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Conjuring Her Self: Hermione's Self-Determination In Harry Potter, Gwendolyn Limbach Oct 2007

Conjuring Her Self: Hermione's Self-Determination In Harry Potter, Gwendolyn Limbach

Honors College Theses

In most classic children’s literature, a female protagonist, though the center of the story, does not exhibit agency; rather, power “arrives in the form of rescue” and is acted upon her by a male hero (Sweeney). Recent feminist children’s literature, such as The Princess and the Admiral and The Ordinary Princess, empowers the protagonist to be her own rescuer. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series may not fit the expected mold of feminist children’s literature, but one of the main characters, Hermione Granger, is certainly the books’ only girl feminist. Hermione separates herself from other models ...


Pathos, Fall 2007, Portland State University. Student Publications Board Oct 2007

Pathos, Fall 2007, Portland State University. Student Publications Board

Pathos

Editor: Laura Pieroni

Issue 4


Critical Review: Cometas En El Cielo, Traducción De The Kite Runner, William Martínez Jul 2007

Critical Review: Cometas En El Cielo, Traducción De The Kite Runner, William Martínez

World Languages and Cultures

Cometas en el cielo es la primera novela del Dr. Khaled Hosseini. La narración cruza épocas y fronteras, teniendo como trasfondo la historia moderna de Afganistán, desde el período anterior a la invasión rusa de 1980 hasta la actualidad: justo en el momento después a la invasión de los Talibanes.


El Impacto De "Viernes" En La Poesía Venezolana, William Martínez Jul 2007

El Impacto De "Viernes" En La Poesía Venezolana, William Martínez

World Languages and Cultures

This essay presents a historical review of the poetic production in Venezuela in the 30's and 40's. It reviews the role that "Viernes," a poetic group, had in developing the modern literary movements in Venezuelan literature. The impact that several members of the group had while in and then later after their departure from the group is examined. Equally, the poetic influences inherited by the group, both national and international, are discussed. Finally, the essay deals with the dissolution of the group and its impact in the literature of Venezuela and Latin America after World War II.


Faulkner In The Fifties: The Making Of The Faulkner Canon, Roland K. Végső Jul 2007

Faulkner In The Fifties: The Making Of The Faulkner Canon, Roland K. Végső

Faculty Publications -- Department of English

First three paragraphs:

As many commentators of the period noted, one of the most significant events of early post-war literary culture in the United States was William Faulkner’s sudden rise to international fame. The most extensive investigation of this dramatic revaluation of cultural status was carried out by Lawrence D. Schwartz in his Creating Faulkner’s Reputation: The Politics of Modern Literary Criticism. Schwartz examines in detail the cultural and political processes that led to Faulkner’s discovery in the 1940s after the primarily negative reception of his works in the 1930s by leftist critics. He argues that Faulkner ...


The Living Dead In Colonial And Neo-Colonial Worlds: Fanon’S Mass Attack On The Ego In Cliff, Kincaid And Aidoo, A.C. Warner Jun 2007

The Living Dead In Colonial And Neo-Colonial Worlds: Fanon’S Mass Attack On The Ego In Cliff, Kincaid And Aidoo, A.C. Warner

Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge

Samira Kawash deals with the importance of the translation of the effects of a mass attack on the ego into psychological terms, in Fanon's study of a patient who believed he was stalked by a vampire. I use these observations to examine apparitions in Michelle Cliff's Free Enterprise, Jamaica Kincaid's Autobiography of My Mother and Ama Ata Aidoo's Our Sister Killjoy, and argue that appearances in these works of creatures that have meanings similar to that of zombis (in that they represent the practice of appropriating the bodies for the use of others) show a comparative ...


Blaming It On The Church : On Frank Mccourt's ''Angela's Ashes'', Eamon Maher Jun 2007

Blaming It On The Church : On Frank Mccourt's ''Angela's Ashes'', Eamon Maher

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The Adolescent Rebellion Against Panoptical Society: A Foucauldian Analysis Of Adolescent Development In Contemporary Young Adult Novels., Clarissa Elizabeth Allen May 2007

The Adolescent Rebellion Against Panoptical Society: A Foucauldian Analysis Of Adolescent Development In Contemporary Young Adult Novels., Clarissa Elizabeth Allen

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Young adult literature has developed from a didactic means of behavioral control over adolescents to a means of promoting the reader's psychological development as an independent individual. In contemporary works (1970s onward), the use of Foucault's theory of the Panoptical society has given way to the development of the role of the adolescent rebel. In these novels, a pattern can be seen in which the protagonist defies the control of the Panoptical society and accepts the role of adolescent rebel. In particular, this pattern can be seen in the works of Francine Prose (After), Jerry Spinelli (Wringer and ...


