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"No matter what they think of me": Religious beliefs and practices of Gospel rappers in Buffalo, NY
Late in the nineties and into the millennium, Buffalo witnessed a proliferation of Gospel rappers. Out of the clash of street sound and Christian based content, a new group of Christian rappers has emerged. As they did in ...
Sublime / schizo the schizophrenic tendencies of the contemporary Sublime
This thesis explores various contemporary installation works and architecture that create a momentary Sublime experience. Borrowing from the historical development of Sublime, the works and literature surveyed focus on ...
The Model for Conversion: Images of Mary Magdalen in Seventeenth Century Catholic Counter Reformation Culture
During the Catholic Counter Reformation (c. 1545-1648), the Catholic Church sought to convert individuals who had left the Church in favor of Protestantism. With the help of multiple councils and meetings, the Catholic ...
What is a work of art? Intentions, definitions, and the ontology of art
This dissertation is concerned with the questions of how art should be defined and with the ontology of art. Beginning with the fact that all artworks at least have in common that they are the products of intentional ...