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Picture Postcard, Anthony Fife Dec 2007

Picture Postcard, Anthony Fife

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 Anthony Fife on December 14, 2007.


The Mother Dust, Elizabeth Oquinn Frazier Dec 2007

The Mother Dust, Elizabeth Oquinn Frazier

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 Elizabeth OQuinn Frazier on December 1, 2007.


A Post-Marxist Perspective On Chuck Palahniuk’S Early Novels And The Four Plays Of Incarcerated, Ron Riekki Aug 2007

A Post-Marxist Perspective On Chuck Palahniuk’S Early Novels And The Four Plays Of Incarcerated, Ron Riekki

Dissertations

Incarcerated: a collection of four plays includes the plays Home Schooling, Good Behavior, 2 Mics, and All Saints' Day. Incarcerated explores Foucault's carceral networking and Althusser's Ideological and Repressive State Apparatuses as exemplified in characters faced with such cataclysmic events as the Holocaust (Home Schooling and All Saints' Day) and the degradation/slavery of the American prison system (Good Behavior and 2 Mics). In this RCG-centered working class playwriting, we see how performativity is in inherent in carceral sociology, where each character in all four plays has to take masks and costumes and roles in order to survive ...


The Biographic And Poetic Dimensions In Gary Synder’S Green Buddhism Poetry: Cold Mountain, Mountains And Rivers Without End, And Danger On Peaks, Byoungkook Park Aug 2007

The Biographic And Poetic Dimensions In Gary Synder’S Green Buddhism Poetry: Cold Mountain, Mountains And Rivers Without End, And Danger On Peaks, Byoungkook Park

Dissertations

From the perspective of ecology, many scholars have examined works of Gary Synder, who is an environmental activist, a peasant-Buddhist, and one of the most beloved and significant poets in the East and West. While his poems have been widely read, they have been rarely articulated from the perspective of East Asian Mahayana Buddhism or, which I would call, Green Buddhism. Considering this, my dissertation focuses on Snyder's Green Buddhism poetry and delineates the concept of Green Buddhism and how it has emerged in his Green Buddhism poetry over the past fifty years. According to my research, his poetic ...


Swimming Lessons, Kathy Cole Jul 2007

Swimming Lessons, Kathy Cole

Theses, Dissertations & Honors Papers

This thesis explores different perspectives through the eyes of adults and children and how those perspectives are formed by their relationships with the people around them.” It tries to focus on characters who are struggling to survive by realizing their own value. Whether they are surviving illness, death, abandonment, or midnight car rides with drunken parents, each of these characters tries to make sense of their world and how they fit into it.”


Practical Pieces And Other Stories, Rebecca Lynn Haigh Jul 2007

Practical Pieces And Other Stories, Rebecca Lynn Haigh

Theses, Dissertations & Honors Papers

This thesis is a collection of short stories in which characters look back at the past, at truths they’ve learned and failures they’ve experienced, and look to the future for opportunities to make a better life for themselves and their loved ones. The idea of home plays a vital role in making decisions as to how to move on into a better future.


Ordinary Mermaids And Other Stories, Desiree Sholes Jul 2007

Ordinary Mermaids And Other Stories, Desiree Sholes

Theses, Dissertations & Honors Papers

This thesis is a series of short stories in which the characters are constantly searching for something. The characters learn, grow, and adapt as they experience different life situations and work to find some new meaning for their lives, even if the change is small or subtle.


Four Roads: A Novel, Kelly Daniels Jun 2007

Four Roads: A Novel, Kelly Daniels

Dissertations

An American tourist is attacked by peasants, who suspect her of stealing infants to sell on a shadowy organ donation market. Several other attacks follow, prompting a travel advisory, which in turn causes tourists to flee the country, fracturing the already weak economy, and creating more chaos still. Meanwhile, death squads patrol the mountains to "disappear" anyone suspected of harboring sympathy for the rebels, and the usual assortment of criminals use any means available to make a buck. This is Guatemala, hardly a vacationer's paradise; yet several Americans have elected to remain in country amidst such turmoil.

Four Roads ...


