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Dr. Mengelt, Marc Allan Jan 2018

Dr. Mengelt, Marc Allan

Graduate Thesis Collection

An obstetrician implants microchips in the babies he delivers so he can track their movements when they get older. The doctor is a white supremacist and determined to find evidence that supports his twisted vision of racial distinction. Eighteen years after his first implantations, two of the children he worked with commit a particularly brutal murder. The doctor turns them in anonymously and quickly becomes a kind of folk hero. But after a relentless New York Daily News reporter finds out how the murderers were identified, the doctor becomes a man on the run.


Lucky Boy, Mark Lilley Jan 2018

Lucky Boy, Mark Lilley

Graduate Thesis Collection

Wesley McNair said that poets, more than others, are troubled by the transience of life, and they write poems to preserve the experience—to say, “I was here, and my being here meant something.” Lucky Boy is a collection informed by experience—childhood trauma, limitations of place and circumstance, the messy transition from boyhood to manhood. The poems are my attempt to preserve and elevate these experiences, to acknowledge their complicatedness, and to celebrate the role they played in making a poet


Girl-Junk, Sugar-Funk, Natalie Tombasco Jan 2018

Girl-Junk, Sugar-Funk, Natalie Tombasco

Graduate Thesis Collection

A poetic look into the life of a girl which centers around food, alcoholism, mommy issues, sexuality, identity and mortality.


This Is How You Burn Away, Taylor Lewandowski Jan 2018

This Is How You Burn Away, Taylor Lewandowski

Graduate Thesis Collection

A short story collection dealing with down and out types in rural Montana and Indiana.


Hypnotic White Silk Skylights, Anthony Borruso Jan 2018

Hypnotic White Silk Skylights, Anthony Borruso

Graduate Thesis Collection

A poetic examination of the self as well as cycles of trauma and recovery. This manuscript explores poetry's ability to transform one's experiences by re-engaging with them in the realm of the imagination.


Anxiously Awaiting: A Novella, Alexander Bartlow Jan 2018

Anxiously Awaiting: A Novella, Alexander Bartlow

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Collection

Throughout my childhood and secondary education growing up in rural Indiana, I found that, in a town of less than 2,000 people, mental illness and teenage suicide were all too common. Upon researching the sad state of mental healthcare in rural America, I felt obliged to bring light in my Honors thesis to the overlooked and under-treated thoughts that plague the minds of adolescents experiencing depression, anxiety, and suicidal contemplation. In this fiction novella, I follow the life of Lincoln Phillips, a 14-year-old boy who lives with anxiety in an unchanging, inescapable town that stigmatizes mental illness. He experiences ...


Sentinel, Bailey Merlin Oct 2017

Sentinel, Bailey Merlin

Graduate Thesis Collection

Devastated by the mysterious death of her guardians, Elizabeth Davenport finds herself thrust into a new world that proves to be scintillating and dangerous. Can she trust those who claim to be her friends? Or will her trust lead her into trouble? When a mysterious letter presents itself and proves that her guardians might have been more than they ever let on, Elizabeth must gather her courage and pursue the truth, whatever the cost.


Marathon, Tristan Durst Jan 2017

Marathon, Tristan Durst

Graduate Thesis Collection

Marathon is a novel about a young girl who is not born into the best family, who sets out to make a family for herself.


Beneath The Foundation, Michele Cooley Jan 2017

Beneath The Foundation, Michele Cooley

Graduate Thesis Collection

Beneath the Foundation is a work of fiction, a detective novel that follows protagonist Cheryl Simpson as she’s thrust into the middle of a murder mystery. Cheryl lives a quite life, an attempt at hiding from her past, but when she arrives at work one Saturday morning and finds her boss dead of a gunshot wound, she finds herself pulled into the middle of the investigation. Clues start popping up all around her, and once they start showing up in her apartment, she realizes there’s more at stake than figuring out who killed her boss. As Cheryl works ...


Kingdom Come, Kirk B. Young Jan 2017

Kingdom Come, Kirk B. Young

Graduate Thesis Collection

A secret service agent returns home to reconcile with his wife just as the Rapture begins. His scramble to reunite with her becomes all the more urgent when a violent cult begins terrorizing the city in its final hours


Collect Your Dead, John Eckerd Jan 2017

Collect Your Dead, John Eckerd

Graduate Thesis Collection

Since the bizarre disappearance of his wife, mountaineer Abbot Boone's life has spiraled into a pit of alcoholism and alienation. But then a wealthy and desperate widow hires Boone for an impossible task: to recover her husband's dead body from the peaks of Mount Everest. With nothing to lose and debts mounting, Boone enlists a team of exiles and misfits to attempt the climb. But if Boone is to conquer the mountain, he will first have to survive the pressure cooker of Everest Base Camp, brutal subzero temperatures, and ultimately confront the mystery of his own grief


Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind: A Historical Fiction Detailing The Trauma Of Mental Institutions In The Mid 1940’S, Jessica Klingensmith Jan 2017

Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind: A Historical Fiction Detailing The Trauma Of Mental Institutions In The Mid 1940’S, Jessica Klingensmith

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Collection

Out of Sight, Out of Mind is a historical fiction that details the trauma of one character, Francie, when she is admitted to a mental institution against her will in mid-1940’s America. Francie suffers from severe bipolar depression, which was poorly understood and had little treatments during this time. Different characters take turns narrating this piece, demonstrating how different perspectives can provide insight into the same circumstance. Francie’s family must cope with complicated family relationships and mental illness throughout this narrative, which serves as the first segment of a future novel.


