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Buckeye Gumbo, Michael Kenneth Parsons Dec 2002

Buckeye Gumbo, Michael Kenneth Parsons

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 Michael Kenneth Parsons on December 3, 2002.


Waiting For Mary Jane: A Collection Of Modern Appalachian Short Stories In The Joycean Tradition., Lorie Ann Wright Aug 2002

Waiting For Mary Jane: A Collection Of Modern Appalachian Short Stories In The Joycean Tradition., Lorie Ann Wright

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This thesis consists of a collection of short stories stylistically reminiscent of the works of James Joyce yet with an Appalachian and feminist voice. Waiting for Mary Jane should appeal to readers interested in experimental styles as well as feminist and Appalachian literature. The protagonist of the collection is Mary Jane, a female from present day East Tennessee. The reader experiences her life from age three to thirty. The introduction to the collection explores the link between James Joyce, Appalachia, Feminist writing, and the short stories. Structurally and thematically the collection reflects the works of James Joyce by using the ...


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 ...


Dancing Queen A Play In One Act, Erin Solko Apr 2002

Dancing Queen A Play In One Act, Erin Solko

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

Cast of Characters Gracie Abigail Victoria Liz The Mother, late forties The Younger Daughter, late teens The Older Daughter, mid twenties Abigail's Friend, late teens TIME: Early spring, two weeks before high school graduation PLACE: A suburb of New York City SETTING: A modest, middle-class home. The stage is a cutaway of the front section of the house. Visible to the audience is the outside front entrance, the living room, two bedrooms - Abigail's above Grade's, a door to the kitchen and a door to Victoria's bedroom. The living room is clean and mostly picked up. It ...


Journeys: A Critical Analysis Of The Diary Of Sarah L. Wadley, Regina C. Davis Jan 2002

Journeys: A Critical Analysis Of The Diary Of Sarah L. Wadley, Regina C. Davis

Theses, Dissertations and Capstones

As a young woman living in Louisiana during the Civil War, Sarah Lois Wadley documented in her diary the fractured, conflicted perspective that was her experience as a woman living in the war ravaged South. Her writing is evidence of the confusion she felt as a result of the discrepancy between the expectations of Southern patriarchal society and her own needs as a woman. Wadley’s diary is a complex text similar to a novel in that it relates events through a construct that reflects her response to her reader’s/society’s expectations. From a deconstructionist perspective, the power ...


Dancing With The Bag Lady, Mora Lee Finnerty Jan 2002

Dancing With The Bag Lady, Mora Lee Finnerty

Theses, Dissertations and Capstones

Predominantly explores the author's decade-long struggle with anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, from pre-onset to present day. Other universal themes include dysfunctional family life, discrimination, materialism, adolescence, alcohol and drug abuse, music, religion, academia, married life, hypochondria, disease, and death.


What Beautiful, Barrett Emerson Randall Jan 2002

What Beautiful, Barrett Emerson Randall

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

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Face Of A Woman, Body Of A Child, Jill Dopf Jan 2002

Face Of A Woman, Body Of A Child, Jill Dopf

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

My thesis is a work of creative non-fiction detailing many of my life experiences as a person affected by Emery-Dreifuss muscular dystrophy. My opening chapter is written from a child's perspective as I contemplate the onset of my illness at the age of four. The middle chapters of this work explore the turbulent adolescent years and my growing confusion and insecurity regarding the progression of my condition. The close of this work details my friendship with another woman affected by the same condition. Through this unique bond, I gain a greater understanding and acceptance of myself.


Unraveling, Anna Elaine Ossanna Jan 2002

Unraveling, Anna Elaine Ossanna

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This novella is the story of Aino Saarinen and her husband Len, two talented people living in a Finnish-American community that values humility and self-deprecation. While Aino struggles to hide her artistic talent, her husband, who rejects the community's standard, devotes all his energy to winning cross country ski races. When Len's obsession with competition leads to an accident that robs him of his ability to ski, both Aino and Len are forced to change their relationship with themselves, with each other, and with the community in which they live. The style and content of this novella draw ...


