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The Meaning In The Music: Music And The Prose Of Chopin, Joyce, Baldwin And Egan, Colin Perry Aug 2019

The Meaning In The Music: Music And The Prose Of Chopin, Joyce, Baldwin And Egan, Colin Perry

Senior Theses

Kate Chopin, James Joyce, James Baldwin, and Jennifer Egan are collectively gifted in the art of prose, yet each author also experiments with music in their literary works. An analysis of Chopin's The Awakening, Joyce's "The Dead," Baldwin's "Sonny's Blues," and Egan's A Visit from the Goon Squad reveals a trend of authors utilizing music to enrich their texts and convey major themes.


Culture Vulture: Navigating The Art Of Storytelling In Textual Studies, Blake Altman Aug 2019

Culture Vulture: Navigating The Art Of Storytelling In Textual Studies, Blake Altman

Master of Arts in English Plan II Graduate Projects

The following portfolio contains four original essays that explore storytelling across multiple media, ranging from radio to literature to film & television. The first essay explores queer representation during the Golden Age of Radio in the United States. Following that, the next project explores the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods from novel to TV miniseries, specifically in the development of one of its primary characters. The third essay is a discussion of two Palestinian films that share commonalities as part of a larger culture, and the fourth is an exploration of the Internet using Aldous Huxley’s Brave New ...


Philosophy And Actions For Authentic, Meaningful, And Lifelong Learning, Anthony Klever Aug 2019

Philosophy And Actions For Authentic, Meaningful, And Lifelong Learning, Anthony Klever

Master of Arts in English Plan II Graduate Projects

This portfolio explores several major areas of education related to English teaching. A major research essay, “Incomplete Instructions: Building the Future of Technical Writing in Ohio Education”, explores the current situation and prospective future of technical writing in the state of Ohio’s education system. Also, a reflective essay, Reflective Narrative: My Journey as a Student and My Map for Teaching”, explores the many elements of teaching philosophy with particular attention to English teaching. Another research essay, “Meaningful Revision: Revise for a Day, Teach Revision for a Lifetime”, explores the function of revision and offers suggestions for increasing the meaningfulness ...


Un-Dead Girl Walking: Unearthing A Feminist Alternative To Problematic Media Tropes, Molly Ann Behun Jul 2019

Un-Dead Girl Walking: Unearthing A Feminist Alternative To Problematic Media Tropes, Molly Ann Behun

English Master's Essays

Inspired by Alice Bolin’s Dead Girls: Essays on Surviving an American Obsession, this personal essay explores the history of the Dead Girl archetype in crime fiction and beyond, meditating on the ways in which the Dead Girl has infiltrated almost every realm of Western culture. The Dead Girl, and her sister the Living Dead Girl, are figures that allows patriarchal writers to include women in their fiction at the expense of female agency, authenticity and life, as seen in the frequency with which dead women decorate the page and the screen. An examination of crime fiction illustrates the qualities ...


Fresh Oranges, Jadea Marie Washington Jul 2019

Fresh Oranges, Jadea Marie Washington

English Master's Essays

No abstract submitted.


Embracing Difficulty: The Challenge Of Teaching Shakespeare's Language, Carly Joy Vail Lewellen Jul 2019

Embracing Difficulty: The Challenge Of Teaching Shakespeare's Language, Carly Joy Vail Lewellen

English Master's Essays

William Shakespeare’s language has always been thought of as extremely challenging to understand, especially to high school students. Too often teachers give up on embracing this difficulty and use No Fear Shakespeare or film versions in their classrooms to replace Shakespeare's original language. However, the beauty of Shakespeare lies in the foreignness and strangeness of his language, so are students really learning Shakespeare if all they examine are translations or adaptations? This essay examines how teachers attempt to teach Shakespeare, what challenges teachers must overcome to effectively teach Shakespeare, and what lessons can look like if both teachers ...


