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Stopping For Death: Plays, Poetry, And Prose, Sally Johnson Dec 2010

Stopping For Death: Plays, Poetry, And Prose, Sally Johnson

Honors Theses

Thesis consists of plays and poetry composed by Sally Johnson.


Wildly Unpopular And Totally Inappropriate, Katherine Tippins Dec 2010

Wildly Unpopular And Totally Inappropriate, Katherine Tippins

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

"Wildly Unpopular and Totally Inappropriate" is a screenplay about a budding high school romance between two unlikely (and quite opposite) teenagers. The two students, Beth and Alex, go through a series of trials in their relationship before even realizing they like each other: impersonating a parent, sabotaging a dinenr date, suspension, food fights and humiliation.


The Fertile Dark, Jacob M. Martin Dec 2010

The Fertile Dark, Jacob M. Martin

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

The Fertile Dark is a portfolio comprised of approximately forty poems and an introductory essay. All of the poems were written and revised by me while I was a student in the Master of Arts in Professional Writing program, working under the direction of Dr. Jim Elledge and Dr. Ralph Wilson. Although no single theme characterizes the portfolio, the interplay between darkness and light may be seen throughout. As the son of a minister, I am fascinated by these elemental forces and how they shape our lives, our realities, and our beliefs.


Put Into Place, Heather C. Carey Nov 2010

Put Into Place, Heather C. Carey

Theses, Dissertations & Honors Papers

The blending of illusion and reality is the most prominent theme in the thesis. A mirror is the introductory metaphor for m perception of self and God; it reflects reality, bur does not capture internal conflict. As a character in the work, I internalize others' truths to create my persona; my narrative stance reflects my disconnected, dispassionate view of reality. The cold, stark church building serves as the metaphor for church members' treatment of my family under the guise of religious authority. Elementary school classmates' actions blend with those of men in my dating life to affect this persona and ...


Man Hours: The Construction Of A Poet, Kevin Gardner Oct 2010

Man Hours: The Construction Of A Poet, Kevin Gardner

English Master’s Theses

Man Hours : the Construction of a Poet is a collection of Kevin Gardner's work designed to display the creative tools acquired in pursuit of a Master's Degree in English, with a concentration in Creative Writing, at SUNY Brockport. This thesis attempts to take a close look at Gardner's work in an effort to showcase these skills. As a more seasoned student of writing, significant and extensive life experience plays a key role in this collection. Growing up in the 1960s and 1970s, along with years of working in the construction industry, has influenced this collection in ways ...


Sweetwater Blues, Raymond L. Atkins Oct 2010

Sweetwater Blues, Raymond L. Atkins

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

A novel, "Sweetwater Blues," by the author.


The Holiness And Other Stories, Leslie Michelle Nichols Aug 2010

The Holiness And Other Stories, Leslie Michelle Nichols

Dissertations

This dissertation is a collection of an introductory essay and ten original short stories written and submitted to fiction workshops in the PhD program at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers.


Monticello Rising, Charles Edward Campbell Aug 2010

Monticello Rising, Charles Edward Campbell

Dissertations

Monticello Rising is a compilation of fiction accompanied by a critical preface. The pieces within were all composed during my studies at the University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Writers between the years of 2008-2010. The collection is about aspects of growth, initiation, and loss in human relationships.


A Person Of Interest, Jesse Lepre Aug 2010

A Person Of Interest, Jesse Lepre

Master's Theses, Dissertations, Graduate Research and Major Papers Overview

Presents a drama-based screenplay which explores the stereotyping of the modern Italian-American male in contemporary American society.


Disappearing Children, Beth Lynn Couture Aug 2010

Disappearing Children, Beth Lynn Couture

Dissertations

This collection of short stories is primarily concerned with the dynamic between adults and children—parents and their own children, teachers and their students, and other adult/child relationships. In each of the stories, children present a psychological or emotional challenge to the adults, one with which they are not always equipped to cope. They are a problem which cannot be solved easily, if it can be solved at all. On a formal level, the stories in this collection seek to blur the line between the mundane and the magical. Though the collection is riddled with the fantastic, at its ...


Grown Men, Daniel Charles Crocker Aug 2010

Grown Men, Daniel Charles Crocker

Dissertations

Grown Men is a collection of short fiction that articulates the themes of poverty, adulthood, alcoholism and faith. Some of the stories use the same characters in order to further explore place and economic and social status. Set in small towns in Missouri and Mississippi, Grown Men seeks to examine the way men deal with their changing roles when they lose their jobs, relationships and families. The collection is accompanied by a critical introduction. ii


Daimon, Miranda Foster Merklein Aug 2010

Daimon, Miranda Foster Merklein

Dissertations

The following creative dissertation is a book of 57 poems.


