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Sourwood: An Apiforestation Story, Tammy Horn Nov 2008

Sourwood: An Apiforestation Story, Tammy Horn

Tammy Horn

No abstract provided.


Pathos, Fall 2008, Portland State University. Student Publications Board Oct 2008

Pathos, Fall 2008, Portland State University. Student Publications Board

Pathos

Editor: Nataliya Pirumova

Issue 7


Swart Poes As Black Honey? Miscegenation And (Mis)Representation In Zake Mda's The Madonna Of Excelsior, Brian G. Kennelly Sep 2008

Swart Poes As Black Honey? Miscegenation And (Mis)Representation In Zake Mda's The Madonna Of Excelsior, Brian G. Kennelly

World Languages and Cultures

No abstract provided.


“Louis Sachar’S Holes: Palimpsestic Use Of The Fairy Tale To Privilege The Reader”, Laura Nicosia Jul 2008

“Louis Sachar’S Holes: Palimpsestic Use Of The Fairy Tale To Privilege The Reader”, Laura Nicosia

Department of English Faculty Scholarship and Creative Works

This article explores how readers respond to the multiple timelines and fairy tales in Sachar's novel, Holes.


Four Ways Of Seeing: Art Looks At Science, And Vice Versa, Peter Adams Jun 2008

Four Ways Of Seeing: Art Looks At Science, And Vice Versa, Peter Adams

Peter C.S. Adams

From the mythmaking of primitive cave painters and the rigorous observations of Renaissance painters sprang the two great ways of seeing the world: science and art. Until modern times, the two were often at odds, as each felt the other was trying to stifle it and dominate the conversation. But as the left and right hemispheres of the brain represent rationality and creativity and cannot function normally without massive interconnectedness, so can science and art only give us a complete picture of our world by working together. This paper will explore various ways in which science and art have interacted.


An Account Of Señorita Maquiladora, Rosina Conde Jun 2008

An Account Of Señorita Maquiladora, Rosina Conde

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Performer and scholar Rosina Conde finds that Señorita Maquiladora is the performance piece that has gone through the most transformations, not in its script, but in its text, as it is constantly being rewritten to speak to contemporary social issues. She believes that Señorita Maquiladora has potential because it speaks to global themes that affect workers in the assembly plant industry, not only with respect to the questions of the environment and health, but also in terms of the patriarchial patterns that force these women to compete in an atmosphere of a vertical structure dominated by men, with all the ...


“Our Theater,” In Performance, Debra Castillo Jun 2008

“Our Theater,” In Performance, Debra Castillo

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

The final chapter of Miguel Rubio Zapata’s El cuerpo ausente (performance político) ‘Absent body (political performance)’ begins with an epigraph from Antonin Artaud, at first glance a very unexpected inspiration for a group famed for its politically-charged performances...


Where The Wild Things Go: Tourism And Ethnic Longing In The Theatre Of Rodolfo Santana , Vicky Unruh Jun 2008

Where The Wild Things Go: Tourism And Ethnic Longing In The Theatre Of Rodolfo Santana , Vicky Unruh

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Tapping into the performative intricacies of tourist activity and showcasing the negotiations of performed ethnicity in the implicit contrasts between tourists and the people they travel to see, Latin American and U.S. Latino theatre artists use the tourist character or theme to investigate the cultural negotiations marking contemporary social life. This work parallels critical theory that investigates the tourist as an improvisatory player in trans-regional interactions and unpacks the tourist-“native” binary to revise conceptions of people and cultures that travel. As exemplified in two plays by Rodolfo Santana (Venezuela), artists deploy the tourist theme to critique culturalism, that ...


Mobile Thresholds, Immobile Phones: Staging Migration, Return, And The Empty Home In Recent Ecuadorian Theater , Amalia Gladhart Jun 2008

Mobile Thresholds, Immobile Phones: Staging Migration, Return, And The Empty Home In Recent Ecuadorian Theater , Amalia Gladhart

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

In the past decade, hundreds of thousands of Ecuadorians have emigrated, principally to Spain and the United States. A growing body of recent Ecuadorian plays has treated the experiences of the migrants and, tellingly, the experiences of those left behind. This essay focuses on three plays that present migration as a kind of threshold, a space of transition that is paradoxically temporary yet solid: Con estos zapatos me quería comer el mundo ‘With These Shoes I Meant to Take on the World,’ (2002) by Jorge Mateus and Pablo Tatés; El pueblo de las mujeres solas ‘The Village of Solitary Women ...


The Procession That Travels Inside: Yuyachkani's "Santiago" , Miguel Rubio Zapata Jun 2008

The Procession That Travels Inside: Yuyachkani's "Santiago" , Miguel Rubio Zapata

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

In collaborative theater projects like Yuyachkani, it is hard to define the exact moment when a new project begins. Generally we have a very imprecise idea as our initial point of departure and we explore it more fully in the day-to-day work, where it changes a great deal. Santiago is a project that began as a processional performance piece in the public plazas before premiering as a theatrical work in its current form, as a largely Quechua-language play focusing on permutations of faith in an almost uninhabited Andean village. The final project arrived as a result of this complex process ...