The Possibilities And Limits Of Recognizing The Other In Humanizing Narratives: A Marxist Reading Of Arundhati Roy’S Walking With The Comrades And ÓScar MartíNez’S The Beast, Alyssa Adkins Jul 2019

The Possibilities And Limits Of Recognizing The Other In Humanizing Narratives: A Marxist Reading Of Arundhati Roy’S Walking With The Comrades And ÓScar MartíNez’S The Beast, Alyssa Adkins

English Master's Essays

This project aims at problematizing the apparent recognition of a particular relation between subject and spectator imbricated in the reading act of Arundhati Roy’s Walking with the Comrades and Óscar Martínez’s The Beast, each an intellectual project with a humanizing impulse in their respective narrations of particular conditions of systemic injustice. By developing a critique of Judith Butler’s Frames of War, which initially appears a generative framework from which to query the apparent encounter between subject and spectator, I argue that, while Roy and Martínez’s humanizing narrations initially seem to facilitate authentic moments ...


Frivolity And Fainting In Love And Freindship And "The Mystery": Reinterpreting Nonsense In Jane Austen's Juvenilia, Amy Vander Heiden Jul 2019

Frivolity And Fainting In Love And Freindship And "The Mystery": Reinterpreting Nonsense In Jane Austen's Juvenilia, Amy Vander Heiden

English Master's Essays

Jane Austen’s juvenilia has recently enjoyed much attention, with scholars paying particular notice to language and the seeming nonsense of Austen’s unconventional early texts. The finished epistolary novella Love and Freindship and the playlet “The Mystery: An Unfinished Comedy” are two works of the juvenilia written between 1787-1790 that engage in this play with language and nonsense. Love and Freindship, as a parody of the sentimental novel, is full of linguistic and bodily excesses. The heroines not only use effusive language to convert characters from sense to sensibility, but they also repeatedly faint. On the other hand, “The ...


'Tomboy' Is Anachronistic. But The Concept Still Has Something To Teach Us, Lynne Stahl Jun 2019

'Tomboy' Is Anachronistic. But The Concept Still Has Something To Teach Us, Lynne Stahl

Faculty Scholarship

This article explores the tomboy trope in film and literature and the "taming" that characterizes it, framing both in relation to contemporary debates about gender and sexual identity as well as cultural anxieties around queer, trans, and nonbinary identity. Examining texts from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women to the 1980 film Little Darlings, the article argues that even while the term tomboy may be obsolete, tomboy narratives document processes of rebellion that hold continuing value.


Lost In Translation: Retelling The Tale Of Joan Of Arc, Hannah Jones Jun 2019

Lost In Translation: Retelling The Tale Of Joan Of Arc, Hannah Jones

Augsburg Honors Review

Ever since Joan of Arc was burned at the stake on May 30, 1431,, historians have studied her lengthy trial interrogations for a glimpse of who Joan the person was. They've offered society both pious and saucy descriptions, portrayed her as a "religious mystic, rebellious girl..."unnatural" transvestite," an Amazon, a schizophrenic, a patriot and, depending upon who you read, a common or uncommon woman of the Middle Ages. Lacking a definitive conclusion, historians, musicians, popular literary figures, modern filmmakers, and other larger social groups have gone on to portray her in their own ways: canonizing her as a ...


Retelling The Classics: The Harlem Renaissance, Biblical Stories, And Black Peoplehood, Mina Magalhaes Jun 2019

Retelling The Classics: The Harlem Renaissance, Biblical Stories, And Black Peoplehood, Mina Magalhaes

Celebration of Learning

Applying social identity theory to the process of creating peoplehood can illustrate the positive power that literature has in uplifting marginalized communities by showing their worth. James Weldon Johnson’s “The Creation” and Zora Neale Hurston’s Moses, Man of the Mountain, both composed during the Harlem Renaissance, offer one way to create Black peoplehood by creating depictions of God’s love for His Black people through the repurposing of biblical stories. Through the implementation of social identity theory to Hurston’s Moses, Man of the Mountain and Johnson’s “The Creation,” I argue that these two authors addressed the ...


The Courtier And The Courteous: Shifts In Virtue In Oroonoko And Life Of Samuel Johnson, Jennifer K. Bolek Jun 2019

The Courtier And The Courteous: Shifts In Virtue In Oroonoko And Life Of Samuel Johnson, Jennifer K. Bolek

Inter-Text: An Undergraduate Journal for Social Sciences and Humanities

No abstract provided.


