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Plantain Stain, Loreli Mojica Jan 2018

Plantain Stain, Loreli Mojica

Senior Projects Spring 2018

Senior Project submitted to The Division of Languages and Literature of Bard College.


Plantain Stain, Loreli Mojica Jan 2018

Plantain Stain, Loreli Mojica

Senior Projects Spring 2018

Senior Project submitted to The Division of Languages and Literature of Bard College.


F.I.F., Hillary Katherine Susz Jan 2018

F.I.F., Hillary Katherine Susz

English Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Cassie Catacombs is an up and coming celebrity in the near future. Her band, F.I.F. (Future is Femme) blows up and becomes synonymous with politics, ambition, musical genre and music technology. F.I.F. becomes a new music platform, like Spotify or Apple Music, which is installed inside the head, a problematic controversy.

What is included here is part one of a three-part novel. Part one is Cassie’s diary, taken during her upcoming tour, the beginning curve of fame. Part two is a compilation of press about F.I.F. Part three is testimony from her producer ...


A Shared Imaginary City: The Role Of The Reader In The Fiction Of Muḥammad Khuḍayyir, John Joseph Henry Rossetti Jan 2017

A Shared Imaginary City: The Role Of The Reader In The Fiction Of Muḥammad Khuḍayyir, John Joseph Henry Rossetti

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

This study examines the literary output of the Iraqi author Muḥammad Khuḍayyir (b. 1942), and specifically analyzes how his fiction—by turns puzzle-like, metafictional, and open-ended—invites the reader to create meaning. This project employs the theoretical approach of reader-response theory to examine his texts, specifically addressing the work of three theorists: firstly, Umberto Eco and his concept of the “open work” as a distinct quality of modern literature; secondly, Wolfgang Iser, who proposed that texts destabilize the reader’s horizon of expectations, and thus prompt her to fill in its gaps; and finally, Stanley Fish, who argues that a ...


Reading Playfully: A New Branch Of Criticism For The Digital Age, Enzo Cnop Jan 2016

Reading Playfully: A New Branch Of Criticism For The Digital Age, Enzo Cnop

Senior Projects Spring 2016

This senior project applies the tools of traditional literary analysis to video games. Through this frame, it seek to foster a type of video game literacy amongst its readers. Each chapter corresponds to what it’s author sees as a foundational aspect of literature. The first chapter, ‘Perspective’, puts Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness into contact with The Last of Us (2013), and explores how each work uses medium specific mechanisms to alienate their protagonists. The second chapter, ‘Setting’, surveys the relationship between Thief (1999) and Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, ‘The Fall of the House of Usher ...


Still Circling The Sun, Stefan Rafael Delagarza Aug 2014

Still Circling The Sun, Stefan Rafael Delagarza

Theses and Dissertations

This work is a collection of traditional and experimental short stories that explore dynamic human relationships in a variety of settings: a bunker, a beach, and a family home, to name a few. Each character is on a journey to find deeper meaning in his or her life, and oftentimes, this means finding a path to forgiveness.


Lamb Of Gods, Stuart Dearnley May 2014

Lamb Of Gods, Stuart Dearnley

Theses and Dissertations

Lamb of Gods is a fictionalized account of the Roman Empire's Julio-Claudian dynasty as told from the perspective of the gods of Mount Olympus.


Transcription In Twenty-First Century Peninsular Narrative Fiction, Meredith Lyn Jeffers Jan 2013

Transcription In Twenty-First Century Peninsular Narrative Fiction, Meredith Lyn Jeffers

Spanish and Portuguese Graduate Theses & Dissertations

In my dissertation I examine transcription as a rhetorical figure in six contemporary Peninsular novels: La voz dormida (Dulce Chacón, 2002), Los girasoles ciegos (Alberto Méndez, 2004), Soldados de Salamina (Javier Cercas, 2001), La mitad del alma (Carme Riera, 2004), Llámame Brooklyn (Eduardo Lago, 2006), and Bilbao-New York-Bilbao (Kirmen Uribe, 2008). My analysis is built around one central question: what does transcription add to a work of literature? Literary transcription appears to be a simple means of copying actual and notional source texts and testimony within a work of fiction. But it is a complex, meaningful process. Transcription co-opts and ...


