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Medieval And Futuristic Hells: The Influence Of Dante On Ellison’S “I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream”, Jeremy Withers Jan 2017

Medieval And Futuristic Hells: The Influence Of Dante On Ellison’S “I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream”, Jeremy Withers

English Publications

Even though some scholars have identified important precursors to science fiction (hereafter abbreviated as sf) in premodern genres such as epic, the fantastic voyage, and utopia, pre-Enlightenment eras are mostly absent in many critical discussions of the origins of – and the important influences on – recent sf. Additionally, many sf scholars and authors often emphasize the futurity of the genre, not its orientation and links to the past. For example, Harlan Ellison (whose story is a main focus of this essay) once defined sf as: “Anything that deals in even the smallest extrapolative manner with the future of man and his ...


Three Russian Phrases, Tim Dicks Jan 2008

Three Russian Phrases, Tim Dicks

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The lives of three individuals come together in the limited geography and intersecting social circles of Des Moines, Iowa.


Care Ethics And Cloning: A Speculative Literary Critique Of Human Biotechnology, Laurel A. Tweed Jan 2008

Care Ethics And Cloning: A Speculative Literary Critique Of Human Biotechnology, Laurel A. Tweed

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Debates about human cloning are typically argued within a framework of individual rights and justice that promote a particular view of human independence. As a result, the cloning debate is impoverished because it fails to adequately consider human interdependence. Rather than considering whether we have a right to clone, feminist care ethics offers the question, is it caring to clone? To explore questions of social and political care ethics within the cloning debate, this thesis examines two contemporary speculative novels, Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake (2003) and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go (2005), which represent uses of ...


Along Divergent Paths: A Two-Part Thesis In Creative And Technical Writing, Angela C. Furtado-Rasmussen Jan 2008

Along Divergent Paths: A Two-Part Thesis In Creative And Technical Writing, Angela C. Furtado-Rasmussen

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Due to the difference topics representing each co-major--Creative Writing and Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communications--this thesis is divided into two parts. Part I focuses on the creative writing portion of my thesis--the first half of my young adult fantasy novel. Part II focuses on my interests in visual communication and secondary education as fulfillment for the rhetoric portion of my master's degree in English.;Abstract Part I: Creative Writing Two magical books--one good, one evil--each concealed and protected until now.;It began 300 years ago in the secluded mountain town of Cennfhain. There, the battle between The Senchen and ...


Not Unacquainted With Pain, Amanda Anne Schumacher Jan 2008

Not Unacquainted With Pain, Amanda Anne Schumacher

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

My thesis is a collection of short stories entitled, "Not unacquainted with pain." These stories all depict narrators in the midst of great loss as they try to cope, comprehend, and carry on. These narrators seek to deal with their feelings of grief, guilt, and longing as they look for definition in the world around them. They seek to articulate their feelings in a variety of different ways, through connection with family, to disassociation with family, to seeking epiphany in a work of art. The narrators themselves range dramatically in age and experience, from a seven year-old girl, to a ...


Bridging The Gaps: Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet As A Transitional Work In Twentieth Century Literature, Tyler John Niska Jan 2008

Bridging The Gaps: Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet As A Transitional Work In Twentieth Century Literature, Tyler John Niska

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Lawrence Durrell's Alexandria Quartet, consisting of four books---Justine (1957), Balthazar (1958), Mountolive (1959), and Clea (1960)---has long been overlooked academic literary criticism and Durrell's works have largely failed to enter Western canon due to their curious and indefinite status within the literary movements of the twentieth century. This thesis locates the Quartet at the historical and ideological confluence of the major literary philosophies of the century---modernism and postmodernism. Durrell's work seems to exhibit modernist techniques, such as anxiety, uncertainty and the lack of an authoritative viewpoint, as well as themes of human memory, attention to Freudian ...


Fearful Symmetry, Margaret Elizabeth Werning Jan 2008

Fearful Symmetry, Margaret Elizabeth Werning

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Fearful Symmetry is the first third of a science-fiction novel looking at humanity sans nature. After the Earth has been reduced to crumbling rock and acidic water, human beings are the only living organism left. They survive on metal platforms, suspended above the toxic water, and rely on scientific advancement to provide for their needs. However, after eight generations of this way of life, one man questions the value of their existence, disturbed by all that has been lost. And two people close to him try to find the technological advances that could return that which has been lost.


The Myth Of Gravity, Emily Lupita Plum Guclu Jan 2007

The Myth Of Gravity, Emily Lupita Plum Guclu

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The Myth of Gravity by Emily Lupita Plum Guclu is a collection of poems exploring collective and private mythology through the re-telling of both public and individual stories. The poems move beyond the personal by linking to the natural, social, cultural, and spiritual environment surrounding the characters in the poems. These strong and vivid characters tell of a journey of attachment and distance, of love and release, of travel and homecoming. The voices of the poems range from a small child in Iowa to the Goddesses Athena and Laksmi to Chinese mythological figures to a visitor to the Atomic Bomb ...


A Tale Of A "Half Fairy, Half Imp": The Rape Of Jane Eyre, Kathryn S. Jaekel Jan 2007

A Tale Of A "Half Fairy, Half Imp": The Rape Of Jane Eyre, Kathryn S. Jaekel

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

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Reading Trees In Southern Literature, Matthew Sivils Jan 2006

Reading Trees In Southern Literature, Matthew Sivils

Matthew Sivils

Trees fulfi ll an important semiotic function within southern literary texts, and through this role serve as nexuses between humans and the natural world of the American South. Because of their ability to assume a wide range of sometimes temporary meanings, it is useful to think of southern literary trees as semiotic bottle trees: arboreal platforms upon which writer’s place semiotic components, or containers. To begin I draw from the work of Patricia Yaeger and Farah Jasmine Griffi n as I examine how southern literary trees are inexplicably connected to the issues of both environmental and racial oppression. Then ...