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N'Awlins Po Boy, Warren J. Graffeo Dec 2011

N'Awlins Po Boy, Warren J. Graffeo

University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations

Abstract

N’Awlins Po Boy draws heavily on the author’s memories and recollections of growing up in the New Orleans of the 1940s and 1950s, but it is a work of fiction. Although the settings and scenes are rendered as accurately as memory allows, the circumstances, situations and people are entirely fictional. During the immediate post-WWII decade, the city went through a rapid series of changes, some calm and nearly unnoticed, others turbulent and upsetting to the natural order that had prevailed for more than two centuries. This is an account of those changes as they might have been ...


New Houston And Other Stories, Danielle J. Gilyot Dec 2011

New Houston And Other Stories, Danielle J. Gilyot

University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Dunning Man, Kevin Fortuna Dec 2011

The Dunning Man, Kevin Fortuna

University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Sharpest Tooth, Shea M.D. Mullaney Dec 2011

The Sharpest Tooth, Shea M.D. Mullaney

Graduate Masters Theses

This thesis comprises 38 poems. A mixture of free and formal verse, these collected works include poems created during the author's graduate study in Creative Writing in addition to earlier poems substantially revised during that time period. Themes of the work include family dynamics, social responsibility, eroticism, digital technology, as well as American and queer identity, from a post-structuralist perspective.


Redemption Of A Common Life, Blythe L. Hunt Dec 2011

Redemption Of A Common Life, Blythe L. Hunt

Morehead State Theses and Dissertations

A thesis presented to the faculty of the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Morehead State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts by Blythe L. Hunt in December of 2011.


That He May Raise, Armond Joseph Boudreaux Dec 2011

That He May Raise, Armond Joseph Boudreaux

Dissertations

This dissertation is a work of fiction written during the author's time as a doctoral candidate at the University of Southern Mississippi.


Son Of A Thousand Fathers, Colter Patterson Cruthirds Dec 2011

Son Of A Thousand Fathers, Colter Patterson Cruthirds

Dissertations

The following collection, which explores the often tenuous relationships between fathers and sons, was written by the author between 2008-2011.


Ladies And Gentlemen, Robert John Bartholomew Dec 2011

Ladies And Gentlemen, Robert John Bartholomew

Dissertations

This collection of short stories treats of the following diverse themes: the redemptive possibilities for seemingly despicable characters; the ways in which circumstances and the social environment affect characters' sexualities and personal relationships; the lengths to which characters are willing to go to get what they want, which want is often the desire to make contact with others; the struggle between characters' narcissism and their need to come to terms with a new self image, a self image which is often at odds with the one they wish for themselves; and the beauty of vulnerability. Additionally, one of the chief ...


The Watchmaker Series, Christopher Michael Seelie Dec 2011

The Watchmaker Series, Christopher Michael Seelie

UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones

The Watchmaker Series celebrates and inquires into time as a biproduct of consciousness and practices the application of this notion in poetry. The series begins with the numeral poems, all of which relate directly to the theoretical and polemical aspects. Along the way, other poems with individual titles are interspersed to reflect or redirect the abstract considerations to more concrete subjects. Gradually, as the series progresses, the interacting and recurring associations meld theory and practice into a compositional whole.

The central notion that contemporary poetry is not a machine made of words but rather, like the watch that gives itself ...


Strike Out Across The Shoreless Ocean, Julia Claire Paajanen Dec 2011

Strike Out Across The Shoreless Ocean, Julia Claire Paajanen

UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones

What happens between a reader and a poem is none of my business. The world has always been yours; find your own way.

(1) Every choice is correct.

(2) Everything is true.

(3) What is anything, unless so far as it is enjoyed?

All you have to do is see the course, and when you see it, go.


Love Everlasting: A Memoir, Arthur Harris Oct 2011

Love Everlasting: A Memoir, Arthur Harris

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

This is a collection of memories shared by the author and his wife.


Strange Places, Alex James Morris Aug 2011

Strange Places, Alex James Morris

Dissertations

Strange Places is a collection of short stories and short shorts written during my time at The University of Southern Mississippi. Set primarily in Akron, Ohio, the stories in this collection explore a range of themes, such as trauma, death, alienation, social class, and the struggle to connect to others. This collection is preceded by a critical introduction.


Girls Of Easy Virtue, Elizabeth Anne Wagner Aug 2011

Girls Of Easy Virtue, Elizabeth Anne Wagner

Dissertations

This is a collection of four stories I have written during my time in the Center for Writers at the University of Southern Mississippi.


