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Women Of The South: A Creative Exploration Of The Identity Of Women In The Southeastern U.S., Catherine Sharp May 2018

Women Of The South: A Creative Exploration Of The Identity Of Women In The Southeastern U.S., Catherine Sharp

Chancellor’s Honors Program Projects

No abstract provided.


Heavy Water: A Novel, Ch. 1-8, Sophia Shelton May 2018

Heavy Water: A Novel, Ch. 1-8, Sophia Shelton

Chancellor’s Honors Program Projects

No abstract provided.


Three Stories: An Exploration Of Voice And Perspective In The Fiction Narrative, Brenna A. Hosman May 2017

Three Stories: An Exploration Of Voice And Perspective In The Fiction Narrative, Brenna A. Hosman

Chancellor’s Honors Program Projects

No abstract provided.


This City Is A Clock, Daniel D. Wallace Aug 2016

This City Is A Clock, Daniel D. Wallace

Doctoral Dissertations

This dissertation includes a novel, This City is a Clock, and a critical introduction, “Technologies of the Novel.”

This City is a Clock charts the construction of Edinburgh’s New Town and the development of the Scottish Enlightenment. The protagonist is a boy when the novel begins and has grown to old age by the final pages. As a child, he is put to work by the architects of the new town when they discover that he has unusual mathematical gifts. To them, his strange talent seems an emblem of the new rational order they are hoping to create. And ...


Queen Of Spades, Michael Shou-Yung Shum May 2016

Queen Of Spades, Michael Shou-Yung Shum

Doctoral Dissertations

Semblance—or parody—is, of course, the operative word when considering a text that strives to be subversive of both form (the “anti-realism” of minor literature) and social function. Regarding the latter, as stated before, my goal in the text is the reverse of the traditional moral fable’s: implanting a desire in readers to experience firsthand the world of risk as a means to live in a more vital way, outside the text, whether through gambling or another form of chance-taking. Uncertainty is troubling, unsettling, but it is also mysterious and enlivening—this is what gamblers, acolytes at the ...


Black Tie Poems: An Exploration Of Formal Poetry, Shelby Tansil May 2016

Black Tie Poems: An Exploration Of Formal Poetry, Shelby Tansil

Chancellor’s Honors Program Projects

No abstract provided.


Illusions Of Safety: Poems, Stephanie Elaine Dugger May 2015

Illusions Of Safety: Poems, Stephanie Elaine Dugger

Doctoral Dissertations

The poems in Illusions of Safety bear witness to growing up on a farm in Alabama and how rural life—whether traumatic or romantic—influences a narrator who falls outside of her family’s norms. In their attempt to investigate the complexities of the notion of safety, the poems primarily rely on space (and the conflicting ideals of both security and splintering associated with space) by developing the space on the page through form and by juxtaposing city with country, fields with rooms, and the West with the South. The poems seek to understand what is safe, what can be ...


Talk To Me: An Apology For Poetry, Christian Anton Gerard May 2014

Talk To Me: An Apology For Poetry, Christian Anton Gerard

Doctoral Dissertations

Talk to Me: An Apology for Poetry, explores the intersection between readers and writers of poetry in the past and the present, the idea of the teaching poet, and poetry’s more formal defenses as articulates the twenty-first century poet’s responsibility. The poems are informed by the critical introduction’s examination of Philip Sidney and Percy Shelley’s formally titled defenses of poetry alongside Milton, Wordsworth, and Whitman’s defense-prefaces as well as many individual poems participating in what I call the defense tradition: a tradition predicated on trans-historical reading practices turned writing practices; a tradition assuming poetry begets ...


Mirror In The Dark: Poems, Carolyn Rose Stice May 2014

Mirror In The Dark: Poems, Carolyn Rose Stice

Doctoral Dissertations

Sentiment in verse has a long and complicated history throughout which it has fluctuated in and out of vogue depending upon the tastes of the time. A poem that is too “sentimental” is one in which the author relies too heavily on emotion to incite a stereotypical response in the reader. In this type of writing emotion is emphasized at the expense of craft. Conversely, when sentiment is consciously used as a tool it can help to infuse writing with active and genuine emotion which help to broaden a reader’s understanding of a poem. The emotion is an active ...


This Humbling River, Ryan Dean Woldruff May 2014

This Humbling River, Ryan Dean Woldruff

Doctoral Dissertations

This Humbling River follows the character of Carson Sellars as he returns to Dine, Missouri. “Structure and Fiction: Through the Lens of Hollywood Beat Sheets” is an essay about narrative structure in fiction and film. The essay discusses various structural models, specifically looking at Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat! structure as a potential model for fiction writing.