Making Confessions: The Confessional Voice Found Among Literary Genres, Mary Beth Harrod May 2007

Making Confessions: The Confessional Voice Found Among Literary Genres, Mary Beth Harrod

English Master’s Theses

This graduate thesis will explore the term "confessional" and its application to literature. The term "confessional" varies; confessional writing can take different forms in different genres. In this thesis, works by contemporary authors of personal lyric poetry, memoir, and fiction are discussed and an investigation of confessional writing within their work is undertaken. While not all authors use a direct confessional voice, the overall effect of their writing creates an intimate space between the writer and reader. A sense of self-reflection on the part of the author gives a confessional feel to his or her work.

While the lines of ...


Straddling The Line, Janelle K. Karas Apr 2007

Straddling The Line, Janelle K. Karas

English Master’s Theses

This research project focuses on the tension between fiction and creative non-fiction as they are defined and understood as separate styles of writing. The introductory section examines the scholarly discussion of “truth” and imagination and the blending of fact and fiction in this re-imagined genre of writing. The research considers the creative non-fiction memoir writing of Maya Angelou, Augusten Burroughs, and Dave Eggers. The concept of reader’s “belief” as they relate to a given creative non-fiction piece and the reality of perspective as a means to position and understand this type of writing is also explored. The reminder of ...


Out Here, Listening, Amy Whipple Apr 2007

Out Here, Listening, Amy Whipple

Theses, Dissertations & Honors Papers

This thesis is a collection of creative nonfiction essays revolving around the author’s place and identity within her community, especially where her womanhood is concerned. Within eight different essays, she questions and analyzes what community and individualism are and how they fit together to form a unique sense of self.


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 ...


Singing The Song Of The Eunuch, Andy Sanderson Apr 2007

Singing The Song Of The Eunuch, Andy Sanderson

English Master’s Theses

Form, stated as a critical component of poetry writing in “alchemic” combination with image, word choice, and resonance, as they bear on the creative writing process, is explored in this critical and creative thesis project. The poetic voice as it is informed by "Sanderson's Four Axioms,” (named above – form, image, word choice, resonance) are revealed through examples of published poets, critical suggestions, and original poetry. The creative work is written in a variety of traditional and non-traditional forms primarily focused on the author’s personal experiences as a lifelong resident of Western New York. In essence, the creative section ...


The High School Play, Kevin Drzakowski Apr 2007

The High School Play, Kevin Drzakowski

Dissertations

The High School Play is a creative work, a full-length play in three acts. Set in suburban Richard M. Nixon High School, the play explores the notion o f adolescent identity while satirizing the American educational system’s artificial construction o f these identities. The play is especially concerned with theatrically representing the way students view each other through flawed frameworks based on preconceived notions o f race, gender, sexuality, and intelligence, as well as how this behavior shapes adolescents’ construction o f their own self-conceptions. The High School Play also deals with the difficulty schools experience in addressing the ...


Images Of Salvation: A Study In Theology, Poetry And Rhetoric, Gregory Brian Smith Mar 2007

Images Of Salvation: A Study In Theology, Poetry And Rhetoric, Gregory Brian Smith

Theses

Humankind yearns for reconciliation, fulfilment and salvation, and the human heart has always sought deliverance from negative forces. In particular, this yearning for salvation is most apparent when poets envisage such yearning in living situations and in recognisable life circumstances. Reading them shows how the quest for salvation is being achieved in daily steps that incarnate movements of hope and a contesting of despair. This dissertation captures some significant images of salvation expressed in selected Australian poetry. It argues that what is classically called final salvation is imaged in the trope of transcendence in poetry. Because the concept of salvation ...


In Search Of: Stories From The Ones Left Behind, Mayra Lizzette Velez Jan 2007

In Search Of: Stories From The Ones Left Behind, Mayra Lizzette Velez

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

In Search Of: Stories from the Ones Left Behind introduces five young women-- June, Leila, Kiss, Marianne, and Alma-- who struggle to impede loved ones from abandoning them. One woman confronts her worst fears when she finds out about her husband's affair with a mutual friend; one comes to terms with her sister's poor lifestyle choices; another copes with her mother's sudden marriage; and yet another figures out that in order to keep her fiance, she must be willing to take on responsibilities foreign to her. And then there is the story of Alma, a contemplative but ...