Looking At Shadows: Four French Texts In English Translation, Kalena M. Hermes Jun 2019

Looking At Shadows: Four French Texts In English Translation, Kalena M. Hermes

World Languages and Cultures

This project present four French texts in English translation that share the theme of loss. This theme is perhaps one of the most poignant and relevant; loss is an experience that every human will encounter, and as people we continue across time to grapple with what it means for us and how to deal with it. These four texts will bring the perspectives of four authors to light in English. When we study how other countries and cultures deal with common human issues, we are able to gain new views on these issues. This project will make these texts accessible ...


The Strong Voices Of Black Women And Men In The Selected Poetry Of Langston Hughes, Aminah Alwazzan May 2019

The Strong Voices Of Black Women And Men In The Selected Poetry Of Langston Hughes, Aminah Alwazzan

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

This thesis discusses Langston Hughes’ poetry and details the African-American experience in a discriminatory society which was an essential theme of the Harlem Renaissance. The Harlem Renaissance was a cultural and artistic movement which enriched American life. Hughes’ body of work covers the entire range of the human experience, especially the experience of ordinary people. He believed that the role of the artist was to cover and illuminate every aspect of people’s lives. Part of this expansive philosophy towards art included giving a voice to African-American women and men who experienced both racist and patriarchal oppression.


Gender And Racial Empowerment In Selected Works Of Maya Angelou, Jawaher Alsarhan May 2019

Gender And Racial Empowerment In Selected Works Of Maya Angelou, Jawaher Alsarhan

Electronic Theses & Dissertations Collection for Atlanta University & Clark Atlanta University

This study examines Maya Angelou as a powerful African-American woman in the twentieth century who impacted generations of African Americans. Her biographies and selected works speak strongly and wisely about gender and racial empowerment. This empowerment was sown in her childhood and could be traced throughout her life. It is also a fact that seldom does the realization of one’s race and gender take place at such an early age as with Maya Angelou. She was highly marginalized not only in terms of gender but also in terms of race with acute consciousness.


Cultivating A New Educator: Teacher And Students Sharing Growth, Megan Campbell May 2019

Cultivating A New Educator: Teacher And Students Sharing Growth, Megan Campbell

Master of Arts in English Plan II Graduate Projects

This is Megan Campell-Looney's final portfolio for her M.A. in English (with a specialization in teaching). It includes a reflective narrative and four revised pieces: "A Murderous Moral Tale: Depictions of the Ideal Victorian in Wilkie Collins' Jezebel's Daughter," "Critical Thinking and Counseling Through the Power of Literature," Developing an American Identity: Syllabus and Assignment Plan," and "Evolving and Adapting Rhetoric and Theory: Indigenous Theory Writing Back." The portfolio focuses on research and study that developed Looney's classroom pedagogy and philosophy. Students and educators both must write back to gain the agency needed for growth.


Eng 150 U. S. Literature And Thought (19th C. American Literatue), Susan Amper May 2019

Eng 150 U. S. Literature And Thought (19th C. American Literatue), Susan Amper

Open Educational Resources

Why do so many women in 19th c. American fiction end up dead? Why are so many men in 19th c. American fiction single or why do they murder their wives to gain that status? Why does no superhero have a wife? The answers to all these questions and more can be found in this class. America, in the 19th c. had a literary Renaissance—a kind of rebirth. Most of the works we are going to study were produced in the short span of 35 years from 1835 to 1850. And not only was there a ...


Cultural Perceptions Of Suicide In Western Cultures From Antiquity To The Present, Kiri Ramsey May 2019

Cultural Perceptions Of Suicide In Western Cultures From Antiquity To The Present, Kiri Ramsey

Senior Honors Theses

The subject of suicide has been one often removed from or ignored in the historical record. In the rare moment when scholars and popular culture have focused on suicide, it is more due to its promise of death and bloodshed rather than any actual concern to the act and its purposes. As a result, the topic and its cultural connotations have remained largely absent from cultural historiography. However, what little attention that has been paid to the subject of suicide highlights more the perceptions of suicide than the actual act. As with any subject, the manner in which something is ...


