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Commission Of Two Narratives Of The Psyche: Reading Poqéakh In Nella Larsen’S Quicksand And Ralph Ellison’S Invisible Man, Genuyah S. Reuven May 2019

Commission Of Two Narratives Of The Psyche: Reading Poqéakh In Nella Larsen’S Quicksand And Ralph Ellison’S Invisible Man, Genuyah S. Reuven

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

This study focuses on the novels of Quicksand by Nella Larsen and Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison to explore the phenomenon of poqéakh (פֹּקֵחַ) through the fictionalized lived experiences of their protagonists, Helga Crane and invisible man. Each novelist’s representation of poqéakh offers a portrait of the protagonists’ psyches. The narratives reveal an unsettling truth for the protagonists, who are members of a population often targeted, stigmatized, and fashioned or re-fashioned by Americans and various environs in American society, that they must assimilate—not only their bodies, but their psyches too to fit the “white man’s ...


Universe Of Things: A Human Presentation Of Food-For-Thought., Madeline Halpern May 2019

Universe Of Things: A Human Presentation Of Food-For-Thought., Madeline Halpern

Bachelor of Fine Arts Senior Papers

I present this statement under three loose categories: People, Objects and their Environment. I consider People as human, Objects as art objects, domestic objects, and food, and Environment as the shared space of the former groups. Food directs this statement as I present each concept and creative process as a metaphorical dish. Material exploration carried me from a direct practice of reorienting acrylic paint and questioning object functionality through personified sculptures into theoretical thesis work in which I use interpersonal relations and the idea of consumption to translate tactile, gustatory and olfactory sensations into digital film. In this meal I ...


"Are You There, Dog? It's Me, Riley": Poems, Riley Christine O'Connell May 2019

"Are You There, Dog? It's Me, Riley": Poems, Riley Christine O'Connell

Canterbury Scholars

The end product of Riley O'Connell's Canterbury Fellowship, these poems, ranging in topic from family and loss to love and dogs, were composed over the course of Riley's four years at SCU, included but not limited to her time at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University, where she taught creative writing therapy for her Canterbury.


Stranger In A Foreign Land, Yasmin Mays May 2019

Stranger In A Foreign Land, Yasmin Mays

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

Three creative non-fiction pieces detailing a character's journey from the home land Philadelphia to another Lynwood California, and all the other foreign places he visits, mainly the Philippines.


"Name Her Reiko!": The Ikemiya Diaspora, Morgan Ikemiya May 2019

"Name Her Reiko!": The Ikemiya Diaspora, Morgan Ikemiya

Capstone Projects and Master's Theses

This creative-nonfiction project encapsulates a Japanese family diaspora to America beginning in the late 1880s. Through short stories, poems, and monologues, the author expresses familial struggles such as living in a foreign land and being Japanese in White America. The author reflects on her grandparents' time in the Japanese internment camps where they faced hardship and hegemonic oppression as well as her father's experience of growing up Japanese-American in Los Angeles. The stories weave together history, hardship, and race to create a unique diaspora story.


Existentialmd.Com: Building Towards An Embodied Internet Aesthetic, Natasha Ochshorn May 2019

Existentialmd.Com: Building Towards An Embodied Internet Aesthetic, Natasha Ochshorn

All Dissertations, Theses, and Capstone Projects

ExistentialMD.com is a website that aims to treat the body as an emotional and social subject in an online space that is purposefully bodied and fleshy. The website contrasts original creative nonfiction essays with a formal structure that alludes to the medical website WebMD. Mimicking WebMD’s symptom checker, which asks users to locate their discomfort with increasing specificity before suggesting conditions they might be suffering from, ExistentialMD uses a similar structure to yield results that are more exploratory than diagnostic, and which envision the body as a site of experience and emotionality. Form and content combine to create ...


Living The All-American Dream, Emma Franklin May 2019

Living The All-American Dream, Emma Franklin

Theses/Capstones/Creative Projects

This creative compilation includes a critical book review, assessed through an autobiographical lens with narrative commentary; a personal essay set in early childhood; and a second personal essay from the young adulthood perspective. The critical book review is influenced by creative non-fiction pedagogy, personal experiences, and texts assigned in English 4820: Autobiography. The objective is to recognize writing moves within the memoir genre and apply them to the subsequent two personal essays, which are sections of a potential full-length piece. Much of the preliminary work for this composition has been an ongoing process of reading, learning, and applying techniques from ...


