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Revisioning The Devī Māhātmya: A Creative Approach To Ecofeminism, Meret A. Luthi May 2019

Revisioning The Devī Māhātmya: A Creative Approach To Ecofeminism, Meret A. Luthi

Master of Arts in Humanities

This creative project consists of two parts and revisions the 6th century puranic Goddess myth Devī Māhātmya through a critical ecofeminist lens. The first part serves as an introduction into mythology, ecofeminism, and the historical and contextual aspects of the Devī Māhātmya. This academic essay investigates how myths provide humanity with a sense of meaning and belonging. The second part of this project is a creative writing piece and a contemporary revision of the Devī Māhātmya. The aim of this approach is to demonstrate the extent to which myths continue to inform and shape us, with particular regard to ...


Sacred Lucidity: Embodied Identity Through The Lens Of Poetry, Abby Laporte May 2019

Sacred Lucidity: Embodied Identity Through The Lens Of Poetry, Abby Laporte

Senior Theses and Capstone Projects

Social location and personal identity must be explored through the art of poetry, in conjunction with academic analysis. In a 28-page poetry chapbook and nine-page analytical essay, "Sacred Lucidity" provides a deep examination of social justice and radical personal healing. The introductory essay takes a close look at "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath, "in salem" by Lucille Clifton, and two poems from "milk and honey" by Rupi Kaur, all in relation to their societal impact in demographic identification and harsh truths of trauma in personal histories. This thesis explores the human condition and specifics of self, while taking on philosophical themes ...


Sacred Lucidity: Embodied Identity Through The Lens Of Poetry, Abby Laporte Apr 2019

Sacred Lucidity: Embodied Identity Through The Lens Of Poetry, Abby Laporte

Scholarly & Creative Works Conference 2019

Published poet, Abby Laporte, has created a 22 page poetry collection exploring femininity, radical politics, and spirituality. Her senior thesis creative component serves as a tool of identity exploration, and provides a framework for the reader to address questions of their own social location in relation to the text. Laporte's academic essay provides an examination of the true value, and possible concrete benefits, of self-expression through poetry - particularly in relation to personal or political identity. She takes on a close reading of "Mirror" by Sylvia Plath, and thus demonstrates the meta-experience of her own process as a reader. Laporte ...


Marcelo Hernandez Castillo Poetry Reading And Book Signing, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo Sep 2018

Marcelo Hernandez Castillo Poetry Reading And Book Signing, Marcelo Hernandez Castillo

Community Engagement Theme

No abstract provided.


Attention, Marianne Rogoff Jul 2018

Attention, Marianne Rogoff

Literature and Languages | Faculty Scholarship

Will Green is outside in the dark with a chainsaw, cutting a cord of wood into logs small enough to fit the woodstove. His bundled body is tall in the long shadow from the porch bulb; outdoor Christmas lights color the ground around his feet. Familiar strength moves his muscles through tiredness as he works, and he measures success by the neat rows. He sweats. He sheds the wool cap.

Snowflakes land on his hair and glisten the woodpile, many-pointed stars whose edges dissolve as they gather. He’s alone and it’s freezing cold but he likes it. He ...


Open Ears, Open Mind, Open Heart: Active Listening, Mia Nguyen May 2018

Open Ears, Open Mind, Open Heart: Active Listening, Mia Nguyen

Service-Learning | Student Scholarship

Active listening is the act of listening with all senses– the body, the mind, and the soul. It means empathizing with another person and finding that place within ourselves where we can listen beyond our initial judgements and personal feelings. It is listening beyond words and allowing our souls to understand, connect, and accept one another. Active listening sparks internal purity eliminating all types of judgement and allowing us to truly take in what another person has to offer. It is “an experience of language as a bodily felt process” in which we have a felt understanding rather than a ...