The Queer Literature Club, Olivia Behm May 2019

The Queer Literature Club, Olivia Behm

Honors Projects

The Queer Literature Club was established August 30, 2018 with the purpose of distributing young adult literature with LGBTQ+ characters and themes as well as providing a space space for LGBTQ+ students. The QLC spent the 2018-2019 academic year establishing itself as a thriving community and has gained standing as an officially recognized campus organization. The club is open to students who want to see themselves reflected in the literature they read - literature meant for an age that is particularly difficult for LGBTQ+ youth - and allies. Through the progression of the year, it was found that the QLC became a ...


How To Build A Museum, Anna L. Davies Apr 2019

How To Build A Museum, Anna L. Davies

Student Symposium

Who are museums for? This question drove our research. Originally motivated by a Travel-Learning Course in Spring 2017 to Manchester, London, and Liverpool, this project seeks to explore the narratives, motivations, and cultural implications for museum exhibits. We focused particularly on art museums. Our primary inspiration was the International Museum of Slavery at the Maritime Museum (Liverpool) and the London, Sugar and Slavery exhibit at the Museum of London Docklands (London). While both historical exhibits, we wanted to examine the symbolism and motivations for creating these exhibits as a form of public history and consciousness in Britain, and apply it ...


There Is A Secret Heart, Dru Farro Apr 2019

There Is A Secret Heart, Dru Farro

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

late 14c., originally in grammar (in reference to certain nouns that do not name concrete things), from Latin abstractus "drawn away," past participle of abstrahere "to drag away, detach, pull away, divert;" also figuratively, from assimilated form of ab "off, away from" (see ab-) + trahere "to draw," from PIE root *tragh- "to draw, drag, move."

“To drag away” I find particularly evocative.

“The candidate must ensure that the abstract refers to all the elements that would make the thesis worth consulting.”

I find this, of course, to be a paralyzing requirement. This thesis is not worth “consulting,” I don’t ...


Review Of Environmental Humanities And Theologies: Ecoculture, Literature And The Bible, By Rod Giblett, Sam Mickey Apr 2019

Review Of Environmental Humanities And Theologies: Ecoculture, Literature And The Bible, By Rod Giblett, Sam Mickey

Landscapes: the Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language

This is a review of Rod Giblett's Environmental Humanities and Theologies: Ecoculture, Literature and the Bible, published by Routledge in 2018. The review notes Giblett's contributions to the field in tracing wetlands iconography through theological and literary discourses in landmark works in the Anglo-American tradition, Judeo-Christian doctrine, and Australian Aboriginal myth.


“The Thing That Exists When We Aren’T There”: Narration And Mysticism In Virginia Woolf’S Novels, Taylor Godfrey Apr 2019

“The Thing That Exists When We Aren’T There”: Narration And Mysticism In Virginia Woolf’S Novels, Taylor Godfrey

English Theses

No abstract provided.


Crossing Linguistic Borders: A History And Exploration Of Multilingualism And Identity Formation In The Secondary English Classroom, Rebecca Laura-June Ney Apr 2019

Crossing Linguistic Borders: A History And Exploration Of Multilingualism And Identity Formation In The Secondary English Classroom, Rebecca Laura-June Ney

English Master's Essays

This paper argues that secondary American literature curriculums need to include multilingual texts due to the increasing population of English Language Learners and the negative rhetoric surrounding immigrants in contemporary media. The essay traces the history and intersection of immigration and education policies, which have resulted in achievement gaps and ethnic disparities in schools across the state of Minnesota. The goal of this analysis is to provide a theory-based, defensible case for practical and relevant adaptations of Minnesota State English Language standards through the use of multilingual narratives in an American literature classroom.


