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"A House On Fire": Xicanisma And Domesticity In Sandra Cisneros's Major Works, Melissa West Jan 2019

"A House On Fire": Xicanisma And Domesticity In Sandra Cisneros's Major Works, Melissa West

Undergraduate Honors Theses

By applying material Xicanista theory to analyze domesticity in Sandra Cisneros’s inventive literature this thesis recognizes the domestic sphere as a site ripe for potential reconfigurations and transformations. This thesis examines Cisneros’s presentations of domesticity within her major works to argue that she is committed to representing the heterogeneity of Xicana experiences and that her work is grounded in historical and material reality. Her examination of Xicana domesticity allows for engagement with larger sociopolitical considerations that recognize the differences in experiences for Xicanas from Anglos. Her feminist critique of domesticity elevates class and race as considerations in addition ...


F.I.F., Hillary Katherine Susz Jan 2018

F.I.F., Hillary Katherine Susz

English Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Cassie Catacombs is an up and coming celebrity in the near future. Her band, F.I.F. (Future is Femme) blows up and becomes synonymous with politics, ambition, musical genre and music technology. F.I.F. becomes a new music platform, like Spotify or Apple Music, which is installed inside the head, a problematic controversy.

What is included here is part one of a three-part novel. Part one is Cassie’s diary, taken during her upcoming tour, the beginning curve of fame. Part two is a compilation of press about F.I.F. Part three is testimony from her producer ...


Narrating Preterition: Postsecularism, Analysis, And Gravity's Rainbow, Damian Borovsky Jan 2018

Narrating Preterition: Postsecularism, Analysis, And Gravity's Rainbow, Damian Borovsky

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Recent trends in literary discourse have identified the “postsecular” in fiction, reimaginations of spiritual traditions in particularly postmodern ways. Much analysis of the postsecular posits the postsecular in fiction as an affirmation of postsecular spirituality, and celebrates its ability to describe a world “reenchanted” in postmodernity. I argue that an analysis of the postsecular which has reenchantment as its conclusion terminates too quickly, and fails to account for the ideological locus of the postsecular utopic gesture. Postsecularism, on this account, points to alternative narratives that run counter to the dominant and oppressive historical narratives of modernity. Rather than posit a ...


Sentimiento De Pertenencia Nacional Y Cosmopolitismo En El Arte Nuevo En España (1918-1936), Alejandro Mendez-Betancor Jan 2017

Sentimiento De Pertenencia Nacional Y Cosmopolitismo En El Arte Nuevo En España (1918-1936), Alejandro Mendez-Betancor

Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Este trabajo de tesis doctoral presenta una interpretación del arte nuevo español. Concretamente se enfoca en el estudio de la dialéctica entre la intención cosmopolita y el sentimiento de pertenencia en el marco cronológico que va desde 1918 (fin de la I Guerra Mundial) hasta 1936 (inicio de la Guerra Civil española). Se advierte que en la articulación de este diálogo el paisaje y el entorno local son elegidos para representar el sentimiento de pertenencia. El cosmopolitismo es interpretado culturalmente, y además se propone la formación de un tercer espacio transnacional para el encuentro de los intelectuales y artistas.

Estructuralmente ...


The Creation Of Expressionism: Kurt Pinthus The Glaneur And Menschheitsdämmerung, Giovanni Angelo Doveri Jan 2017

The Creation Of Expressionism: Kurt Pinthus The Glaneur And Menschheitsdämmerung, Giovanni Angelo Doveri

Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Kurt Pinthus’ 1919 anthology, Menschheitsdämmerung: Symphonie jüngster Dichtung, was a foundational turning point in the creation of Expressionism. The collection pushed the boundaries of the genre of the anthology into an aesthetic dimension, by which Pinthus straddles the role of both artist and literary critic. The first part of the thesis will situate lyrical Expressionism both in the philosophic traditions, which it inherits, and with the overall project of Modernism. Secondly, Menschheitsdämmerung acts as a metapoem of Expressionism. It is the figure of the Glaneur, who straddles the position between art and literary criticism to produce a literary epoch through ...