The Adventures Of Frank, Gordon, And Some Other People Too, Garrett Mcmahon May 2010

The Adventures Of Frank, Gordon, And Some Other People Too, Garrett Mcmahon

English Master’s Theses

This thesis project incorporates the idea of surrealism as a device to liberate the writer from the necessity of logical sense while using “captivating imagery and bizarre, mind-boggling events” to craft emotionally resonant, original prose. The influence of Irish authors, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and Flan O’Brien, are noted as well as short story author, Donald Barthelme. The author claims several film styles and television comedy genre, found in the likes of Monty Python and The Upright Citizen’s Brigade, as the multiple muse that informs the project. The central theme of friendship dynamics are explored in this original ...


Aged Whine: Grousing From My Side Of The Hill, Carol Dupre May 2010

Aged Whine: Grousing From My Side Of The Hill, Carol Dupre

English Master’s Theses

This thesis project is a work in self-analysis, both as writer and woman. The introduction discusses the analogy of walking as a process to the scholarly work of understanding creative writing. The concept of “ars poetica” is referenced as the author highlights learning and practicing writer restraint as well as trust in the reader. The concluding section of the project encompasses a collection of original, creative, short form prose that explores divorce, death, coming of age-menopause, and old age.


Meddlesome Markets And Epistolary Escapes: Mediating Discourses In Gissing's New Grub Street, Robert Fanzo May 2010

Meddlesome Markets And Epistolary Escapes: Mediating Discourses In Gissing's New Grub Street, Robert Fanzo

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

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Stygiophobia And Other Fears Of Death And Loneliness: Collected Fiction, Jennifer E. Meli May 2010

Stygiophobia And Other Fears Of Death And Loneliness: Collected Fiction, Jennifer E. Meli

English Master’s Theses

This creative thesis is comprised of five short stories and an introduction, which details artistic influences and other factors related to writing. The first story, "Through the Electronic Looking Glass," is a story simultaneously about a dissolving relationship and the intersection between art and commerce. ''Stygiophobia," the title work of the collection meaning "fear of hell," deals with a Christian protestor' s experience at a gay pride parade. "So Damned Civilized" tells the story of an office dinner party gone horribly wrong and gives a glimpse into the evils of human nature. "Affliction," at its core, is about a zombie ...


E. E. Cummings: Lyrical Modernist, Emily Williams May 2010

E. E. Cummings: Lyrical Modernist, Emily Williams

Honors Projects and Presentations: Undergraduate

Poet and critic Randall Jarrell calls E. E. Cummings a “magical bootlegger . . . of language, one who intoxicates us with a clear liquor no government has legalized with its stamp” (qtd. in Alfandary 118). Cummings’ craft with language establishes him as an entertaining and provocative poet, one whose innovations to word and sentence form make his poetry easily distinguishable. His artistic independence and meticulous determination led to nearly twenty volumes of verse, a novel and a handful of plays over his lifetime (1894-1962). Despite an initial lack of public appreciation for his work, Cummings persevered, and his craft with language—at ...


Boiled Down, Sara Meyer May 2010

Boiled Down, Sara Meyer

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

A volume of poetry, with an introduction by the author.


Monarchs In Love And Other Stories, Matthew Swetnam May 2010

Monarchs In Love And Other Stories, Matthew Swetnam

UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones

Monarchs in Love and Other Stories is a collection of nine short stories. These stories are structurally and tonally heterogeneous, and it is this heterogeneity of form that emerges as the collection's central concern. Present are stories which borrow other forms' organizational conceits (the almanac entries of "Excerpts from the Dwarf-Monger's Handbook"), stories which arrange themselves around arbitrary organizational conceits (the order of the letters of the alphabet in "26 Characters"), and stories which employ radically traditional formal models ("Blind Boy and Mammoth.") Present are stories narrated in the first-person point-of-view ("For a Walk," "Harem Girls"), stories narrated ...


Broken Stone: Finding Dust And Dragons In Appalachia, Jonathan Lounsberry May 2010

Broken Stone: Finding Dust And Dragons In Appalachia, Jonathan Lounsberry

Morehead State Theses and Dissertations

Submitted to the faculty of Morehead State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Department of English at Morehead State University by Jonathan Lounsberry in May of 2010.


Manuscripts, Illuminated: A Collection Of Ekphrastic Poems, Jacqueline Vienna Goates May 2010

Manuscripts, Illuminated: A Collection Of Ekphrastic Poems, Jacqueline Vienna Goates

Undergraduate Honors Capstone Projects

This thesis is a unique integration of creative writing and research of a specific literary tradition. As a student of art history and literature, and a creative writer, I am interested in fusing my interests by writing about art and studying the relationships between text and image. I have written a collection of ekphrastic poems, poems which are based on works of art. After reading extensively in this genre of poetry and researching its origins and evolution throughout literary history, I have come to a greater appreciation for those who write ekphrasis and what it can accomplish in the craft ...


