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2005

American Studies

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Against Bullshit: Christopher Hitchens And The Public Intellectual, M. J. Bumb Jan 2005

Against Bullshit: Christopher Hitchens And The Public Intellectual, M. J. Bumb

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Facing Independence: American Revolutionary Portraits Within The Context Of British Identity, Susan Jensen Rawles Jan 2005

Facing Independence: American Revolutionary Portraits Within The Context Of British Identity, Susan Jensen Rawles

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This paper examines the content of eighteenth-century American and British portraits within the ideologically-expanding context of eighteenth-century British identity. It explores the ways in which Britons and Americans negotiated who they were and, consequently, their claims on society, in the era preceding and including the American Revolution. It does so for three reasons: to advance a more interdisciplinary approach to the study of American portraiture; to motivate further dialogue on the relationship between American and British portraits; and to invoke the potential for American portraits as documentary evidence of social history.;Through historical examination of philosophical influences informing the development ...


(Un)Conventional Coupling: Interracial Sex And Intimacy In Contemporary Neo-Slave Narratives, Colleen Doyle Worrell Jan 2005

(Un)Conventional Coupling: Interracial Sex And Intimacy In Contemporary Neo-Slave Narratives, Colleen Doyle Worrell

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

"(Un)Conventional Coupling" initiates a more expansive critical conversation on the contemporary neo-slave narrative. The dissertation's central argument is that authors of neo-slave narratives rely on the politicized theme of interracial coupling to both reimagine history and explore the possibility of social transformation. to establish a framework for my particular focus on interracial intimacy, this study extends the boundaries of the genre by adopting Paul Gilroy's theory of the black Atlantic. This theoretical paradigm serves as a provisional framework for both accommodating and analyzing the complexity of authorship, nationality, and influence within this large body of work.;This ...


Envisioning Black Childhood: Black Nationalism, Community, And Identity Construction In Black Arts Movement Children's Literature, Meredith Meagan Crawford Jan 2005

Envisioning Black Childhood: Black Nationalism, Community, And Identity Construction In Black Arts Movement Children's Literature, Meredith Meagan Crawford

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


The United States Army Chaplain As Prophet In The Twenty-First Century: "Is There A Soul Of Goodness In Things Evil?", Donald W. Kammer Jan 2005

The United States Army Chaplain As Prophet In The Twenty-First Century: "Is There A Soul Of Goodness In Things Evil?", Donald W. Kammer

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Blue Notes And Brown Skin: Five African-American Jazzmen And The Music They Produced In Regard To The American Civil Rights Movement, Benjamin Park Anderson Jan 2005

Blue Notes And Brown Skin: Five African-American Jazzmen And The Music They Produced In Regard To The American Civil Rights Movement, Benjamin Park Anderson

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


"Far Out Past": Hemingway, Manhood, And Modernism, Timothy L. Barnard Jan 2005

"Far Out Past": Hemingway, Manhood, And Modernism, Timothy L. Barnard

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This dissertation investigates Ernest Hemingway's authorship as an instance of international modernisms forming as sustained engagements with gender and sexuality. By focusing on four of Hemingway's most experimental texts it shows how a figure of both "high" and "popular" modernism sought to occupy a heterogeneous space of cultural queerness vitalized by masculinity, national and ethnic identities, and writing.;The introduction discusses how post-war gender, sexual, and literary discourses reflected period obsessions with authenticity in the face of a rising commodity culture. It also introduces the dissertation's argument that Hemingway's success in becoming a valuable "literary property ...


"More Than Shelter": Community, Identity, And Spatial Politics In San Francisco Public Housing, 1938--2000, Amy L. Howard Jan 2005

"More Than Shelter": Community, Identity, And Spatial Politics In San Francisco Public Housing, 1938--2000, Amy L. Howard

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

During the second half of the twentieth century, scholars and journalists documented the failures of the public housing program in the United States with a range of studies focusing on the Midwest and East. Problems such as displacement, criminal activity, high vacancy rates, racial segregation, and the isolation of tenants informed critiques of federally-subsidized housing for low-income families. These aspects contributed to the national image of "the projects" as high-rise ghettos, populated primarily by African Americans, and located in run-down areas. Public housing with its position at the crossroads of national, state, and local politics and policies as well as ...


