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Cinema and modernity in William Faulkner's “The Sound and the Fury”
This thesis identifies cinema not simply as a technological innovation, but also the extension of a modern audience. Operating under this premise, I investigate the presence of cinematic strategies in the Benjy section of ...
Rational territories: Literature and the place of reason, 1650–1750
“Rational Territories: Literature and the Place of Reason, 1650-1750,” examines the link between reason and place in the literature of the eighteenth century. In some of the eighteenth century’s best known texts, rationality ...
Edgar Allan Poe and popular culture in the age of journalism: Balloon hoaxes, mesmerism, and phrenology
This study attends to Edgar Allan Poe's interest in pseudo-science, pseudo-information, and popular culture, such as hot air balloons, mesmerism, and phrenology, and examines both the way he uses them in his work and their ...
Flannery O'Connor and the irony of self-creation
This thesis examines self-creation in Flannery O'Connor's Wise Blood , The Violent Bear It Away , "Good Country People" and "A Good Man is Hard to Find" in terms of the ontological category of "nothing." Specifically, it ...
Yearning for redemption: The lost cause narratives and violent hopes of the American South
This project considers redemptive and anti-redemptive narratives as they engage the myth of the Old South and tell us about slavery, the Civil War, and the Reconstruction of the South. I analyze the rhetorical strategies ...
Spatial dreams, social plans: Early English utopias and the capitalist imperialist imaginary
This dissertation explores the early modern utopia as a significant, unique vantage point from which to understand the experience of capitalism's emergence. As a genre of new worlds, pioneered by Sir Thomas More's publication ...
“Mouth's wounds”: Coriolanus, Tamburlaine, and transformative violence
This thesis details the use of theatrical techniques in the exercise of martial violence in two early modern plays: William Shakespeare's Coriolanus and Christopher Marlowe's Tamburlaine part one.
A call to the pen and the gun: The neo-colonial novel as a writer's allegory – An analysis of Ngugi wa Thiong'o's “A Grain of Wheat, Petals of Blood and Devil on the Cross”
This in depth analysis of Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s novels A Grain of Wheat (1967), Petals of Blood (1977), and Devil on the Cross (1982) assesses the role of the writer in the struggle against neo-colonialism in Kenya. Ngugi ...
Beyond post-dictatorship: Transnational Latin American literature and the violence of writing
Beyond Post-dictatorship: Transnational Latin America Literature and the Violence of Writing, maps the literary imaginary of community and the world through the works of Jorge Luis Borges, Juan José Saer, Angélica Gorodischer, ...
Portraits of confused identity: The poems of the Pearl poet
This paper will focus on the question of identity in the poems of the Pearl poet and how such identities are shaped. Through multiple character traits, I examine not only how the audience plays a role in identity formation, ...