The Motionless Half-Sun Over The Postcolonial Horizon: Adichie, Bhabha, And Inaction, 2017 Clark University
The Motionless Half-Sun Over The Postcolonial Horizon: Adichie, Bhabha, And Inaction, Themal I. Ellawala 2896594
Scholarly Undergraduate Research Journal at Clark
Action is a metaphysical reality of our daily existence, one so commonplace and privileged that it has transcended its dialectical relationship with inaction to preeminence. The latter has failed to capture the imagination of philosophers and critical theorists, leaving the subversive potential of this negative space unexplored. This essay seeks to interrogate the space of inaction, and restore the unity between the action and inaction. This exploration is situated within a postcolonial context, as a conversation between Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun and Homi Bhabha, to examine how inaction offers a site to challenge the violence of ...
Delving Into Multicultural Literature With Inquiry, 2017 Western Michigan University
Delving Into Multicultural Literature With Inquiry, Juan Gonzalez
This paper argues for the use of multicultural literature in the classroom, and puts forth a unit plan that uses critical literacy in an English 11 classroom, though it can be readapted to fit other grade levels. Bishop (1990) describes multicultural literature as a set of windows, that people use to view the experiences of others, and mirrors, that reflect and validate peoples’ experience, a core principal in this paper. Critical literacy is comprised of four dimensions (Lewison, Flint, & Van Sluys, 2002) that allows for analyzing literature in a different and meaningful way. The final part of this paper details ...
Blade Runner And The Divine Menace, 2017 James Madison University
Blade Runner And The Divine Menace, Alexander W. Pickens
MAD-RUSH Undergraduate Research Conference
Following the decline of Christianity in mainstream Western culture, a void rose in the moral and societal code. Those writers that emerged presented alternate visions that worked their way into the literature of the 20th century. Karl Marx's interpretation of the structure of labor in capitalism presented a new societal hierarchy whose finer points have been worked out in the complex film Blade Runner. This dystopian nightmare, in which a Marxist interpretation of current society bogged down by the ennui of capitalist accumulation is confronted, describes a new religious order based upon this economic theory. Central to this reimagining ...
Carmilla's Creampuffs, 2017 Rhode Island College
Carmilla's Creampuffs, Amanda Irwin
Honors Projects Overview
By using "Carmilla" as the ideal model of a web series with its approach to queer adaptation, brand partnerships, and overall fandom involvement, the qualities that web series must posses in order to be considered successful are outlined.
Who Are These People? Let's Find Out!, 2017 Texas State University - San Marcos
Who Are These People? Let's Find Out!, Niall E. Walsh, Lindsay Kline, Anastasia E. Zaluckyj, Crystal O. Nwokoro, Belynn Hollers, Paul Z. Armstrong, Lindsay Caudill
Collin College Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Student Research Conference
Panel Chair: Camin Melton
"Muted Group Theory: A Struggle for Representation" by Niall E. Walsh
Abstract: This paper examines the concept of Cheris Kramarae's Muted Group Theory as it applies to a range of texts. The theory asserts that women have historically been at a disadvantage in society due to their inability to properly communicate their experiences. This problem is a direct result of a patriarchal society that has constructed predominantly masculine modes of communication.
"Cloelia: Breaking Class Ceilings Before it Was Cool (and How it Inspired Me)" by Lindsay Kline
Abstract: Cloelia lived during the sixth ...
Embracing Diversity In Dialect: Incorporating Informal Language Into The Classroom, 2017 Lynchburg College
Embracing Diversity In Dialect: Incorporating Informal Language Into The Classroom, Stephanie R. Jackson
Student Scholar Showcase
Long-standing myths about language have often affected teacher instruction in the classroom. Particularly in minority communities, teachers have faced difficulties educating students whose dialect varies greatly from Standard American English (SAE). In linguistics, dialect is defined as a variety of language associated with a particular social group. Many of the difficulties faced in education have arisen from misconceptions that certain dialects of English, and by extension, certain social groups, are inferior to others. All languages have one dialect that is considered the ‘standard’ or the most prestigious, so that factor cannot be changed. However, the way in which non-standard dialects ...
