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Becoming American in Sam Shepard's West and Asian American West
This dissertation searches for meanings of becoming American through comparative studies of the American West as a psychological locus for establishing American identity in Sam Shepard's plays and films, and several Asian ...
"A song along the keyboard": Popular music and literature in postwar American culture
This dissertation draws together the history of recording technologies with theoretical discussions of art, music, and celebrity culture, and pairs these with literary explorations of music from the postwar era. Framed by ...
Queer comedy: Laughter and stigma: fear and rebellion in modern and contemporary drama
The dissertation discusses comedy from the perspective of queer theory, or the study of stigmatized subjectivity. Each of the five chapters examines the idea of comedy using a different literary moment and in so doing, ...
Early modern, multicultural England: Literature and immigration in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England
This dissertation challenges recent scholarship on the construction of Englishness and early modern national identity by examining the ways in which early modern writers addressed the issue of immigration from the continent ...
"A zoo of lusts...a harem of fondled hatreds": Interrogating sexual violence against women in film, 1915--2003
This dissertation, which takes the first part of its title from the musings of C.S. Lewis, discusses the subject of rape in classic and contemporary Hollywood cinema--yesterday and today, i.e., from 1915 to 2003--in which ...