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Death Positivity: A New Genre Of Death And The Genre Function Of Memento Mori, Melony Elsie Del Real Jun 2020

Death Positivity: A New Genre Of Death And The Genre Function Of Memento Mori, Melony Elsie Del Real

Electronic Theses, Projects, and Dissertations

This article explores Caitlin Doughty’s “death positivity” as an evolved form of the medieval memento mori, and how this medieval genre serves as a genre function for current day thanatophobic audiences. This is specifically done by analyzing Doughty’s book titled Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, as well as some of her other death positivity mediums. By modeling her rhetoric of death positivity after memento mori, Doughty can effectively deliver her anti-death fearing message to the very audiences that fear death.

Furthermore, analyzing Doughty’s rhetoric as operating within the genre function, a concept put forth by Anis Bawarshi ...


Religion In George R.R. Martin's "A Song Of Ice And Fire" Franchise, Sydney A. Craven May 2020

Religion In George R.R. Martin's "A Song Of Ice And Fire" Franchise, Sydney A. Craven

Honors Theses

This thesis is a study of religion in George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire franchise. Specifically, George R.R. Martin's use of medievalisms, his interpretation of the Middle Ages, when creating the religions in A Song of Ice and Fire.


The Hair You Wished To Comb, Sarah Barch May 2020

The Hair You Wished To Comb, Sarah Barch

Honors Theses

This thesis is a collection of poems exploring gender and trauma in Greek mythology by retelling classical stories in a female voice.


The Rise Of Totalitarianism, Colonial Mimicry, And Gender And Sexuality In The Twentieth Century English Literature, Shahin Hossain May 2020

The Rise Of Totalitarianism, Colonial Mimicry, And Gender And Sexuality In The Twentieth Century English Literature, Shahin Hossain

Master of Arts in English Plan II Graduate Projects

In this portfolio, Shahin Hossain provides an alternative reading of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, James Baldwin’s Giovanni’s Room, and Mulk Raj Anand’s Untouchable.


“This Is A True Story”: Paratextual Prefaces And Their Fictive Truths Across Literature, Rebecca Stokem May 2020

“This Is A True Story”: Paratextual Prefaces And Their Fictive Truths Across Literature, Rebecca Stokem

Seton Hall University Dissertations and Theses (ETDs)

Scholar Gérard Genette defines the term “paratext” as accompanying components of a text like titles, forwards, illustrations, footnotes, etc. Genette claims these “productions” affect the “reception” and function as a liminal space between the “inside and outside” of a written work (1-2). Many texts and other works of fiction, across years and genres, use their paratexts to create fictitious histories that surround their main stories. The success of this rhetorical strategy, a convention that I call “fictive truth,” depends heavily on the paratexts’ reception from its audience. These genre conventions are traceable through canonical Western literature, from texts like ...


A Review Of Concise Literature: The Short Story Cycle, Alyssa Altieri May 2020

A Review Of Concise Literature: The Short Story Cycle, Alyssa Altieri

2020 JHU Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium

The short story cycle is a genre of fiction that is relentless in its pursuit of navigating a storyline with little space to do so. Given the short story's limited word count, it is often paired with a sequence of other interrelated works that are strung together through common themes, characters, or viewpoints. Audiences are often unaware of the considerable requirements that it takes to produce a short story cycle despite the extensive comprehension needed to truly plot out a successful one. Two authors that have provided substantial progress in the conception and appreciation of this genre are Susan ...


The History Of The Plain Language Movement And Legal Language And An Analysis Of Us Nuclear Treaty Language, Hannah Bradford Clauss May 2020

The History Of The Plain Language Movement And Legal Language And An Analysis Of Us Nuclear Treaty Language, Hannah Bradford Clauss

Chancellor’s Honors Program Projects

No abstract provided.


The Ubume Challenge: A Digital Environmental Humanities Project, Sam Risak May 2020

The Ubume Challenge: A Digital Environmental Humanities Project, Sam Risak

English (MA) Theses

In 2019, the “The Momo Challenge” frightened parents in the United States into believing “Momo” would appear online where she’d lure their children into harming themselves. While this challenge is one of many recent viral hoaxes, “Momo” is not simply a product of our digital age. Known as the ubume (“birthing-woman”), the figure who provides the face for “Momo” has lived for centuries in Japanese folklore where yokai (supernatural creatures) often caution listeners against entering unchartered parts of the land. And once Japan industrialized, so too did their “unchartered lands,” the ubume reborn to fit the cities and technologies ...