The Lost Apple Plays: Performing Operation Pedro Pan , Kimberly Del Busto Ramírez Jun 2008

The Lost Apple Plays: Performing Operation Pedro Pan , Kimberly Del Busto Ramírez

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

From 1960 to 1962, more than 14,000 unaccompanied minors took flight from Cuba to the United States, establishing the largest recorded exodus in the Western Hemisphere. The displaced children and the country they left behind are often metaphorized using a popular Latin American nursery rhyme, “The Lost Apple.” Now, more than four decades later, Operation Pedro Pan persists through a revealing body of performance by and about a nation’s exiled children. The Lost Apple Plays investigates how memory, identity formation, nationhood, citizenship, and migration have been dramatized through these performances. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Nilo Cruz, director/actor/playwright ...


Passion Plays: The Dominican Diaspora In Waddys Jáquez’S P.A.R.G.O., Maja Horn Jun 2008

Passion Plays: The Dominican Diaspora In Waddys Jáquez’S P.A.R.G.O., Maja Horn

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

This article analyzes how the play P.A.R.G.O. (2001), written, directed, and performed by the Dominican Waddys Jáquez represents the contemporary experience of the Dominican diaspora. Jaquéz himself forms part of a new generation of diasporic artists who frequently return “home,” to the Dominican Republic, and who, unlike the previous generation of diasporic artists and writers, continue to find their most valuable audience there. This tendency towards an increasing interconnectivity between diaspora and homeland is represented and a/effectively reinforced in P.A.R.G.O. The play brings the experience of the diaspora close to home ...


(De)Humanizing Humor: The Anthill Of Life And Politics In The Theatre Of Sabina Berman, Priscilla Meléndez Jun 2008

(De)Humanizing Humor: The Anthill Of Life And Politics In The Theatre Of Sabina Berman, Priscilla Meléndez

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

This article examines several theatrical works of this Mexican dramatist by means of ironic humor as a powerful resource to examine the nature of human communication, and to expose the serious and devastating social and political aspects of contemporary culture: machismo, political corruption, sexual violence, sexism, exploitation, historical manipulation, and hopelessness. In a tense environment where humor might not seem appropriate, Berman masterfully uses and critically examines it as a means to understand humor’s serious implications and its comic imperfections, as she subtly recurs to but also parodies some of the most recognized theories of humor. Berman’s use ...


It’S My (National) Stage Too: Sabina Berman And Jesusa Rodríguez As Public Intellectuals, Stuart A. Day Jun 2008

It’S My (National) Stage Too: Sabina Berman And Jesusa Rodríguez As Public Intellectuals, Stuart A. Day

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Based on interviews with Sabina Berman and Jesusa Rodríguez, this article offers a view of artists as public intellectuals in Mexico. These two prominent figures, in addition to staging biting commentaries on Mexican politics, have reached beyond the traditional theater to take on the role of public intellectuals (artists, activists, professors, performers, writers, among others, who speak truth to power) on the national stage, Berman through a book on the 2006 elections and her television program, Shalalá, and Rodríguez as the stage director for the massive public demonstrations of Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Both artists see the importance of reaching ...


Dangerous Spaces, Dangerous Liaisons: Performance Arts On And Of The U.S./Mexico Border, Kirsten F. Nigro Jun 2008

Dangerous Spaces, Dangerous Liaisons: Performance Arts On And Of The U.S./Mexico Border, Kirsten F. Nigro

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

This essay will consider the performative arts on the border, ranging from script-based plays to performance pieces in urban spaces and public installation pieces. These will be analyzed according to their focus on 1) the plight of the illegal immigrant; 2) the violence that has become a daily factor in the lives of border citizens; and 3) the symbolic efforts to make a sacred space out of one as seemingly unsacred as the border; and if not a sacred space, one that is more transparent and hopefully, less dangerous and threatening.


From The Margins To The Mainstream: Latino/A Theater In The U.S., Jorge Huerta Jun 2008

From The Margins To The Mainstream: Latino/A Theater In The U.S., Jorge Huerta

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

The author discusses Latina/o theatre as it evolved from social protest theatre of the 1960s to professional theatre companies and theatre artists working throughout the country. Whereas there were few scholarly articles, no books about Latina/o theatre and no plays in print (in English) in 1970, today there is a wealth of material about the theatre of the three major Latina/o groups, Chicana/os, Cuban-Americans and (mainland) Puerto Ricans. Each of these groups has a distinct relationship to the United States, as expressed in their plays.


Howling (And Bleeding) At The Moon: Menstruation, Monstrosity And The Double In The Ginger Snaps Werewolf Trilogy, Erin M. Flaherty May 2008

Howling (And Bleeding) At The Moon: Menstruation, Monstrosity And The Double In The Ginger Snaps Werewolf Trilogy, Erin M. Flaherty

Honors College Theses

In this essay, I explore the radical reframing of the traditional werewolf narrative with respect to the figure of the double and the abject female body in the Ginger Snaps werewolf trilogy. Notable theorists discussed herein include Barbara Creed, Carol Clover, Julia Kristeva, April Miller and Robin Wood.