Heirs Of The Round Table: French Arthurian Fiction From 1977 To The Present, Anne N. Bornschein Jan 2013

Heirs Of The Round Table: French Arthurian Fiction From 1977 To The Present, Anne N. Bornschein

Publicly Accessible Penn Dissertations

While the English-speaking tradition has dominated the production of Arthurian-themed materials since the nineteenth-century Arthurian Revival, there is evidence that the publication of modern Arthurian fiction in French has enjoyed a major upswing over the past few decades. Notable contributions include Michel Rio's Merlin-Morgane-Arthur trilogy, Jacques Roubaud and Florence Delay's ten-volume cycle Graal théâtre, a half-dozen fantasy novels about the origins of the Arthurian world by Jean-Louis Fetjaine, and medievalist Michel Zink's young adult novel Déodat, ou la transparence. Such texts are deeply anchored in the medieval tradition, invested in co-opting the flavor of ...


Whores & More: Selected Stories By Hernán Migoya, Nikki Noreen Settelmeyer May 2012

Whores & More: Selected Stories By Hernán Migoya, Nikki Noreen Settelmeyer

Theses and Dissertations

This is a collection of short stories written by Hernán Migoya from the books, Todas putas and Putas es poco. The stories have been translated from the original Spanish to English. The selected stories demonstrate the humor, style, and neurosis typical of Migoya's writing.


Fuego Y Paz En Napsena, Suzanne Christine Heller Mar 2012

Fuego Y Paz En Napsena, Suzanne Christine Heller

World Languages and Cultures

No abstract provided.


Search For An Interlocutor In Carmen Martin Gaite's Short Stories And Novels, Mark Lindberg Jan 2012

Search For An Interlocutor In Carmen Martin Gaite's Short Stories And Novels, Mark Lindberg

All Theses, Dissertations, and Other Capstone Projects

Analysis of the textual evidence in Martín Gaite's short stories and novels demonstrates that self-actualization is one of life's most important achievements. For this reason, perhaps, she has been acknowledged primarily as a feminist writer, but analysis indicates that it is her search for an interlocutor that is the primary underlying message that underscores all of her fictional works. She creates narratives that require interaction with narrative interlocutors which are designed in the narrative processes of her texts. Therefore, this thesis studies both the narratological strategies used in her works and the function of the prescribed interlocutor(s ...


Literary Africa: Spanish Reflections Of Morocco, Western Sahara, And Equatorial Guinea In The Contemporary Novel, 1990-2010, Mahan L. Ellison Jan 2012

Literary Africa: Spanish Reflections Of Morocco, Western Sahara, And Equatorial Guinea In The Contemporary Novel, 1990-2010, Mahan L. Ellison

Theses and Dissertations--Hispanic Studies

This dissertation analyzes the strategies that Spanish and Hispano-African authors employ when writing about Africa in the contemporary novel (1990-2010). Focusing on the former Spanish colonial territories of Morocco, Western Sahara, and Equatorial Guinea, I analyze the post-colonial literary discourse about these regions. This study examines the new ways of conceptualizing Africa that depart from an Orientalist framework as advanced by the novelists Lorenzo Silva, Concha López Sarasúa, Ramón Mayrata, María Dueñas, Fernando Gamboa, Montserrat Abumalham, Javier Reverte, Alberto Vázquez-Figueroa, and Donato Ndongo. Their works are representative of a recent trend in Spanish letters that signals a literary focus on ...


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.


With A Teaspoon Of Sugar And A Hint Of Lemon, Tuhina Saha Nandi Jan 2011

With A Teaspoon Of Sugar And A Hint Of Lemon, Tuhina Saha Nandi

English Graduate Theses & Dissertations

When I joined the Creative Writing program at CU Boulder during the fall of 2007, the only end in my mind was to learn how to write, and to do it well. I wanted to tell a story and as simply as possible. Saying that I want or wanted to tell a story, the story, as simply as possible, is not to insinuate aversion to the more experimental forms of story telling. It is to reiterate my belief in the simplicity of the singular word that never misses its mark. Some might consider that- the conventional method of story telling ...