“We Were Just Trying To, You Know, Survive”: Coming Of Age As A Displaced Person And Narrative, Eli Megibben Apr 2019

“We Were Just Trying To, You Know, Survive”: Coming Of Age As A Displaced Person And Narrative, Eli Megibben

Undergraduate Theses

“Home” is a personal construct that shapes who we are. It is not a physical place, but rather an experience tied to a place. How are people to respond, then, when the socio-political institutions that rule the land that they call home say “you’re not allowed to exist because of who you are and where you come from”? In this project, I investigate the effects that physical displacement (by way of war and violent conflict) have on an individual’s identity through the analysis of narratives composed by individuals who were displaced by the Holocaust, the Bosnian war, and ...


An Ode To The Imperfections, Alexandra P. Schaffer Apr 2019

An Ode To The Imperfections, Alexandra P. Schaffer

Distinction Papers

I first became fascinated with the personal essay when I read Tina Fey’s autobiography, Bossypants. I become so immersed in her writing because of how much I related to it. Like me, Fey is of Greek and German descent. Little details like this resonated with me along with a number of other characteristics we both shared, such as our shared love for self-deprecating humor. I fell in love with her stories, because although they were specific to her, they still connected to my own life. Her essays made me feel something, and they also helped me realize that I ...


Anxiety Constellation, Leah Kuenzi Apr 2019

Anxiety Constellation, Leah Kuenzi

Creative Nonfiction MFA Theses

This thesis is a collection of essays.


Too Cool, Lillian Margaret Cary Apr 2019

Too Cool, Lillian Margaret Cary

Stonecoast MFA

Too Cool is a collection of short stories and essays concerning a young woman’s experiences with relationships, and how they help shape the world around her. The body, foregrounded as metaphor, is threaded throughout each story and essay in the collection in the hopes that all readers will relate to the sometimes un-relatable. Both in fiction and non-fiction, these pieces explore heartbreak, friendship and the human need for connection. The stories and essays are written in a minimalist style to emphasize that what is written is just as important as the information that has been left out, and their ...


Time Away, Loren Hart Francis Apr 2019

Time Away, Loren Hart Francis

Stonecoast MFA

Loren Francis planted himself squarely into his life in 2008, and looked around from there, trying to remember what the view was like from then: a time of building, music, creativity and expansiveness followed by an accident, panic attacks, and the deep rout of alcohol and drug addiction. He picks up the threads, tugging on them and letting them take him where they would back through his family tree to his Irish farmer grandparents on his mother’s side, and his British and Lebanese grandparents on his father’s. Music, addiction, family and entrepreneurism all play a salient part in ...


The Introvert's Guide To The Galaxy: A Reflective Guide Of Solo Travel And Study Abroad, Hope Patterson Apr 2019

The Introvert's Guide To The Galaxy: A Reflective Guide Of Solo Travel And Study Abroad, Hope Patterson

Senior Theses

Oringinally meant to be a much longer volume, The Introvert’s Guide to the Galaxy is a creative anthology of works that explores one person’s Study Abroad and solo travel experiences. The main goal is to open a space to talk about unique experiences that cannot be anticipated, but should be learned from later. Topics include culture shock, sexism, alcohol culture, family, freelance tutoring, and risky outdoor activites.

Travel with our trusty guide as she fills you in on the things to know while traveling abroad, including finding perfect outdoor sleeping conditions because you missed all the taxis, dealing ...


Apprentice To The Work Of Thinking: Essays On Violence, Fear, Freedom, Hope, Annie Moloney Jan 2019

Apprentice To The Work Of Thinking: Essays On Violence, Fear, Freedom, Hope, Annie Moloney

Honors Theses

This project studies authors such as Hannah Arendt, Virginia Woolf, and James Baldwin whose writing reckons with the way violence occurs among people in order to understand how my own place in the world has shaped the way I see violence. Through personal narrative I consider my own experience as well as writing that has already begun to think about how violence is implemented through raced and gendered structures of power. How do factors like race, gender, class, and education contribute to our own understanding of what a violent act is, and how we understand what that act can mean?