The Fallen Woman: An Exploration Of The Voiceless Women In Victorian England Through Three Plays Of Oscar Wilde, Marco Randazzo May 2020

The Fallen Woman: An Exploration Of The Voiceless Women In Victorian England Through Three Plays Of Oscar Wilde, Marco Randazzo

English (MA) Theses

This essay establishes the Christian myth within Wilde’s three plays, calling attention to the gender politics that he fought against in the Victorian era. Through Salomé, A Woman of No Importance, and An Ideal Husband I will prove the Christological myth that each play adopts and establish Wilde’s ability to make the religion “transformational.” Wilde’s productions of characters like Salomé, Mrs. Allonby, Mrs. Arbuthnot, and Hester are examples of the “fallen woman” of Victorian England. The treatment of women by women will illuminate the passiveness of the Victorian Woman and their compliance with the patriarchal norm. This ...


'Everything's Waiting For You': The Importance Of The Short Story Cycle, Olivia Ryckman Apr 2020

'Everything's Waiting For You': The Importance Of The Short Story Cycle, Olivia Ryckman

2020 JHU Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium

My presentation will include a discussion of the short story cycle genre as well as a reading from one of the stories from my collection, Go Your Own Way. I took inspiration from Susan Minot's Monkeys (1986) and Louise Erdrich's Love Medicine (1984). Monkeys follows a single family mainly from the perspective of the middle daughter while Love Medicine follows several family members from various perspectives and takes place in different areas in the United States. Susan Garland Mann (1988) states that stories in the short story cycle can be read individually, but reading all the stories together ...


"Water, Water, Every Where, / Nor Any Drop To Drink": The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner As Ecological Allegory And Cautionary Tale, Megan Lowe Apr 2020

"Water, Water, Every Where, / Nor Any Drop To Drink": The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner As Ecological Allegory And Cautionary Tale, Megan Lowe

2020 JHU Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium

Through an ecocritical perspective, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's The Rime of the Ancient Mariner has been shown to delineate the relationship between man and nature, including the disastrous effects of the Mariner's killing of the Albatross. The conversation should extend to the poem's function as ecological allegory and cautionary tale, revealing what happens when man's devastation kills nature and, ultimately, destroys himself. As such, the Mariner and his men can be seen as representative of humankind, the killing of the Albatross as humanity's destruction of the planet, and the Wedding-Guest as future generations who must suffer ...


Assembling The Pieces Of Personhood In Anne Carson's Nox, Rachel Seitz Apr 2020

Assembling The Pieces Of Personhood In Anne Carson's Nox, Rachel Seitz

2020 JHU Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium

Life writing traditionally seeks to sort out confusion, trauma, identity, or to serve as memento; in Anne Carson's Nox, many of these parameters are met while others are broken. I examine the modes by which Nox violates expectations of the genre through her highly marked text, fragmented imagery, and Latin translation, such that the text could more properly be called epitaph rather than narrative. The text was crafted as a scrapbook to honor Carson's deceased, estranged brother, with whom her relationship was complicated due to his absence. Because Nox primarily focuses on the remnants of his life rather ...


Faking Our Deaths: A Look At The Glamorization Of Death In The Media, Natalie Page Perilstein Apr 2020

Faking Our Deaths: A Look At The Glamorization Of Death In The Media, Natalie Page Perilstein

2020 JHU Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium

In my essay, "Faking Our Deaths: A Look at the Glamorization of Death in the Media," I propose that the Young Adult publishing and film industry have glamorized death, creating an unrealistic representation of it, that is inappropriate and unsuitable for YA audiences. I use The Fault in Our Stars, as my focus to argue that Green's idealized and romanticized depiction of Hazel's and Gus's cancer conveys an unjust misconception of death. I demonstrate how Green created a standard of death that is comfortable, thus unfair and unhealthy for his audiences to consume. I draw upon Kathryn ...


"A Great Disturbance In My Inner Man": The Impossibility Of National Unity In Robert Montgomery Bird's Sheppard Lee, Megan Swartzfager Apr 2020

"A Great Disturbance In My Inner Man": The Impossibility Of National Unity In Robert Montgomery Bird's Sheppard Lee, Megan Swartzfager

2020 JHU Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium

Robert Montgomery Bird, who counted physiology among his professions and renowned race scientist Samuel George Morton among his friends, published his satirical novel "Sheppard Lee: Written by Himself" in 1836. A product of Jacksonian Democracy and nineteenth-century ideas about the body, the novel argues that the body defines the mind. It uses this point to contest the fundamentals of democracy by medicalizing racism and classism. By using race science and stereotypes, the novel defines a variety of people--but especially racial and ethnic minorities--as physically and, therefore, by its logic, mentally flawed. The novel then places the mind of a white ...


