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Disabilities In Middle-Grade Literature, Heather Mufford May 2018

Disabilities In Middle-Grade Literature, Heather Mufford

Senior Honors Theses

This Honors Senior Thesis explores textual themes regarding disability in literary works featuring protagonists with a disability. In particular, it analyzes the role of literature as a way to provide exposure to and connection with the life experiences of a protagonist with a disability. The author then uses that information to generate insight into how she should approach her own creative writing project—a young adult novel portraying the lived experience of a 13-year-old male protagonist with bipolar disorder. The author focuses her attention on three works: Izzy, Willy Nilly (Cynthia Voight, 1986), The Curious Incident of the Dog in ...


Dominoes, Karina Le Jan 2018

Dominoes, Karina Le

Sokol High School Literary Awards

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Apocalyptic Tears, Hannah Lang Jan 2018

Apocalyptic Tears, Hannah Lang

Sokol High School Literary Awards

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Hurricane Fish, Meena Potter Jan 2018

Hurricane Fish, Meena Potter

Sokol High School Literary Awards

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The Demon Syllabus, Barry Voorhees Jan 2016

The Demon Syllabus, Barry Voorhees

English Master’s Theses

These excerpts from the comedic novel The Demon Syllabus, narrated by the protagonist, Professor Kim Van Vimishtechten, surround the events at a college where members of the administration have been arrested for running a campus prostitution ring. The effects of the scandal on the college community are intercut with events from Van Vimishtechten's personal life. The narrative is extremely digressive; past and present are intertwined to such an extent that they become difficult to separate- both for the characters and the reader. Running parallel to the public scandal at the college are Van Vimishtechten's obsession with a course ...


Clarity, Allyson Osborne May 2015

Clarity, Allyson Osborne

Jigsaw

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Four Letters, Daniel Duval May 2015

Four Letters, Daniel Duval

Jigsaw

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Grim, Joshua Seiler May 2015

Grim, Joshua Seiler

Jigsaw

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Love In Postscript, Danielle Mclymond May 2015

Love In Postscript, Danielle Mclymond

Jigsaw

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Saucy Stories, Sarah Elardo May 2015

Saucy Stories, Sarah Elardo

Jigsaw

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Breakthrough, Barbara-Ann (Barbi) Clifton May 2015

Breakthrough, Barbara-Ann (Barbi) Clifton

Jigsaw

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Drop Into My Ocean, Mark Sutherland May 2015

Drop Into My Ocean, Mark Sutherland

Jigsaw

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Jigsaw 2015 Complete Volume, Jigsaw 2015 May 2015

Jigsaw 2015 Complete Volume, Jigsaw 2015

Jigsaw

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The Blaze Inside A Gray Heart, Lydia Rainey Dec 2014

The Blaze Inside A Gray Heart, Lydia Rainey

English Master’s Theses

This thesis is a collection of prose and poetry I have written as a graduate student at both the College at Brockport, State University ofNew York and New College at Oxford University. Preceding the collection is an introduction which explores my influences, stylistic choices, and voices expressed throughout my work. This collection includes three short stories: two fiction, one creative non-fiction. While one tows the line between observing and living, another ventures through the world of prisoners on death row, and the last unearths the future of the death business. The poetry in this collection can be humorous and somber ...


Places, Landscapes, And Environments In Literature, Kelsie B. Harder Oct 2014

Places, Landscapes, And Environments In Literature, Kelsie B. Harder

Literary Onomastics Studies

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A Fictional Exploration Of Breast Cancer, Elizabeth Cramer Aug 2014

A Fictional Exploration Of Breast Cancer, Elizabeth Cramer

Senior Honors Theses

The thesis that follows is made up of two parts. First, there is a reflection paper, which includes a small literature review related to the topic chosen as well as a discussion of the creative process, a plan for the future of my creative work, and some issues and questions that arose during writing. Following the reflection paper is a 40 page excerpt of a young adult novel I plan to finish in the future entitled “Anastasia’s Warrior.” This excerpt follows a female main character that is 16 years of age as her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer ...


