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Frank And Gala, Heather M. Mcgrail Dec 2011

Frank And Gala, Heather M. Mcgrail

University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations

Through the gossip and rumors in a small town in Minnesota, the townspeople discuss and react to the Levison family's claimed perfection.


The Tripartite Tributaries Of Ush, Alicia Cognevich Dec 2011

The Tripartite Tributaries Of Ush, Alicia Cognevich

University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations

Inspired by Vladimir Nabokov’s metafiction novel Pale Fire and with Joseph Campbell’s research in comparative mythology and religion in mind, I explore the act of mythmaking and the composition of metafictional text in this work of fiction. The myth aspect combines elements of Classical, biblical, medieval, Romantic, and original materials to form a product that should strike readers as both familiar and alien, demonstrating Campbell’s notion of the monomyth as well as the ongoing tradition of mythmaking that continues to captivate both readers and writers. The metafictional portion of the text emphasizes a reader’s relationship to ...


The Geography Of Comparative Literature, Rebecca Gould Dec 2011

The Geography Of Comparative Literature, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

“The Geography of Comparative Literature,” Journal of Literary Theory 5.2 (2011): 167–186 (examines the disciplinary history of Comparative Literature in the Arab and Persian world in relation to Europe; reviewed in Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 13.07.2011, No. 160, S. N5).


Harry Potter: A Hero Of Mythic Proportions, Katie L. Baker Dec 2011

Harry Potter: A Hero Of Mythic Proportions, Katie L. Baker

English Theses

This thesis argues that Harry Potter, the main character in the series of novels written by J.K. Rowling, is a mythic hero. A character in literature deemed a hero can only be a mythic hero by completing a series of events both predetermined and determined by the hero. Joseph Campbell’s work A Hero With a Thousand Faces outlines these qualities a character must possess and the events he must complete in his life called the initiation, the departure, and the return of the hero. Using Campbell’s seminar work as a critical perspective, I read the protagonist of ...


Sublime Beauty & Horrible Fucking Things - The Finer Worlds Of Warren Ellis, William James Allred Dec 2011

Sublime Beauty & Horrible Fucking Things - The Finer Worlds Of Warren Ellis, William James Allred

Theses and Dissertations

This work constitutes an in-depth discussion of the muted postmodern characteristics of contemporary comics writer and novelist Warren Ellis, highlighting his major long-form works within comics, Planetary, Transmetropolitan, StormWatch, and The Authority, as well as several shorter works such as Ocean, Orbiter, and Global Frequency. In addition, Ellis is situated within the British science fiction tradition, specifically, the British Boom movement which contains other comics writers such as Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore.


Barking At Death: Hemingway, Africa, And The Stages Of Dying, James Plath Nov 2011

Barking At Death: Hemingway, Africa, And The Stages Of Dying, James Plath

Scholarship

From amazon.com:Considering the time Hemingway spent not only on the safaris but also in preparing for them beforehand and writing about them afterwards, Africa was a major factor in his life and work. But surprisingly little scholarship has been devoted to this aspect of Hemingway's oeuvre. This book fills that empty niche, opening the way for a long-delayed and multi-faceted conversation on a neglected aspect of Hemingway's work. Topics treated include historical, theoretical, biographical, theological, and literary interpretations of Hemingway's African topics and motifs.


Barking At Death: Hemingway, Africa, And The Stages Of Dying, James Plath Nov 2011

Barking At Death: Hemingway, Africa, And The Stages Of Dying, James Plath

James Plath

From amazon.com:
Considering the time Hemingway spent not only on the safaris but also in preparing for them beforehand and writing about them afterwards, Africa was a major factor in his life and work. But surprisingly little scholarship has been devoted to this aspect of Hemingway's oeuvre. This book fills that empty niche, opening the way for a long-delayed and multi-faceted conversation on a neglected aspect of Hemingway's work. Topics treated include historical, theoretical, biographical, theological, and literary interpretations of Hemingway's African topics and motifs.