When Poetry And Humor Get Hitched, Christian Hartselle Jan 2017

When Poetry And Humor Get Hitched, Christian Hartselle

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Collection

Through humor, poetry explores the imagination and the mind just as it does through other means of expression. Comic poetry finds the truth in the illogical and in the absurd; it finds what unsettles us through its use of surprise; it finds delight and play in the unknown and uncertain. By its very nature, comic poetry clings to the edges of what we know, so pinpointing its characteristics is tricky. But the shared characteristic of all comic poetry is the permission the poet grants herself to disobey boundaries. The poet chooses not to fit her works within the reader’s ...


People This Body Has Housed, Laura Kendall Aug 2016

People This Body Has Housed, Laura Kendall

Graduate Thesis Collection

No abstract provided.


Guardians Of Freedom, Drew Davis Jan 2016

Guardians Of Freedom, Drew Davis

Graduate Thesis Collection

Guardians of Freedom is my attempt to make sense out of my time spent in uniform, in the only way that is appropriate: hyperbolic comedy. It is a story of Specialist Henry, a disillusioned soldier returning from one deployment in the Global War on Terror and facing another. Thoughts of making a difference and changing the world dashed, he wants nothing more than to be rid of the uniform and live an admittedly pointless life. He is joined by the various characters of Bravo Company, the deploying unit which has been used as a dumping point for medically-impaired soldiers. Outwardly ...


Sky Lifting His Skirts, Thaddeus Harmon Jan 2015

Sky Lifting His Skirts, Thaddeus Harmon

Graduate Thesis Collection

An imbecilic invocation uttered by glass-fingered mannequins jaggedly gesticulating forgotten ballet moves in a future where skin is optional, and computers sneeze.


White Shadows: Perception And Imagination In Poetry, Madison Chartier Jan 2015

White Shadows: Perception And Imagination In Poetry, Madison Chartier

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Collection

In the spring of my sophomore year, I enrolled in the introductory course to writing poetry here at Butler University. I am not naturally a poet, but I have an appreciation for reading poetry and, at the time of the course, was curious to try my hand at the craft, despite having had little experience prior to the collegiate level. As may be expected, I ran into obstacles.

I enjoyed playing with language in experiments of sound and rhythm, but, despite the vast array of assonance, consonance, enjambment, and every other technique I employed, the poems I created throughout the ...


Whose Truth?, Seth J. Hale Jan 2015

Whose Truth?, Seth J. Hale

Undergraduate Honors Thesis Collection

Is objective reality verifiable or is all fact merely subjective experience? If the history of humanity has shown anything, it has shown that we are a species intent on explaining our environment and place within it. Most every philosophical pursuit is aimed at some version of this end. Mathematics and the physical sciences attempt to explain the universe by finding consistent order in the workings of nature. The social sciences attempt to explain the human race by finding consistent order in the behaviors of humans and human organizations. Literary and media studies attempt to explain the meanings that humans attach ...


The Religious Imagery In Emily Dickinson's Love Poems, Constance B. Kirby Jan 1964

The Religious Imagery In Emily Dickinson's Love Poems, Constance B. Kirby

Graduate Thesis Collection

This paper will discuss to what extent Emily Dickinson's heritage, environment, and experience formed her attitudes on religion and love, and will explain how successful she was in translating her intense emotional experience of love into poetry by examining her use of religious imagery.


A Study Of Edwin Arlington Robinson With Special Attention To His Shorter Poems, Lucile Willowby Jan 1950

A Study Of Edwin Arlington Robinson With Special Attention To His Shorter Poems, Lucile Willowby

Graduate Thesis Collection

The purpose of the present study is to ascertain the principles of poetry to which Robinson adhers, to determine his position in relation to the imagists, and to discuss in some detail the technical qualities of his shorter poems.


Imagery In The Poetry Of Langston Hughes, Maple Louise Allen Jan 1948

Imagery In The Poetry Of Langston Hughes, Maple Louise Allen

Graduate Thesis Collection

Now, it is the purpose of this dissertation to present a study of the imagery in the poetry of Langston Hughes with special emphasis upon (1) its sources, (2) its types, (3) its functions, and, (4) its imprtance as a factor in evaluating Hughes' poetic contributions to society.


Gerard Manley Hopkins: Sacramentalist And Incarnationist, Helen V. Barry Jan 1948

Gerard Manley Hopkins: Sacramentalist And Incarnationist, Helen V. Barry

Graduate Thesis Collection

It is the purpose of this dissertation to reveal Gerard Manley Hopkins as an incarnationist and sacramentalist, and to show how these doctrines manifested throughout his poetry affected the entire scope of his verse and completely colored his attitude toward life-- toward his own existence and that of his fellow man, and especially toward natural phenomena.


The Poet, Spenser, Frances M. Perry Jan 1894

The Poet, Spenser, Frances M. Perry

Manuscript Thesis Collection

No abstract provided.


Lowell's Poems: Analysis, E. P. Wise Jan 1887

Lowell's Poems: Analysis, E. P. Wise

Manuscript Thesis Collection

No Abstract Available.