License And Application: Examining Truth In Gray Area Fiction, Nathaniel R. Parker May 2014

License And Application: Examining Truth In Gray Area Fiction, Nathaniel R. Parker

English Master’s Theses

The following collection of short stories, while built upon a foundation of real personal experiences, purport to examine the world through a lens that fuses the genres of fiction and nonfiction. Less about the me and more about the we, the stories collected here examine the world through a narrative voice not easily categorized into the traditional genres of literature. The narrative perspective is always oscillating and instable, wavering at times between tightly focused introspective characters, and seemingly mundane objects otherwise buried in the background, the result of which is often unsettling and humorous. The introduction to the collection examines ...


Out Of Many, Allora Campbell Jan 2013

Out Of Many, Allora Campbell

English Master’s Theses

Out of Many is a thesis collection which examines the themes of family and farm life. As the oldest of ten children, a homeschool graduate, and a farm girl, the intricacies of familial relations, in addition to the bonds to animals and the land itself, all played a vital role in my formation as a writer. Out of Many is a reflection of those influences and consists of a critical introduction and two short works of fiction, "Chasing Kathleen" and "Anna's Dog." The "Critical Introduction" offers an explanation of my literary influences and the stylistic choices which shape each ...


Any Bodies' Protest Novel: Challenging The Politics Of Canon Formation In The Works Of Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, And James Baldwin, Anthony M. Casciano Dec 2012

Any Bodies' Protest Novel: Challenging The Politics Of Canon Formation In The Works Of Nella Larsen, Zora Neale Hurston, And James Baldwin, Anthony M. Casciano

English Master’s Theses

James Baldwin, Nella Larsen, and Zora Neale Hurston are three authors who are very often read alongside one another in classrooms, book groups, and history. This grouping is often based on a system of seemingly arbitrary but identity-based categorical structures . Facets of the author' s assigned social categories (African i\merican, woman, queer) are read within a greater historical context to create stability, meaning, continuity, and mass-identification where it may or may not actually exist. However, a thorough examination of the aesthetic commonalities and connections between each of these authors ' most wel l known works reveal s not an engagement ...


Nation Nine, Madeleine Bryant Dec 2012

Nation Nine, Madeleine Bryant

Senior Honors Theses

This senior honors thesis is an excerpt from a young adult science fiction novel. The story revolves around a group of nine survivors in a post-apocalyptic Earth, as they struggle to cope with the dangers of a corrupt government, radiation poisoning, unknown viruses, and a species of ever-evolving monsters known as “lamia.” Themes explored within the story include personal identity, tyranny and freewill. The story is prefaced with the author’s own thoughts on fiction’s purpose for both authors and readers.


Toska: Stories, Ryan Conaughty May 2012

Toska: Stories, Ryan Conaughty

English Master’s Theses

This creative thesis of short stories focuses upon the theme of people searching for something they cannot find. Each story centers around characters who cannot obtain the thing they long for, be it a voice, an answer to a question, or some sort of redemptive relationship. As a collection, the intent of this thesis is to present particular stories of characters who are on the verge of coming to a realization about themselves but who are unable to become who they want to be. In the story "Rocks", a child who isn't speaking is sent to summer camp so ...


Truth In Fiction, Timothy R. Baker Apr 2011

Truth In Fiction, Timothy R. Baker

English Master’s Theses

According to literary tradition and genre classification, fiction has often been regarded as writing that lacks a foundation of truth. However, this does not necessarily mean that fiction contains no elements of truth. In this thesis, Timothy Baker argues that fiction contains traces of truth - truths that may not be fundamentally based on facts, yet can still be recognized as embodying the deep-seated essence of truth. These “essential truths”, though largely shunned from the nonfiction genre, can be utilized to establish the groundwork of fiction - making the genre a reflection of reality itself - instead of a captured moment of reality ...


Stygiophobia And Other Fears Of Death And Loneliness: Collected Fiction, Jennifer E. Meli May 2010

Stygiophobia And Other Fears Of Death And Loneliness: Collected Fiction, Jennifer E. Meli

English Master’s Theses

This creative thesis is comprised of five short stories and an introduction, which details artistic influences and other factors related to writing. The first story, "Through the Electronic Looking Glass," is a story simultaneously about a dissolving relationship and the intersection between art and commerce. ''Stygiophobia," the title work of the collection meaning "fear of hell," deals with a Christian protestor' s experience at a gay pride parade. "So Damned Civilized" tells the story of an office dinner party gone horribly wrong and gives a glimpse into the evils of human nature. "Affliction," at its core, is about a zombie ...