Cycles Of Love And Confusion, Ryan K. Rodriguez Jan 2002

Cycles Of Love And Confusion, Ryan K. Rodriguez

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This is a collection of Fiction and Narrative Poetry. It contains three chapters from a novel, two short stories, and three narrative poems. Themes include disconnection and naivete related to the current mainstream historical period. Realism and satire walk hand in hand.


Sexlight, Erika Marie Mueller Jan 2002

Sexlight, Erika Marie Mueller

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

I began writing this collection of poetry one summer, after planting a wild patch of herbs, vegetables, and flowers. It was a summer full of moths; they clung to window screens, danced past my face, flew among grasses and trees. In my worry that they represented something ominous, I began researching moths and (re)discovered poetry. What I learned has now become the shape of this manuscript. The poems in the first section explore how in girlhood we believe in so many myths, view them as real and living truths that breathe. There is the myth of love providing warmth ...


Speak Of Me, Lauren K. Alleyne Jan 2002

Speak Of Me, Lauren K. Alleyne

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

John Biguenet once said that "language is a contract between a group of people on what to keep silent about." The implication then, is that language as well as culture - which can be defined as an agreement between a group of people about the way in which they live - are inextricably related; that the issues to which one gives voice, the labels, stereotypes, and vocal behaviors are related to the culture in which one exists. In moving - whether it is from one city to another, or from one country to another - one comes to a pre-determined set of terms to ...


Boys Dancing With Men: Fiction, James Paul Austin Jan 2002

Boys Dancing With Men: Fiction, James Paul Austin

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

This is a collection of fiction-five short stories and a novella-that tell stories about boys as young as twelve and about grown men as old as late middle-age. The stories' settings range from Pennsylvania to Ohio to rural Utah, and even to places entirely imagined and unnamed, but each main character experiences a sequence of events that alters the trajectory of his life permanently. This can take the form of the classic "epiphany" story, or the total opposite, which some contemporary writers call "depiphanies." In any event, this is the common link between these main characters and the worlds they ...


The Beautiful Gate: My Journey To The Monastery, C. Timothy Mcneill Jan 2002

The Beautiful Gate: My Journey To The Monastery, C. Timothy Mcneill

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A memoir by Columba Timothy McNeill.


A Bad Time For Pop Culture, Keri A. Phillips Jan 2002

A Bad Time For Pop Culture, Keri A. Phillips

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

An anthology of short fiction and non-fiction works by Keri Anna Phillips.


The Socio-Political Influence Of Rap Music As Poetry In The Urban Community, Albert D. Farr Jan 2002

The Socio-Political Influence Of Rap Music As Poetry In The Urban Community, Albert D. Farr

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Rap, like poetry, is oral and traditionally set at a specified meter, maintains a consistent thought and is created to please the ear as well as the mind. I contend that rap music, just as traditional poetry, stands as not only as a means to express creativity on the part of African-Americans, but it also stands as an art-form that addresses an agenda that would stand to spark meaningful dialogue. In Richard Wright's essay, "Introduction: Blueprint for Negro Writing," he explicitly expresses that the untraditional means through which black literature has evolved and is not identical to European-based literature ...


The Sharpness Of What Lies Behind, Jennifer Lynn Johnson Jan 2002

The Sharpness Of What Lies Behind, Jennifer Lynn Johnson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The essays in this collection are not wholly concerned with family relationships, but they all treat, on some level, ideas of loss and difficulty, whether in the destruction and recreation of native prairie, the struggle to understand the spiritual in the absence of faith, or the small, persistent sense of disorientation that comes with hearing loss. They are about what it means to live in a place, fully, whether that place is geographical, spiritual, or remembered, and to ground ourselves in the smallest mysteries.

An anthology of essays by Jennifer Lynn Johnson.


Saving Daylight, Jason T. Koepp Jan 2002

Saving Daylight, Jason T. Koepp

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

An anthology of poems by Jason Todd Koepp.


Thepicayune.Com, Jeffery E. Johannes Jan 2002

Thepicayune.Com, Jeffery E. Johannes

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A work of creative writing by Jeffery Edwin Johannes.


Fugue, Dustin J. Anderson Jan 2002

Fugue, Dustin J. Anderson

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A collection of poetry by Dustin Joseph Anderson.


