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Pilgrimage In The Modern World: Collected Stories, Catherine Page Lagarde Jan 2018

Pilgrimage In The Modern World: Collected Stories, Catherine Page Lagarde

Honors Theses

This thesis seeks to creatively explore various aspects of the modern pilgrimage in a collection of two nonfictional personal essays and one fictional short story, all of which are thematically linked. It is a study of faith, doubt, journey, and their intersection and manifestation in the modern world. It is inspired both by personal experiences as well as the works of various authors, most notably Carlos Eire, Walter Macken, Dodie Smith, Sharon Creech, Sigrid Undset, St. Thomas More, and St. Thomas Aquinas. This work seeks to give modern context and understanding to traditional understandings of pilgrimage, as described in The ...


Voices, Anna Kennedy Shock Jan 2018

Voices, Anna Kennedy Shock

Honors Theses

Voices is a creative collection of fictional short stories based on perspectives from people residing in various locations worldwide. Research by way of historical documentaries, literature, and personal observation contributed to the completion of this project. Within this collection, multiple social justice issues are explored. These include but are not limited to the following: poverty, sex trafficking, educational opportunities, and malnourishment. Each individual story possesses its own set of characters, plot, and theme, but there are continuous thematic and structural consistencies throughout the collection. A few of these themes are desperation and survival, pain and suffering found in the human ...


Personal Space: Explorations Of Environment, Surroundings, And Sense Of Place, Maggie Smith Jan 2018

Personal Space: Explorations Of Environment, Surroundings, And Sense Of Place, Maggie Smith

Honors Theses

This thesis is a mixed collection of prose poetry and creative nonfiction focused on the author's relationship to her surroundings and environment. The poems and essays that make up this thesis are divided into three separate sections based on a shift in environment: childhood in Madison, MS, college in Oxford, MS, and travels outside of the state of Mississippi. While much of this thesis concerns natural environment and landscape in terms of its relationship to the author, the term environment also includes relationships with friends, family and lovers, abstract environments of educational institutions like Catholic school and public university ...


The Milk Carton Age, Dalton Huerkamp Jan 2018

The Milk Carton Age, Dalton Huerkamp

Honors Theses

This thesis is a collection of poetry that examines masculinity and violence in the contemporary American South. Taking place in the states of Arkansas and Mississippi, these poems gather memories, voices and vistas to develop an understanding of place and identity that challenges traditional narratives about the region. Note: names, characters, businesses, places, events, locales, and incidents are either the products of the author's imagination or used in a fictitious manner.


Little Girl: A Memoir, Abygail Thorpe Jan 2018

Little Girl: A Memoir, Abygail Thorpe

Honors Theses

The following is a collection of creative pieces that fall under the genre Autobiographical Creative Nonfiction. This collection includes original pieces of poetry, short stories, and other prose pieces. It reflects four years of study and experiences with creative writing under the instruction of many illustrious professors and writers at the University of Mississippi. I was introduced to the genre of creative nonfiction in the first year of my undergraduate education, and since that point I have been experimenting with ways in which I can synthesize many different forms of writing with that specific genre. This thesis combines elements of ...


Pretty Things Around The Sun, Alaina G. Newby Jan 2017

Pretty Things Around The Sun, Alaina G. Newby

Honors Theses

The following thesis contains six short stories written from July 2016 to March 2017 in Tupelo, Mississippi and Oxford, Mississippi.


Bone White, Libby Catherine Tyson Jan 2017

Bone White, Libby Catherine Tyson

Honors Theses

This thesis is a novella that follows a 1952 white Mississippi family through a pair of concurrent stories which eventually merge. Written in a Southern Gothic style, this novella utilizes several perspectives, violent scenes, and depictions of familial tension to explore the themes of overt and covert racism, femininity, motherhood, ableism, Southern identity, and myth within mid-twentieth century Southern culture.


A Few Good Things, Rachel Byars Tran Jan 2017

A Few Good Things, Rachel Byars Tran

Honors Theses

This thesis is a collection of poetry dealing with depression, the body, love, family, poverty, and the slow ache of memory.


