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2005

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

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Locating Representation: Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Brown, And The Manifestation Of Biography, Gregory Chad Wolfe Jan 2005

Locating Representation: Ralph Waldo Emerson, John Brown, And The Manifestation Of Biography, Gregory Chad Wolfe

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This work explores the synthesis of Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1838 address "History" with the life of John Brown. In his address Emerson declares that "there is no history; only biography," and from this statement the foundation for Representative Men is put in place. Although nearly 21 years separate Emerson's lecture from Brown's work in "bloody Kansas" and Harpers Ferry, Brown's warfare for abolition gave Emerson's philosophy of "biography" an identity. In keeping with the concept of "biography," Emerson's overarching principle of "Self-Reliance" often deployed philosophical forms such as "Man Thinking" and "The Hero," but ...


Teen Pregnancy In Young Adult Literature, Kristen M. Nichols Jan 2005

Teen Pregnancy In Young Adult Literature, Kristen M. Nichols

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In a study of twenty young adult novels, the following research question is addressed: How realistic is the portrayal of pregnant teens, specifically from the perspective of the pregnant and/or parenting teen, in young adult literature from 1990-2004? This study includes an analysis of the twenty novels for how choice (abortion, adoption, or parenting), gender (focusing on novels written from the male's perspective), and education (high school and college), which are influenced by socioeconomic status and ethnicity, are represented in comparison to statistics and non-fiction accounts of pregnant and parenting teens. Though the authors of these twenty young ...


"I Cannot Help Thinking Frederick's Manners Better Than His": Conduct Books And Jane Austen's Persuasion, Maria Nicole Vogler Jan 2005

"I Cannot Help Thinking Frederick's Manners Better Than His": Conduct Books And Jane Austen's Persuasion, Maria Nicole Vogler

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Much research on conduct books and Jane Austen is limited to the roles and depictions of women in courtesy literature and in novels. This paper moves the focus over to Austen's portrayal of male characters in the novel Persuasion. A close reading of several eighteenth-century conduct books and of Austen's novel reveals many similarities between the texts. The hero of the novel, Captain Frederick Wentworth, is very nearly a conduct book model, and the various other men in the novel serve as contrasts against which Wentworth's conduct-book-like traits are revealed. The novel's heroine, Anne Elliot, is ...


Hard-Boiled Race: The Examination Of Racialized Space And Identity Within Walter Mosley's Devil In A Blue Dress, Zachary Ty Wiser Jan 2005

Hard-Boiled Race: The Examination Of Racialized Space And Identity Within Walter Mosley's Devil In A Blue Dress, Zachary Ty Wiser

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Walter Mosley is primarily known for his Easy Rawlins series, namely the first book of the series, Devil in a Blue Dress, which is a hard-boiled detective novel. While Walter Mosley performs the functions of the hard-boiled genre in a way that would make Raymond Chandler proud, Mosley is also providing a level of social commentary that was rarely, if ever, accessible to traditional hard-boiled writers. The primary way in which Mosley expands the realm of critical commentary within the hard-boiled genre is by racializing the landscape; however, while bringing race into the hard-boiled genre is the thematic goal of ...


Language Instruction In The High School Classroom: An Action Research Study, Amy L. Finnegan Jan 2005

Language Instruction In The High School Classroom: An Action Research Study, Amy L. Finnegan

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This study examines the role of language in an Advanced Placement Literature class consisting of high school students in the Midwest. The language strategies focused on pertain to storytelling, dialect, syntax and style, vocabulary, and narrative framework. The three literature texts explored were Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God, Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, and Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness. The research questions for this study examine the literature classroom in terms of language instruction: (1) What strategies do students use to read difficult texts? (2) What motivates students to continue reading what they ...


Hannah Crafts And The Bondwoman's Narrative: Rhetoric, Religion, Textual Influences, And Contemporary Literary Trends And Tactics, Benjamin Craig Parker Jan 2005

Hannah Crafts And The Bondwoman's Narrative: Rhetoric, Religion, Textual Influences, And Contemporary Literary Trends And Tactics, Benjamin Craig Parker

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The 2002 discovery by Henry Louis Gates, Jr., of a manuscript titled The Bondwoman's Narrative, written by a woman identifying herself as Hannah Crafts, presents a unique opportunity to examine the unpolished writing of an African American woman who had been a slave. The Bondwoman's Narrative, incorporating both novelistic and seemingly autobiographical elements to present Craft's rhetorical appeals against the injustices of slavery, has many similarities with more canonical works of antebellum African American literature, including Harriet Jacobs's Incidents, Frederick Douglass's Narrative, and Harriet Wilson's Our Nig. Among the most significant of these similarities ...