Nathaniel Jocelyn: In The Service Of Art And Abolition, Toby Maria Chieffo-Reidway Jan 2005

Nathaniel Jocelyn: In The Service Of Art And Abolition, Toby Maria Chieffo-Reidway

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Through my dissertation, I embark on a biographical, cultural and historical study of artist and abolitionist Nathaniel Jocelyn (1796-1881), primarily known as a nineteenth-century portrait painter and engraver in New Haven, Connecticut. Although Jocelyn received little formal training, he sought to become a preeminent portrait painter. Together with his younger brother, Simeon Smith Jocelyn (1799-1879), he established a successful engraving firm designing banknotes, maps, atlases, and book illustrations.;Jocelyn lived in an age of evangelical revivalism commonly called the Second Great Awakening. He was a devout Congregationalist and saw the various aspects of his life embedded in his religious convictions ...


English Mineral Exploration In The New World, Lisa L. Heuvel Jan 2005

English Mineral Exploration In The New World, Lisa L. Heuvel

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Consumer Under Fire: The Military Consumer And The Vietnam War, Evan Cordulack Jan 2005

Consumer Under Fire: The Military Consumer And The Vietnam War, Evan Cordulack

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


"Down Where The South Begins": Virginia Radio And The Conversation Of Nationhood, Caroline Chandler Morris Jan 2005

"Down Where The South Begins": Virginia Radio And The Conversation Of Nationhood, Caroline Chandler Morris

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Subconscious Influences: The Leopold-Loeb Case And The Development Of An American Criminal Archetype, John Carl Fiorini Jan 2005

Subconscious Influences: The Leopold-Loeb Case And The Development Of An American Criminal Archetype, John Carl Fiorini

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Science And Imagination In Anglo-American Children's Books, 1760--1855, Sandra Burr Jan 2005

Science And Imagination In Anglo-American Children's Books, 1760--1855, Sandra Burr

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Didactic, scientifically oriented children's literature crisscrossed the Atlantic in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, finding wide popularity in Great Britain and the United States; yet the genre has since suffered from a reputation for being dull and pedantic and has been neglected by scholars. Challenging this scholarly devaluation, "Science and Imagination in Anglo-American Children's Books, 1760--1855" argues that didactic, scientifically oriented children's books play upon and encourage the use of the imagination. Three significant Anglo-American children's authors---Thomas Day, Maria Edgeworth, and Nathaniel Hawthorne---infuse their writings with the wonders of science and the clear message that an ...


Medicating Slavery: Motherhood, Health Care, And Cultural Practices In The African Diaspora, Ywone Edwards-Ingram Jan 2005

Medicating Slavery: Motherhood, Health Care, And Cultural Practices In The African Diaspora, Ywone Edwards-Ingram

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

A sophisticated exploration of the intricacies of motherhood and health care practices of people of African descent, especially the enslaved population of Virginia, can shed light on their notions of a well-lived life and the factors preventing or contributing to these principles. I situate my dissertation within this ideal as I examine how the health and well-being of enslaved people were linked to broader issues of economic exploitation, domination, resistance, accommodation, and cultural interactions. Historical and archaeological studies have shown that the living and working conditions of enslaved people were detrimental to their health. Building on these findings, I explore ...


Absconded: Fugitive Slaves In The "Daybook Of The Richmond Police Guard, 1834--1844", Leni Ashmore Sorensen Jan 2005

Absconded: Fugitive Slaves In The "Daybook Of The Richmond Police Guard, 1834--1844", Leni Ashmore Sorensen

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

In the antebellum period Richmond, Virginia newspapers ran advertisements for runaway slaves. Most of the ads concerned individuals absconded from outlying counties, distant regions of the state, or nearby states. These short notices have been used frequently to describe and discuss runaways and the link between flight and freedom in Virginia. In contrast to the brief newspaper entries the Daybook of the Richmond Police Guard, 1834--1844 provides names and detailed descriptions of nine hundred-thirty-five runaways all of whom lived in the city and were reported within the city precincts during one ten year period. The Daybook is a hand written ...


Integrating The Personal And The Political: The Body Politics In "Daughter Of Earth", Han Shen Jan 2005

Integrating The Personal And The Political: The Body Politics In "Daughter Of Earth", Han Shen

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.