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The Word Of God Language In Creation Myth, Carolyn Parrish Apr 2003

The Word Of God Language In Creation Myth, Carolyn Parrish

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

The study of both mythology and language has become increasingly critical in a multicultural, globalized world. Mythology embodies the worldview of its culture of origin and language communicates that worldview to others. Consequently, much has been written on the origin of both language and myth and on the linguistic style of certain myths. However, in cultures around the world, language is used not only to communicate myths, but is often a key player within them. Examining the treatment of language as a separate, unique entity in myths, and especially in creation myths, can reveal much about how ancient mythmakers viewed ...


Chasing Demons: Female Villains And Narrative Strategy In Victorian Sensation Fiction, Heather Sowards Jan 2003

Chasing Demons: Female Villains And Narrative Strategy In Victorian Sensation Fiction, Heather Sowards

Theses, Dissertations and Capstones

This thesis explores Victorian sensation fiction and key authors who rely on essentialism, employing the classifications of either angel or demon to their literary female figures. Using Nina Auerbach's theories on these above categorizations and Helene Cixous's linguistic binaries, I examine the ways in which the narrators of Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Lady Audley's Secret, Sheridan Le Fanu's Uncle Silas, and Wilkie Collins's Heart and Science force this taxonomy onto the female villains who dominate the novels' themes. By looking closely at the narrative strategies, I conclude that these female characters themselves are proposing a ...