The Ease Of Iconicity, 2017 University of Lynchburg
The Ease Of Iconicity, Azaria Brown
Student Scholar Showcase
To the untrained eye, sign language looks like an unconnected group of gestures, because it is a language that is separate from the spoken language that dominates its country of origin. Even with this in mind, there are several signs that may be universally understood by people who do not know that particular sign language. For example, though they are not completely the same, the signer touching their fingers to their mouth is similar to the act of eating food, and onlookers may determine that this sign means ‘eat’. Signed words can be related to their meanings through hand shape ...
Spring 2017 New Writing Series, 2017 The University of Maine
Spring 2017 New Writing Series, The University Of Maine College Of Liberal Arts And Sciences
Cultural Affairs Distinguished Lecture Series
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The Horse And The Heroic Quest: Equestrian Indicators Of Morality In Lancelot, Don Quixote, And Tolkien, 2017 Georgia College and State University
The Horse And The Heroic Quest: Equestrian Indicators Of Morality In Lancelot, Don Quixote, And Tolkien, Kirsten G. Rodning
English MA Theses
There is a strong connection in Don Quixote and the works of Chretièn de Troyes and J.R.R. Tolkien between a character’s moral decisions and the way that said character treats his horse or horses. The Horse and the Heroic Quest: Equestrian Indicators of Morality in Lancelot, Don Quixote, and Tolkien studies the moral factors that affect the way heroic characters are revealed to readers and how these morals relate to the ways in which characters interact with horses. This ecocritical study focuses on the protagonists in Chretièn’s Lancelot, Cervantes’s Don Quixote, and Tolkien’s The ...
Imperial Illness: Considering The Trope Of Madness In Michelle Cliff's No Telephone To Heaven, 2017 Florida International University
Imperial Illness: Considering The Trope Of Madness In Michelle Cliff's No Telephone To Heaven, James Mccrink
FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations
The purpose of this thesis is to examine Michelle Cliff’s No Telephone to Heaven (1996), and to scrutinize, through Christopher’s mental illness, the couched, unspoken, and deeply embedded presence of imperial hegemony in the Caribbean. I shall argue that Christopher’s mental illness is not, as one might have it, an inexplicable lapse into insanity, but both a fitting, polyrhythmic expression of longstanding postcolonial/neocolonial abuse, and a dynamic form of counterhegemonic resistance. Thus, my use of the term, imperial illness, refers to colonial impacts on the Caribbean, and how those impacts continue to play a significant role ...
Language Teachers’ Evaluation Of Curriculum Change: A Qualitative Study, 2017 Shahrood University of Technology
Language Teachers’ Evaluation Of Curriculum Change: A Qualitative Study, Seyyed Ali Ostovar-Namaghi
The Qualitative Report
This study aims at theorizing language teachers’ evaluation of a top-down curriculum change by eliciting their perspectives through open-ended qualitative interviews. In line with grounded theory procedures, concepts and categories were theoretically sampled from the perspective of participants who were willing to share their views with the researcher. Iterative data collection and analysis revealed a set of categories which show the conflict of interest between practitioners and policy-makers. Practitioners focus on immediate classroom concerns and reject the syllabus change because of its lack of small-scale try-outs, inappropriate timing, vague methodology, inappropriate in-service program, learner homogeneity fallacy, unrealistic expectations and increased ...
27 Months Of Solitude: A Peace Corps Story, 2017 Humboldt State University
27 Months Of Solitude: A Peace Corps Story, Christopher A. Gordon
In 2014, I was sent to Colombia’s Caribbean coast to serve as an English teacher through the Peace Corps. I spent two years teaching English as a foreign language (EFL) at both the elementary and secondary levels in Colombian public school settings, which included time in both urban and rural areas. Despite many hardships and setbacks, my experience in the Peace Corps was overwhelmingly positive. By teaching the alphabet at the elementary level, and focusing on vocabulary, test-taking strategies, and reading comprehension strategies at the secondary level, I was able to make a positive impact in public schools which ...
The Library In Literature, 2017 Bard College
The Library In Literature, Hannah Madelene Richter Livant
Senior Projects Spring 2017
Senior Project submitted to The Division of Languages and Literature of Bard College.
Five Stars: Contemporary Review And Literary Discourse, 2017 Bard College
Five Stars: Contemporary Review And Literary Discourse, Maxwell Louis Sims
Senior Projects Spring 2017
In this project we will look at contemporary review and how it functions as a form of accessible, literary discourse.
