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2012

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“A Singapore Ramayana: Academic Freedom And The Liberal Arts Curriculum”, Rebecca Gould Dec 2012

“A Singapore Ramayana: Academic Freedom And The Liberal Arts Curriculum”, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

No abstract provided.


Prisons Before Modernity: Incarceration In The Medieval Indo-Mediterranean, Rebecca Gould Aug 2012

Prisons Before Modernity: Incarceration In The Medieval Indo-Mediterranean, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

No abstract provided.


Mind The Gap: An Analysis Of The Function Of Love In The Works Of Tom Stoppard And C.S. Lewis., Jacqueline C. Lawler Aug 2012

Mind The Gap: An Analysis Of The Function Of Love In The Works Of Tom Stoppard And C.S. Lewis., Jacqueline C. Lawler

Pell Scholars and Senior Theses

Writers C.S. Lewis and Tom Stoppard, though philosophically different, both write about love that embodies the natural law. The natural law can be defined as law that is inherent in man and can be discerned by reason rather than by revelation. Both writers use their observational style in order to reason their way to nearly identical laws of love. Stoppard’s The Invention of Love, Arcadia, Rock ‘n’ Roll and The Real Thing will be analyzed using the framework of C.S. Lewis’s book, The Four Loves.


The Journey Narrative: The Trope Of Women's Mobility And Travel In Contemporary Arab Women's Literary Narratives, Banan Al-Daraiseh Aug 2012

The Journey Narrative: The Trope Of Women's Mobility And Travel In Contemporary Arab Women's Literary Narratives, Banan Al-Daraiseh

Theses and Dissertations

This study examines the trope of women's journey and the various kinds of movement and travel it includes employed and represented by three contemporary Arab women literary writers, Ghada Samman, Ahdaf Soueif, and Leila Aboulela in their literary narratives as well as travelogue in the case of Samman. The primary texts analyzed in this study are Samman's Beirut 75 and The Body Is a Traveling Suitcase, Soueif's In the Eye of the Sun, and Aboulela's The Translator and Minaret. These texts demonstrate how the journey trope becomes a fresh narrative strategy used by Arab women writers ...


Allegory And The Critique Of Sovereignty: Ismail Kadare’S Political Theologies, Rebecca Gould Jun 2012

Allegory And The Critique Of Sovereignty: Ismail Kadare’S Political Theologies, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

No abstract provided.


Constructing Depth Through Jane: Contemporary Interactions Between Austen And Interiority, Nicole Catherine Peters May 2012

Constructing Depth Through Jane: Contemporary Interactions Between Austen And Interiority, Nicole Catherine Peters

Syracuse University Honors Program Capstone Projects

The world is saturated with Jane Austen. She is in the movies, in bookstores, and in college courses. For years “lowbrow” and “highbrow” readers have fought over the “proper” way to read her work. Ian Watt, a popular literary critic, argued that Austen’s value resides in her use of interiority. For years, interiority was held as the measure of a novel’s worth or depth. Deidre Lynch exposed this interiority Watt spoke of as a cultural taste—one which Austen and Watt emerged from and helped to create.

In this project, I look at two contemporary manifestations of Austen ...


Whores & More: Selected Stories By Hernán Migoya, Nikki Noreen Settelmeyer May 2012

Whores & More: Selected Stories By Hernán Migoya, Nikki Noreen Settelmeyer

Theses and Dissertations

This is a collection of short stories written by Hernán Migoya from the books, Todas putas and Putas es poco. The stories have been translated from the original Spanish to English. The selected stories demonstrate the humor, style, and neurosis typical of Migoya's writing.


Dickensian Characters In J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter, Alison Mckeever May 2012

Dickensian Characters In J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter, Alison Mckeever

Theses and Dissertations

J.K. Rowling includes many Dickensian-esque characters in her Harry Potter series. This thesis compares the characters seen in Rowling's series with many of Charles Dickens's characters, specifically those seen in David Copperfield, Oliver Twist, and Bleak House. Rowling's work is similar to Dickens's novels in many ways. The most interesting connection between the two is how they treat the characters on the periphery of the societies they have created, most notably their orphans, servants, and women.

Orphans are their most obvious comparison. Each author based their texts on the story of an orphan. However, there ...