The Ecocritical Carnivalesque Of Mason & Dixon: Thomas Pynchon's Environmental Vision, Theodor Jack Hamstra Jan 2017

The Ecocritical Carnivalesque Of Mason & Dixon: Thomas Pynchon's Environmental Vision, Theodor Jack Hamstra

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Among American novelists since 1945, Thomas Pynchon ranks as one of the most accomplished, with arguably the most fully realized and profound visions of Postmodernity. Therefore, his absence from the field of Ecocriticism is alarming. The aim of my thesis is to demonstrate that Pynchon’s 1997 novel Mason & Dixon ought to be considered as an essential text of American environmental writing. My thesis triangulates the environmental vision of Mason & Dixon by highlighting its affinity with environmental literature on three overlapping levels: the specter of the ancient, the spectacle of the new during the Enlightenment setting of the novel, and ...


Embodied Word, Disembodied Woman: The Ethics And Aesthetics Of Elena Guro, Shelby Ruth Wardlaw Jan 2016

Embodied Word, Disembodied Woman: The Ethics And Aesthetics Of Elena Guro, Shelby Ruth Wardlaw

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Russian poet, painter, and playwright Elena Guro builds on the Futurist concept of the liberation of the word, extending it to the sphere of meaning construction. She points out that the current construction of meaning demands a humanitarian and moral price. Modernity affirms hierarchical constructions that privilege the strong over the weak, the visible over the invisible, the man-made over the natural. Guro locates the potential for subversion in the subjective gaze of the dreamer, the scatterbrain, the mentally ill, the feminine, and the natural. These categories are not equivalent, yet they share one important feature: they are overlooked by ...


Una-Sola-Cosa: The Violence Of Aesthetics In Mao Ii And Estrella Distante, Erin Briana Cousins Jan 2016

Una-Sola-Cosa: The Violence Of Aesthetics In Mao Ii And Estrella Distante, Erin Briana Cousins

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This thesis explores the relationship between aesthetics and violence in Don DeLillo’s Mao II and Roberto Bolaño’s Estrella distante. Though each text’s central characters begin with an attachment to an idealized narrative of modern artistry, I argue that these idealizations are based on a conflation of literal and metaphorical violence. Such a conflation allows these characters to value violence purely for its ability to impact sense perception, forming what I call an aesthetic violence. By conflating literal and metaphorical violence into the aesthetic, I argue, each character is able to ignore the asymmetrical power dynamics inherent to ...


Echoes From The Other Side: Gender, Space, And Psyche In Contemporary Japanese Genre Fiction, Raechel Lynn Dumas Jan 2015

Echoes From The Other Side: Gender, Space, And Psyche In Contemporary Japanese Genre Fiction, Raechel Lynn Dumas

Center for Asian Studies Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation explores the fantastical landscapes in which Japanese genre fiction routinely unfolds as subversive spaces for the elaboration of subjectivities that undermine conventional discourses on gender and identity. Through analyses of four texts representing the genres of horror, science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction—Suzuki Kōji’s Ringu (Ring), Ueda Sayuri’s Zeusu no ori (Cage of Zeus), Kirino Natsuo’s Joshinki (The Goddess Chronicle), and Tobi Hirotaka’s "Jisei no yume" (Autogenic Dreaming)—this analysis seeks to illuminate how writers working across disparate popular genres have adopted and adapted historically constituted gender paradigms in order to elaborate visions ...


Los Límites De La Herencia: Inmigración Y Postnacionalidad En La Literatura Española Contemporánea, Alicia Maria Barron Lopez Jan 2015

Los Límites De La Herencia: Inmigración Y Postnacionalidad En La Literatura Española Contemporánea, Alicia Maria Barron Lopez

Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Globalization and the phenomenon of widespread immigration have changed the ways communities and feelings of belonging are conceived. This dissertation analyzes Spanish literature's portrayal of how immigration has affected Spanish society as it becomes the subject of a process of transnationalization in the European framework and as recipient of a large number of immigrants during the decade of 1990s.

Based on the critical theory on globalization and migration delivered by Néstor García Canclini and Iain Chambers, this research focuses on the study of the ways immigration is perceived by several Spanish mediating literary characters and how they describe their ...


Siting The Periphery: Representations Of Space In The Contemporary French Basque Novel, Caroline Whiteman Jan 2015

Siting The Periphery: Representations Of Space In The Contemporary French Basque Novel, Caroline Whiteman

French & Italian Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation explores the dynamic but often overlooked peripheral literature of the French Basque Country, examining the different ways in which space is represented in the contemporary novels of that region. In four chapters focusing on physical, literary, linguistic and narratological spaces, my analysis examines on the work of four authors from Bayonne: Itxaro Borda, Marie Darrieussecq, Marie Cosnay, and Xabi Molia. Using a variety of novels by these four authors, I examine some of the diverse approaches they have taken to those spaces in their work.

