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Full-Text Articles in Modern Literature

The Enchanter's Spell: J.R.R. Tolkien's Mythopoetic Response To Modernism, Adam D. Gorelick Nov 2013

The Enchanter's Spell: J.R.R. Tolkien's Mythopoetic Response To Modernism, Adam D. Gorelick

FIU Electronic Theses and Dissertations

J.R.R. Tolkien was not only an author of fantasy but also a philologist who theorized about myth. Theorists have employed various methods of analyzing myth, and this thesis integrates several analyses, including Tolkien’s. I address the roles of doctrine, ritual, cross-cultural patterns, mythic expressions in literature, the literary effect of myth, evolution of language and consciousness, and individual invention over inheritance and diffusion. Beyond Tolkien’s English and Catholic background, I argue for eclectic influence on Tolkien, including resonance with Buddhism.

Tolkien views mythopoeia, literary mythmaking, in terms of sub-creation, human invention in the image of God ...


Entre El Juego Y La Memoria: El Detective Y La Ciudad En La Narrativa Neo Policiaca De Paco Ignacio Taibo Ii Y Leonardo Padura Fuentes., Carlos Pardo Oct 2013

Entre El Juego Y La Memoria: El Detective Y La Ciudad En La Narrativa Neo Policiaca De Paco Ignacio Taibo Ii Y Leonardo Padura Fuentes., Carlos Pardo

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

This dissertation examines the development of the characters in the detective series of Paco Ignacio Taibo II (Mexico) and Leonardo Padura Fuentes (Cuba) and their relationship with their Hispanic-American cities: Mexico D.F. and Havana. To accomplish it, this dissertation initially deals with the connection between the “neo policiaco” and the narrative tradition that precedes it: the classical detective story or whodunit and the American hardboiled crime story, as well as its link with Spanish contemporary detective fiction. As a result, the Hispanic-American “neo policiaco” explores new possibilities of detective narratives in which complex characters and the Hispanic American city ...


International Military Autobiographies, Esmeralda Kleinreesink Sep 2013

International Military Autobiographies, Esmeralda Kleinreesink

Esmeralda Kleinreesink

Presentation given at the Veteran Authors symposium organized by the Dutch Veterans' Institute as a general introduction to international military autobiographies, detailing the results from my study into military Afghanistan memoirs, showing who these contemporary authors are, what they write and why they write.


Transference Vol. 1, Summer 2013 Aug 2013

Transference Vol. 1, Summer 2013

Transference

Transference is published by the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Western Michigan University. Dedicated to the celebration of poetry in translation, the journal publishes translations from Arabic, Chinese, French and Old French, German, Classical Greek and Latin, Japanese, and Russian into English verse. Transference contains translations as well as commentaries on the art and process of translating.


Decoding Literary Aids: A Study On Issues Of The Body, Masculinity, And Self Identity In U.S. Aids Literature From 1984-2011, Alexander Shimon Abrams Aug 2013

Decoding Literary Aids: A Study On Issues Of The Body, Masculinity, And Self Identity In U.S. Aids Literature From 1984-2011, Alexander Shimon Abrams

Theses and Dissertations

Rather than waiting decades to respond, novelists of nearly every literary genre began conceptualizing the AIDS epidemic shortly after the first documented case of the virus in the United States in 1981. Writers, feeling a sense of urgency, wasted little time constructing didactic texts that differ from much historical fiction in that they were written as the tragedy they are commenting on occurred. However, AIDS literature has changed as the disease has spread well beyond the gay communities of San Francisco and New York, causing people to reexamine their longstanding beliefs on masculinity, sexuality, and body politics.

My Master's ...