The Gospel According To José Saramago: A Comparative Study Of Critical Reception In Portugal, United States, And Canada, Bruna Reis Apr 2012

The Gospel According To José Saramago: A Comparative Study Of Critical Reception In Portugal, United States, And Canada, Bruna Reis

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Portuguese writer José Saramago (1922-2010) is well-known for controversial, challenging, and thought-provoking novels. In this study, I analyze the critical reception of his works in his home country, where The Gospel According to Jesus Christ (1991) was excluded from participation in the European Literary Prize on ideological grounds, and in the United States and Canada, where Blindness (1995) brought a wave of uniformly positive response until the publication of Cain (2010), perceived negatively as a didactic tool to convince readers of the unviability of Christianity.

This examination is framed by Iser’s theory of aesthetic response. More specifically, I focus ...


The Unlovely: Disease, Consumption And Sex In Alasdair Gray's Lanark, Julianne Smith Apr 2012

The Unlovely: Disease, Consumption And Sex In Alasdair Gray's Lanark, Julianne Smith

Honors Projects Overview

LANARK is a novel of splits. Much of Alasdair Gray’s work is occupied by dualism; be itwithin a character, inherent to the narrative, or drawn clearly in his visual art, his work often exists in its opposing balances. Lanark is also complicated by its parts being strewn about within its cover’s confines: Books One and Two are encased by Books Four and Three. The novel in its duality and fragmentation tries, in part, to illustrate what it means to be a Scottish subject in the mid to late twentieth century, both in the harsh and often dull reality ...


Călin-Andrei Mihăilescu's Research, Călin-Andrei Mihăilescu Mar 2012

Călin-Andrei Mihăilescu's Research, Călin-Andrei Mihăilescu

Research Day (Arts & Humanities, FIMS, and Education)

No abstract provided.


The Burden Of Knowing: Camus, Qohelet, And The Limitations Of Human Reason, Justin K. Morgan Feb 2012

The Burden Of Knowing: Camus, Qohelet, And The Limitations Of Human Reason, Justin K. Morgan

Eleutheria

In one of the most influential works of the twentieth century, The Myth of Sisyphus, Albert Camus writes this: “This heart within me I can feel, and I judge that it exists. This world I can touch, and I likewise judge that it exists. There ends all my knowledge, and the rest is construction.” Here, Camus addresses what he believes to be one of the main sources of the absurd: the limitations of human reason. He claims that his inability to fully understand human reality creates a gap between his existence and its meaning, and, in effect, renders the whole ...


Reading Ruins Against The Grain: Istanbul, Derbent, Postcoloniality, Rebecca Gould Jan 2012

Reading Ruins Against The Grain: Istanbul, Derbent, Postcoloniality, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

No abstract provided.


Leaving The House Of Memory: Post-Soviet Traces Of Deportation Memory, Rebecca Gould Jan 2012

Leaving The House Of Memory: Post-Soviet Traces Of Deportation Memory, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

No abstract provided.


Imam Shamil (1797–1871), Rebecca Gould Jan 2012

Imam Shamil (1797–1871), Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

No abstract provided.


Philology, Education, Democracy, Rebecca Gould Jan 2012

Philology, Education, Democracy, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

No abstract provided.


Silenced Tongues And Inaccessible Spaces: Home And Language In The Work Of Leïla Sebbar And Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Erica Grant Carley Jan 2012

Silenced Tongues And Inaccessible Spaces: Home And Language In The Work Of Leïla Sebbar And Emine Sevgi Özdamar, Erica Grant Carley

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Home has often been understood as a stable point of origin or a location of belonging, where one understands and is understood. However, the existence of multinational and multilingual homes prompts a reimagining of home as a concept. It cannot be considered a stable location through which identity and origin may be determined. Rather, home must be understood as an ever-changing set of feelings and experiences. As such, it is inextricably joined to language. It is through language that home is defined, experienced and constructed. In this paper, I discuss the varied notions of home and language in the autobiographical ...


Futurism In Venezuela: Arturo Uslar Pietri And The Reviews Indice And Válvula, Giovanna Montenegro Jan 2012

Futurism In Venezuela: Arturo Uslar Pietri And The Reviews Indice And Válvula, Giovanna Montenegro

Comparative Literature Faculty Scholarship

The short-lived revue válvula, published in Caracas in 1928, was symbolic of the cursory invasion of Futurism into Venezuela, and of the fate of the avant-garde in that country between the 1920s and 1930s. At a time, when the nation was struggling to shake itself from the patriarchal influence of the caudillo Juan Vincente Gómez (1857-1935), and was simultaneously on the eve of a shift from an agricultural to an oil-based economy, artistic avant-garde movements arrived in cultural centres such as Caracas and Maracaibo not with the boom and thunder appropriate to war-loving Futurism but, rather, trickled in slowly, gradually ...