Engl 400: A Rhetorical Analysis Of The Song, "We Are The World": A Call To Change -- Yesterday, Today, And Tomorrow (And A Potential Rhetorical Framework For Covid-19 Relief Efforts), Cammy Toddy Apr 2020

Engl 400: A Rhetorical Analysis Of The Song, "We Are The World": A Call To Change -- Yesterday, Today, And Tomorrow (And A Potential Rhetorical Framework For Covid-19 Relief Efforts), Cammy Toddy

Student Showcase for Research and Creative Inquiry

On the night of January 28, 1985, the charity single song, “We Are The World,” written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie, was produced in A&M Studios in Los Angeles. At the recording studio, there was a sign that said, “Check your egos at the door,” which acted as a visual reminder for why these artists were there. This idea was put in place by producer Quincy Jones, who knew he had one night to bring over 40 of the country’s biggest stars together for a cause much bigger than themselves. A rhetorical analysis of “We Are The ...


Not Just Pretty Clothes: Fashion's Progressive Operationalization As Seen In Baudelaire And Benjamin; Addendum: Anna Karenina's Appropriation Of Her Mortality Through Dress, Serena Laine Trainor Apr 2020

Not Just Pretty Clothes: Fashion's Progressive Operationalization As Seen In Baudelaire And Benjamin; Addendum: Anna Karenina's Appropriation Of Her Mortality Through Dress, Serena Laine Trainor

Senior Theses and Projects

Throughout this double thesis, the author investigates the philosophical significance of fashion. Through her pursuit, she works through the reformulations of the experience of the beautiful as constructed by French poet Charles Baudelaire, then expands her findings with insights from Walter Benjamin and Georg Simmel in their fashion theories. In working through these conceptualizations, as analyzed by fashion and philosophy scholar Philipp Ekardt, fashion's mechanics emerge as a model for time, history, and the human life. To more deeply understand these insights, and for a more insightful reading of Leo Tolstoy's famed novel, the author applies her analysis ...


River Woman By Katherena Vermette, Jessica I. Ruzek Feb 2020

River Woman By Katherena Vermette, Jessica I. Ruzek

The Goose

Review of Katherena Vermette's river woman


Draft: First-Year Composition Eportfolio Project As High Impact Practice, Jenni Keys Jan 2020

Draft: First-Year Composition Eportfolio Project As High Impact Practice, Jenni Keys

Workshops & Institutes

Abstract: The ePortfolio project will be the culminating formal writing assignment in a two-term course that completes students' first-year composition university requirement. This project fulfills three areas of ePortfolios as a high impact practice:

  • Inquiry: Students seek and perceive connections between the course learning outcomes and the experiences in their first-year composition course in relation to their development as writers
  • Reflection: Students identify and repeatedly reflect on their personal journeys as writers, answering the questions “what have I learned?” and “how have I grown?”; students consider those answers within the context of their continued experiences as university and life-long learners ...


A Socioeconomic Analysis Of Francophone And Anglophone West Africa, Jackson Gagne Jan 2020

A Socioeconomic Analysis Of Francophone And Anglophone West Africa, Jackson Gagne

Williams Honors College, Honors Research Projects

This project seeks to examine and analyze the socioeconomic performances of four West-African countries; two from Francophone (French-speaking) West Africa and two from Anglophone (English-speaking) West Africa. It will tackle questions such as:

  • What is the current socioeconomic condition of countries in this region?
  • Which country is most suitable for investment?
  • Is there a marked difference between the Francophone and Anglophone countries of West Africa?

And many more.


English 2180 Skeleton Syllabus And Sample Assignment, Jennifer Andersen Jan 2020

English 2180 Skeleton Syllabus And Sample Assignment, Jennifer Andersen

Q2S Enhancing Pedagogy

Approaches that I consider to teaching English 2180: the Function of Stories, include:

1) Legal Argumentation as Story-telling: the role of stories in jurisprudence

2) Philosophical explorations into cognitive and affective benefits from fiction

3) Socio-historical arguments about the rise of the novel

4) Fiction as cautionary tales for maturing adolescents

5) Psychological benefits: storytelling as a source of analogues for subjective experience


Imagined Communities: The Individual And The Nation In Aw's Map Of The Invisible World And Rushdie's Midnight's Children, Yu Chia Chang Jan 2020

Imagined Communities: The Individual And The Nation In Aw's Map Of The Invisible World And Rushdie's Midnight's Children, Yu Chia Chang

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

This thesis focuses on the relationship between the individual and the nation in Tash Aw’s Map of the Invisible Worldand Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children. Incorporated Benedict Anderson’s theory of “imagined communities” into the reading of both of the novels, this thesis discusses the limitation of nationalism and the imagination of individuals, aiming to show that it is the diversity of a nation that turns the stagnant imagined communities into fluid imagining communities.