The Round Barn, Susan Elizabeth Fallows Jan 2007

The Round Barn, Susan Elizabeth Fallows

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The Round Barn is a novel in two parts that tells the story of two Iowa farm families during the period 1915 to 1929, a volatile time in the history of the American farm. The first part of the novel tells the story of Joe Marshall, a young man in conflict with his hard-working farmer father. At sixteen-years-old, Joe must choose whether to leave the farm to pursue his own desires or to stay where he is needed to help keep his financially strapped family afloat. Part two of the novel focuses on Mae Allinson, a woman in her early ...


Frat Star, Nathan Andrew Holic Jan 2007

Frat Star, Nathan Andrew Holic

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This thesis, a social novel in the tradition of Tom Wolfe's The Bonfire of the Vanities and Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, is all at once an attentive first-person study of a twenty-something man close to his cracking point in his first post-college job, a detailed expose of national fraternities, and the sweeping panoramic view of an entire generation of over-programmed college students searching for direction. Frat Star follows a fragile college graduate named Charles Washington, who takes a position as an "Educational Consultant" with a national fraternity in his first semester after graduation ...


Journey To The Scars: A White Trash Epic, J. Patrick Rader Jan 2007

Journey To The Scars: A White Trash Epic, J. Patrick Rader

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Inspired by the work of writers Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe and motivated by celebrity prevaricator James Frey, Journey to the Scars: A White Trash Epic is a memoir that attempts to redefine the genre by applying the ideals and themes of gonzo and new journalism. The opening chapter, "The Diary of John Doe Frankenstein" tells the story of a pivotal event in the author's life. Immediately following this narrative of a near fatal motorcycle accident, the author/narrator's reliability is called into question and the remainder of the memoir is the story of the author's ...


Moonflowers And Other Stories, Sarah Bethany Prevatt-Harris Jan 2007

Moonflowers And Other Stories, Sarah Bethany Prevatt-Harris

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Moonflowers and Other Stories is a collection of short stories focusing on complex relationships among characters who are estranged from their families and their pasts; some seek to reestablish connections, while others decide to simply walk away. All of the stories are set in Florida. In "Stained Glass," Abby returns home after seventeen years to help care for the father who disowned her. In "Blue Green Red," Melaney is compelled to find her brother after years of lying about his existence. Selina, the protagonist of "Fatty Walsh" is so embarrassed by her family she will not tell her friend Alucia ...


"In The Drowning City" And Other Stories, Malyn Matilde Segarra Jan 2007

"In The Drowning City" And Other Stories, Malyn Matilde Segarra

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

In the Drowning City and Other Stories is a collection of fiction written and revised during Malyn Segarra's graduate studies at the University of Central Florida. Most of the collection examines the transient nature and fragility of identity and shifting roles within the family unit. All focus on a particular span of time, the transition into young adulthood. Each character is faced with an obstacle or event that tests his or her beliefs, integrity and sense of self. As each one struggles to make a unique and permanent impression in the world, he or she must come to terms ...


The Double Sunrise : A Novel And An Accompanying Exegesis, Australian National Identity And The Double Sunrise, Lynne Leonhardt Jan 2007

The Double Sunrise : A Novel And An Accompanying Exegesis, Australian National Identity And The Double Sunrise, Lynne Leonhardt

Theses: Doctorates and Masters

This thesis comprises a historical novel entitled 'The Double Sunrise' and an exegesis entitled 'Australian National Identity and "The Double Sunrise'". The novel contains three books. The narrative starts in Book I through the perspective of twelve-year-old, fatherless Virginia. The introductory scene, set in 1957, depicts the girl's consciousness and self-consciousness at the wedding of her mother, Valerie, a former English war-bride and war-widow, to her second husband Noel. When the newly married couple leave for their honeymoon, Virginia is left in the care of her aunt, Attie, (her father's twin sister) who lives on a farm in ...


Two Blades Come Together: Stories, Mark Edward Pursell Jan 2007

Two Blades Come Together: Stories, Mark Edward Pursell

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This collection of seven short stories details the emotional triumphs and complications of characters whose lives are altered by issues of sexuality and disconnection. An adolescent girl feels her father slipping away from her and, in turn, willfully destroys the imaginary world of the boy she babysits; a speech therapist struggles to make headway with a young patient while finding himself unable to communicate with his ex-lover; a gay poet cheats on his boyfriend in a desperate attempt to fuel his failing art. The dramatis personae of Two Blades Come Together is comprised of individuals who struggle towards grace and ...