Aperçus Du Noir: Regards Blancs Sur L'Autre, By Roger Little, Marie-Agnès Sourieau Nov 2011

Aperçus Du Noir: Regards Blancs Sur L'Autre, By Roger Little, Marie-Agnès Sourieau

Marie-Agnès Sourieau

No abstract provided.


Creole Identity In The French Caribbean Novel, By Adlai H. Murdoch, Marie-Agnès Sourieau Nov 2011

Creole Identity In The French Caribbean Novel, By Adlai H. Murdoch, Marie-Agnès Sourieau

Marie-Agnès Sourieau

No abstract provided.


Beyond Anti-Semitism, Rebecca Gould Nov 2011

Beyond Anti-Semitism, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

Focusing on internal contradictions within the Israeli left, this essay considers the impact of the historical legacy of anti-Semitism on everyday thinking about Israel and the Palestinian territories. Contesting the view that to criticize Israel is to engage in anti-Semitic defamation, it offers an historical account of how Israel's actions in the West Bank have come to be immunized from conscientious criticism. It also documents how progressive media outlets in contemporary Israel have silenced or otherwise marginalized Israel's most active critics.


Mis Reinos Más Oscuros; Variedades De Frida Khalo; Badlands; El Ángel En La Casa, Maria Negroni Oct 2011

Mis Reinos Más Oscuros; Variedades De Frida Khalo; Badlands; El Ángel En La Casa, Maria Negroni

Inti: Revista de literatura hispánica

No abstract provided.


Kurt Vonnegut's Early Novels: Searching For Meaning In A Meaningless World, Matthew Praxmarer Oct 2011

Kurt Vonnegut's Early Novels: Searching For Meaning In A Meaningless World, Matthew Praxmarer

All Student Theses

This thesis investigates three novels by Kurt Vonnegut: The Sirens of Titan, Cat’s Cradle, and God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, and the philosophical stance which informs these works. The Sirens of Titan represents Vonnegut’s cosmology as well as his first attempts to propose one purpose for human life not based on any absolute knowledge. Cat’s Cradle proposes a provisional, ever-changing belief system in the religion of Bokonon, a religion which also speaks to Vonnegut’s humanism. God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater satirizes the discourses of the free enterprise system through protagonist Eliot as he struggles to use ...


Pathos, Fall 2011, Portland State University. Student Publications Board Oct 2011

Pathos, Fall 2011, Portland State University. Student Publications Board

Pathos

Editor: Joel Eisenhower

Issue 16


Continuidad De La Voz En Javier Sologuren & Selección De Poesía, Javier Sologuren Sep 2011

Continuidad De La Voz En Javier Sologuren & Selección De Poesía, Javier Sologuren

Inti: Revista de literatura hispánica

No abstract provided.


Feeling Better: The Therapeutic Drug In Modernism, Philip Glennie Sep 2011

Feeling Better: The Therapeutic Drug In Modernism, Philip Glennie

Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

This project argues that by reading first-person accounts of drug intoxication in European modernism, one can uncover qualitative structures that broadly inform the modernist experience of space, time, language, desire, and embodiment. Evidence for this systematization of subjective experience appears in the early twentieth-century movements of phenomenology, existentialism, psychoanalysis, and even structural linguistics. In addition to their systemic approach to subjective experience, however, these movements also insist that some form of psychic or existential discomfort is inherent to modern experience, and all of them engage in a marked attempt to address this pain therapeutically. Thus while modernist thought conceives of ...


Secularism And Belief In Georgia’S Pankisi Gorge, Rebecca Gould Sep 2011

Secularism And Belief In Georgia’S Pankisi Gorge, Rebecca Gould

Rebecca Gould

No abstract provided.