Sky Mines, Erin Mccoy May 2007

Sky Mines, Erin Mccoy

All Theses

This creative thesis explores variety within the single genre of the short story. There are eight stories in this thesis, consisting of four longer pieces and four shorter pieces. Each piece is a reflection of the author's command of narrator, plot, characterization, and many other important elements within the art of fiction. The purpose of this creative thesis is to show examples of the author's ability to demonstrate proficiency within the boundaries of a collection of short stories.


An Erp Study Of Proficiency In Second Language, Harriet Bowden, C. Sanz, K. Steinhauer, M. Ullman Apr 2007

An Erp Study Of Proficiency In Second Language, Harriet Bowden, C. Sanz, K. Steinhauer, M. Ullman

Harriet Wood Bowden

No abstract provided.


Interview Of Bernhardt Blumenthal, Ph.D., Bernhardt Blumenthal Ph.D., Derek Casey Apr 2007

Interview Of Bernhardt Blumenthal, Ph.D., Bernhardt Blumenthal Ph.D., Derek Casey

All Oral Histories

Dr. Bernhardt Blumenthal (d. 2012, age 75) was a La Salle graduate of the class of 1955 where he majored in German. After graduating from La Salle he earned his master's in German from Northwestern University, earned a Fulbright scholarship to study in Germany for a year and returned to begin his doctorate in German Literature at Princeton University. Upon graduation from Princeton in 1963 he was hired by La Salle to begin his career as a professor of German language and literature. In 1969 he became the Director of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and held ...


Pathos, Spring 2007, Portland State University. Student Publications Board Apr 2007

Pathos, Spring 2007, Portland State University. Student Publications Board

Pathos

Editor: Laura Pieroni

Issue 3


The Brain Bases Of L2 And L1 Spanish: Evidence From Event-Related Potentials, Harriet Bowden, C. Sanz, K. Steinhauer, M. Ullman Mar 2007

The Brain Bases Of L2 And L1 Spanish: Evidence From Event-Related Potentials, Harriet Bowden, C. Sanz, K. Steinhauer, M. Ullman

Harriet Wood Bowden

No abstract provided.


Balancing Rosie And June: A Study Of Lynchburg College Postwar Alumnae And The Impact Of The Feminine Mystique, Dinah Watson Mar 2007

Balancing Rosie And June: A Study Of Lynchburg College Postwar Alumnae And The Impact Of The Feminine Mystique, Dinah Watson

Undergraduate Theses and Capstone Projects

In 2003, the movie Mona Lisa Smile debuted describing the frustrations that many college women may have faced in the years after World War II. Wellesley College was the elite all-female institution that openly and proudly prepared its young women with the proper rules of etiquette and correctness. Despite Wellesley’s own excellent academic reputation, its close proximity to the prestigious single-sex male college, Harvard, made it even more appealing and convenient for the Wellesley girls to find a “suitable” husband. The novice young art instructor, Katherine Watson, was unique in that she wanted to offer her students not only ...


The Supreme Fiction: Fiction Or Fact?, Gregory Brazeal Jan 2007

The Supreme Fiction: Fiction Or Fact?, Gregory Brazeal

Gregory Brazeal

The article makes a case for giving up the quest to identify Wallace Stevens’ “supreme fiction.” The poet hoped to usher in the creation of an idea that would serve as a fictive replacement for the idea of God, known to be fictive but willfully believed. His hope has remained unfulfilled. By the poet’s own explicit standards, the supreme fiction does not appear in any of his poems, nor in his poetry as a whole, nor in poetry in general. The very idea of a supreme fiction may depend, at least in part, upon a problematic conception of belief ...


Wallace Stevens' Philosophical Evasions, Gregory Brazeal Jan 2007

Wallace Stevens' Philosophical Evasions, Gregory Brazeal

Gregory Brazeal

How could thought ever benefit from being formed in poetic language rather than philosophical prose? This essay attempts to clarify a single, relatively narrow respect in which poetry can perform philosophical work that prose, as such, cannot: the evasion of philosophical dogmatism through Stevensian qualification. What Helen Vendler in an early essay calls Stevens’ “qualified assertions,” and what Marjorie Perloff calls Stevens’ “ironic modes," are the basic techniques of Wallace Stevens' anti-dogmatic art.


