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"Strange and unfunny Jokes": Folly and satire in the works of James Joyce and Nathanael West
This thesis explores the role of humor in transnational modernism, specifically in the work of James Joyce and Nathanael West. There is a palpable gap in modernist criticism that fails to fully consider the meaning of humor ...
Sublime responsibilities: Form as ethic
This dissertation addresses the formal value of works of art (poetry, visual art, film, and music) in terms of ethical concepts after Emmanuel Levinas, Martin Heidegger, Jacques Derrida, Gilles Deleuze, Frederick Nietzsche ...
United States modernism and its quest for national literature: A case of William Carlos Williams
The aim of this dissertation is to prove the proposition that United States modernism should be approached as a nationalist cultural project to create a viable native culture in the Progressive era. The first chapter deals ...