Introducing Godzilla To Marianne Moore's Octopus Of Ice At The Intersection Of Global Warming, Environmental Philosophy, And Poetry, David Seter May 2018

Introducing Godzilla To Marianne Moore's Octopus Of Ice At The Intersection Of Global Warming, Environmental Philosophy, And Poetry, David Seter

Graduate Master's Theses, Capstones, and Culminating Projects

This paper explores the question: how can a poet write an ecologically aware poem about global warming? Global warming impacts everything on earth, most visibly the glaciers melting away before our eyes. Adopting Aldo Leopold’s environmental philosophy of thinking like a mountain, the poet may describe the impact of global warming upon the mountain, glacier, flora and fauna, that form an interconnected web of life. A poem that thinks like a mountain already exists: Marianne Moore’s “An Octopus” (published in 1924), which takes its title from the system of glaciers (or octopus of ice) on Mt. Rainier. For ...


So, “In Your Eyes, I Am Complete.” A Play In One Act, K. Michelle Sellers May 2018

So, “In Your Eyes, I Am Complete.” A Play In One Act, K. Michelle Sellers

Graduate Master's Theses, Capstones, and Culminating Projects

So, “In Your Eyes, I am Complete” is a one-act play and a one-woman show. I will be playing various characters such as mom, dad and sister where I will address many layers: such as cross-cultural differences, mental health and alcoholism, to name a few.


Who Died: Redefining The Elegy Through Affect And Trauma, Brittney La Noire May 2018

Who Died: Redefining The Elegy Through Affect And Trauma, Brittney La Noire

Graduate Master's Theses, Capstones, and Culminating Projects

This project introduces the claim that death literature, specifically elegies and epitaphs, do not rely on set structure or content, but rather are poetic effects of trauma and affect. Both have been defined and redefined by critical scholars, but there is still a division about their use. The beginning of the project will pull together Paul De Man, Cathy Caruth, Theresa Brennan, and Diana Fuss to apply the theoretical principle of trauma and affect transhistorically through Theocritus, John Milton, and Percy Shelley. The final portion will be an original creative collection of elegies combined with epitaphs as ending couplets about ...


The Lost Artist: Biographical Fiction And The Identity Of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, Alexandra Fradelizio May 2018

The Lost Artist: Biographical Fiction And The Identity Of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, Alexandra Fradelizio

Graduate Master's Theses, Capstones, and Culminating Projects

Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald (1900-1948) is widely regarded as the first flapper of the Roaring 20s and is often recognized for her tumultuous marriage to acclaimed American writer F. Scott Fitzgerald. As a female icon whose life was filled with salacious incidences and mental struggles, the image of Zelda continues to be reinterpreted in various movies, television series, and novels. However, very few center on her artistic pursuits of writing, painting, or dancing and how her desires to contribute to the art world were overshadowed and disrupted by her successful husband. Therese Anne Fowler’s Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald ...


Inside Out [Published Under The Title "Sam Shepard Is A Place"], Marianne Rogoff Nov 2017

Inside Out [Published Under The Title "Sam Shepard Is A Place"], Marianne Rogoff

Collected Faculty and Staff Scholarship

"Sam Shepard is a place, and in The One Inside (Knopf 2017) you’re there with him on the ground in the American desert. Shepard doesn’t like to fly so maybe this gives him a different point of view from the rest of us who are always taking off, in the air, and landing. His characters are found in motel rooms on empty highways, on porches, wandering open space, asleep under overpasses, walking next to the interstate as cars fly by so fast they never stop to notice anyone’s there."

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Juneau: Notes From The Bus, Cara Makuh May 2017

Juneau: Notes From The Bus, Cara Makuh

Senior Theses and Capstone Projects

This creative writing project is about a week I spent alone in Juneau, Alaska. All time and travel was spent on foot, bus and boat. Alone, I had many different experiences, and every time I interacted with a new person, that isolation became a shared experience, if even for a minute. Each day started out a blank slate, and eventually wrote itself into a story with a unique identity of its own as each day does as we travel through seconds and minutes that build up into completed days. Social interactions with so many different people turns them from strangers ...


