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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


Zombie: The Musical, Kaitlyn Cummings Apr 2014

Zombie: The Musical, Kaitlyn Cummings

Communication Studies Undergraduate Theses

At Christmastime in 1944, war was raging in Europe and both soldiers and civilians were dying by the millions. In Zombie: The Musical, however, the war is not between the Allies and the Axis, but rather between the living and the dead. This film tells the story of those left behind as the war wages on and their struggle to build a new world. In this film, eight people struggle to survive as supplies dwindle, tempers flare and the zombies approach, but it’s hard to tell what’s more terrifying: the zombies or their own frayed nerves. Zombie: the ...


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 ...


Socks With Holes, Ashley Barnett Apr 2013

Socks With Holes, Ashley Barnett

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

My thesis, Socks with Holes, is a poetry sequence containing seventeen free-verse poems. The poems focus on the main character, Evan, as well as several of his family members and friends. Evan is a flawed man with many problems, and the poetry sequence focuses on the other characters’ perceptions of Evan and his problems. Some of the important concepts that influenced this sequence are dramatic monologues, Cubism, and the importance of voice.


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 ...


On The Road To Self-Fulfillment Via Baja California Sur: A Memoir, Madeline Levesque Apr 2009

On The Road To Self-Fulfillment Via Baja California Sur: A Memoir, Madeline Levesque

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

Jack Kerouac’s protagonist, Salvatore Paradise, began an exploration of self identity and fulfillment across the physical landscape of the United States. On the Road may be considered as the novel that started the Beat Generation, and indeed Jack Kerouac coined the term “beat” in this novel. However, it is not the first work of literature that expresses a desire to find the pearl, this ultimate source of meaning and fulfillment. On the Road records Sal’s interaction with the sublime nature of his world during five road trips across the United States. What Sal discovers, however, is that the ...


Dreaming Of Trodden Midnight Streets, Lacey Middlestead Apr 2009

Dreaming Of Trodden Midnight Streets, Lacey Middlestead

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

This collection of poems was born out of a desire to honor and preserve those moments and people, that in the past four years, have inspired me, taught me to love, broken my heart, and pushed me to be a better and truer person than I ever dreamt I could be. Most of these poems focus on personal relationships I have had, including those with family, friends, and romantic partners. Human beings are largely defined by the people they share their life with, and if we did not have such people to bless our lives, in both good and bad ...


Fool’S Gold: The Struggles Of Farming And Ranching In A Rocky Mountain Town Within A Growing Global Market, Aaron Delman Apr 2007

Fool’S Gold: The Struggles Of Farming And Ranching In A Rocky Mountain Town Within A Growing Global Market, Aaron Delman

Fine Arts Undergraduate Theses

The many difficulties that family farmers and ranchers face are exposed in play format. These struggles include gaining economic stability, the effects of agricultural legislation on small farmers, the modernization of a historical and traditional lifestyle and means of business, the changing mind sets ofyounger generations within the community, hiring illegal immigrants as workers, and the emotional investments that independent farmers and ranchers go through while making decisions that could possibly lead to the demise of their life’s work. This play focuses on a farmer who finds out he may lose his farm and has little options left to ...


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 ...


What Words? An Exploration Of Temporality And Language Through Poetry, Richard Nino Apr 2005

What Words? An Exploration Of Temporality And Language Through Poetry, Richard Nino

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

Poetry is now, it contains the past and the present. There are two essential aspects of poetry that make it what it is: time and language. I have directed my attention towards these two aspects of poetry because I believe that poetry is immortal. Time is always running away from us; as we grow older, we find less and less time and wonder where it all went. But the language of poetry runs side by side with time; memories and words are what we’re left with in the end, and even they can be taken from us. There is ...


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 ...


For The Love Of Another, Michael Mcmahon Apr 2004

For The Love Of Another, Michael Mcmahon

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

“For the Love of Another” is a creative nonfiction piece relating the struggle of a high school student through the fall semester of his senior year. The story is set in Helena, Montana, where Stephen McLeod, the main character, undergoes two simultaneous narratives of injury: a physical injury suffered during a football season, and an emotional injury through the divorce of his parents. The work itself is composed of several scenes, separated and pieced together chronologically. Beginning in June of 1999, the scenes stretch to December. The title itself, “For the Love of Another,” expresses a complicated theme resonating through ...


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 ...


Time Is But A Stream I Go A-Fishing In A Memoir Of Brotherhood., Adam Wright Apr 2003

Time Is But A Stream I Go A-Fishing In A Memoir Of Brotherhood., Adam Wright

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

For my senior project as an English writing major, I have written a memoir. It is a collection of moments stretching back over the past six or seven years, pieced together in order to try to help me understand my relationship with my brother Abe The writer ultimately writes for himself, and it seems that this story has become more about me than I initially intended it to be. In trying to write about my brother, I have listened to many voices: my brother’s from the past and present, to the voice of my memory, and to the voice ...