What Men Do And Other Stories, Larry Joseph Seale May 2014

What Men Do And Other Stories, Larry Joseph Seale

Masters Theses

This collection of short stories is about men, men and women, and the problems that occur in relationships when one character is more unstable than the other. In today’s modern times, the role played by each gender has shifted mightily, and as women become closer and closer to being regarded as equals, many men have found themselves wondering what this means for them. The man is no longer the undisputed leader of the household. He is no longer the sole breadwinner. Without a clear role to play, some men find themselves pressured to lash out in some way, to ...


The Hungover Romance Of "We", Jonathan Joseph Brehm May 2014

The Hungover Romance Of "We", Jonathan Joseph Brehm

Masters Theses

This collection of poems attempts to capture the author's inner life through a specific perception of his own generation as energetic, ambivalent and lost. The poems, while sometimes personal and autobiographical, portray dreamlike and surreal conceptions of 21st Century 20-somethings and their landscapes: rocky deserts, expanses of water, and the vibrating city. The poems track the speaker's transitioning in and away from a hectic life of drinking and celebrating unspoken and unconventional forms of beauty. The collection concludes with a meditation on the video game Hotline Miami, which reflects the collection's interest in alchemical imagery by ...


Restoring The Harmony Of Humanity And Science, Simone Ilia Ms. May 2014

Restoring The Harmony Of Humanity And Science, Simone Ilia Ms.

Chancellor’s Honors Program Projects

No abstract provided.


Overgrowth, Anna Laura Reeve May 2013

Overgrowth, Anna Laura Reeve

Masters Theses

This collection of poetry explores themes ranging from ovarian cancer and inherited disease to the fertility of the natural world, discovering the vitality of both wanted and unwanted growth. The author uses a variety of poetic forms, from prose poems to free verse, experimenting with aerated and dropped lines, employing vivid and striking images as she writes of her local ground, tensions between native and non-native flora and fauna, the spiritual life, and the female body.


Time Travel, Hannah F. Cook May 2013

Time Travel, Hannah F. Cook

Doctoral Dissertations

This dissertation is the culmination of a program of study designed to both prepare me as a literary historian and develop my skills and understanding of the genre as a poet. To that end, the critical introduction focuses on the contemporary lyric sequence, while the collection of poetry is composed of several lyric sequences carefully ordered to expound the literary themes of time and memory.


A House Made Of Stars, Tawnysha Cherice Greene May 2013

A House Made Of Stars, Tawnysha Cherice Greene

Doctoral Dissertations

In A House Made of Stars, a coming-of-age story set in a small community in the San Bernardino Mountains ofSouthern California, a young girl and her family endeavor to start their lives anew after being uprooted from their home. Plagued with poverty, they attempt unusual and, at times, unscrupulous ways of making money including setting up a trash can business, going on scavenger hunts around the neighborhood for food, stealing from the church kitchen, and finally, soliciting donations for a fake deaf charity. However, the girl soon discovers that her family's difficulties stem not from outside factors, but from ...


Pablo And Celia, Darren Sean Jackson May 2013

Pablo And Celia, Darren Sean Jackson

Doctoral Dissertations

Pablo and Celia, my collection of lyric poems, is composed in several voices, but the personae Pablo and Celia remain the focus. The collection is a sequence formed of both discrete, untitled fragments and more traditionally titled poems that follow the narrative arc of Pablo and Celia’s relationship as they think aloud or write one another. They speak directly and generally in their own syntax and forms, but this rule is violated when they “steal” one another’s voice, as in “Celia on Celia.” There is an element of chaos in terms of formal properties between poems and voices ...


A New Dressing, Damon S. Murrah May 2013

A New Dressing, Damon S. Murrah

Masters Theses

In A New Dressing Damon Murrah presents a collection of short stories where characters find the dramatic amongst the ordinary. The everyday situations and conflicts of these characters’ lives offer no formula, but rather inspect the complexities of the overlooked or ignored.


The Wharton Place: A Novel, Allison Yilling Wear May 2013

The Wharton Place: A Novel, Allison Yilling Wear

Masters Theses

The Wharton Place is a novel told from the first-person retrospective point of view of Kate Wharton, an eight year old girl from Kentucky. When Kate’s estranged grandfather dies, Kate’s family unexpectedly inherits a piece of property in rural Tennessee. Faced with mounting financial trouble and his own concerns about his legacy, Kate’s father moves the family to the farm, even though he has no experience working the land. The novel will cover Kate’s adjustment to her new life as well as her maturation into a young woman.

