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The Women Of Middle Fork, Pamela J. W. Shingler Dec 1999

The Women Of Middle Fork, Pamela J. W. Shingler

Morehead State Theses and Dissertations

A thesis presented to the faculty of the Caudill College of Humanities at Morehead State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts by Pamela J.W. Shingler on December 9, 1999.


Another Person's Skin: Imagining Race In The Works Of Crane, Dunbar, Cather And Stevens, Lisa M. Durose Aug 1999

Another Person's Skin: Imagining Race In The Works Of Crane, Dunbar, Cather And Stevens, Lisa M. Durose

Dissertations

This study is interested in the motivations behind certain authors' attempts to, in the words of Willa Cather, "enter into another person's skin"~in the desires compelling writers to cross, transgress, or perhaps transcend those barriers that have historically divided people in the world: barriers of color, class, and gender. In particular it seeks to examine the works of four early twentieth century writers who undertake what these days is considered risky: transracial and transethnic crossings. By relying on biographical, cultural, and historical sources, I explore the strategies American writers Stephen Crane (1871-1900), Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872- 1906), Willa ...


Skin: A Work Of Fiction, Kellie Wells Aug 1999

Skin: A Work Of Fiction, Kellie Wells

Dissertations

In Skin, a polyphonous novel, a community of characters similarly metaphysically vexed and similarly grappling with issues of selfhood and identity intersect and catalyze in one another moments of recognition. These brief self-reckonings suggest to the characters that though the quest to discern their place in the universe is a plagued one, it is not without value as it at least results in faint glimmers of enlightenment. Ultimately, how ever, these flickerings of understanding inch the characters no closer to the big certainties they seek, and they therefore must determine that the process itself, or, more to the point, the ...


Revisiting Lydia Sigourney, Mike G. Smith Aug 1999

Revisiting Lydia Sigourney, Mike G. Smith

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

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A Bare Unpainted Table: A Manuscript Of Poems, Gladys Cardiff Jun 1999

A Bare Unpainted Table: A Manuscript Of Poems, Gladys Cardiff

Dissertations

The poems in this collection reflect Cardiff's bi-cultural Native American and Euro-American inheritance. The book title comes from a sixteenth century chronicle in which the native peoples of the Americas are seen as "simple gentiles" living under the "lawe of nature " . These narrative poems refute the Eurocentric notion that American Indians can be likened to a "bare table" or "a blank sheet of paper to be written upon ". The poem s celebrate her Indian heritage and also engage allusively with Western and Asian tradition s and conventions. Sometimes edgy, sometimes honorific, the juxtaposition of traditions in these poems is ...


Indoor/Outdoor: Poems, Jeffrey Greer Apr 1999

Indoor/Outdoor: Poems, Jeffrey Greer

Dissertations

The poems in this manuscript can be sorted into two distinct, but compatible, categories. First, a series of narrative poems attempt to challenge Edgar Allen Poe’s dictum that an American poet cannot successfully write a poem longer than 100 lines. These poems approach coherent subjects through disjunctive forms. There is non-linear and linear movement in these poems that meander along in an attempt to capture a witnessed scene along with the action of making sense of that witnessing. There is a process of breaking the familiar and coherent down into something strange, then reconstituting it again into something newer ...


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 ...


Seeing Double: The Self And Body Through Illness , Diana Burgess Lane Jan 1999

Seeing Double: The Self And Body Through Illness , Diana Burgess Lane

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Rodeo Summer, Carolyn Jean Kelly Jan 1999

Rodeo Summer, Carolyn Jean Kelly

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This novella circles around the inherent emotional and psychological hardships of agrarian lifestyles. Underlying themes assisting plot development include characters struggling with developing and maintaining intimacy, abandonment issues, questions of mothering and nurturance, and the driven nature of competitive, ambitious North Americans in general. The story line follows a mature woman through four major life ceremonies: three funerals and her wedding. Serving as loci, each of these four events allows the telling of a mini-story of support characters that continuously reveal and deepen the presentation of the main character. Ultimately her storyis told through her relationships to others even as ...


Endings And What's Left: Lyric, Segmented Stories, Ander Sannes Monson Jan 1999

Endings And What's Left: Lyric, Segmented Stories, Ander Sannes Monson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This collection of stories works in fragments, segments. They dangle, resonate, and accumulate. In some ways, they're grotesques, or modern horror stories - broken, split. Characters are isolated and rarely come into contact with each other. When they do, it's often disastrous or telling. It leaves a stain. The stories deal with emotional entropy, the natural pulling-apart of relationships. Dis-integration is a fitting description for the central motion in many of these stories. They are retreats, (dulled) hopes for escape. The action is often static, tied-down or bound; it's often that of nonaction with consequence. At the same ...


The Voice Of The Turtle, Robin Montgomery Kennedy Jan 1999

The Voice Of The Turtle, Robin Montgomery Kennedy

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

"The Voice of the Turtle" is a nonfiction, narrative memoir which relates the evolution of an individual female consciousness. Within this memoir, Robin Montgomery Kennedy relates her struggle to find, express, and retain a voice, a self-identity and awareness of human limitations, and the choices available within the artificial constraints of society. This memoir is the recounting of this individual's journey on the voyage to becoming an open, expressive, direct being, within societal constructs as a twentieth century, female Iowan. Each narrative essay relates a turning point in this woman's life which brings her to a greater awareness ...


