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Notes From An Un-Hyphenated American, Cacilda Flores-Salvaggio Dec 2004

Notes From An Un-Hyphenated American, Cacilda Flores-Salvaggio

English Master’s Theses

The introduction to this thesis project discusses the idea of poetic prose as a literary device to draw in the reader and create a sense of closeness within creative non-fiction, memoir specifically. Several noted memoirists’ work is also discussed under a close reading lens examining their particular style of creating non-fiction prose. The use of punctuation to control pace in writing and the idea of the hyphen as a means to mirror the author’s “hyphenated” identity is maintained throughout the creative chapters that follow. The project concludes with several chapters composing the author’s original memoir which explores the ...


Tying Shoes: A Collection Of Essays, Laura Scavo Dec 2004

Tying Shoes: A Collection Of Essays, Laura Scavo

English Master’s Theses

This collection of seven personal essays centers on certain commonalities of human experience as discovered in the life experience of the author. Issues of discussion include the acceptance and/or alienation of self, the way issues of gender are transferred to succeeding generations, the divide between spirituality and physicality or faith and reason, the transformation of the stages of grief, as well as the dichotomy of living in a world filled with beauty and horror, pleasure and pain. Also discussed are issues dependent on human institutions or frameworks such as self in relation to community, family, friendship, as well as ...


The Meaning Of The Moment: A Collection Of Short Stories., Jonathan David Benton Dec 2004

The Meaning Of The Moment: A Collection Of Short Stories., Jonathan David Benton

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This thesis consists of three short stories in very different genres but tied together by a intensely personal look at the lives of its protagonists culminating in epiphanies. One of these epiphanies is intended solely for the reader, but in two cases, the reader and character gains the insight. “The Tears of Angels” looks at the effect one person in a moment, even a stranger, can have on the protagonist’s life. “Climbing Heaven and Gazing on Earth” focuses on the haunting power of history and the need we as humans can feel to share a story, to make sense ...


Mothers Of Us All: When Does Political Message Take Precedence Over Art In Some Modern And Contemporary Women’S Poetry, Shanda Hansma Blue Easterday Aug 2004

Mothers Of Us All: When Does Political Message Take Precedence Over Art In Some Modern And Contemporary Women’S Poetry, Shanda Hansma Blue Easterday

Dissertations

This dissertation contains an essay with the above title, as well as two sections of poems. The first section of poems is entitled Maria Sibylla Merian, Artist and Naturalist , and is a collection of poems about, and in the voice of, Merian. Many of these are what are known as personna poems. The second section of poems is entitled The Beekeeper's Wife , and uses autobiography as a framework for communicating the humor in human relationships, and for illustrating the surrealism in the human race's relationships with the natural world.

My research for my essay entailed the study of ...


Dear Beyond, Kirsten Hemmy Aug 2004

Dear Beyond, Kirsten Hemmy

Dissertations

My project. Dear Beyond, a collection of poetry, examines the connection between landscape—both internal and external, or private and public—and environment. My poetry reflects my own unique background and my struggles with emplacement, or the placing of oneself in any particular landscape. It aims to challenge dominant paradigms of voice, expression, and even inquiry; it questions traditional, systematic forms of inquiry such as the Cartesian idea of an essential separation between object and subject. Culture and landscape, I have discovered, manifest themselves everywhere, in variegated forms: in spaciousness or intimacy, in internal and external contexts, in tactile experiences ...


Imagination For Better Not Worse: The Hobbit In The Primary Classroom, Maureen Carroll Jun 2004

Imagination For Better Not Worse: The Hobbit In The Primary Classroom, Maureen Carroll

Theses

This thesis argues for the power of story and, in particular, the story of The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien to help build optimism and hope. The Hobbit is under-used in primary schools and this thesis demonstrates that it is eminently suitable for children. Without imagination children are vulnerable to sadness and despair. The positive development of imagination through heroic tales is likely to benefit children emotionally and psychologically. The story of The Hobbit can be utilised to develop the concept of the Hero's Journey, a persistent trope in oral and recorded literature and an archetype for virtually ...


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 ...


Making Peace With Contradictions: Reflections Of Territory And Identity In Israel/Palestine, Chase Clow May 2004

Making Peace With Contradictions: Reflections Of Territory And Identity In Israel/Palestine, Chase Clow

Graduate Master's Theses, Capstones, and Culminating Projects

Both historical and personal essay, this culminating project is a creative non-fiction work exploring the modern historical roots of the Israel/Palestine conflict. Part I surveys the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Palestine, centering on two key figures: Israeli Prime Minister, David Ben Gurion (1886-1973), and Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Muslim Leader Hajj Amin al-Husayni (1897-1974). Interweaving historical fact, myth, personal story, and biography, with Israeli and Palestinian poetry and poses by the author, themes such as relationship to land, attachment to home, and the displacement created by industrialization upon a traditional, rural lifestyle are explored. Part II relates ...