How (Not) To Sell A Military Memoir In The Uk, Esmeralda Kleinreesink, Rachel Woodward, Neil Jenkings Jun 2013

How (Not) To Sell A Military Memoir In The Uk, Esmeralda Kleinreesink, Rachel Woodward, Neil Jenkings

Esmeralda Kleinreesink

In this study, we look at all (n=15) military memoirs published between 2001 and 2010 in Britain about military participation in the Afghanistan conflict, to establish the factors which determine whether a military memoir becomes a best-seller (sales >10,000 copies), or not. We look at three aspects of the book: content (i.e. type of plot), cover (e.g. whether rank or the award of medals is mentioned) and author features (e.g. seniority, sex, co-authorship by another established writer, preface by well-known person), and analysed data on these aspects, and on sales figures, using SPSS. The results ...


Fifty Shades Of Rosa Coldfield: Sex, Gender, And Trauma In Absalom, Absalom!, Renee A. Clare-Kovacs Jun 2013

Fifty Shades Of Rosa Coldfield: Sex, Gender, And Trauma In Absalom, Absalom!, Renee A. Clare-Kovacs

Papers & Publications: Interdisciplinary Journal of Undergraduate Research

By using the opposing definitions of sex, male and female based on physical characteristics, as a framework, William Faulkner demonstrated the trauma of gender confusion for Absalom, Absalom!’s Rosa Coldfield. Coldfield’s role models required the expanded definitions of gender as defined by one’s social and behavioral traits, confusing Rosa’s understanding of herself in the sexual constructs of the Antebellum Southern United States. Coldfield allowed herself to believe that she could create a place for herself based on her confused understanding of sex and gender. Using traumatic texutality and repressed narrative, Faulkner transmits the impact of trauma ...


The Chess Players, Gerry A. Wolfson-Grande May 2013

The Chess Players, Gerry A. Wolfson-Grande

Master of Liberal Studies Theses

Originally conducted primarily as a game of war and strategy, chess has evolved to reflect historical developments in Western civilization as well as inspired literary and artistic endeavors in such a fashion as to provide comment, often as metaphor, on the human condition and our place in a cosmos influenced as frequently by chance as by order. The evolution of the game itself, particularly the promotion of a weak and relatively unimportant piece to the most powerful, at a time when a similar shift was taking place in the real world, ensured its survival as it served as an educational ...


Who We Are: Incarcerated Students And The New Prison Literature, 1995-2010, Reilly Hannah N. Lorastein May 2013

Who We Are: Incarcerated Students And The New Prison Literature, 1995-2010, Reilly Hannah N. Lorastein

Honors Projects

This project focuses on American prison writings from the late 1990s to the 2000s. Much has been written about American prison intellectuals such as Malcolm X, George Jackson, Eldridge Cleaver, and Angela Davis, who wrote as active participants in black and brown freedom movements in the United States. However the new prison literature that has emerged over the past two decades through higher education programs within prisons has received little to no attention. This study provides a more nuanced view of the steadily growing silent population in the United States through close readings of Openline, an inter-disciplinary journal featuring poetry ...


Hunting The Dark Knight: Books On The Batman, Ian N. Fox Mar 2013

Hunting The Dark Knight: Books On The Batman, Ian N. Fox

Book Collecting Contest Essays

My essay and annotate bibliography explores the many facets of Batman as both a cultural icon and as a morally and politically complicated character. I explore the merits of comics and superheroes as a modern mythology that deserves serious academic study. Ultimately this is the expression of my personal growth by learning about the Batman and hope that others will pursue their respective passions.


¡Viva La Vida!, Javier Villarreal Feb 2013

¡Viva La Vida!, Javier Villarreal

NACCS Annual Conference Proceedings

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Américo Paredes And His Audiences, Lyon Rauthbun Feb 2013

Américo Paredes And His Audiences, Lyon Rauthbun

NACCS Annual Conference Proceedings

No abstract provided.