Cyclorama: A Collection Of Short Fiction And Poetry About The Lives Of Women, Kata O'Bannon Alvidrez Jan 1999

Cyclorama: A Collection Of Short Fiction And Poetry About The Lives Of Women, Kata O'Bannon Alvidrez

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Cyclorama is a compilation of poems and short stories, ranging from short-shorts to the more traditional short story form, all dealing with the issues facing women from early childhood through old age. Happy endings are for the most part missing, but this is a part of the American female experience-lives filled with and formed by a vast range of experiences that dictate the difference between right and wrong, disappointments that paralyze the human spirit for days or even lifetimes, life lessons that teach women the rules of being the daughters, mothers, and wives our society expects. Some women love their ...


Eleven Seconds Underwater, Matthew W. Vadnais Jan 1999

Eleven Seconds Underwater, Matthew W. Vadnais

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Eleven seconds underwater is an original novel that uses a series of first person narratives to weave the story of the Grand Forks flood of 1997 and, in particular, its effects upon a community forged in a river valley famous for its winters. The book uses theses narratives to explore connection, loss, self, and ultimately the difficulties of writing something meaningful about one's own life and experiences.


20,000 Leagues Under The Sink, Andrew Segedi Jan 1999

20,000 Leagues Under The Sink, Andrew Segedi

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Psalm For An Eldorado Prophet, Mary A. Hudson Jan 1999

Psalm For An Eldorado Prophet, Mary A. Hudson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

An collection of short fiction by Mary Ann Hudson.


Making Company Of Darkness , Joshua Evan Borgmann Jan 1999

Making Company Of Darkness , Joshua Evan Borgmann

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Inheritance , Sarah Helen Small Jan 1999

Inheritance , Sarah Helen Small

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Galmud Variations: A Stereophonic Novel , John Anthony Lane Jan 1999

The Galmud Variations: A Stereophonic Novel , John Anthony Lane

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Last Best Thing , Katherine Sebeny Taylor Jan 1999

The Last Best Thing , Katherine Sebeny Taylor

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Escape Artist , Manori Neelika Jayawardane Jan 1999

The Escape Artist , Manori Neelika Jayawardane

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Five Days At India House, Amy M. Consiglio Jan 1999

Five Days At India House, Amy M. Consiglio

Theses and Dissertations

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Virginia Commonwealth University.


Nowhere Land, Andy Davidson Jan 1999

Nowhere Land, Andy Davidson

Honors Theses

This is not a finished manuscript. Even after two semesters of work, I have not found the time to complete it. What follows is a book that is still in revision. It has a beginning and an end, but in between are numerous errors and oversights on my part, things I have yet to correct. Also, the content is not in its final form. Sentences will change. Characters will change. What you're about to read is my second draft, but far from the final one.


I Was A Teenage Necrophiliac: A Screenplay, Walter Howard Jan 1999

I Was A Teenage Necrophiliac: A Screenplay, Walter Howard

Masters Theses

The critical essay that introduces this thesis pays homage to three people in the movie business who have most influenced my original screenplay, I Was a Teenage Necrophiliac. Also included is a section that briefly explains the impetus for this project, and a closing argument that examines the intentional use of cliche as a creative tool.

The zany style of writer/director John Waters is the first major creative influence described. Although my story is not as graphically extreme as some of Waters' earlier work (it would be easy to make a comedy about necrophilia a vile exploitation film), it ...


The World-Swimmers, Patrick L. West Jan 1999

The World-Swimmers, Patrick L. West

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

This thesis has two main parts. The first comprises a collection of nineteen short stories, entitled The World-Swimmers. The second takes the form of an exegesis, 'Framing Fictions & Fictional Friendships,' which provides a critical commentary on the collection, and on the nexus of text and context. The stories vary in length from approximately 1,000 to over 4,000 words. Various writing styles are used to develop fictional explorations of a range of themes, which include: the relationship between the natural and the human worlds, the imbrication of local place and international space, obsession, entrapment, and desire. However, perhaps the ...


L.I.F.E., Omar Merideth Headen Jan 1999

L.I.F.E., Omar Merideth Headen

Masters Theses

I've written my creative thesis in support of the Chicago Public School (CPS) System's "Character Education" initiative. This initiative is composed of a teaching curriculum designed to develop instructional lessons and activities for students, training for teachers and CPS staff, and information for the community that will serve to reduce racial, ethnic and/or religious intolerance and increase sensitivity, cooperation, and understanding. The purpose of this thesis is to give teenage students valuable lessons in character building and allow them to come face to face with various realities of life (i.e., peer pressure, divorce, death, etc.). But ...


Confrontation And Identity In The Fiction Of J.M. Coetzee, Dawn Grieve Jan 1999

Confrontation And Identity In The Fiction Of J.M. Coetzee, Dawn Grieve

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

This thesis is an examination of the fictional works of J.M. Coetzee to date. By focusing my gaze upon either the lack of encounter or the encounters between the 'Self' and the 'Other', I explore the relationship between confrontation and the fluid formation and erosion of identity. This exploration takes place against a dual background: the history of the apartheid government in South Africa, the legacy of oppression and the post-apartheid opportunities and challenges; and Coetzee's own acknowledgement of complicity with the past and commitment to a reconciled future. This study not only examines a broad range of ...


Door To Door, Bryan Levek Jan 1999

Door To Door, Bryan Levek

Masters Theses

My creative thesis consists of four short stories and my author's introduction to them.

In my introduction, I discuss my primary literary influences; not only the author's whose approaches to short fiction that I share, but also those I feel indifferent towards. Sherwood Anderson's Winesburg, Ohio is admirable for its sketches of common people and ordinary life events. James Joyce is highlighted as the originator of literary epiphany, a moment of revelation or profound insight, and both A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Dubliners provide examples of the device. Hemingway's stripped down ...