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Here Comes The Rain: A Compilation Of Poems And Short Stories By Isabella Minudri, Isabella Minudri Apr 2019

Here Comes The Rain: A Compilation Of Poems And Short Stories By Isabella Minudri, Isabella Minudri

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

My thesis, titled “Here Comes the Rain,” is a collection of four short stories and thirteen poems that speak to the beauty that can be found in the midst of life’s most painful moments. From the loss of romance and of family members to mental illness and the search for identity and lasting love, these pieces are emotionally charged and satisfyingly raw. I hope that readers find within these pages an opportunity to recognize their own rainstorms and to choose to rejoice in what they discover there


Language, Dialect, And Power: The Effect Of Language On Social Status, Ryann Lannan Apr 2013

Language, Dialect, And Power: The Effect Of Language On Social Status, Ryann Lannan

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

My thesis consists of two parts: a critical essay on language and power in social relations and an original short story which shows the power relations between social classes. It is easy for a person to assume that language is a value-neutral aspect of human culture since it serves most basically as a means of communication between human beings. The principles of language are ingrained so deeply into the foundations of society that such an assumption seems only logical. But to view language in such a way is to overlook the ideologies from which it is manufactured. My thesis seeks ...


Tales From A Windy Prairie: A Short Story Cycle, Briana Wipf Apr 2009

Tales From A Windy Prairie: A Short Story Cycle, Briana Wipf

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

Tales from a Windy Prairie is a collection of one novella and three short stories set in Cut Bank, Montana, in the late 1920’s and 1930’s. The novella, “Marianne’s Year,” studies the affect a small town’s collective culture has on the individual. It is also written in the style of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s stories and novels that center on an undeveloped female character who nevertheless is able to make all young men fall in love with her. “Marianne’s Year” objects to this Fitzgeraldian anti-heroine by developing this female character while exposing the presumptions and ...


The Dying Gods, Julia Yates Apr 2006

The Dying Gods, Julia Yates

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

Abstract: Part One of a fantasy series inspired by Plato, Eric Voegelin, and Friedrich Nietzsche’s Birth of Tragedy out of the Spirit of Music, among others. A god is dead, murdered by his fellow gods. Driven by their new-found fear of death, the gods plunge their countries into war. Two young goat herders, Mosy and Nuse, find themselves in the thick of it. As war approaches, the two struggle with each other and with their own problems: Mosy is newly blind, the result of an encounter with a god, while Nuse wrestles with strange dreams and forgotten memories. With ...


Burnout And Other Stories, Newell Roche Apr 2005

Burnout And Other Stories, Newell Roche

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

“Hey, Jake,” Maria called as she approached the back porch. “You 'sleep?” “Yep,” replied Jake gruffly, as he stroked the fat orange cat that lay curled on his lap. “Mind if I sit?” she asked. “Sit wherever you want; you own the place,” Jake responded flatly. “But I ain’t got another chair.” Maria’s dad owned the house Jake was renting, so he felt obligated to refrain from telling her to leave whenever she showed up, but he didn’t care for her very much. She was actually pretty attractive; they had even dated once in high school. Her ...


The Evolution Of Story: A Collection Of Four Short Stories, Sean Mcdonald Apr 2004

The Evolution Of Story: A Collection Of Four Short Stories, Sean Mcdonald

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

Sometimes, if not all the time, I dream when I’m awake— I’m seven years old again, eyes gaping wide as I stretch onto my tip toes, absently fingering my newly crowned tooth with my tongue. Before me, the mirror is full of infinite possibility, if only I could find way to get through that door— the one behind him. Suddenly the mirror-me grins, which is weird, because I don’t remember grinning at him to elicit such a response. There’s a wild sympathy in his eyes— like he knows something, something vital. Something I need to remember ...


An Early Winter, Samuel Leonard Apr 2001

An Early Winter, Samuel Leonard

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

It is utter foolishness to pray for increased sensitivities in a world like ours. I have always carried a darkness that fed and entertained me. Now, I don’t want it anymore. This is my dilemma—questioning if I can undo what I have done to myself. For so many years I have sought the shelter of detaching affinities, guarding them with introverted clutches. My bed is an uncomfortable place when I think like this. My feet tangle in the sheets, hands cover my face, my breath leaves heavily. The temperature grows excessive. I beckon tears, drawing a forced union ...