For The Love Of Another, Michael Mcmahon Apr 2004

For The Love Of Another, Michael Mcmahon

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

“For the Love of Another” is a creative nonfiction piece relating the struggle of a high school student through the fall semester of his senior year. The story is set in Helena, Montana, where Stephen McLeod, the main character, undergoes two simultaneous narratives of injury: a physical injury suffered during a football season, and an emotional injury through the divorce of his parents. The work itself is composed of several scenes, separated and pieced together chronologically. Beginning in June of 1999, the scenes stretch to December. The title itself, “For the Love of Another,” expresses a complicated theme resonating through ...


The Evolution Of Story: A Collection Of Four Short Stories, Sean Mcdonald Apr 2004

The Evolution Of Story: A Collection Of Four Short Stories, Sean Mcdonald

Languages and Literature Undergraduate Theses

Sometimes, if not all the time, I dream when I’m awake— I’m seven years old again, eyes gaping wide as I stretch onto my tip toes, absently fingering my newly crowned tooth with my tongue. Before me, the mirror is full of infinite possibility, if only I could find way to get through that door— the one behind him. Suddenly the mirror-me grins, which is weird, because I don’t remember grinning at him to elicit such a response. There’s a wild sympathy in his eyes— like he knows something, something vital. Something I need to remember ...


Magic And Other Explanations, Kimberly Lynn Rogers Jan 2004

Magic And Other Explanations, Kimberly Lynn Rogers

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Ethos Of Slam Poetry, James W. Coppoc Jan 2004

The Ethos Of Slam Poetry, James W. Coppoc

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Small Ecologies, Sean Brian Whalen Jan 2004

Small Ecologies, Sean Brian Whalen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Small ecologies is a poetry collection that explores the interconnectedness of all aspects of life, from microscopic neural synapses to macroscopic cosmic occurrences. Strongly influenced, but not constrained, by the natural world, the poems in Small ecologies delve into the deep regions of human interaction with the environment, other humans, and themselves. The large ecology in which humans exist is created by an infinite number of small ecologies.


Wandering Womb: A Real Story Of Endometriosis, Megan Marie Griffiths Jan 2004

Wandering Womb: A Real Story Of Endometriosis, Megan Marie Griffiths

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Endometriosis is a chronic disease found in at least ten percent of women worldwide-perhaps as many as 89 million women-making it more common than AIDS and cancer. While it was recognized as a disease as early as 1690, for years women have been battling doctors who insisted that there was nothing wrong, that monthly pain was normal, or that childbirth would solve the problem. Although endometriosis is finally becoming better understood, research still has not yielded a cure or even a reliable treatment. I have lived with the monthly pain of endometriosis since I first began menstruating at the age ...


Dead Benny, Scott Lane Norenberg Jan 2004

Dead Benny, Scott Lane Norenberg

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Dead Benny is a collection of poetry.


Tin Country, Alaura Christine Wilfert Jan 2004

Tin Country, Alaura Christine Wilfert

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Tin Country, a novel in short stories, is a coming of age story that focuses on the turn of this century. The collection takes on the subject of girlhood, tracing childhood and adolescent experiences, relationships, and realizations that shape Ruth Wright's, the narrator, struggle to reconcile the past and find self as she moves into womanhood. Tin Country is the narrative of one woman and her drive to live fully - to re-examine the important ties to other women who enable her to envision herself as a survivor, giving her strength to travel back and (re)envision her past. The ...


The Girl And The Village, Viviane Maria Vasconcelos Jan 2004

The Girl And The Village, Viviane Maria Vasconcelos

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

"The girl and the village" is a collection of connected short stories that explore the relationships between three generations of women in the same family. The collection focuses on the journey of a young girl faced with issues of abandonment and faith. The stories take place in the Northeastern coast of Brazil, and they also include issues of body image, abortion, work, religion, and death. The fictional characters are regular human beings who share a strong sense of family, and the overall effect is driven by the young girl's desire to be like each of her aunts and grandmother.


Swimming Away On Nerves Alone, Suzanne Mary Grafwallner Jan 2004

Swimming Away On Nerves Alone, Suzanne Mary Grafwallner

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Swimming Away on Nerves Alone is a fiction short story collection. Each of the four pieces in it reflects the theme of living life without simply going through the motions of it. The title piece, "Swimming Away on Nerves Alone," shows how a mother and son live a life of lies until they come to terms with the father's abusive behavior. The second story, "Birds in Church," is about a woman who struggles with the problem of judging others and refusing to see what makes her own life mundane. The third story in this collection, "A Lesson from Iowa ...


Harbor, Jason Michael Macleod Jan 2004

Harbor, Jason Michael Macleod

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Harbor is a creative poetry thesis dealing with the life and land of the North-East.