Across Our Native Wild: Explorations In The Search For Home, Stacey Greene May 2010

Across Our Native Wild: Explorations In The Search For Home, Stacey Greene

Morehead State Theses and Dissertations

Submitted to the faculty of Morehead State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Bachelor of Fine Arts in the Department of English at Morehead State University by Stacey Greene in May of 2010.


Upstate Roadkill Memorial Service, Scott Christian Fynboe May 2010

Upstate Roadkill Memorial Service, Scott Christian Fynboe

Dissertations

Upstate Roadkill Memorial Service is a collection of poems that examines death and mortality and includes a critical preface.


Cryptid, Phillip Jarett Underwood May 2010

Cryptid, Phillip Jarett Underwood

Dissertations

Cryptid is a term from the field of cryptozoology, which ostensibly presents itself as the study of creatures that may or may not exist, such as – but not limited to – Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, and the Jersey Devil. The term itself, cryptid, refers to one of these unknown creatures. The novella presented here concerns a half-Native American man and his struggle to know not only his dead parents, but himself and his place in the world. While cryptids play a minor role within the boundaries of the narrative itself, the novella concerns itself more with the ways in which ...


The Son's Return, Gary Charles Wilkens May 2010

The Son's Return, Gary Charles Wilkens

Dissertations

This dissertation is a collection of poems accompanied by a critical preface.


The Nightingale Of Austerlitz, Lindsay Marianna Walker May 2010

The Nightingale Of Austerlitz, Lindsay Marianna Walker

Dissertations

The Nightingale of Austerlitz employs poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to articulate the theme of (mis)communication. A pliable, multi-genre approach was necessary to convey the urgency of two central characters’ desire to connect despite the impossibility of doing so. Prose interrupts and challenges the set precision of poetry in order to embody the stops and starts—the literal and figurative breakdowns—of communication. The juxtaposition of genres dramatizes dialogue, silence, affective distance, and desire. Song, sound, repetition (using lullaby, referencing music, thematizing the ear) further assert the power of language as performance and aesthetics as consolation, and provoke a particular ...


On Family And Fences: Tracing Melungeon Roots In The Blue Ridge Mountains Of Virginia And Tennessee, Ron Horton May 2010

On Family And Fences: Tracing Melungeon Roots In The Blue Ridge Mountains Of Virginia And Tennessee, Ron Horton

Dissertations and Theses

The Melungeons are a group of indeterminable origin living in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southeastern Tennessee and Southwestern Virginia. This thesis describes characteristics of these tri-racial isolates and gives theories as to their mysterious origins. Being darker skinned, the Melungeons were pushed into more mountainous regions by European colonists in the early 1700’s. While multiple hypotheses exist as to the origin of the Melungeon people, there is no single theory that is accepted by all scholars.

Dr. Brent Kennedy’s The Melungeons: The Resurrection of a Proud People, served as a catalyst for my Melungeon research. Kennedy is ...


Editing The Outcrowd, Alex Kish May 2010

Editing The Outcrowd, Alex Kish

Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects

My capstone project is the completion of two issues of The Outcrowd, a student run lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally magazine at Syracuse University. I served as editor-in-chief of the publication from fall 2009 to spring 2010. As a magazine journalism major, my leadership position on t this campus magazine helped improve my editorial skills, and taught me to become a more effective leader. Both issues were published toward the end of both semesters and were distributed across Syracuse University’s campus.

My reflective essay discusses the editorial vision behind the publication. Since its creation, The Outcrowd has ...


True You Magazine, Amanda Romaniello May 2010

True You Magazine, Amanda Romaniello

Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects

True You Magazine was created because of the turmoil and conflict that today’s media creates for young girls between the ages of 10 years old and 14 years old. Girls of this age are highly susceptible to influences of any media form, including magazines, television shows, and movies. In the magazine industry, there are many women’s and teen fashion and health magazines. Unfortunately, the majority of these publications lack healthy representation of female bodies. Some of these magazines also discuss and advise on topics, like sex or dieting, that girls in this young age range should not be ...


Starkin, Rebecca W. Miller May 2010

Starkin, Rebecca W. Miller

Masters Theses and Doctoral Dissertations

In traditional fantasy novels, as established with J.R.R. Tolkien‘s Lord of the Rings, the main character embarks on a heroic journey. As defined by Joseph Campbell, who was the author, editor and translator of books on mythology such as The Hero with a Thousand Faces a heroic journey is an epic quest that leads the hero physically to an internal rebirth. Within Campbell‘s study of the monomyth, using those conventions outlined by Campbell, I will show how Tolkien elements uses Campbell‘s conventions in Middle Earth, where a simple young hobbit ends up saving his world ...