At the same time, however, their work also exhibits certain shared characteristics, such ...


Ka-Tzetnik 135633: Historical Depersonalization And The Celebrity Witness, Hannah Allen Jan 2015

Ka-Tzetnik 135633: Historical Depersonalization And The Celebrity Witness, Hannah Allen

Undergraduate Honors Theses

“Ka-Tzetnik 135633: Historical Depersonalization and the Celebrity Witnessm” will concern early representations of the Holocaust written by Yehiel De-Nur, who wrote under the name Ka-Tzetnik 135633, which loosely translates to Concentration Camp Inmate 135633. This author, with his first book appearing in 1946, produced the sextet Salamanda: A Chronicle of a Jewish Family in the Twentieth Century. The books concern the author’s own experience of the Holocaust via a fictionalized persona, as well as the experiences that he believes his siblings endured after they were separated in the ghettoes. My project will use these highly controversial books as a ...


Westernmost Bodies, Monica Helen Koenig Jan 2014

Westernmost Bodies, Monica Helen Koenig

English Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Westernmost Bodies is a collection of poems orbiting themes of violence, memory, and desire playing out on a supremely haunted frontier. The various sections are structured by the narrative of death--the opening image of "two alpacas" represents the mirror image of femininity developed in the manuscript. One image of the women explored through the confines of the domestic home space and the other image interacting with wildness in a natural environment. Together, these images are in conversation through traditional lyric and methods of fragmentation. The fragments mimic the humming described in the first poem--an emotional resonance of a continuous narrative ...


Drywall, Aimee Charlene Demery Jan 2014

Drywall, Aimee Charlene Demery

English Graduate Theses & Dissertations

My intention in writing this collection was to explore where Lyric and narrative come together to tell a story that is neither linear nor abstract, but woven in such a way as to be an immersion. The Lyric gave me room for experimentation in language and eased the difficulties inherent in showing the obsession of the narrator. The narrative arcs in prose allowed for scenes and story to develop, even when on a minute scale.

During the writing process, it became very apparent that at the heart of these stories was a fascination somewhere between fixation and voyeurism. Seeing the ...


The Convergence Of Digital Literature And Net Art: Networked Creation, Distribution, And Operation, Kyle Jon Bickoff Jan 2014

The Convergence Of Digital Literature And Net Art: Networked Creation, Distribution, And Operation, Kyle Jon Bickoff

English Graduate Theses & Dissertations

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Transcription In Twenty-First Century Peninsular Narrative Fiction, Meredith Lyn Jeffers Jan 2013

Transcription In Twenty-First Century Peninsular Narrative Fiction, Meredith Lyn Jeffers

Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Theses & Dissertations

In my dissertation I examine transcription as a rhetorical figure in six contemporary Peninsular novels: La voz dormida (Dulce Chacón, 2002), Los girasoles ciegos (Alberto Méndez, 2004), Soldados de Salamina (Javier Cercas, 2001), La mitad del alma (Carme Riera, 2004), Llámame Brooklyn (Eduardo Lago, 2006), and Bilbao-New York-Bilbao (Kirmen Uribe, 2008). My analysis is built around one central question: what does transcription add to a work of literature? Literary transcription appears to be a simple means of copying actual and notional source texts and testimony within a work of fiction. But it is a complex, meaningful process. Transcription co-opts and ...


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 ...


Port Cities, Caroline Joanna Davidson Jan 2013

Port Cities, Caroline Joanna Davidson

English Graduate Theses & Dissertations

A speaker experiencing physical isolation, interpersonal disconnection, and gaps in knowledge of familial history/ancestry, attempts to piece together and rationalize discrete sequences in multiple figures lives, thinly veiled by operatic structure. The speaker desires to sustain briefly-experienced moments of physical, intellectual, and emotional connection, despite the awareness of this being unfeasible. Familial history, diaspora/emigration, itinerancy, and physical/emotional intimacy are questioned through the speaker's longing for reason in the unknown; in particular, the cultures and practices independent of the speaker's subject position, such as Italian operatic performance and Catholic rituals. Structures meant to stabilize and connect--musical ...


