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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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


Therapeutic Journeys: Subversion Of Archetypal Convention In Women's Travel Narrative, Dawn Eyestone Jan 2008

Therapeutic Journeys: Subversion Of Archetypal Convention In Women's Travel Narrative, Dawn Eyestone

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The travel writing canon has been historically restricted to authors of a certain race, class, and gender even though the literature itself is not so narrow. Critics of the genre have noted the discrepancy between the literature and the canon without fully addressing how or why that gap has emerged. This thesis examines that gap more closely and argues that the limitations in the canon are due to the very nature of how critics have defined "the traveler": the adventuring Odysseus. This archetype, which hides behide eupehmisms of aesthetic standards, actually silences any authors not reproducing a white, Western, masculine ...


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.


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 ...


Good Seeing You: A Collection Of Short Stories, Brian Douglas Burmeister Jan 2008

Good Seeing You: A Collection Of Short Stories, Brian Douglas Burmeister

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A short story collection exploring the frailties and difficulties of human relationships.


Alchemy In The Atomic Age, Andrew Judge Jan 2008

Alchemy In The Atomic Age, Andrew Judge

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

A collection of poems exploring the nature of scientific inquiry and its relationship to religion and the "supernatural."


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.


Ascension, Jennifer Grace Brooks Jan 2007

Ascension, Jennifer Grace Brooks

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Cybil has a normal life. She has a good job at Federal Express, a great boyfriend, and a close friend. When her former college roommate, Candice Warren, reappears with another one of her eccentric plans, Cybil must decide whether she should endorse Candice's political ambitions or to finally write her off as insane. From the colorful city of Memphis, TN to the subtropical island of Ascension, both Cybil and Candice find themselves in one of the most unique political situations ever.


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 ...


Under Which This Water Runs: Stories, Jessica Fokken Jan 2007

Under Which This Water Runs: Stories, Jessica Fokken

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

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Don't Call Me Crazy, Valerie Giscard Goodman Jan 2007

Don't Call Me Crazy, Valerie Giscard Goodman

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

The first 93 pages of this memoir describes the ongoing mental problems of a 19-year-old bi-racial female from a small town in Iowa. The memoir recounts the routines of the mental health unit in the local hospital, friendships formed on the unit, and the doctor-patient relationship. The mindset of the mental patient is shown in detail questioning of the stigma of mental illness and the effectiveness of treatment plans. There is an historical account that provides some speculation on the source of the problem. The resolution of the issues are provided in the synopses at the end.


The Center Of Almost Everything, Anja Katrina Brand Jan 2007

The Center Of Almost Everything, Anja Katrina Brand

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

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After Leaving, Krystal Leah Hering Jan 2007

After Leaving, Krystal Leah Hering

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


The Act Of Running, Jennifer Anne O'Neill Jan 2007

The Act Of Running, Jennifer Anne O'Neill

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Brown Water Flashbacks, Dennis Allen Mckinney Jan 2007

Brown Water Flashbacks, Dennis Allen Mckinney

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


Removed: A Novel, Molly Ann Magestro Jan 2007

Removed: A Novel, Molly Ann Magestro

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

No abstract provided.


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

No abstract provided.


We Disappear, Ariane Louise Sandford Jan 2007

We Disappear, Ariane Louise Sandford

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

We Disappear tells the story of the author's experiences growing up in a diplomat and Christian Scientist family. Each chapter corresponds to a different chapter in the author's life, as she moves from East Berlin to apartheid South Africa to Washington, D.C. to Munich to Minnesota. The opening and closing chapters of the memoir serve as bookends, and depict the author's struggle to accept her grandmother's Alzheimer's, a disease unacknowledged by her Christian Scientist family.


Stoic , Sharon Koelling Jan 2006

Stoic , Sharon Koelling

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

Stoic is a non-fiction childhood trauma memoir. The theme of loss is explored through the manuscript as the author delves into the family dynamics prior to a devastating car accident and the stark realities afterward. The mother is left a paraplegic as a result of the accident. The story takes place in the 1960s and early 1970s. This is one family's tragedy as told from a child's point-of-view. Set in a post-WWII suburban community, the comparison of relative prosperity and the loss of normalcy are detailed. The author incorporates both her Norwegian and German heritage as the family ...


Cracking Open The Fields, Peggy S. Alberhasky Jan 1984

Cracking Open The Fields, Peggy S. Alberhasky

Retrospective Theses and Dissertations

"The magical I mystic genesis of my poetry may be seen better if first my work is absorbed. My poems are not the type to be intellectualized but, like primitive art, their ideas are "felt" rather than rationalized. The psychoanalytic content or poetry of personal relationships contributes lyric energy to the work. The reader should be able to experience the "imagery," the "singing" of words but, also "feel" the ideas as they speak to the reader's subconscious. The poet may become an instrument of change because of the directness of communi- . cation the poetry makes. When the reader attempts ...