Dancing Queen A Play In One Act, Erin Solko Apr 2002

Dancing Queen A Play In One Act, Erin Solko

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

Cast of Characters Gracie Abigail Victoria Liz The Mother, late forties The Younger Daughter, late teens The Older Daughter, mid twenties Abigail's Friend, late teens TIME: Early spring, two weeks before high school graduation PLACE: A suburb of New York City SETTING: A modest, middle-class home. The stage is a cutaway of the front section of the house. Visible to the audience is the outside front entrance, the living room, two bedrooms - Abigail's above Grade's, a door to the kitchen and a door to Victoria's bedroom. The living room is clean and mostly picked up. It ...


An Early Winter, Samuel Leonard Apr 2001

An Early Winter, Samuel Leonard

Communication Studies 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 ...


Like Everything Does A Memoir, Claire Munson Apr 2000

Like Everything Does A Memoir, Claire Munson

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

I am not only writing a memoir, but a story of a crisis survived. I cannot think of any other story, I believe, until this one is framed and taken out ofmotion. Annie Dillard quotes that “Ifyou prize your memories as they are, by all means avoid- eschew-writing a memoir.”1 In writing this memoir, the memory will change shape, it will become still on paper to be visited and remembered. Not the haunt it has been for so long.


It Must Have Been The Roses, Jessica Yarusinski Apr 2000

It Must Have Been The Roses, Jessica Yarusinski

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

This is my survival story. It is a story of loss in all its forms: loss of innocence, loss of youth, loss of identity, and loss of life. It is an attempt to give structure to the grief I struggle with; the griefthat allowed me to take on this project and followed me through the endless nights of giving it form.


Down The Street The Dogs Are Barking, Virginia Reeves Apr 2000

Down The Street The Dogs Are Barking, Virginia Reeves

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

own the streets the dogs are barking traces my life from about the age five to the age sixteen, give or take a couple days. But it isn’t about one girl. No. It’s a story told through the mouths of several girls—myself now, twenty-year-old college student, stable, we could say, content, telling from here through my sixteen-year-old twin whose telling about her fifteen-year-old look-alike whose telling about... and on and on. As Sandra Cisneros claims, “the way you grow old is kind of like an onion or like the rings inside a tree trunk or like my ...


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 ...


Burning Wings A Memoir, Carolyn Sobczak Apr 1999

Burning Wings A Memoir, Carolyn Sobczak

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

This memoir is an introspective creative writing effort exploring the causes and consequences of self-hate. Using a half-marathon as a point of departure, I recount moments of my life, exposing the compounding crises that undermine the fragile confidence of young adults. Scenes shift between the intense emotions of the race and elucidating episodes of self-doubt. Through the examination of my relationships with peers, pets, and parents, I learn the lessons of both loss and growth. I also address the rampant perfectionism that motivates me. As the tensions escalate, the struggle between acceptance and death must be reconciled. Finally, in the ...


The Dad Cycle, Elissa Fairbrother Apr 1999

The Dad Cycle, Elissa Fairbrother

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

We write to communicate, to create relationships. Telling our stories helps us connect with others. We write to give meaning to life’s processes. As the writer searches, struggles to express her thoughts, she may help the reader through his own personal meaning-making. Writers often say they write to find out what they believe; reading can yield similar results. Comparing and contrasting the writer’s experience to our own lives helps us gain a better understanding of ourselves. I hope to provide readers with such an opportunity; I hope ‘The Dad Cycle” speaks to experiences we all share. In this ...


With Patrick, Through The Looking Glass, Katie Ferrie Apr 1998

With Patrick, Through The Looking Glass, Katie Ferrie

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

I remember the day of my wedding. A fine September day, fine like the smooth silkiness of linen. Lightly run fingers over the grain and a sense of rightness enfolds - crisp, cool, and even. Usual concerns about customary details cluttered my thoughts: getting hair done, decorating the hall, debating whether to wear my glasses, checking the rings, praying that everything went without the dreaded “hitch.” But through it all I moved with deliberation toward Pat, my guiding light. I was stepping into my wedding gown in the dressing room when I heard his voice. “Is Kay inside?” “You can’t ...


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 ...


Whispers From The Bardo, Garrett Franz Apr 1994

Whispers From The Bardo, Garrett Franz

Education Undergraduate Theses

I had no goals for this collection. In early meetings, I made statements like "I want to experiment with as many different approaches as possible," and "I want to examine the nature of storytelling," and all sorts of equally "big" ideas. In reality, I had no idea what to do--I had written only a tiny bit of fiction, and my only complete story had been about a man who is asked to arbitrate between good and evil and is saved only when he finds God in a spam sandwich. Needless to say, I was going to have to start from ...


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 ...


"...Into Something Rich And Strange", Michele Firpo Apr 1986

"...Into Something Rich And Strange", Michele Firpo

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

Unless a student is very lucky, when she attends college she will end up with more than one roommate. Some unlucky, girls have so many roommates during their four-year journey to real money that they live with one of every type. The types range from the Partyer to the Studyaholic, from the Overachiever to the Homebody, from the Religious fanatic to the Generic. Each type has a distinctive set of activities and a unique style of conversation. The first kind of roommate a fresh-faced freshman might encounter as she lugs the first of many boxes into her room is the ...


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 ...


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 ...