Throughout both its folkloric and cinematic history, the creature of the werewolf has been constructed almost invariably as a male monster suffering within a Jekyll and Hyde-like narrative of the double. An otherwise exemplary member of Robin Wood’s society of surplus repression, the male lycanthrope is doomed to endure a monthly ...


In Hand, Geoffrey Lee May 2008

In Hand, Geoffrey Lee

All Theses

What I hope to create in each of my stories is a piece of fiction that is exact in expression and that can be felt by my reader. I hope but do not expect that my work will move my reader; that takes a combination of chance, circumstance, and skill, and my skills as a writer are still developing. I can say, though, that that is what I have attempted to do with the stories in this collection.
The name of the collection comes from the title of its first story, 'In Hand.' I chose this title, both for the ...


Honey Bees: A History, Tammy Horn Apr 2008

Honey Bees: A History, Tammy Horn

Tammy Horn

Long known as the angels of agriculture, honey bees have received global attention due to losses attributed to a combination of factors: Colony Collapse Disorder, mites, deforestation and industrial agriculture. Honey bees provide pollination for crops, orchards and flowers; honey and wax for cosmetics, food and medicinal-religious objects; and inspiration to artists, architects and scientists.


Caught In/On The Web: To Publish Without Perishing In The Digital Age, Brian G. Kennelly Apr 2008

Caught In/On The Web: To Publish Without Perishing In The Digital Age, Brian G. Kennelly

Brian G. Kennelly

Publishing online is an increasingly prevalent means for scholars to test their ideas. But what of its challenges? Focusing on an ill-fated Web site dedicated to the polemic French writer Louis-Ferdinand Céline, and on a proposed hypertextual edition of his most multilinear and multisequential work, this paper asks how to reconcile the need of academics with the bullheadedness of publishers who resist the renegotiation of copyright and the marketplace it (once) enabled.


Pathos, Spring 2008, Portland State University. Student Publications Board Apr 2008

Pathos, Spring 2008, Portland State University. Student Publications Board

Pathos

Editor: Laura Pieroni

Issue 6


The Processing Of Inflectional Morphology In L1 And L2 Spanish: Memorization Vs. On-Line Computation, Harriet Bowden, C. Sanz, M. Ullman Feb 2008

The Processing Of Inflectional Morphology In L1 And L2 Spanish: Memorization Vs. On-Line Computation, Harriet Bowden, C. Sanz, M. Ullman

Harriet Wood Bowden

No abstract provided.


How Newness Enters The World: The Methodology Of Sheldon Pollock, Rebecca Gould Jan 2008

How Newness Enters The World: The Methodology Of Sheldon Pollock, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

No abstract provided.


Traditional Music And Song And The Poetry Of Thomas Kinsella, Seán Crosson Dr. Jan 2008

Traditional Music And Song And The Poetry Of Thomas Kinsella, Seán Crosson Dr.

Seán Crosson

Music and song are both important influences on, and themes in, the poetry of Thomas Kinsella. His poetry also features several individuals associated with music, none more frequently than his close friend, the composer Seán Ó Riada, a central figure in the revival in popularity of Irish traditional music since the 1950s. This paper charts some significant developments in Kinsella's work from the late 1950s, and indeed, intriguing parallels, and shared emphases, apparent in the comments and work of both Kinsella and Ó Riada. For Kinsella, his experience of traditional song - described in his poem 'The Shoals Returning' - preceded ...


The History Of The Wood-Pulp Beer Coaster, Max Nelson Jan 2008

The History Of The Wood-Pulp Beer Coaster, Max Nelson

Languages, Literatures and Cultures Publications

The wood-pulp beer coaster (or mat) was patented by Robert Sputh of Dresden in 1892. It became a popular advertising medium in the early twentieth century and after World War II a common collectible.


Intersections Of Age And Gender, Laura Quilter, Liz Henry Jan 2008

Intersections Of Age And Gender, Laura Quilter, Liz Henry

Laura Quilter

No abstract provided.


L'Imaginaire Mémoriel: Détournements De L'Archive, Anthony Purdy, Bertrand Bourgeois Jan 2008

L'Imaginaire Mémoriel: Détournements De L'Archive, Anthony Purdy, Bertrand Bourgeois

French Studies Publications

No abstract provided.


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 ...


Understanding Autism: Exploring Society's Classification Of The Autistic Body And The Representations Of Autism In Literature And Film, Sydney Townes-Witzel Jan 2008

Understanding Autism: Exploring Society's Classification Of The Autistic Body And The Representations Of Autism In Literature And Film, Sydney Townes-Witzel

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In this paper, I argue that society has classified autism as a single experience and have falsely promoted that individuals have "an autistic experience". I claim that no single, true experience such as this can exist for "truth" is an ever evolving ideal in discourse. The concept of "an autistic experience" is what society constructs, reproduces and essentially what society gives credit to as a representation of autism. Therefore, no actual set standard of an experience exists since each individual has his own experience. In countering the concept that a "true autistic experience" exists, I examine the works of Mark ...


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 ...