The Wolf-Girl Nomadic: Becoming-Animal And Post-Human Feminine Subjectivity In Angela Carter’S "Peter And The Wolf", Cary C. Haun Jan 2013

The Wolf-Girl Nomadic: Becoming-Animal And Post-Human Feminine Subjectivity In Angela Carter’S "Peter And The Wolf", Cary C. Haun

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Calling upon a post-structuralist post-humanist account of Angela Carter’s short story “Peter and the Wolf,” it is necessary to take an approach such as this in order to facilitate the articulation of potentiality as well as explore different perspectives through Carter’s use of animals in her “re-tellings.” With this in mind, one can allow her work to flow freely through multiple disciplines and discourses such that, like the animals she writes about, a nomadic feminine subjectivity would be better suited for examining the benefits of its methodological practicality. When re-telling a story from not only a feminine perspective ...


Review Of The Day The Crayons Quit By Drew Daywalt, Taylor P. Wilcox Jan 2013

Review Of The Day The Crayons Quit By Drew Daywalt, Taylor P. Wilcox

Library Intern Book Reviews

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Review Of Mr. Wuffles By David Wiesner, Taylor P. Wilcox Jan 2013

Review Of Mr. Wuffles By David Wiesner, Taylor P. Wilcox

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Review Of I'M Not A Pig In Underpants By Elwood H. Smith, Courtney Raymond Jan 2013

Review Of I'M Not A Pig In Underpants By Elwood H. Smith, Courtney Raymond

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Review Of The Dark By Lemony Snicket, James T. Sandberg Jan 2013

Review Of The Dark By Lemony Snicket, James T. Sandberg

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Review Of Perfectly Percy By Paul Schmid, Mollie R. Nelson Jan 2013

Review Of Perfectly Percy By Paul Schmid, Mollie R. Nelson

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Review Of Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? The Story Of Elizabeth Blackwell By Tanya Lee Stone, Rebekkah C. Reisner Jan 2013

Review Of Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors? The Story Of Elizabeth Blackwell By Tanya Lee Stone, Rebekkah C. Reisner

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Review Of Sophie's Squash By Pat Zietlow Miller, Rebekkah C. Reisner Jan 2013

Review Of Sophie's Squash By Pat Zietlow Miller, Rebekkah C. Reisner

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Review Of I Scream, Ice Cream! A Book Of Wordles By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Austin C. Becton Jan 2013

Review Of I Scream, Ice Cream! A Book Of Wordles By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Austin C. Becton

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Review Of Grumpy Goat By Brett Helquist, Austin C. Becton Jan 2013

Review Of Grumpy Goat By Brett Helquist, Austin C. Becton

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Review Of Everyone Can Learn To Ride A Bicycle By Chris Raschka, Austin C. Becton Jan 2013

Review Of Everyone Can Learn To Ride A Bicycle By Chris Raschka, Austin C. Becton

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Review Of The Chickens Build A Wall By Jean-François Dumont, Emily C. Hartman Jan 2013

Review Of The Chickens Build A Wall By Jean-François Dumont, Emily C. Hartman

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Review Of A Moose That Says Moooooooooo! By Jennifer Hamburg, Taylor P. Wilcox Jan 2013

Review Of A Moose That Says Moooooooooo! By Jennifer Hamburg, Taylor P. Wilcox

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Review Of On A Beam Of Light By Jennifer Berne, Taylor P. Wilcox Jan 2013

Review Of On A Beam Of Light By Jennifer Berne, Taylor P. Wilcox

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Review Of Flora And The Flamingo By Molly Idle, Austin C. Becton Jan 2013

Review Of Flora And The Flamingo By Molly Idle, Austin C. Becton

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Review Of Read Me A Story, Stella By Marie-Louise Gay, Rebekkah C. Reisner Jan 2013

Review Of Read Me A Story, Stella By Marie-Louise Gay, Rebekkah C. Reisner

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Review Of Exclamation Mark By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Allison N. Jensen Jan 2013

Review Of Exclamation Mark By Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Allison N. Jensen

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Review Of Bunnies On Ice By Johanna Wright, Mollie R. Nelson Jan 2013

Review Of Bunnies On Ice By Johanna Wright, Mollie R. Nelson

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