Review Of Alan Wald's "Trinity Of Passion: The Literary Left And The Antifascist Crusade", Alan Filreis Jan 2007

Review Of Alan Wald's "Trinity Of Passion: The Literary Left And The Antifascist Crusade", Alan Filreis

Alan Filreis

A review of one book in Alan Wald's three-volume study of the American literary left.


The Dangerous Quest For Nature Narratives In Goethe’S Werther: A Reading Of The Ruptured Monologue And The Ruptured Body, Heather I. Sullivan Jan 2007

The Dangerous Quest For Nature Narratives In Goethe’S Werther: A Reading Of The Ruptured Monologue And The Ruptured Body, Heather I. Sullivan

Modern Languages and Literatures Faculty Research

No abstract provided.


Transgressive Sanctity: The Abrek In Chechen Culture, Rebecca Gould Jan 2007

Transgressive Sanctity: The Abrek In Chechen Culture, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

The ancient tradition of the abrek (bandit) was developed into a political institution during the second half of the nineteenth and early twentieth century by Chechen and other Muslim peoples of the Caucasus as a strategy for dealing with the overwhelming military force of Russia's imperial army. During the Soviet period, the abrek became a locus for oppositional politics and arguably influenced the representations of violence and anti-colonial resistance during the recent Chechen Wars. This article is one of the first works of English-language scholarship to historicize this institution. It also marks the beginning of a book project entitled ...


Efigie De Luigi Corsaro, Leysser L. Leon Jan 2007

Efigie De Luigi Corsaro, Leysser L. Leon

Leysser L. León

Ha fallecido en Perugia, a los 72 años, el Prof. Luigi Corsaro (1940-2012), que auspició y dirigió mis investigaciones jurídicas e interdisciplinarias por seis años (2000-2005). En el 2007, a pedido de una revista dirigida y editada por varios de mis alumnos más destacados, escribí estas páginas evocativas de sus enseñanzas y de su papel en mi formación académica. Las vuelvo a publicar, por este medio, confiando en que pueda difundirse entre el mayor público posible (especialmente entre los jóvenes estudiantes) la imagen de un jurista, de un Maestro cuyas lecciones universitarias y de vida me acompañarán por siempre.


Adaptation, Metafiction, Self-Creation, Julie Levinson Jan 2007

Adaptation, Metafiction, Self-Creation, Julie Levinson

Julie Levinson

When the film Adaptation was released, the critical reception generally lauded it for the originality of its narrative construction and criticized it for its disappointingly conventional ending. “Adaptation, Metafiction, Self-Creation,” refutes those critical assessments by placing the film in historical and theoretical contexts. The film conforms to a type of reflexive storytelling that I call “self-creating narrative”: works that document, as part of their diegesis, their own artistic coming-into-being. Using the narratological taxonomy of Gerard Genette, the article examines Adaptation side by side with such earlier exemplars of the form as 8 1/2 and Providence, which likewise engage in ...


La République Des Lettres: Ses Écrivains, Ses Critiques, Ses Limites, Jimia Boutouba Jan 2007

La République Des Lettres: Ses Écrivains, Ses Critiques, Ses Limites, Jimia Boutouba

Modern Languages & Literature

L’article se propose d’étudier le rôle de la critique littéraire française et étrangère, ses incertitudes et ses dérives à propos de la littérature « beur » (terme désignant les Français issus de l’immigration maghrébine)

The author looks at the position of French and stranger literature criticism, its ambiguity and departure from “beur” creative writing.


Agustín Gómez-Arcos, Eyes Open, Sharon G. Feldman Jan 2007

Agustín Gómez-Arcos, Eyes Open, Sharon G. Feldman

Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies Faculty Publications

The last time I saw Agustin Gómez-Arcos was July of 1997. He was in the midst of an extended summer sojourn at the home of his friends Miguel and Pilar in Tarragona. I remember wandering with him through the streets of this Catalan coastal city, accompanied by Miguel and Pilar's young sons. With Agustín as our guide we toured the city's Roman ruins, and he showed us his favorite mosaics at the local archeological museum. Agustín, as I remember him, was filled with vitality, delighting in the everyday activities of summer, buying fresh strawberries and tomatoes at an ...


Review Of Jules Verne: Journeys In Writing, Arthur B. Evans Jan 2007

Review Of Jules Verne: Journeys In Writing, Arthur B. Evans

Modern Languages Faculty publications

No abstract provided.