How The Sky Tastes: Eight Stories, Daniel Sinclair Jan 2007

How The Sky Tastes: Eight Stories, Daniel Sinclair

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

How the Sky Tastes is not simply a collection of stories. It is my representation of moments in life, social commentaries, bits of humor, and pure entertainment all in one. Each story, although unique and easily able to stand alone, shares qualities I find important in writing fiction. First, each story features realistically flawed, yet sympathetic characters dealing with difficulties in life. Secondly, the actual moment is important in each story--whether that moment is something shared between two or more characters or simply the time a certain character comes to a serious realization. Finally, the style can make or break ...


Broken Open, Taylor Kistler Stannard Jan 2007

Broken Open, Taylor Kistler Stannard

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Broken Open is a collection of short stories, four of which deal with culpability and the unexpected transformations that occur when blame, either unintended or deliberately invoked, is exposed and finally understood. The remaining two stories concern relationships that turn out to be gifts, as well as painful learning experiences. In "Other Living Creatures," one family contends with post traumatic stress disorder as another implodes following the death of a young soldier in Vietnam. "Hunters" deals with the unconscious motivations that leave a father resentful and unable to forge a relationship with his son. In "Bardenbrook," an accidental death is ...


Tourist Trap: On Being Raised In Award-Winning Sand, Catherine Jane Carson Jan 2007

Tourist Trap: On Being Raised In Award-Winning Sand, Catherine Jane Carson

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The literary essays in this collection explore the relationships between mind, body, and environment as the narrator explores Orlando, her beachfront hometown of Sarasota, and other "tourist traps." The traditional and experimental essays here question how residents make popular vacation destinations their own and how much trust one can put in strangers, neighbors, city planners, theme-park designers, and lovers. Dance floors, hybrid bikes, flying elephants, swing sets, and swimming pools fill these pages. Worries spiral like disco lights on dance floors, and cultural forces press down with the constant pressure of pedal strokes. With the embodiment of place comes connection ...


Fractures, Elizabeth Hastings Jan 2007

Fractures, Elizabeth Hastings

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

A stoplight at night. A dim bedroom. The smell of smoke and loss in summer. In winter, the crackle of snow underfoot, the city cold as a lavender planet. These are the settings within Fractures, and it is to these backdrops that the conflicts of the poems' speakers bare themselves. In the glow of these places, the truth of fractures, the gaps and slivers within us all, are illuminated. Below the visible wholeness of life lies a masked truth, the truth of a world that exists as a collection of fragments, of lives, of stories that connect, intersect, and sometimes ...


Let The Children Come To Me, Andrea Ramirez Jan 2007

Let The Children Come To Me, Andrea Ramirez

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

My thesis, a collection of personal essays, explores my parents' affinity towards their native Colombia and how this connection to their homeland, through their faith and their customs, affected my definition of self. When I think about my parents' emigration from Colombia to the States, I picture the illustrations in the Bible I had as a child: the couple running from Sodom and Gomorra, running away from the place they had always known and holding on to each other. My parents, like the couple in the Bible, were in the middle of nowhere when they first set foot on the ...


Mime: The Musical, Aaron House Jan 2007

Mime: The Musical, Aaron House

Honors Theses

Premise Listening is the key to harmony. Those who do not listen to others provoke disorder, chaos, and war; but a listening ear brings peace, love, and happiness.

Cast of Characters Siga -A rebellious mime prince, who believes in talking and especially singing. Rayrna -The beautiful princess of Speak City. King- The old fashioned king of Speak City Queen- The King's nagging wife. Advisor- The King's evil advisor, who wants to marry Rayma. Gl- One of the King's guards. G2- Another Guard GJ - One of the King' s goofy spies. G4 - An equally goofy spy.

Time and ...


Gaze Of The Self, Benjamin A. Deblock Jan 2007

Gaze Of The Self, Benjamin A. Deblock

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

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