Explorations In Moderation: A Collection Of Essays, Christopher Toth Jan 2004

Explorations In Moderation: A Collection Of Essays, Christopher Toth

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Vacancies, Benjamin David Tonak Jan 2004

Vacancies, Benjamin David Tonak

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Confessions Of A Catholic, Molly J. Rose Jan 2004

Confessions Of A Catholic, Molly J. Rose

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Once, the priest of my morn's parish began Mass by asking each of us to greet the person next to us by sharing our name and admitting we were sinners. "Hi, I'm Molly," I said, shaking the pruned hand of the white-haired man behind me. "I'm a sinner." And then to my right, I turned and repeated the words. "I'm a sinner." The growing din of the church peaked with nervous laughter, the noticeable discomfort of a congregation owning up to its imperfections. Sweaty palms exchanged the accounting of sins. Every Sunday as a Catholic I ...


Voices , Jacqueline L. Jensen Jan 2004

Voices , Jacqueline L. Jensen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


What I Have Done, What I Have Failed To Do , Joseph J. Capista Jan 2004

What I Have Done, What I Have Failed To Do , Joseph J. Capista

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Godspeople, David Deborde Jan 2004

Godspeople, David Deborde

Theses, Dissertations and Capstones

godspeople is a creative thesis focusing on the relationship between humanity and divinity. In three sections of poetry, the work explores the idea of sacrifice as it relates to the human conception of the divine (“gods and people”), presents a portrait of a godless, and therefore hopeless, society (“godspeople”), and explores the search for meaning in individual lives (“people of god”).


American Standard & The Princess Of Rome, Ohio: Two Plays, Jonathan Joy Jan 2004

American Standard & The Princess Of Rome, Ohio: Two Plays, Jonathan Joy

Theses, Dissertations and Capstones

From the back roads of Eastern Kentucky to the front porch of a southern Ohio home comes this collection of full length comedic plays by Jonathan Joy. Join two rural State Senate candidates (one Republican and one Democrat) forced to travel the campaign trail together in the political farce American Standard. Or see the world of dysfunctional family politics through the eyes of a fourteen year old girl in The Princess of Rome, Ohio. Also, trace the development of both works, from inception to production, in commentary that focuses on the process of writing for the stage.


Trackers, Robin Rozanski Jan 2004

Trackers, Robin Rozanski

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Trackers is a collection of short stories that attest to the oddities and complexities found even in the non-exotic middle-class American suburbs. The characters in these stories experience disappointments that result from the physical and emotional distancing of families. In "Tokens," a woman's attempts at revenge on her cheating husband are unsatisfying because she ends up feeling more alone than before. In "Trackers," eleven-year old Richard hunts for Bigfoot as he and his family cope with the emotional aftermath of his sister's suicide attempt. In these stories people struggle to maintain normalcy in their lives--sometimes through inappropriate means ...


Gravity Fails, Kereth Cowe-Spigai Jan 2004

Gravity Fails, Kereth Cowe-Spigai

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Gravity Fails is a collection of four short stories and two memoirs that explore the ways in which characters adjust and fit into to a world that is destructive, fragmented and sometimes alien. Many of these pieces deal not with the moment of crisis, but with the aftermath. In "Gravity Fails," the young Danielle struggles to feel safe after the violent murder of her mother. Eliza Morrison negotiates the disappearance of her husband in "More Colors." "Following Rebecca" chronicles a woman's return to normalcy after her alcoholic husband divorces her. These characters are not happy; they are not healthy ...


The New Girl, Angela Marie Meredith Jan 2004

The New Girl, Angela Marie Meredith

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The New Girl is a collection of poems in which the poet assumes a direct, unfeigned voice. These rhythmic poems cover the deeply personal to the universal and social. The body is presented as a record of experiences both good and bad. Feminist issues pertainingto marriage, work, and sexuality are explored. Whether the poem is about a personal relationship or some aspect of society, it is likely to be multi-dimensional and suggest a duality. Overall, the poems are rooted in the spiritual and attempt to relate, with holistic honesty, a sense of reverence for the impure parts of life.


Minutes From Pragma, Juan M. Martinez Jan 2004

Minutes From Pragma, Juan M. Martinez

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Minutes from Pragma is a collection of twelve pieces--a memoir, five short stories, and six short-shorts--exploring ways in which estranged characters may find refuge from chaos and entropy. These stories attempt to deal with bleakness and despair through playfulness and humor. In Enterprise Carolina: A Capsule Review, time has stopped, but somehow everyday life goes on as usual. In Errands, children work in razorblade factories. In Roadblock, the narrator lives with a relative who repeatedly sets his possessions on fire. The collection concentrates on hardship and alienation, but suggests ways in which characters may confront and endure hard times. Characters ...