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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 ...


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.


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."


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 ...


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 ...


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 ...


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.


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 ...


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 ...


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.