A Study Of The Tradition Of Extreme Literature, 2017 Claremont McKenna College
A Study Of The Tradition Of Extreme Literature, Matthew Chi Hei Chan
CMC Senior Theses
This thesis endeavours to investigate some of the many ways literary works can engage with the tradition of extremism. In so doing, the author hopes to demonstrate the importance of the tradition as a vessel for understanding the world around and within us. In an effort to show the breadth and endurance of this tradition, this thesis critically analyses selected works by Robert Browning, Harold Pinter, and Frank Bidart in context with various other literary works.
The Founding Farce, Or, The Lost Debates Of The Constitutional Convention: Being An Account Of The Discovery Of An Overlooked Document, And The Loss Again, And Rediscovery Of Said Document, Wherein Is Written Unheard Proceedings In The Crafting Of The Glorious Constitution Of These 13 Colonies (Which Has Lately Been Misplaced), 2017 James Madison University
The Founding Farce, Or, The Lost Debates Of The Constitutional Convention: Being An Account Of The Discovery Of An Overlooked Document, And The Loss Again, And Rediscovery Of Said Document, Wherein Is Written Unheard Proceedings In The Crafting Of The Glorious Constitution Of These 13 Colonies (Which Has Lately Been Misplaced), Alexander W. Pickens
Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current
The Constitutional Convention was shrouded in mystery, yet America has been confidently given a narrative of what went on behind closed doors in Philadelphia. Though most of our authentic records of what went on were written by men assumed to be reliable, the deeper one reads into history the more unreliable they become, recent evidence even suggesting that James Madison altered his notes on the Convention years after it was concluded. What if our perception of history is flawed and the Convention was not the glorious meeting of intellectual giants but instead a town hall full of immature behemoths who ...
Medieval And Futuristic Hells: The Influence Of Dante On Ellison’S “I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream”, 2017 Iowa State University
Medieval And Futuristic Hells: The Influence Of Dante On Ellison’S “I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream”, Jeremy Withers
Even though some scholars have identified important precursors to science fiction (hereafter abbreviated as sf) in premodern genres such as epic, the fantastic voyage, and utopia, pre-Enlightenment eras are mostly absent in many critical discussions of the origins of – and the important influences on – recent sf. Additionally, many sf scholars and authors often emphasize the futurity of the genre, not its orientation and links to the past. For example, Harlan Ellison (whose story is a main focus of this essay) once defined sf as: “Anything that deals in even the smallest extrapolative manner with the future of man and his ...
Waiting For Now: Postcolonial Fiction And Colonial Time, 2017 University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Waiting For Now: Postcolonial Fiction And Colonial Time, Amanda Ruth Waugh Lagji
This dissertation examines the temporalities of waiting in global Anglophone fiction, reinvigorating waiting as a modality that can be at turns debilitating, strategic, calculating, and meditative. By arguing for the centrality of waiting to the experience of postcoloniality, my dissertation challenges the dominant narrative of the twentieth century as a time only of acceleration and movement.
In the introduction, I draw from social scientific studies of waiting, as well as philosophies of time, mobility studies, and history, to create a robust framework of waiting as a cultural practice and privileged analytical concept for scrutinizing colonial and postcolonial regimes of time ...
Quanta, 2017 University of Iowa
Quanta, Miranda Pederson
Honors Theses at the University of Iowa
This creative thesis titled Quanta is a series of non-fiction essays constructed to explore the human condition through the perspective of astronomy and physics. This thesis strives to balance the condition of personal human existence with the logic of physics and astronomy – a marriage between sound science and subjective emotion that attempts to find meaning in the existence of humanity and explore the varying types and degrees of love within the universe. This balance is an attempt to understand the universe, both the macro- and microscopic, and parse through the underlying theme of how the universe loves each and every ...
'Welcome To Hell': Writing Parents, Parenting Writers, 2017 Marshall University
'Welcome To Hell': Writing Parents, Parenting Writers, Rachael Peckham
English Faculty Research
Literary history is populated with plenty of notable parent-and-child writers, across the years (Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley; Andre Dubus II and Andre Dubus III, to name a few)-which is not to place my own parent child relationship in such renowned company. Rather, I'm seeking to explore the unique patterns and themes that emerge where parenthood and the profession of writing intersect. What are the inherent privileges and problems that mark such relationships? How do they develop? To what extent does the parent-writer cast both a shadow and a light on the child's career-and vice versa? How ...