Proteinic Geontopower, Agustine Zegers Jan 2019

Proteinic Geontopower, Agustine Zegers

Theses and Dissertations

PGP is a study of how we come into intimate contact with capitalism through our digestive tract. It is a study of the increasing valuing of protein in contemporary diet culture, focusing on how this phenomenon has resulted in mass-scale global soya production. Protein synthesis and distribution are rearticulated in this work as a set of molecular transactions enacted within/out bodies, moving loosely through ligaments and industrial machinery.

PGP is a speculative exercise in communing with a damaged planet through our daily ingestions.


Growing Abroad, Emily Miller Jan 2019

Growing Abroad, Emily Miller

Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects

For my Honors Project, I wrote a creative nonfiction essay about my study abroad trip to Le Mans, France last summer. In the essay, I broke up the narration with three sections, each highlighting a personality trait I gained from my experience: independent, overcoming fear, and adventurous. Because this is a creative work and something I may consider publishing later on down the road, I am not submitting the main essay. Following this abstract is my Critical Essay and Personal Essay.


To Feel Better: A Personal Account Of My Eating Disorder, Savannah Kate Woods Jan 2019

To Feel Better: A Personal Account Of My Eating Disorder, Savannah Kate Woods

Undergraduate Theses and Professional Papers

Eating disorders are complex mental health disorders. The following stories and moments apply psychological skills, knowledge, and perspective to my personal struggles with bulimia. The personal narratives vary greatly in word count. Please be aware some scenes may be disturbing or uncomfortable.


Walking With The Wild: Finding An Ethic Of Compassion In Conservation, Jane Hallie Mcguire Jan 2019

Walking With The Wild: Finding An Ethic Of Compassion In Conservation, Jane Hallie Mcguire

Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers

This collection of five creative nonfiction essays and one poem examines the author's personal encounters with wild life and wild places, primarily through experiences working as a field biologist. Reflections on nature’s fragility, interconnectivity, the autonomy of all living things, and the ethics of conservation are central to each piece. Walking with the Wild invites readers to consider the benefits of integrating compassion and empathy into scientific study, and more generally, into our interactions with the natural world.


From Inside The House, Emilie Claire Shumway Jan 2019

From Inside The House, Emilie Claire Shumway

Graduate Theses, Dissertations, and Problem Reports

From Inside the House is a collection of eleven creative nonfiction essays, nearly all segmented and nonlinear. The essays take place across a wide span of time, from childhood to the author’s current age, and feature her hometown in Michigan, post-college life in Chicago, and time spent in West Virginia. Themes that feature prominently include anxiety, class, relationships, politics, alienation, fear, failure, and ambition.


Lords From The Desert, Caroline Mercado Dec 2018

Lords From The Desert, Caroline Mercado

Capstones

Lords from the Desert

This work explores a reality that is little talked about: how the most prestigious pre-Columbian art exhibits in the United States hide a murky origin. From looting of temples to illicit art trafficking, to smuggling and collectors’ affairs, the pieces gain value in proportion to the social prestige of their owner. Along the way, the most important is lost: research that provides context and allows us to know history. The First World wins a seductive, but simplistic story. The Third World, from which all these cultures emerge, loses patrimony and possibilities of understanding themselves. A pair ...


Mata Sueños/ Dream Killer, Lucero Aguirre Dec 2018

Mata Sueños/ Dream Killer, Lucero Aguirre

Art Practices MFA Theses

The thesis installation, Mata Sueños / Dream Killer, recalls the atmosphere of a birthday party. It also presents a surrogate for the anxiety and fear that permeates the experience of undocumented and mixed-status families living in the United States. As a person born into these circumstances, I reorient this celebration to bring attention to the looming possibility of removal. My installation suggests what remains hidden within domestic spaces. Upon close observation, the handmade paper decorations that adorn the room reveal that they are obsessively bitten. These decorations form an engulfing mass, one that is both familiar and surreal. Together with ...


Things We Have In Common: Essays And Experiments, Willow Grosz Aug 2018

Things We Have In Common: Essays And Experiments, Willow Grosz

All NMU Master's Theses

Things We Have in Common is a collection of short stories, flash pieces, and image-text experiments that attempts, in the wake of the death of my mother, to excavate the relationship between memory and narrative, identity and belonging against a backdrop of the main forces that have influenced my familial group, namely generational poverty, a changing relationship with our Athabascan and Caucasian heritages, and the complicated ecology, geography, and culture of Alaska. Like many forays into memory, this project represents a joyous failure. Please read this collection as a love letter to Alaska.