Uncle Tom’S Cabin In The National Era: Commentary On Chapter 1 And 2, Melissa J. Homestead Aug 2011

Uncle Tom’S Cabin In The National Era: Commentary On Chapter 1 And 2, Melissa J. Homestead

Faculty Publications -- Department of English

In the first chapter of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Stowe warns her readers that the “indulgence” of slave owners and the “affectionate loyalty” of the slaves themselves towards their masters have misled some observers to believe the “poetic legend” of slavery as a benevolent “patriarchal institution.” She does not deny the genuineness of these emotions, but she warns that “the shadow of a Law” makes a mockery of the human relationships that develop between masters and slaves: “So long as the law considers all these human beings, with beating hearts and living affections, only as so many things belonging to ...


Postmodern Subjects And The Nation: Contemporary Arab Women Writers' Reconfigurations Of Home And Belonging, Ghadir Khalil Zannoun Aug 2011

Postmodern Subjects And The Nation: Contemporary Arab Women Writers' Reconfigurations Of Home And Belonging, Ghadir Khalil Zannoun

Theses and Dissertations

A lot has been said about the declining status of national paradigms. Most recently, the forces of change have been located in the transnational and global phenomenon. Contemporary Arabic literature, however, identifies globalism as only one among many factors undermining the existing national formations in the Arab countries. Among these factors is the postcolonial condition, and in the case of Palestine, the struggle against the continuing military occupation of Palestinian lands, wholesale and unsystematized modernization, and complex internal Social, cultural, religious and racial differences exacerbated by neo-colonialism. The contemporary Arab women writers' fiction analyzed in this dissertation posits yet another ...


Numenrology: A Poetic Exploration Of The Lives And Work Of Famous Mathematicians, Mari-Lou Rowley Jul 2011

Numenrology: A Poetic Exploration Of The Lives And Work Of Famous Mathematicians, Mari-Lou Rowley

Journal of Humanistic Mathematics

No abstract provided.


Results From The 2011 Ap® French Language Exam Administration, Brian G. Kennelly Jul 2011

Results From The 2011 Ap® French Language Exam Administration, Brian G. Kennelly

Brian G. Kennelly

No abstract provided.


Teaching And Assessing Presentational Communication In Ap® French Language And Culture, Brian G. Kennelly Jul 2011

Teaching And Assessing Presentational Communication In Ap® French Language And Culture, Brian G. Kennelly

Brian G. Kennelly

No abstract provided.


Teaching And Assessing Presentational Communication In Ap® French Language And Culture, Brian G. Kennelly Jul 2011

Teaching And Assessing Presentational Communication In Ap® French Language And Culture, Brian G. Kennelly

World Languages and Cultures

No abstract provided.


Results From The 2011 Ap® French Language Exam Administration, Brian G. Kennelly Jul 2011

Results From The 2011 Ap® French Language Exam Administration, Brian G. Kennelly

World Languages and Cultures

No abstract provided.


Italianization Of Emigration To Canada: Or, What Is The Role Of The Italies Outside Of Italy?, Eveljn Ferraro Jul 2011

Italianization Of Emigration To Canada: Or, What Is The Role Of The Italies Outside Of Italy?, Eveljn Ferraro

Modern Languages & Literature

In Migrancy, Culture, Identity Iain Chambers observes that present-day critical thought frequently adopts metaphors of movement, migration, maps, travel, and sometimes tourism to describe and explain the encounter with people and cultures that the European rationale is no longer able to domesticate in an era of increasing globalization. Chambers himself uses the metaphor of journey to represent this encounter and, taking on Said' s reflections on exile and his idea that homes are always provisional, 1 he states that the questions we meet en route displace our terms of reference, which are the certainty of the point of departure and ...


Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma Jul 2011

Fishermen, Chigozie Obioma

Faculty Publications -- Department of English

We were fishermen.

Father first called us so after he whipped us sore for fishing at the Ala stream in the summer of May 1995. Earlier that year, the bank had transferred him from our hometown of Akure to Yola, a volatile and violence-prone city in the north of Nigeria. Father wouldn't move us with him so he lived apart and visited only once in two weeks, always coming at midnight on Fri- days and disappearing at dawn on Sundays. Each time he returned, mother would detail how the house had fared in his absence - a breakdown of home ...