A Momentary Weakness, Daniel R. Pinkerton Jan 2002

A Momentary Weakness, Daniel R. Pinkerton

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

An anthology of short fiction by Daniel R. Pinkerton.


Men, Women, And Children, Marie Dufour Goodwin Jan 2002

Men, Women, And Children, Marie Dufour Goodwin

LSU Master's Theses

All of my fiction has to do with relationships. I suspect this is true of most creative writers, but in my place this broad theme takes precedence over other creative aspects of writing, such as language. While I would not call my prose minimalist, I have tried to set down my short stories in a plain rather than an involved or noticeably poetic idiom. As for the three-tiered division into “Men,” “Women,” and “Children,” the stories themselves naturally fell into these three categories, depending on the main, point-of-view character. I found it enthralling to change the authorial voice to conform ...


In The Temple Of Off-Ramps, Nat W. Hardy Jan 2002

In The Temple Of Off-Ramps, Nat W. Hardy

LSU Master's Theses

Any creative thesis of poetry is an attempt to distill one’s aesthetic sensibilities into a single masterwork. This particular venture is not unique in that respect. What separates this lyrical endeavour from more flaccid mainstream poetry, however, is its visionary temper, for this is a poetics of revolt for truly revolting times. This poetics of subversion embodies a reactionary aesthetic that traverses both the beauty and the horror of our world, and as the poems expose social injustice, they venture sporadically into the sublime delicacy of disgust. “In the Temple of Off-Ramps” is ultimately a search for meaning in ...


Standing Liberty And Other Stories, Richard Buchholz Jan 2002

Standing Liberty And Other Stories, Richard Buchholz

LSU Master's Theses

This miscellany represents the pick of the vignettes, tales, and anecdotes the author has gathered and spun out over the past few years. Personal experience, with the exception of a few inessential details, is not represented. The influence of ragtime music, which played with relentless syncopation in the author's head as he composed with pencil and yellow pad, may be discernable to those who take the trouble to read the sentences aloud.


Prisoners Like Us, Sean P. Cavanaugh Jan 2002

Prisoners Like Us, Sean P. Cavanaugh

LSU Master's Theses

A fictional work about a wilderness writer and a man who transports prisoners of war set in the Moosehead Lake region of northern Maine.


The Blues In Three Parts: A Collection Of Poetry, Short Stories, And A Screenplay, Desha Tolar Kelly Jan 2002

The Blues In Three Parts: A Collection Of Poetry, Short Stories, And A Screenplay, Desha Tolar Kelly

LSU Master's Theses

This thesis is entitled, “The Blues in Three Parts: A Collection of Poetry, Short Stories, and a Screenplay.” The first part, a collection of poetry, contains themes of childhood and adolescence, love and loss, life struggles, writing, and death. The second part, a collection of short stories, contains five stories centered on similar themes. The third and final part, a screenplay entitled “Cow”, contains elements of the first two parts as well. The epigraph, which contemplates the idea that the blues is not only music, but all the ups and downs of life, sets the stage for the central thread ...


Her Still Singing Limbs: A Collection Of Poetry, Anthony William Rintala Jan 2002

Her Still Singing Limbs: A Collection Of Poetry, Anthony William Rintala

LSU Master's Theses

"Her Still Singing Limbs: A Collection of Poetry" is a fragmented rumination on the intrinsic loneliness of the human condition. Using the Greek myth of Echo’s destruction at her beloved Narcissus’s hands as the foundation, these poems combine voyeuristic images of beauty and violence to explain why all poets write "songs of exquisite loneliness."


Backwaters, Tamika L. Edwards Jan 2002

Backwaters, Tamika L. Edwards

LSU Master's Theses

Backwaters is a novel heavily steeped in the supernatural. It chronicles the lives of a mother and son who have been disconnected from one another through a series of curses. Unaware of the other-worldly forces propelling their lives into chaos, each loses themselves to madness and isolation. Their only escape is in loving others too hard, and not each other enough.


Advent, Gregory Baxter Jan 2002

Advent, Gregory Baxter

LSU Master's Theses

The novel follows the lives of a family in a Texas tourist town after a stranger's arrival.