The Shape Of Catharine Sedgwick's Career, Melissa J. Homestead Jan 2012

The Shape Of Catharine Sedgwick's Career, Melissa J. Homestead

Faculty Publications -- Department of English

Catharine Maria Sedgwick published her first novel in 1822 and her last in 1857. Her productivity slackened in the 1850S, as aging weakened her eyesight and arthritis made it difficult to write clearly. However, from 1822 through the 1840s, she published multiple works of prose fiction (tales, sketches, novellas, or novels) nearly every year. Despite this extraordinary record of productivity, Sedgwick regularly appears in literary history as the author of a single work, Hope Leslie (I827), her historical novel about relations between the Puritans and the native inhabitants of New England. A few other women authors before and contemporary with ...


Rachilde, Marguerite Eymery Vallette (1860-1953), Ria Banerjee Jan 2012

Rachilde, Marguerite Eymery Vallette (1860-1953), Ria Banerjee

Publications and Research

This is a biographical overview of the life and principle works of the French author Rachilde, a.k.a. Marguerite Eymery Vallette (1860-1953), one of the few women writers working in the masculinist field of fin-de-siecle or decadent fiction.


Yiddish In Abramovitsh's Literary Revival Of Hebrew, Ken Frieden Jan 2012

Yiddish In Abramovitsh's Literary Revival Of Hebrew, Ken Frieden

Religion

No abstract provided.


Rain Inside The Elevator: Dualities In The Plays Of Sarah Ruhl As Seen Through The Lens Of Ancient Greek Theatre, Hannah Fattor Jan 2012

Rain Inside The Elevator: Dualities In The Plays Of Sarah Ruhl As Seen Through The Lens Of Ancient Greek Theatre, Hannah Fattor

Summer Research

Considering the modern playwright Sarah Ruhl’s current body of work through the paradigm of ancient Greek theatrical tradition illuminates many links to Greek theatre and highlights the depth of the emotions within her plays. The ancient Greek playwrights Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes, along with Ruhl, confront themes of love and death with both sorrow and humor, considering the different ways people cope with traumatic circumstances. They focus in particular on the relationships that form between people after a significant loss, and how humans come together in a community, seeking connection with each other. By theatrically exploring the themes ...


Cold War Legacies In Digital Editing, Amanda A. Gailey Jan 2012

Cold War Legacies In Digital Editing, Amanda A. Gailey

Faculty Publications -- Department of English

The editorial methods developed during the Cold War professionalized scholarly editing and appealed to new ideas about the relationship between American academics and the government by aligning with the supposedly value-neutral goals and methods of the behavioral sciences, much to the discomfort of many humanists. Some of the implicit assumptions underlying midcentury editorial methods persist in digital editing, and may risk positioning digital editions as marginalized scholarship within the digital era, just as print scholarly editions became widely considered second-rate scholarship in the twentieth century.


An Opposing Self, Christine M. Gamache Jan 2012

An Opposing Self, Christine M. Gamache

Master's Theses, Dissertations, Graduate Research and Major Papers Overview

People have always been both frightened and fascinated by the unknown, and themes touching on the existence of things beyond human understanding have longevity in the literary arena as well as in popular culture. One such theme is that of the doppelgänger, or double, which has been around for centuries but was first made popular by Jean-Paul’s (Johann Paul Friedrich Richter) work Hesperus in 1795. Due to a resurgence in the nineteenth century in the popularity of Gothic literature, doppelgängers, or variations of this double motif, found their way into some of the most famous works of literature by ...


Yiddish In Abramovitsh's Literary Revival Of Hebrew, Ken Frieden Dec 2011

Yiddish In Abramovitsh's Literary Revival Of Hebrew, Ken Frieden

Ken Frieden

No abstract provided.


World Literature As A Communal Apartment: Semyon Lipkin’S Ethics Of Translational Difference, Rebecca Gould Dec 2011

World Literature As A Communal Apartment: Semyon Lipkin’S Ethics Of Translational Difference, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

No abstract provided.


28 May 1942: Bertolt Brecht And Fritz Lang Write A Hollywood Screenplay, Jonathan Skolnik Dec 2011

28 May 1942: Bertolt Brecht And Fritz Lang Write A Hollywood Screenplay, Jonathan Skolnik

Jonathan Skolnik

A study of the anti-Nazi film Hangmen Also Die (Dir. Fritz Lang, 1943), centering on the work as a collaborative product of German exile culture and anti-fascist aesthetics, with a focus on the collaboration between Bertolt Brecht, Hanns Eisler, and Fritz Lang.