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Boys, Blood And Bubblegum A Creative Look At The Inequity Faced By Female Identifying Authors, Angelica Whitehorne May 2019

Boys, Blood And Bubblegum A Creative Look At The Inequity Faced By Female Identifying Authors, Angelica Whitehorne

Senior Honors Theses

This thesis outlines the inequities faced by female authors throughout history with specific emphasize on the Brontë sisters and J.K. Rowling. Women authors are still under-published and stigmatized in the literary world, resulting in discrimination and lower chances of success for authors that do not identify with the male majority. By studying the use of pseudonyms, the publishing rates, as well as textual evidence from female writers, this thesis highlights the inequity still present within writing as a profession. By combining this research with my own creative work and expression, this thesis merges in personal perspective to create a ...


Gravity And Other Minor Obstructions, Jacob Trask May 2015

Gravity And Other Minor Obstructions, Jacob Trask

Senior Honors Theses

This thesis traces the beginnings and growth as a writer, of the author. The following is an excerpt from the thesis, which will serve as an abstract:

Inspiration for a particular piece of work, whether it be short fiction, poetry, or something else entirely, usually comes to me in the form of a single or couple lines. Sometimes these lines will come from nowhere, sometimes they will come from conversation, but most often they will come from objects or things I see during the day. For instance, the third story in this collection, titled “Wearing Thin,” begins with the line ...


Rescuing Van Weyden, Jonathan A. Kerner Apr 2012

Rescuing Van Weyden, Jonathan A. Kerner

English Master’s Theses

This work, submitted to satisfy the requirement for a thesis in creative writing at the State University of New York, Brockport, contains short works of fiction and of memoir. "The Smoothness of the Grain" is a study of one's interiority as it manifests without being understood. "Breakfast with Mom in Summer" is a fictionalized recollection of a young boy ' s pleasant morning. "Old Lady Gordon" is a loving remembrance informed by many boyhood experiences. "In Northern Wood" is a poetic recollection of a hunting experience. "Endless Winter" is a retelling of that experience that expresses angst about the author ...


Truth In Fiction, Timothy R. Baker Apr 2011

Truth In Fiction, Timothy R. Baker

English Master’s Theses

According to literary tradition and genre classification, fiction has often been regarded as writing that lacks a foundation of truth. However, this does not necessarily mean that fiction contains no elements of truth. In this thesis, Timothy Baker argues that fiction contains traces of truth - truths that may not be fundamentally based on facts, yet can still be recognized as embodying the deep-seated essence of truth. These “essential truths”, though largely shunned from the nonfiction genre, can be utilized to establish the groundwork of fiction - making the genre a reflection of reality itself - instead of a captured moment of reality ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


Begetting The Apple: Poems From Women Of The Bible, Lindsay Mccann Crandall Dec 2006

Begetting The Apple: Poems From Women Of The Bible, Lindsay Mccann Crandall

English Master’s Theses

This thesis project is twofold in nature, both analytical and creative. The introduction takes a penetrating look at the concept of confessional poetry, and as such, the effect that personal experience and feelings have on crafting poetry. The project defines this type of lyric poetry as the “revealing of personal and emotional experience within the space of language.” The concluding sections incorporate original poetry centered on the female characters of both the Old and New Testament. The use of first and third person voice, as well as the juxtaposition of biblical characters with contemporary feminists and issues, is employed as ...


Something Elemental, Samantha J. Bell May 2004

Something Elemental, Samantha J. Bell

English Master’s Theses

This thesis project begins by defining poetry; arguing that it is more than an art form, that it is an extension of self, an expression of the poet’s humanity. It discusses the poetic form, its devices and strategies, through a close analysis of several poets - Sharon Olds, Rainier Maria Rilke, Jane Mead, and even e.e. cummings, which completes the introductory section. The remaining chapters are comprised of original poetry – traditional and experimental, each labelled under the theme of clouds, with the sections representing various aspects of life. Cirrus – roaming from place to place; Cumulus - finding meaning in the ...


Walking The Branches, Jean A. Mcdonough Jan 2003

Walking The Branches, Jean A. Mcdonough

English Master’s Theses

This thesis project examines the process of grief as it is reflected in creative writing – poetry, essay, and prose. The introductory chapter previews each of the sections of the project, and many of the individual pieces, as the narrator reflects on and responds to personal grief. Literary devices are examined as a means to navigate the tension in familial relationships during the turbulent time of grieving as well as exploring the interiority of the individual challenged by this very real aspect of humanity. The remaining sections are comprised of original creative writing pieces, varied in length, style, and convention.


Fisticuffs, Don Burns Apr 2002

Fisticuffs, Don Burns

English Master’s Theses

This thesis project examines the essay in both fiction and non-fiction. The introductory chapter considers the literary structure as a vehicle to reveal actual events, creating a dialogue, a trust between the essayist and the reader. The nonfiction essayist, then, is charged to write about the actual events not those that have been invented even as the fictional essayist is released to conjure and create a new world, an imagined space. Both fiction and nonfiction writers use dialogue and action to describe characters and events. The nonfiction writer must search for the tone that was present at the time of ...


The Marriage Of Composition And Creative Writing, Janice A. Mckay Apr 2002

The Marriage Of Composition And Creative Writing, Janice A. Mckay

English Master’s Theses

In this thesis, modeled after the Composition Studies Published Course Design Example, the author redefines creative writing in order to design a curriculum that will help students become more interested in and more engaged with their writing, and will, in turn, get students to resist writing less, to write more, and eventually, to write better. Like the Course Design Example, this curriculum includes a statement of locale that specifically ties the course to the State University of New York College at Brockport; a critical statement that provides a theoretical foundation for the course; a syllabus that provides detailed information on ...


Scuttlebutt: Stories, Terry L. Shamblin Jan 2000

Scuttlebutt: Stories, Terry L. Shamblin

English Master’s Theses

This thesis project discusses writing creatively as it leverages rhetorical and compositional strategies as part of the creative process. The paper also argues that the use of varied disciplinary theories and knowledge from such diverse areas as psychology, sociolinguistics, grammar, mathematics and statistics, all assist in writing fiction. It discusses the study of ethos, pathos, and logos, as it has bearing on the writing of short fiction, and its use to foster a more effective writing process. The remainder of the project includes ten original, short fiction pieces.


Field Research: Poems, Thomas O'Brien Jan 2000

Field Research: Poems, Thomas O'Brien

English Master’s Theses

This thesis project discusses creative writing in poetry. The opening essay, through close readings of several poets, examines the idea of modernist conventions in poetry and the art as a “translation” of life. The discussion includes: T. S. Eliot with regard to the accessibility of poetry, William Stafford’s use of language, Sylvia Plath’s imagery, and Billy Collins authentic speaker or narrator. The remainder of the project is original poetry that covers diverse themes from nature to love and longing, from family to observational insight on the world.


Copper And Stone, Shirley Aichel Jan 1987

Copper And Stone, Shirley Aichel

English Master’s Theses

This thesis project is prefaced with a personal history that looks at experiences and relationships as an inspiration for creative writing. The remaining sections include original poetry that responds to family history, personal experience, and recurrent themes of war, loss, nature, and relationships. Selected literature and poetry prompts are noted from diverse styles and writers - Thoreau, Milosz, Williams, Jarrell - among others.