Moral Absolutism In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Jennifer Rodgers Apr 2010

Moral Absolutism In Arthur Miller's The Crucible, Jennifer Rodgers

English Master’s Theses

The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, explores several complex and trans-historic topics, many of which relate to the playwright's experiences during the McCarthy era. Miller asks his audience to value independent and personal truths, which he defines as more morally right and good than social truths. This is because, in the playwright's mind, social truths are often manipulated and exploited to gain a desired personal result regardless of how they affect other's lives. In order to illuminate this point, he repeatedly plays with the concepts of truth and lies, confession and accusation, as well as public and private ...


Waving At Shepherds, Robb Flynn May 2009

Waving At Shepherds, Robb Flynn

English Master’s Theses

This project begins with an exploration of creative writing techniques from the trigger to knowledge and truth, to the moment of sheer invention upon which everything that follows hinges. Several essays from authors included in Julie Checkoway’s compilation text, Creative Fiction, are discussed as they offer their understanding of the process. In a moment of self-examination, the author asks a clarifying question regarding his personal impetus to write. The project concludes with original short stories which are connected by a thread of character, of imagined setting, and conjured myth.


The Philosophy Of Time In Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando, And The Waves, Erica B. Willis Jun 2006

The Philosophy Of Time In Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando, And The Waves, Erica B. Willis

English Master’s Theses

This research project considers various philosophies of time as they are represented in the writing of Virginia Woolf. The project frames the discussion with the idea that Woolf’s work embodies these pre-existing theories in revolutionary ways. The three specific texts examined for this research are Mrs. Dalloway, Orlando, and The Waves as they respond to the philosophical and scientific temporal theories of Henri Bergson, Albert Einstein, and Friedrich Nietzsche. The study highlights the examination of time as a process that has obsessed centuries of writers, intellectuals, and scholars. It also demonstrates Woolf’s belief that the concept of time ...


Ochreville, Thomas G. Cotsonas May 2006

Ochreville, Thomas G. Cotsonas

English Master’s Theses

Ochreville is a cycle of stories set in one quarter-mile stretch of road in a small town in Upstate New York. Each story represents a different time in the neighborhood's history, starting with the clearing of the land in the late 1960's and progressing up to the present day when almost all the woods and fields have been destroyed. The stories deal primarily with the paralyzing effects of conformity in a suburban American setting.


Something Solid, James A. Niedermeier Mar 2006

Something Solid, James A. Niedermeier

English Master’s Theses

This thesis project examines the genre of creative non-fiction. It argues for consideration of a new classification for this form of essay writing, beyond any “black and white” category which limits and cannot fully capture the idiosyncratic nature of true creative non-fiction. The author states, “there needs to be . . . a third category, one beyond nonfiction and fiction; to account for the blending of the two” (Niedermeier 8). The opening section explores the writing of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., Tracy Kidder, and Frank McCourt with regard to its creative non-fiction aspects and also discusses Guskind’s concept of “three dimensional truth.” The ...


Soon To Be A Major Motion Picture, Danny Mcgarr Mccarthy May 2005

Soon To Be A Major Motion Picture, Danny Mcgarr Mccarthy

English Master’s Theses

Soon To Be A Major Motion Picture is almost the first twenty thousand words of a novel. These five chapters detail Calvin Green's discovery that his dreams are being shown at the Aztec Theater in Denver, CO. Clearly, the novel has supernatural elements, and it offers a voice in the magical realism genre. However, along with the fantastic aspects of the story are a series of probing questions into the nature of artifice, privacy, and celebrity.


Ray GonzáLez: 03-10-2004, Ramon Gonzalez Mar 2004

Ray GonzáLez: 03-10-2004, Ramon Gonzalez

Writers Forum Videos

The author Ray Gonzalez begins the interview by reading the poem "A Tiny Clay Doll with No Arms" from his book The Hawk Temple at Tierra Grande. The interview continues with a discussion of The Underground Heart, a collection of essays, and what it means to a writer to go back to their childhood home and see it with fresh eyes. Various elements of the craft of writing, including form, landscape, the meaning of truth in nonfiction, the influence of art and culture, surrealism and mysticism round out the interview.