Cutting The Purity In Sweet Diamond Dust: Translating Identity In Maldito Amor, Jennifer Ann Delaney Jan 2013

Cutting The Purity In Sweet Diamond Dust: Translating Identity In Maldito Amor, Jennifer Ann Delaney

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Rosario Ferre’s successful polyphonic novella Maldito amor depicts the nebulous concept of a collective Puerto Rican identity. Yet, Ferré’s own English translation of Maldito amor (Sweet Diamond Dust) subverts many of the issues associated with the search for Puerto Rican identity. In Maldito amor, Ferré addresses issues of race, political affiliations, and the role of women in Puerto Rico insightfully as they remain unresolved. Sweet Diamond Dust also explores these themes, but they are undercut by the didactic descriptions, diluted racial discourse, and pro-American sentiments. Ferré’s stated objective in translating the novella was to provide an English ...


This Is A True Story: Confession And Discourse In Marcel Proust’S La Prisonnière, Jeffrey Joseph Bellomi Jan 2013

This Is A True Story: Confession And Discourse In Marcel Proust’S La Prisonnière, Jeffrey Joseph Bellomi

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The purpose of this thesis is to explore the relation between the Foucauldian concepts of truth and confession and their place within modern literature. By focusing on Marcel Proust’s La Prisonnière in particular, the intention is to examine how confession operates as a productive source of truth in an art form that by its very definition appears to resist the categorization of “truthful”. What makes Proust’s work especially critical to this is analysis is how its autobiographical elements and rhetorical devices entwine themselves with the art of confession and both expand as well as complicate the notion of ...


Natural Domesticated Disasters, Alissa M. Fehlbaum Jan 2013

Natural Domesticated Disasters, Alissa M. Fehlbaum

English Graduate Theses & Dissertations

The focus of Natural Domesticated Disasters is on the fractured and broken in the domestic realm, specifically upon the gulf between the domestic and the domesticated, the power of the American home to ensnare and enslave.

The stories in this collection seek to walk in stride with the middle-aged woman, she who does not get paid enough to give a damn about the air quality around your asthmatic brat of a child, she who devours cigarettes on her retail job break and hovers waiting in the mini-van outside the elementary playground. My objective is for the reader of this manuscript ...


"Die Zelle Meiner Kunst [...]" Ästhetische Prinzipien Der Bildenden Kunst In Rainer Maria Rilkes Neuen Gedichten, Franziska Schweiger Jan 2013

"Die Zelle Meiner Kunst [...]" Ästhetische Prinzipien Der Bildenden Kunst In Rainer Maria Rilkes Neuen Gedichten, Franziska Schweiger

Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Die folgende Arbeit setzt sich mit Rainer Maria Rilkes Neuen Gedichten auf der Grundlage ästhetischer Prinzipien aus der bildenden Kunst auseinander. Zunächst wird anhand von Lessings Laokoon aufgezeigt, dass bildende Kunst und Literatur, jeweils stofflich limitiert, unterschiedliche Gestaltungsmittel fordern. Anhand dieser Differenzierung wird im Vergleich der Vorträge Moderne Lyrik und Auguste Rodin. Zweiter Teil der Wandel in Rilkes künstlerischem Selbstverständnis von der Subjektivität des poetischen Ausdrucks zur Objektivität der Auseinandersetzung mit dem Ding in der bildenden Kunst erläutert. Diese Beobachtung wird im Folgenden auf Wahrnehmungsprozesse konkretisiert, in Rodins Werk lokalisiert und in der Phänomenologie konzeptualisiert. Den Einfluss der bildenden Kunst ...


Zarma-Songhoï Verbal Artistry And Expression: From The Epic To The Francophone Novel, With A Focus On Intertextual Dialogue Across The Genres, Hamadou Seini Jan 2013

Zarma-Songhoï Verbal Artistry And Expression: From The Epic To The Francophone Novel, With A Focus On Intertextual Dialogue Across The Genres, Hamadou Seini

French & Italian Graduate Theses & Dissertations

My dissertation considers West African Francophone literature in its relationship with local traditional oral literature. This study examines the intertextual dialogue between the Zarma-Songhoï oral narrative, The Epic Of Askia Mohammed, and the modern fictional tale of Toula, by contemporary Zarma-Songhoï writer, Boubou Hama. The study emerges from the necessity to correct persistent and inappropriate appreciations of local ethnographic specificities in the current academic treatments of West African Francophone literature. Aimed as a modest contribution to the study of the relationship between oral traditions and modern literature in Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa, this study is divided in three parts.

Part I ...