Driving Home: Frank Ocean, Philando Castile, And The Death Of Privacy, Jon Santos Apr 2019

Driving Home: Frank Ocean, Philando Castile, And The Death Of Privacy, Jon Santos

English Master's Essays

In 1966, legal scholar Charles Reich published his influential article "Police Questioning of Law Abiding Citizens," a criticism of the increasingly aggressive policing and surveillance of public spaces. Reich believed traffic stops, in particular, posted a threat to the sense of liberty, mobility, and "high spirits" that characterized American in the age of the automobile. Fifty years later, Philando Castile was pulled over, wrongfully suspected of a robbery, and shot dead in his car. The ensuing investigation into Castile's personal life and unusually public death raises questions about our rights to privacy in our cars - and in the public ...


Lesson Plan For Teaching Mohsin Hamid's "Exit West", Keyan Shayegan , '22, Peter Schmidt Apr 2019

Lesson Plan For Teaching Mohsin Hamid's "Exit West", Keyan Shayegan , '22, Peter Schmidt

English Literature Faculty Works

A lesson plan for teaching this novel to college and university students. After completing the lesson plan, students should have an enhanced understanding of the following learning goals: the similarities between different types of internal and external migration, and the effects migration has on individuals and their senses of identity; why nativism is so prevalent, the negative impact it has on humanity, and how it can be overcome by shared experiences between people; how authorities such as governments and mass media corporations use technology to deter immigration, via both force and influencing the public, in ways that dehumanize immigrants; how ...


Lesson Plan For Teaching Mohsin Hamid's "Exit West", Ruby Guerrero , '22, Peter Schmidt Apr 2019

Lesson Plan For Teaching Mohsin Hamid's "Exit West", Ruby Guerrero , '22, Peter Schmidt

English Literature Faculty Works

A lesson plan for teaching this novel to high school grades 11-12, community college, and/or college and university students. This lesson is planned for three weeks and three times a week, but I recommend that teachers revise these plans as needed in order for the lesson to fit their class schedules. Learning Goals: students will be able to identify stereotypes of migrants and refuse to accept these as proper understandings of people; students will be able to reclaim their identities using the novel as a basis for this outcome; students will learn to identify the different types of narration ...


Women’S Writing And The Poetics Of Scientific Knowledge, 1620-1740, Rachel Mann Apr 2019

Women’S Writing And The Poetics Of Scientific Knowledge, 1620-1740, Rachel Mann

Theses and Dissertations

Women’s Writing and the Poetics of Scientific Knowledge, 1620-1740 probes the porous boundary between science and literature, revealing that the methodologies undergirding scientific experimentation were developed communally and through a confluence of interdisciplinary and cultural concerns. Ultimately, it shows that our contemporary understanding of the natural world and the scientific method have a history that is largely one of fragments. Secondly, and more importantly, it demonstrates the value of reading imaginative writing alongside scientific developments of the day.

Focusing on women’s imaginative writing in particular reveals the power and limits that ostensibly liminal voices have. As such, Women ...


The “Anarchy” Of King Arthur’S Beginnings: The Politics That Created The Arthurian Tradition, Andrew D. Pringle Mar 2019

The “Anarchy” Of King Arthur’S Beginnings: The Politics That Created The Arthurian Tradition, Andrew D. Pringle

Crossing Borders: A Multidisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Scholarship

“The ‘Anarchy’ of King Arthur’s Beginnings: The Politics that Created the Arthurian Tradition” examines Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia regum Brittaniae in a political and historical context to illuminate the 12th-century politics that started the Arthurian tradition and show how those politics influenced later works about the legendary king. Based on literary and historical research, this paper covers the transmission of politics in the Historia in three sections: a summary of the politics during the time Geoffrey wrote the Historia, an examination of the way those politics were integrated into the Historia, and finally a consideration of ...


Women Being Groomed As Objects Of Desire In Romantic Comedies, Stephanie M. Janania Feb 2019

Women Being Groomed As Objects Of Desire In Romantic Comedies, Stephanie M. Janania

Pathways: A Journal of Humanistic and Social Inquiry

The films His Girl Friday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and Annie Hall are dominated by the male gaze and the men’s expectations of their women partners. In “Women Being Groomed as Objects of Desire in Romantic Comedies,” there is a shift in focus on how the women in these films are perceived and how they are much more like objects for their partner’s pleasure.