Sans Fin: Language Of Loss, Lane Jennings Proctor Jan 2017

Sans Fin: Language Of Loss, Lane Jennings Proctor

Honors Theses

This is a hybrid collection of creative pieces that I have written in order to try to capture the feelings associated with loss and oppression. These pieces are only loosely related thematically and are not one single narrative. I especially wanted to focus on female characters who become disillusioned with their lives, find they have no real agency, or that they cannot truly write their own narratives. Through research on the Middle East, mostly focusing on Syria, and a close friendship with a Syrian refugee while I was studying abroad in Paris, I found the inspiration and ideas for many ...


Poetry Is Dead, Jeffrey Lance Jan 2017

Poetry Is Dead, Jeffrey Lance

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Poetry is dead and I'm a fucking necromancer.


Twinless, Molly Mccully Brown Jan 2017

Twinless, Molly Mccully Brown

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This manuscript is concerned with the loss of my identical twin sister, who died when we were infants. The collection as a whole uses biographical experience to engage with issues of identity, grief, sisterhood, and selfhood. It’s interested in the ways that spiritual experience is borne out in the body, and in interrogating the manner in which we’re all made and marked by our own particular hieroglyphs of loss.


Stories, Marc David Inman Jan 2017

Stories, Marc David Inman

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This is a work of fiction.


In The Shadow Of God, Gothataone Moeng Jan 2017

In The Shadow Of God, Gothataone Moeng

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This work of fiction comprises a collection of stories exploring the lives of women in post-Independence and contemporary Botswana, as they navigate love, relationships, traditions disease, caretaking and grieving in a rapidly changing world.


Yesterday Lesson, Samuel Aaron Milligan Jan 2017

Yesterday Lesson, Samuel Aaron Milligan

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This is a work of fiction describing a special education boarding school in Southern Illinois.


Meet And Greet, Matt Kessler Jan 2017

Meet And Greet, Matt Kessler

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

A collection of original short stories.


"Speak'st, Art Sound": The Material Voice In Early Modern England, Nathaniel Philip Likert Jan 2017

"Speak'st, Art Sound": The Material Voice In Early Modern England, Nathaniel Philip Likert

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This thesis argues that early moderns conceived of speech as a material phenomenon; voice struck out from bodies into environments. Early modern voices thus participate in what sound studies scholars call the soundscape, which I link to current new materialist and ecological theories of network and assemblage. Within this soundscape, I pay special attention to the role of language as a semantic system of meaning. Current ecological criticism takes for granted the utter “flatness” of ontology, and as such discards the question of human language so central to previous deconstructive and discursive scholarship. My thesis attempts to account for the ...


The Person You're Waiting For: Stories, Charles Ramsay Mccrory Jan 2016

The Person You're Waiting For: Stories, Charles Ramsay Mccrory

Honors Theses

This collection of short fiction explores family, grief, and trauma from a variety of perspectives. Other themes spanning these five stories include parent-child bonds, addiction and recovery, and sexuality. Two pairs of stories (The Parents and The Painter, and Johnnie Walker and Staying Late, respectively) are linked in terms of character and setting; the middle story, Limits, is linked only tenuously to the last two stories through a common character. As stated in my introduction, I wrote each story on its own terms; I did not consider each story's placement in a collection until I had written and edited ...


Dreams About Food, Benson R. Ingram Jan 2016

Dreams About Food, Benson R. Ingram

Honors Theses

The stories contained in this collection are entirely fictional, and any resemblance to reality is just your imagination. The source materials for these stories were dreams I had. Most of my dreams are about food


Strange Gospels, Emily R. Duhe Jan 2016

Strange Gospels, Emily R. Duhe

Honors Theses

This thesis is a collection of poetry and short stories dealing with different kinds and perspectives of strangeness, particularly with the concept of the Other.


Lightning-Bug, At Noon, Jonathan Ross Veach Jan 2016

Lightning-Bug, At Noon, Jonathan Ross Veach

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This manuscript of poetry explores, or seeks to explore, the role non-human nature plays in human imagination and thought. The poems attempt to overlay a physical landscape onto a landscape of a subjective imagination, while trying to explore the phenomenon of metaphor – an act that is simultaneously destructive and creative, but seems to be crucial for humans’ interpreting and articulating the world around them.


Come: A Poetry Manuscript, Virginia Henry Jan 2016

Come: A Poetry Manuscript, Virginia Henry

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This is a poetry collection divided into two parts. “North Street” is a sequence of poems that investigates the intersection of solitude and fear. “The Tinder Poems or Encounters of Another Kind” is a sequence that uses sexual experiences as a catalyst to explore the collision of power, love, and cultural expectation.