Writing Past And Present: Narrative Structure In The Work Of J. M. G. Le Clézio, Nicole M. Thorburn Jan 2012

Writing Past And Present: Narrative Structure In The Work Of J. M. G. Le Clézio, Nicole M. Thorburn

French & Italian Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Representations of the past figure prominently in the work of J. M. G. Le Clézio. Yet, despite a large and rapidly growing body of criticism devoted to his oeuvre, how Le Clézio incorporates the past into an often more contemporary narrative is one subject that has yet to be treated in detail. In my dissertation, I examine the narrative structure of several of Le Clézio's novels, short stories and nonfiction texts. After an introduction to Le Clézio's work, I discuss the various means by which he introduces the past into the narrative, including the use of historical settings ...


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 ...


Non-Subjects And Post-Individuals: The Negotiation Of Identity In The Postmodern American Suburb, Lacey N. Smith Jan 2012

Non-Subjects And Post-Individuals: The Negotiation Of Identity In The Postmodern American Suburb, Lacey N. Smith

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Suburban studies, particularly with regards to literary analysis, has only recently been recognized as an analytical space in its own right rather than as a peripheral space within urban studies. Through close readings of both Danielle Dutton's S P R A W L and Jeffrey Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides, this essay investigates the ways that the suburb functions as a type of postmodern space, specifically focusing on the implications such space poses for notions of identity, individuality and subjectivity. In this essay, I employ Henri Lefebvre's theory of the production of space, Fredric Jameson's theory of postmodern ...


With A Teaspoon Of Sugar And A Hint Of Lemon, Tuhina Saha Nandi Jan 2011

With A Teaspoon Of Sugar And A Hint Of Lemon, Tuhina Saha Nandi

English Graduate Theses & Dissertations

When I joined the Creative Writing program at CU Boulder during the fall of 2007, the only end in my mind was to learn how to write, and to do it well. I wanted to tell a story and as simply as possible. Saying that I want or wanted to tell a story, the story, as simply as possible, is not to insinuate aversion to the more experimental forms of story telling. It is to reiterate my belief in the simplicity of the singular word that never misses its mark. Some might consider that- the conventional method of story telling ...


Narratives Of Nothing In Twentieth-Century Literature, Meghan Christine Vicks Jan 2011

Narratives Of Nothing In Twentieth-Century Literature, Meghan Christine Vicks

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This study begins with the observation that much of twentieth-century art, literature, and philosophy exhibits a concern with nothing itself. Both Martin Heidegger and Jean Paul Sartre, for example, perceive that nothing is part-and-parcel of (man’s) being. The present study adopts a similar position concerning nothing and its essential relationship to being, but adds a third element: that of writing narrative. This relationship between nothing and narrative is, I argue, established in the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche, Mikhail Bakhtin, Jacques Derrida, and Julia Kristeva. As Heidegger and Sartre position nothing as essential to the creation of being, so Nietzsche ...


Moving Targets: French Fiction In The Twenty-First Century, Philippe Brand Jan 2011

Moving Targets: French Fiction In The Twenty-First Century, Philippe Brand

French & Italian Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This dissertation examines the return to story in the French novel that begins in the mid-1980s, some decades after the New Novelists called into question the most fundamental elements of the traditional novel. The first chapter focuses on certain hallmarks of literary innovation in the twentieth century, from Marcel Proust's A la Recherche du temps perdu to the novels published by Philippe Sollers and Pierre Guyotat. In the body of the dissertation, I devote one chapter each to five writers-- Jean-Philippe Toussaint, Marie Redonnet, Éric Chevillard, Christine Montalbetti, and Xabi Molia--who reconsider the potential of "the critical novel," namely ...


The Impossible Impossible: Kafka's "Beschreibung Eines Kampfes", Darin Trent Graber Jan 2010

The Impossible Impossible: Kafka's "Beschreibung Eines Kampfes", Darin Trent Graber

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Franz Kafka’s “Beschreibung eines Kampfes” employs a uniquely troubling narrative structure in which the story’s narrator begins to relate the story of his run-in with an “acquaintance” but fails to maintain a stable, subjective standpoint from which he can narrate sensibly. Despite his attempt to utilize a secondary narrative that makes him both a narrator and a narrated character, this first-person narrator’s failed subject perspective gives way to a myriad of other characters’ and their own attempts to solidify their individual existence via secondary narratives. Put in context of other similar, yet distinct, narrative structures employed by ...