Two Stories By Luay Hamza Abbas, Yasmeen S. Hanoosh Jun 2011

Two Stories By Luay Hamza Abbas, Yasmeen S. Hanoosh

World Languages and Literatures Faculty Publications and Presentations

Closing His Eyes (Ighmadh al-‘Aynayn) is a collection of seventeen short stories written between 2003-2007. It is the fourth and latest collection of short stories by Iraqi novelist, literary critic and short story writer Luay Hamza Abbas (published by Azmina, Amman, 2008). Through this collection, Luay Hamza Abbas’ talent as a storyteller has been acknowledged with national and international awards. The most recent of these is the Iraqi Ministry of Culture Award for Creative Short Story (2010) for his story bearing the title of the collection. “Closing His Eyes” has also won the Kikah Best Short Story Award in ...


Utopia, Archive, And Anarchy In Los Siete Hijos De Simenon By Ramón Díaz Eterovic, Lila Mcdowell Carlsen Jun 2011

Utopia, Archive, And Anarchy In Los Siete Hijos De Simenon By Ramón Díaz Eterovic, Lila Mcdowell Carlsen

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

The detective narratives by Ramón Díaz Eterovic (Chile 1956) address some of Latin America’s most relevant socio-political problems, such as the disappeared, racial discrimination, drug trafficking, corruption, social oppression, and ecological negligence. While some critics have emphasized specific social issues of the new detective novel and, in particular, the novel by Díaz Eterovic studied here, Los siete hijos de Simenon (2000) ‘The Seven Sons of Simenon,’ less attention has been placed on the ideological and ethical foundation from which these social issues emerge. This novel displays a utopian perspective that points directly to a distorted system of values evident ...


Creation And (Re)Presentation Of Historical Discourse In Isle Of Passion By Laura Restrepo, Daniela Melis Jun 2011

Creation And (Re)Presentation Of Historical Discourse In Isle Of Passion By Laura Restrepo, Daniela Melis

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

Published in Colombia in 1989, but neglected until the author’s later distinction, Laura Restrepo’s first novel, Isle of Passion, focuses on historical facts, as well as on the issues that arise when the impact of events is articulated in official discourse. This study—drawing from Walter Mignolo’s idea of decolonial theory—explores how Restrepo’s attempt to rewrite history following “an-other logic, an-other language, an-other thinking” contributes to the decolonization of knowledge, being, community interests, and cultural heritage. The novel’s plot centers on a minor event in international history: the territorial dispute over the island of ...


Pierre Bayard's Wormholes, Warren Motte Jun 2011

Pierre Bayard's Wormholes, Warren Motte

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

The recent work of Pierre Bayard is trenchant, original, and deeply engaging. From Qui a tué Roger Ackroyd? (1998) Who Killed Roger Ackroyd? (2001) onward, Bayard's books have piqued the interest of readers well beyond the limited circle of those who habitually consume French criticism and literary theory, and have served thus to expand the horizon of possibility of critical writing in significant ways. Bayard writes in a conditional, hypothetical mode, rather than a declarative one, keenly aware of how very mobile literary objects are. Bayard is not afraid to take risks, and he searches for new forms through ...


Inherited Exile And The Work Of María Rosa Lojo, Marcela Crespo Buiturón Jun 2011

Inherited Exile And The Work Of María Rosa Lojo, Marcela Crespo Buiturón

Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature

In recent decades, Argentine literature has demonstrated increasing interest not in Spanish immigrants or exiles but rather in their children, prompting a reconsideration of critical approaches to exile to account for situations in which the same experience acts as a mirror between parents and the children who inherit exile from them. The work and the reflections of the poet, essayist and narrative writer María Rosa Lojo, daughter of exiles—a Spanish Republican father and Francoist mother—in Buenos Aires, can be considered a paradigmatic example.