Voices From Verse: The Power Of Poetry For Seattle's Homeless Youth, Savannah Grace Hadley Jun 2018

Voices From Verse: The Power Of Poetry For Seattle's Homeless Youth, Savannah Grace Hadley

Honors Projects

This paper is a creative nonfiction essay combining research, interviews, and personal experience to discuss how and why poetry is helpful in a therapeutic context, specifically working with at-risk youth. Pongo, a program that provides incarcerated youth an opportunity to write poetry, under the direction of Richard Gold, has found through survey responses that with the Pongo Teen Writing Method “100 percent of youth enjoyed the writing experience, 98 percent were proud of their writing, and 73 percent wrote on topics they don’t normally talk about” (Gold, 21). I came to understand, through time volunteering with the writing groups ...


Nature's Paths, Chloe Switzer May 2018

Nature's Paths, Chloe Switzer

Senior Theses

This creative writing thesis contains a lyric essay, short story, and poetry by Chloe Switzer.

  • Love of Place
  • Lost in Venice
  • The Willow's


Private Rainbows, Mikey F. Estes May 2018

Private Rainbows, Mikey F. Estes

School of Arts & Sciences Theses

I make art that refers to how the self is mediated through structures, objects, and images — a kind of self-portraiture that circles around its subject, reflecting a state of simultaneous formation and disintegration. Over the past few years, I have used my iPhone as a tool to make images of everyday life. As the user of this device, I am defined by both my presence and absence. I am interested in the process of locating the self within the scattered yet ordered space of the screen.


Mario's Meta-Cap, Daniel Trock May 2018

Mario's Meta-Cap, Daniel Trock

Master of Fine Arts in Professional Writing Theses

The purpose of this project, Mario's Meta-Cap, is to take a critical look at the various genres Mario has had a hand in as well as to analyze the characters, themes, and impacts of the franchise. This project will feature a series of reviews on various Mario games in chronological order, with captioned screenshots and fun facts about the franchise included throughout. Brief analytical pieces on characters and themes will also be featured. The intent of these reviews is to critique the games in a vacuum to see how well they hold up to modern standards as well as ...


Strange Woods, Song Park May 2018

Strange Woods, Song Park

Graduate School of Art Theses

I am interested in searching for images of women that have not been adequately represented in visual art. As a visual artist, I am directed by my sense of sight to investigate and know something. I like to challenge myself to visualize things that do not already have a visual representation. It has been frustrating for me to create images of women, and I have experienced a deep ambivalence in response to the different images of women I have encountered. The socially and culturally constructed images of women that I have internalized and those that have developed from my own ...


A Bear Named Jerry, Kelly Flickinger May 2018

A Bear Named Jerry, Kelly Flickinger

Honors Theses AY 17/18

This creative writing piece is based off of experiences within my own family. It describes a family that is in a car accident and the aftermath of that event. The aim of this work is to explore human nature, especially in the face of tragedy. Each member of the family deals with the crash in a different and often unexpected way. The narrator is a girl who’s father and two younger siblings are in a wreck in her first year of college. She examines not only the reactions of those around her, but also how she deals with changes ...


Dhal Bhat And My Dad’S Pizza: Comfort And Steep Learning Curves In Nepal, Elsa Froelicher May 2018

Dhal Bhat And My Dad’S Pizza: Comfort And Steep Learning Curves In Nepal, Elsa Froelicher

Honors Theses AY 17/18

Food is central to our lives. We cannot live without it; our bodies need it to function. But food has more meaning than energy to move our muscles, to help us think, or give us vital vitamins and minerals. We relate food to experiences. Traveling to new places almost always involves trying local cuisine or local specialties. We find comfort in food; in greasy, cheesy, gooey, delicious foods. We eat to deal with stress, to celebrate joy, to mourn losses. Holidays are almost always associated with foods. Food is not just a physical need, but also an emotional and psychological ...


The Middle Of Fucking Nowhere, Vera Heidmann May 2018

The Middle Of Fucking Nowhere, Vera Heidmann

Senior Theses

This creative writing thesis incorporates memoir writing by Vera Heidmann.

  • The Big House on the Hill
  • Real Monsters
  • Ragdoll
  • Heart-shaped Box
  • Beautiful