The Viet Cong, David Tran Tran Jan 2016

The Viet Cong, David Tran Tran

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

After the loss of his father, Eddie Nguyen – an English teacher – travels to Vietnam to fulfill his father’s dying wish, which is to have his remains returned to his village of origin, but the problem is that Eddie can’t seem to locate it. In an attempt to generate funds and solicit more information about the whereabouts of the mysterious village, Eddie tries to find work as an English teacher in Saigon, but he quickly discovers no school will hire him based off his Vietnamese heritage. Frustrated, Eddie goes to a local bar and befriends a bartender named Nykky ...


Seven Stories, Jason Molesky Jan 2016

Seven Stories, Jason Molesky

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

A collection of seven short stories.


I Live Peacefully In A Video Game World- Collected Poems, James Ardis Jan 2016

I Live Peacefully In A Video Game World- Collected Poems, James Ardis

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

I Live Peacefully in a Video Game World occupies impersonal or passive forums such as comments sections, strategy guides, and video game patch notes in order to investigate the intimacy found within them. While conceptual poets have long explored hyper-contemporary communication ranging from spam emails to online reviews for Hollywood movies, these conceptual poets have often allowed themselves to be constrained by their devotion to faithfully transcribing documents. The sections of this manuscript, then, are creative reimaginings of Youtube comments sections, strategy guides, and video game patch notes instead of precise transcriptions. This mixture of conceptual poetry and Prufrokian neurosis ...


Playbook, Jason Edward Harrington Jan 2016

Playbook, Jason Edward Harrington

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

From 2007 to 2013 I worked for the Transportation Security Administration. It was a Kafkaesque experience, rife with bureaucratic absurdity. This memoir is a chronicle of that experience, from the days leading up to my initial application, to the days following my letter of resignation. It is also the story of a man dealing with personal demons, and struggling to find his way through the morass of modern society.


Brim House, Amie Irwin Jan 2016

Brim House, Amie Irwin

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Brim House explores the abstract and ever changing realities of motherhood in a broken world, and in a hot, Mississippi summer.


The Wound Is (Not) Real, Martin M. Cain Jan 2016

The Wound Is (Not) Real, Martin M. Cain

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Invoking “the wound” as a space of semiotic, subjective, narrative, and hegemonic rupture, The Wound Is (Not) Real interrogates trauma and its effects on the formation of adolescent masculinity. Synthesizing and rejecting the conventions of lyric-narrative poetry, the prose poem, critical prose, and the memoir, The Wound Is (Not) Real ultimately attempts to link “woundedness” to poetic language itself, suggesting that poetry rises out of rupture and trauma. I seek to give poetic language its own form of agency; one which resists contextualization or New Critical modes of explication.


Chaucerian Imperfections: The Other And The Turbulant Self, Ahmed Seif Jan 2016

Chaucerian Imperfections: The Other And The Turbulant Self, Ahmed Seif

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This thesis is interested in forms of “imperfection” in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. I define “imperfection” as an authorial gesture performed to narrate an idealized virtue while depriving it from its idealism. The imperfection of a virtue, however, does not happen absolutely. It is the character’s incomplete, distorted, or decadent command of a given virtue, rather than the virtue itself, that makes it imperfect. Consisting of three chapters, the thesis examines Chaucer’s imperfection of things idealized within two medieval spaces: a) the ecclesiastical institution of Church and b) the secular institution of Knighthood. This is why the ...


How The Soul Slips In: Virginia Woolf's (Un)Natural History Of Dogs, Allison Castle Combs Jan 2016

How The Soul Slips In: Virginia Woolf's (Un)Natural History Of Dogs, Allison Castle Combs

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Dogs have a crucial place in articulating ideas about class and sexuality in Woolf and her milieu. Her works move from considering dogs as representative instruments of class and gender in Mrs. Dalloway, to thinking more complexly about the dog/human boundary in Orlando. Human-to-animal ontologies are an evaluation of human biopolitical affiliations, where human social categories and function are embedded and reflected in canine behavior. The “anthropological machine” and the fabulated nature of the human world is exposed in contact zones associated with problems of sexuality, class, and gender, as these internal and external distinctions are able to evade ...


The Last Thing I Said: Eight Stories, Jacqulyn Lea Ladnier Jan 2015

The Last Thing I Said: Eight Stories, Jacqulyn Lea Ladnier

Honors Theses

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