black Motivation”, Derrell Acon 2011 Lawrence University

Whence Comes Black Art?: The Construction And Application Of “Black Motivation”, Derrell Acon

Lawrence University Honors Projects

George Schuyler, in his tragically misguided 1926 essay for The Nation magazine, “The Negro-Art Hokum,” suggests that the only difference between Blacks and Whites is the color of skin, and that both races experience the same social, psychological and educational forces in America. He blatantly disregards American racism and inequality, and in his attempt to put forth his advocacy of color-blindness he merely projects and perpetuates the most racist of ideals within our country. Schuyler views the concept of Black Art very narrowly and insists on the impossibility of such an idea because of the supposed Americanness of the art ...


Language, Geography, Globalization: Susana Chavez-Silverman’S Rejection Of Translation In Killer Crónicas: Bilingual Memories, Ania Spyra 2011 Butler University

Language, Geography, Globalization: Susana Chavez-Silverman’S Rejection Of Translation In Killer Crónicas: Bilingual Memories, Ania Spyra

Scholarship and Professional Work - LAS

The ephemerality of Susana Chavez-Silverman's desires for a very specific scent, remembered well although smelt only once on a stranger in passing, meets the disappointment of the un-searched for, the inauthentic, the reality of cheap cologne. Maybe precisely for its lack of fulfillment the search remains a quest, and the latter term does not seem too exaggerated for as frivolous a search as this one, because it functions as a metaphor for many other searches.


Comparative Literature: Theory, Method, Application, Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek 2011 University of Alberta

Comparative Literature: Theory, Method, Application, Steven Tötösy De Zepetnek

CLCWeb Library

Tötösy de Zepetnek, Steven. Comparative Literature: Theory, Method, Application. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1998. ISBN 90-420-0534-3 299 pages, bibliography, index. Steven Tötösy de Zepetnek presents a framework of comparative literature based on a contextual (systemic and empirical) approach for the study of culture and literature and applies the framework in audience studies, film and literature, women's literature, translation studies, new media and scholarship in the humanities and in the analyses of English, French, German, Austrian, Hungarian, Romanian, and English-Canadian modern, contemporary, and ethnic minority texts. Copyright release to the author in 2006.


Mystic Falls Meets The World Wide Web: Where Is The Vampire Diaries Located?, Kimberley McMahon-Coleman 2010 University of Wollongong, Shoalhaven Campus

Mystic Falls Meets The World Wide Web: Where Is The Vampire Diaries Located?, Kimberley Mcmahon-Coleman

Kimberley McMahon-Coleman

No abstract provided.


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