To Receive My Services You Must Be Dying And Alone, Kathryn Kruse Aug 2011

To Receive My Services You Must Be Dying And Alone, Kathryn Kruse

UNLV Theses, Dissertations, Professional Papers, and Capstones

Following is a collection of short fiction. The work comes out of the tradition of realism with influences from surrealism and the gothic grotesque.

While most of the work of creation centered around character and voice, several themes emerge in the final product. Death and its perception in American society play central roles in many pieces. Also, the collection explores the experience of intimacy in many types of interpersonal relationships. Several of the pieces focus on the effects environment and location have on individuals and how change of location impacts a character. In conjunction with these many themes, obsession as ...


Recycle Bin: A Collection Of Interconnected Sudden Fiction, Kathleen Brewin Lewis Jul 2011

Recycle Bin: A Collection Of Interconnected Sudden Fiction, Kathleen Brewin Lewis

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

Contains a collection of ten stories, all works of fiction, linked together by the appearance of a recycle bin in each story. The introduction and closing essay relate the author's process as a student and a writer.


The Gamer, Heather Cook Jul 2011

The Gamer, Heather Cook

Dissertations, Theses and Capstone Projects

We open at Fletcher's Creek High with Drew Montgomery, a boy of many faces and friends, popular, athletic, and handsome. He wants to go to college, but his family is poor. Travis, his older brother, is tan, tall, and attractive and is a super senior. He wants to go to college too. On the the way to their semi-final basketball game, a flyer blows into Travis's face - Bungie is hosting a tournament in their home town, and the winners get a scholarship to any college of their choice. This is their chance. They enter the tournament as a ...


Breakout, Heather N. Miller Jul 2011

Breakout, Heather N. Miller

Morehead State Theses and Dissertations

A thesis presented to the faculty of the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at Morehead State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts by Heather N. Miller in July of 2011.


Tales From Limestone County, Brian David Hawkins Jul 2011

Tales From Limestone County, Brian David Hawkins

Morehead State Theses and Dissertations

A thesis presented to the faculty of the Caudill College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Morehead State University in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts by Brian David Hawkins in July of 2011.


The Political Properties: Pro- And Anti-Augustan Readings Of Propertius Book Four, Matthew Angelosanto Jun 2011

The Political Properties: Pro- And Anti-Augustan Readings Of Propertius Book Four, Matthew Angelosanto

Honors Theses

Propertius was a Roman elegist writing during the early years of Augustus’ reign as emperor. His fourth and final book of elegies has long confounded scholars due to its drastic shift in subject matter from love elegy to aetiology. So, too, did the poet’s political stance seem to change: vehemently anti-Augustus in his earlier books, a number of poems in his fourth seem to extol both the sociopolitical climate of Augustan Rome as well as the emperor himself. But should we take the poet’s words at face value? In light of his inexplicable change in political allegiance, this ...


Ordinary Explorations, Amelia M. Endo Jun 2011

Ordinary Explorations, Amelia M. Endo

Honors Theses

In her poem “Poetry” Marianne Moore gracefully states the physical reactions people experience as a result of reading poetry, such as eyes dilating and hair rising. Moore asserts, “these things are important not because a/ high‐sounding interpretation can be put upon them but because/ they are/ useful”. For this reason, I not only read but also create poetry. I wrote this collection of poems intending to trigger reactions from my readers that would be “useful” to them. I decided that the most tactful way to do so was to write about my own personal experiences. Inspired by notable poets ...


The Girl In The Postfeminist World: Rethinking The Impact Of Chick-Lit Fiction, Sarah T. O'Connor Jun 2011

The Girl In The Postfeminist World: Rethinking The Impact Of Chick-Lit Fiction, Sarah T. O'Connor

Honors Theses

This thesis discusses “chick-lit” series in relation to popular culture, adolescent development, and feminist theory. The role of the female in the United States is currently dominated by both neo-liberal and conservative postfeminist ideology. Postfeminism advocates female empowerment via consumption, sexual attractiveness and physical beauty, while at the same time valorizing passive femininity and the roles of wife and mother. Chick-lit fiction provides a means by which postfeminist messages can be examined as they are presented to adolescent girl audiences, and reveals that the influence of this discourse over female subjectivity is inherently patriarchal. As a genre, chick lit is ...


Tales Of Ungdar: Prophecy Of The Eldests, Aaron Dull Jun 2011

Tales Of Ungdar: Prophecy Of The Eldests, Aaron Dull

Honors Senior Theses/Projects

No abstract provided.