Dscn0724, Alejandra Tamayo Apr 2017

Dscn0724, Alejandra Tamayo

The Tuxedo Archives

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Dscn0458, Alejandra Tamayo Apr 2017

Dscn0458, Alejandra Tamayo

The Tuxedo Archives

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Dscn0448, Alejandra Tamayo Apr 2017

Dscn0448, Alejandra Tamayo

The Tuxedo Archives

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Ale 4, Alejandra Tamayo Apr 2017

Ale 4, Alejandra Tamayo

The Tuxedo Archives

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Ale 2, Alejandra Tamayo Apr 2017

Ale 2, Alejandra Tamayo

The Tuxedo Archives

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Street Musicians In Avignon, Brittany Blake Apr 2017

Street Musicians In Avignon, Brittany Blake

The Tuxedo Archives

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Street Artist In Barcelona, Brittany Blake Apr 2017

Street Artist In Barcelona, Brittany Blake

The Tuxedo Archives

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Musician In Carcassone, Brittany Blake Apr 2017

Musician In Carcassone, Brittany Blake

The Tuxedo Archives

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Inside Notre Dame, Paris, Brittany Blake Apr 2017

Inside Notre Dame, Paris, Brittany Blake

The Tuxedo Archives

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How I Came To Dominican, Lisa Wagenhurst Apr 2017

How I Came To Dominican, Lisa Wagenhurst

The Tuxedo Archives

I remember like it was yesterday. It was late on a hot Friday afternoon in mid-
August and the sun was shining with the fierceness that August is notorious for, even in Northern California. Everywhere I looked there were trees and flowers and beautiful lawns. ~excerpt from short story


The Frog Pond, Valerie Silver Apr 2017

The Frog Pond, Valerie Silver

The Tuxedo Archives

Each January, the frog pond calls to me. I drive across town to the Discovery
Center parking lot, put on my mud shoes, breathe in the damp, leafy air, and step away from my everyday world. ~excerpt from short story


The Long Side Of The Tracks, James Metzger Apr 2017

The Long Side Of The Tracks, James Metzger

The Tuxedo Archives

In just three short weeks I traveled upwards of 8000 miles of rail, circulating around an antiquated network of industrial savagery, from Oakland CA to Oakland CA, trading stories and cigarettes with other wayward travelers while waiting for more important trains of cattle and produce to take the tracks. ~excerpt from short story


Pieces, Brittany Blake Apr 2017

Pieces, Brittany Blake

The Tuxedo Archives

She still wakes up some nights in cold sweats with a scream rising like bile in her throat, waiting to fling itself out into the world. Sometimes she’s awake enough to hold it back and sometimes she can even fall asleep again. Sometimes, she can’t. ~excerpt from short story


Love Loves All, Donna Williams Apr 2017

Love Loves All, Donna Williams

The Tuxedo Archives

Our love is the strongest.
And it has forced us into this undying relationship.
The disease that ravaged the country
Somehow, it brought us closer. ~excerpt from poem


El Salvador, Jordan Villasensor Apr 2017

El Salvador, Jordan Villasensor

The Tuxedo Archives

A foreign land that I was unfamiliar with,

Full of green lush and the smell of diesel.

Trucks driving swiftly carrying bundles of plantains

Nothing was the same. ~excerpt from poem


Pancakes Are Yummy, Galen Small Apr 2017

Pancakes Are Yummy, Galen Small

The Tuxedo Archives

When you've too much homework,
And the cafeteria food sucks, remember that
You are going to die. ~excerpt from poem


Gomer, Elizabeth Pode Apr 2017

Gomer, Elizabeth Pode

The Tuxedo Archives

Cattail breath hot on your breast,

but you can’t shake the feeling

of someone in the next room.

He would know. ~excerpt from poem


The Ignition And The Mass, Jessica Guda Apr 2017

The Ignition And The Mass, Jessica Guda

The Tuxedo Archives

I may not remember much
About this day.
I may not recall specifics,
What exactly happened when~ excerpt from poem