The critical introduction to this piece analyzes two ...


Like A Terrible Fish: A Collection Of Stories, Hannah Ledford May 2013

Like A Terrible Fish: A Collection Of Stories, Hannah Ledford

Masters Theses

In this collection of stories, Hannah Ledford examines fairytales and domesticity to portray the difficulties of characters at many different stages of life, particularly as they deal with growing up and building relationships with family. Her characters are often restricted by their society in some way, and they attempt to either reconcile themselves with or break free from expectations of femininity, sexuality, motherhood, and grief.


Death In Canada: A Short Story Collection, Leanna Rose Wharram May 2013

Death In Canada: A Short Story Collection, Leanna Rose Wharram

Masters Theses

Leanna Wharram’s Death in Canada explores themes of family, betrayal, friendship, love, and death in four short stories, set in various locations across Canada: “The Elephant Goddess,” “Paddleboat Drowning,” “The Dog Groomer,” and “Social Observation Study – Observer#A2651.” The collection also includes a critical introduction detailing the use of foreshadowing techniques and narrative perspective.


Starving In The Louvre And Other Stories, Charles F. Sterchi Iv May 2013

Starving In The Louvre And Other Stories, Charles F. Sterchi Iv

Chancellor’s Honors Program Projects

No abstract provided.


The Genius Of A Crow: Poems, Michael Jon Levan Jr. May 2012

The Genius Of A Crow: Poems, Michael Jon Levan Jr.

Doctoral Dissertations

Every age has its troubles, and ours is no different. Military conflict, economic uncertainty, environmental threats, and other serious global concerns shape how many of us greet every new day. These issues, however, are unacknowledged in a growing segment of contemporary American poetry. Too often, some poets neglect what is outside them and instead turn to producing work that is so focused on the poet’s interior life that no one besides the poet him- or herself can possibly enter. But contemporary American poets can find an important influence in postwar Eastern European poets who have risen from one of ...


Talk Me Down: A Selection Of Short Stories, Katie Elyce Freeman May 2012

Talk Me Down: A Selection Of Short Stories, Katie Elyce Freeman

Masters Theses

In Talk Me Down, Katie Elyce Freeman offers a selection of short stories that follows young characters in their pursuit for self-satisfaction. At times her characters are uncertain of their talents, at times wracked with guilt over immature mistakes; but their highly detailed, sensory worlds often deliver a needed coincidence, a sliver of light to lead their way.


Collateral: Poems, Joshua Jon Robbins May 2012

Collateral: Poems, Joshua Jon Robbins

Doctoral Dissertations

In the lyric tradition of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ Terrible Sonnets and James Wright’s odes to the Midwest, the poems in Collateral interrogate the complexities of faith and doubt in middle-class America and present a witness compelled to translate suburbia’s landscapes and evangelical banalities into a testimony of hard truths. These poems explore the emotional exhaustion that accompanies language’s broken connection to ideal meaning and how both are unable to fully correspond to our lives. The manuscript is also an exploration of my own corresponding lyric struggle to reconcile what is and what should be, the personal and ...


Walking With The Wampus, Abigail Grace Griffith May 2012

Walking With The Wampus, Abigail Grace Griffith

Masters Theses

In Walking with the Wampus, Abigail (Abby) Griffith offers a collection of short stories that toe the slippery stream that runs between the shores of the fantastic and the mundane. Challenging preconceptions of what might be traditionally defined as “literary fiction,” Griffith’s stories are three parts surrealism to two parts metafiction. Fairy tales that come equipped with teeth and a twist, this collection introduces readers to a ragtag variety of characters, including: a girl who turns everything she touches to ice and the Devil who loves her, a kid cursed with a mother who just might be a goldfish ...


Life Knots, Meghan Melissa Mcdonald May 2012

Life Knots, Meghan Melissa Mcdonald

Masters Theses

This collection of creative nonfiction essays is framed by M.M. Bakhtin’s concept of the chronotope, the concrete juncture of time and space. Chronotopes include technical relationships between those elements, as well as worldviews. Each essay examines a different thing or place as a chronotope, including maps, a well house, boxes, a dining room, periodical cicadas, and a sand dollar. All of the essays, however, share themes, including the search for unity (and for what actually constitutes unity), relationships between ways of knowing, and relationships between the personal, spiritual, environmental, and cultural. The essays span genres, from the personal ...