Back And Forth ‘Through The Looking Glass: An Anthology For The Child In All Of Us, Suzanne Herion Apr 2000

Back And Forth ‘Through The Looking Glass: An Anthology For The Child In All Of Us, Suzanne Herion

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

This anthology of short stories twists the concepts of writing a standard honors • thesis. I composed four short stories combining the elements of two of my favorite literary genres: short fiction and children’s literature. I experimented with different points of view, tested various dialogues, and created some curious characters. The plots vary from boys cutting-up and selling dead body parts, to a little girl understanding the true value of a rosary. Writing these stories taught me a lot about the struggles of writing believable, and yet entertaining fiction. Composing this thesis, I learned and I am still learning about ...


Moments Of Escape, Tina Bruun Apr 1997

Moments Of Escape, Tina Bruun

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

Fantasy—a world to live in, believe in, or to loose yourself in. The great realm of fantasy and horror attract us with their beauty and grace, fascinate us with their magic, lure us with the promises of fabulous wealth, and unimaginable power, which is free for the taking, with no twinge of conscience. Moments of Escape will do more than entertain and delight readers. It will offer mystical journeys through enchanted landscapes and capture readers in the horror of the night. Readers who desire harrowing excursion into the darkest corners of the imagination or simple blood-lust will be delighted ...


The Way, Alyssa Pitstick Apr 1993

The Way, Alyssa Pitstick

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

Life is a sum of simultaneous journeys. Some of these excursions are physical, but the majority are intangible spiritual or interpersonal pilgrimages. In our spiritual as well as physical journeys, the way we choose, the road we travel, will, as Robert Frost penned, make all the difference. This metaphor may appear overused, but only because it remains such an accurate description of the human experience. This thesis is a reflection upon the great spiritual exodus we all make, to lesser or greater degrees, into the realm of God, which both envelopes and internally supports our natural world. In this journey ...


Choices And Chances: A Creative Exploration Of The Human Struggle Toward Meaning And Identity, Lawrence Mcevoy Jr. Apr 1987

Choices And Chances: A Creative Exploration Of The Human Struggle Toward Meaning And Identity, Lawrence Mcevoy Jr.

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

During my years as a hard-studying academic, I have done much research and written torrents of analytical and evaluative compositions—some of them bad, some of them mediocre, some of them good. For my honors thesis, though, I wanted to write the sorts of things that I never have had adequate opportunity to investigate while I have been in school. Certainly the principles, both academic and personal, that I have assimilated in my brief twenty one years are embedded in this work, but for the most part these writings are my expression, my exploration, of the dilemmas and perceptions that ...


Suffer The Little Children, Iris Basta Apr 1983

Suffer The Little Children, Iris Basta

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

Most people take the goodness of childhood for granted. The usual childhood is a carefree period, a part of our heritage of being treasured, wanted, loved and cared for. Those who have been fortunate in having such a carefree childhood are often unaware of the child/adult whose heritage includes neither the security of being welcome, nor, sometimes, having even the basic satisfaction of food. Because most people have a memory of goodness in their own childhood, they are unable to see those thousands who, according to Dr. Leontine Young in his book Wednesday’s Children, "...are neglected by parents ...


A Children's Story: The Investigation, Writing And Review, Leanne Heidinger Apr 1981

A Children's Story: The Investigation, Writing And Review, Leanne Heidinger

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

Creativity. The world of literature, especially children's literature, thrives on it. The foundation of any literary work, however, lies not in the author's creative talents but in his ability to seek out a topic. The creative process is not complete when the pen is put aside. The true artist offers the work up to a scrutinizing panel of some sort. Only then has the creative process gone full cycle. The scope of this thesis includes the initiation and completion of the three stages involved in writing and illustrating a children's story. The first stage, investigation, determined suitable ...


Fragile Fantasy: A Creative Work Which Probes Into The Minds Of Various Characters Whose Imagination Controls Their Lives, Debra Court Apr 1981

Fragile Fantasy: A Creative Work Which Probes Into The Minds Of Various Characters Whose Imagination Controls Their Lives, Debra Court

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

The imagination. This mystery of the mental process is no stranger to us, yet, still speculated upon, it remains unexplained. Just as a spider spins its web out of itself, man constructs a microcosm out of his desires. Man shapes desires into reality, while reality itself is obliterated. For feasible purposes, man’s imagination can become the exclusive world to matter. Encapsulated within himself, man is able to feel a reassuring omnipotence from his imagination, something the "real world" often refuses. The imagination is the highest attribute of a human being. By no other means can we, at one moment ...