Interview Of Leo D. Rudnytzky, Ph.D., Leo D. Rudnytzky Ph.D., Meghan Mccormack Jan 2007

Interview Of Leo D. Rudnytzky, Ph.D., Leo D. Rudnytzky Ph.D., Meghan Mccormack

All Oral Histories

In this oral history, we cover Dr. Rudnytzky’s life from his early childhood in Ukraine and Eastern Europe to his formative years in the United States. He provides a detailed account of his time as an undergraduate student at La Salle University. The interview then spans his graduate studies and early years of teaching at La Salle, along with the differences between his time here, at Ivy League schools, and at foreign institutions. The subject discusses his involvement in various ethnic and religious groups and his impact on La Salle by way of symposiums, speakers, and programs, which he ...


Sarmiento Y Unamuno: La Pluma Vence A La Espada, Kevin T. Fagan Jan 2007

Sarmiento Y Unamuno: La Pluma Vence A La Espada, Kevin T. Fagan

World Languages and Cultures

Este ensayo propone ser una introducción de dos escritores de protesta política de nuestra historia literaria hispana moderna, Domingo F. Sarmiento (1811-88) en la Argentina y Miguel de Unamuno y Jugo (1864-1936) en España. La personalidad compleja de Sarmiento como ensayista político, literato y promotor de la educación dentro de la Argentina, su análisis de la realidad latinoamericana poscolonial y su visión crítica de España, le proporcionan una visión interesante a Unamuno, cincuenta años después. Unamuno se confiesa devoto lector y entusiasta panegirista de Sarmiento, junto con las riquezas culturales de Argentina y sus tragedias sociales. Unamuno ve a Sarmiento ...


Paraíso Perdido, Paraíso Inventado. La Idealización Del Paraíso En La Literatura Latinoamericana: Un Comentario A Manera De Observaciones, William Martínez Jan 2007

Paraíso Perdido, Paraíso Inventado. La Idealización Del Paraíso En La Literatura Latinoamericana: Un Comentario A Manera De Observaciones, William Martínez

World Languages and Cultures

This essay attempts to present a commentary about the notion of paradise in Latin America, as a whole, with a quick review of literature produced in the last 500 years. The image of paradise arises with Columbus' arrival in the Caribbean. In his letters to the Spanish Crown, Columbus creates the myth of paradise in the Caribbean, an image that never existed and, yet, still appears today within Latin American Literature. In several literary periods the image is re-invented and transformed. The essay deals with the evolution of the notions of paradise, questioning, at the end, a possible future regarding ...


Social And Cultural Change In Ireland As Seen In Roddy Doyle's Paula Spencer Novels, Eamon Maher Jan 2007

Social And Cultural Change In Ireland As Seen In Roddy Doyle's Paula Spencer Novels, Eamon Maher

Books/Chapters

No abstract provided.


Crítica Cultural, Literatura Y Rock: La Novela Guatemalteca Y Las Culturas Juveniles En Latinoamérica, Claudia Ferman Jan 2007

Crítica Cultural, Literatura Y Rock: La Novela Guatemalteca Y Las Culturas Juveniles En Latinoamérica, Claudia Ferman

Latin American, Latino and Iberian Studies Faculty Publications

Si la literatura guatemalteca ha logrado ocupar un espacio importante en los debates críticos de los últimos años lo ha hecho desde una masa textual extremadamente acotada. El territorio total de su producción literaria ha permanecido como un motivo de reflexión sólo para especialistas, y a que contexto político, condiciones de la industria editorial y panorama educativo, han conspirado contra toda difusión más general de esa producción. Si esta literatura se lee y se analiza fragmentariamente, tampoco encuentra fuertes coherencias internas que aglutinen a sus productores y/o críticos. En ese contexto, es interesante que el escritor Mario Alberto Carrera ...


Reading Differently, Rereading For Difference In Versions Of Rimbaud's "Mouvement", Brian G. Kennelly Jan 2007

Reading Differently, Rereading For Difference In Versions Of Rimbaud's "Mouvement", Brian G. Kennelly

World Languages and Cultures

How to engage students to reread Arthur Rimbaud’s 1886 poem “Mouvement” differently? What can they learn about the poem and in the process about themselves as readers of literature through its various versions and English language translations? Might rereading for difference hold pedagogical promise? How might a comparative study of the poem’s various versions in French and in English translation favor active reading and help students embrace the poem as differently meaningful because of its modernity?