Being An Oreo: A Novel, Lauren Gabrielle Funtanilla May 2011

Being An Oreo: A Novel, Lauren Gabrielle Funtanilla

Senior Theses

The story of Sophía Annalicia Maria Martin, or Sam, as she likes to be called, is a coming of age novel. Being an Oreo focuses on the lessons Sam learns in the summer she turns thirteen. She begins her story by telling readers the story about her loud and boisterous Mexican family. She introduces readers to a colorful set of characters and their wild antics, and how she often finds herself stuck in the middle of them. The sensation of being “stuck in the middle” is a phenomenon that Sam faces throughout the book. Readers watch as she struggles to ...


In The Hours Between You And Me, Amanda Mattern May 2011

In The Hours Between You And Me, Amanda Mattern

Senior Theses

This creative writing thesis incorporates memoir writing and fiction by Amanda Mattern.

  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: The France Chronicles
    • Obligatoire
    • Le Bus
    • [untitled]
  • Chapter 2: Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, Relationships are a Bitch
    • Love Conquers All
    • "Alone" Isn't Lonely, It's Safety
    • My Bottom Line
    • The Relationship Agreement
  • Chapter 3: It All Comes Down to Family
    • Preggers
    • 10500 NW Greenview Lane
    • I'll Be Loving You Always
    • The Game of LIFE
  • Chapter 4: Happily Ever Afters
    • Hiding
    • Come to Our Wedding, It's in a Mausoleum
    • Perfectly Buttered Toast


Incarnations Of Heaven: A Study Of Fantastic Imagination And The Complications Inherent To Identity Creation In The Works Of William Blake, Corinne Placilla May 2011

Incarnations Of Heaven: A Study Of Fantastic Imagination And The Complications Inherent To Identity Creation In The Works Of William Blake, Corinne Placilla

English Master’s Theses

This thesis project discusses William Blake’s work and observes the destructive nature of capitalist ideologies through the fantastic and its connection to divine imagination. In the opening section, various aspects of Blake's poetry are explored through the lens of Emancipative Fantastic theory, giving attention to how Marxist theory and fantasy come together in order to demonstrate Blake' s need for the imaginative eye when viewing the world. Through the theories of Marx and Althusser, Althusser's reading and definition of Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses specifically, this project employs the two principles of Marx and Althusser in conjunction ...


Golden Flower Of Prosperity, Katelyn Elizabeth Holland May 2011

Golden Flower Of Prosperity, Katelyn Elizabeth Holland

Boise State University Theses and Dissertations

Golden Flower of Prosperity is a mixed genre work, incorporating letters, found material, lyric poetry, narrative poetry, and prose to explore the experience of two Chinese immigrants in Eastern Oregon at the turn of the twentieth century. By combining found documents with imagined narratives and creating folktales from a few facts, the poems provide an embellished interpretation of history, building the characters of Ing Hay and Lung On into archetypal legends, while still endeavoring to make them seem like real people.

The Objectivist poets Charles Reznikoff and Louis Zukofsky inspired some of the formal aspects of the project. Reznikoff’s ...


Le Spleen D’Ash: Poems, Ashley Gould May 2011

Le Spleen D’Ash: Poems, Ashley Gould

Boise State University Theses and Dissertations

The problem presented in Le Spleen D’Ash is of identity, paralysis, and the Lyric. “Ash” serves as a representation of traditional connotations—a fire’s remains, a resurrection, the ash tree—as well as a symbol for the Lyric “I” in the poems: a plea toward my own voice in the manuscript. Placing honestly into a book is normal, and, when combined with abstract ideas, builds a foreign yet simultaneously comfortable frame for the poems. The presence of a named speaker, Ash, is a common practice, but the fact that my speaker is also metaphorically complex adds further dimensions ...


The Grotesque Menagerie, Merin Leigh Tigert May 2011

The Grotesque Menagerie, Merin Leigh Tigert

Boise State University Theses and Dissertations

The Grotesque Menagerie is an exploration of domestic and gender roles of the American West. The burlesque and the grotesque are used as the dissection tools throughout this manuscript to examine these roles, and in so doing pervert both the ideal and the abject. As the author, these poetic explorations and dissections leave me stuck in an odd androgyny: I am suspect of my own feminist preclusions and oddly obliged to interact with the established patriarchal tropes of the western poetic cannon. I do not reject the canon as a symbol of patriarchal power; I do not request the role ...


Moon Landing, Jennifer Ann Marquardt May 2011

Moon Landing, Jennifer Ann Marquardt

Dissertations

The following short stories began and were finished—at least as finished as they appear here—during my time at the Center for Writers.


Running In Absentia, Jeffrey David Tucker May 2011

Running In Absentia, Jeffrey David Tucker

Dissertations

Running in Absentia is a collection of short fiction, short-short fiction (also known as flash fiction), and poetry, with a critical introduction.