Gender And Yale: Where Were The Women?, Emily Stark, Patrice Collins, Claire Bowern Dec 2019

Gender And Yale: Where Were The Women?, Emily Stark, Patrice Collins, Claire Bowern

Yale Day of Data

Statistics on history of women scholars in Yale's English Department.


Acue Effective Teaching Practices: Module Reflections, Jenni Keys Nov 2019

Acue Effective Teaching Practices: Module Reflections, Jenni Keys

Q2S Enhancing Pedagogy

ACUE Course: Effective Teaching Practices (S19) course module Reflections:

1B Aligning Assessments with Course Outcomes: aligning assessments to cognitive levels of learning outcomes

1D Preparing an Effective Syllabus: Using checklist to verify all essential items for course expectations are included in the syllabus

1E Planning an Effective Class Session: Connecting to learning outcomes, mini-lessons, fill-in-the-blank guided summaries, summarizing activity


New Officier Orientation: A Proposal For Sigma Tau Delta Alpha Upsilon Phi, Amanda Ayers Oct 2019

New Officier Orientation: A Proposal For Sigma Tau Delta Alpha Upsilon Phi, Amanda Ayers

Department of English Capstone Abstracts

The Alpha Upsilon Phi chapter of Sigma Tau Delta is housed on the University of North Georgia’s Gainesville campus. Since the chapter was founded in 2014, they have become the epicenter of the English Department’s student life. In their short tenure, they have recruited over 100 members, traveled to 5 conventions, received funding for 2 service projects, received a society service award, and instituted three of their members into national leadership positions. Because the executive board is comprised of students, turnover occurs frequently. These transition periods are awkward and leave new officers feeling unprepared. To address these concerns ...


The Naulahka: A Story Of Cultural Representation, Eve Papa Oct 2019

The Naulahka: A Story Of Cultural Representation, Eve Papa

Sacred Heart University Scholar

This article addresses the issues of cultural theory and representation that arise in Rudyard Kipling and Wolcott Balestier’s 1892 novel The Naulahka: A Story of West and East. Kipling and Balestier’s novel highlights cultural differences between America and India, and in doing so raises controversial points on acceptance and understanding (or lack thereof). Framed through the theme of service travel, the novel’s characters navigate a new life riddled with culture shock in an attempt to find their own version of cultural compassion. Additionally, this article will reference the cultural theories of Stuart Hall to help understand representation ...


Harlem And Abroad: Notes To An International 'Renaissance', Joshua I. Cohen Sep 2019

Harlem And Abroad: Notes To An International 'Renaissance', Joshua I. Cohen

Publications and Research

Like other intractable figures of the Harlem Renaissance, the movement’s visual artists sometimes exceeded their expected parameters, and thus their anticipated representativeness of a locality. Their images, in other words, did not automatically disclose Harlem-bound or even US-bound concerns. Now familiar through continual reproduction in exhibition catalogues, scholarly monographs and literary compendia, certain artworks from the period – such as Archibald J. Motley’s Blues (1929; Figure 1) and Aaron Douglas’s Congo (c. 1928; Figure 2) – subverted any definition of the Harlem Renaissance that would hinge on a narrowly delimited urban geography or national imaginary. Motley, who painted ‘Blues ...


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 ...


Contradictions Of Freedom In The Tempest And The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao, Menaka Serres Aug 2019

Contradictions Of Freedom In The Tempest And The Brief Wondrous Life Of Oscar Wao, Menaka Serres

School of Arts & Sciences Theses

In William Shakespeare’s The Tempest (1610-1611) and Junot Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2007) the character negotiate contradictions of freedom: the entitlements that justify violence as well as oppression on the one hand and rights that grant access to emancipation from violence and imposition on the other.


The Scientific Romances Of Jules Verne And H.G. Wells: Imperialism Disguised As Progress In The Early Days Of Science Fiction, Timothy Ferris Aug 2019

The Scientific Romances Of Jules Verne And H.G. Wells: Imperialism Disguised As Progress In The Early Days Of Science Fiction, Timothy Ferris

School of Arts & Sciences Theses

Frequently in their respective oeuvres, Verne and Wells write in a rhetoric of conquest that almost always translates to discovering a more efficient means of taming wild, non-European environments. These goals extend not only to the lands that their protagonists explore, but also to human beings and other life that may populate them. Indeed, the underlying focus—the one that is masked behind the thrill and adventure of both Wells and Verne—is none other than the march of progress as understood by middle-class Europeans in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Progress can produce positivistic optimism, and it ...


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 ...