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Raymond Carver And The Menacing Search For Identity And Intimacy, Michael J. Bittlingmaier Jul 2005

Raymond Carver And The Menacing Search For Identity And Intimacy, Michael J. Bittlingmaier

English Master’s Theses

Raymond Carver has been called the master of menace by many critics who suggest his characters are devoid of self-awareness and have very few redeeming qualities regarding emotional growth. The menacing aspect of his work has been viewed by many readers as a plot-oriented tool that places the characters in hopeless situations the author refuses to let them out of, confining them to lives of "emotional paralysis and terror" (Wickenden 38). I intend to demonstrate the contrary that this menace is actually an incidental occurrence that derives from characters whose fears of being insubstantial are a result of identities in ...


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.


“Reality" In The Adirondacks, Megan Ellen Mosier May 2005

“Reality" In The Adirondacks, Megan Ellen Mosier

English Master’s Theses

This thesis project celebrates the Adirondacks and chronicles the challenges of summer employment with a focus on the social gap between employer and employee. Crafted in a creative non-fiction style the author discusses outdoor literature, location as influential in character development, and segmenting as a means to focus essay content. The opening section discusses the project development as the author researched, experimented with, and polished the conventions necessary for a comprehensive creative non-fiction work. The remaining four sections include creative non-fiction essays.


According To Luke: Redefining Authorial Intent In Literary Theory, Scott R. Wilkins May 2005

According To Luke: Redefining Authorial Intent In Literary Theory, Scott R. Wilkins

English Master’s Theses

This project defines intentionality more comprehensively than the traditional understanding by including the unconscious and unintended social elements of a text. To that end, I discuss relevant aspects of Cultural Studies including ideology; microculture, and macro-culture while exploring how these elements relate to literature. Through examining of the Gospel of Luke, I demonstrate that intention is not coextensive with meaning. When Luke, or any author, makes a statement, his secondary or latent presuppositions should be almost as important as his primary intent in determining ultimate meaning. I show that culture and authorship are intimately linked and that a proper reading ...


Shrews, Jews, And Public Dues: The High Price Of Rhetorical Savvy, Tina J. Bianchi Apr 2005

Shrews, Jews, And Public Dues: The High Price Of Rhetorical Savvy, Tina J. Bianchi

English Master’s Theses

The role of the socially inferior Other is fulfilled in both The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice via Katherina and Shylock, respectively. The way in which these two characters are received by the modern reader in comparison to the way they would have been received by Shakespeare's contemporaries is a major focus of this thesis. It contains sections on the social parallels between Katherina and Shylock, rhetorical parallels between the two plays, and the problem of interpretation and classification as comedy for the modern reader. It also takes into account the plays' settings, especially Merchant ...


The Divine Clockmaker: Christian Principles Of Time And Order In Alfred Hitchcock's Films, Matthew Dwight Moore Apr 2005

The Divine Clockmaker: Christian Principles Of Time And Order In Alfred Hitchcock's Films, Matthew Dwight Moore

English Master’s Theses

Alfred Hitchcock displayed in his personal, artistic, and professional life an underlying assumption that time is closely associated with law and order; this assumption is manifest in his feature films. The belief in a rational universal system, fostered during his formative years, presupposes an intelligent Creator and an orderly design. The related themes of saving time, keeping time, doing time, and being on time assume a Christian morality based on individual responsibility, the possibility of redemption, and the importance of reinforcing faith with action. Consequently, time serves as a metaphor for law and order in Hitchcock's films. The innumerable ...


Beneath The Body's Disguise: Poems, Stephen Andrew Palermo Jan 2005

Beneath The Body's Disguise: Poems, Stephen Andrew Palermo

English Master’s Theses

This thesis project discusses the nature of poetic craft as a dialogue between poet and audience, as poets assume the dual role of “witnesses and storytellers” (Palermo 2). The ideas of persona poems, spatial economy, and confessional poetry are all considered in the opening section which introduces the themes – death, physical violence, pornography, and hope. David Mura, Ai, and Adrienne Rich, among others, are poets credited with both inspiration and particular craft elements and styles of writing included in the project. The final sections of original poems are informed by not only the poet’s but other shared stories of ...