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  • Abjection and order: the grotesque aesthetic in Octavia Butler's Wild Seed and Dawn, and Gloria Naylor's Linden Hills 

    Thater, Daniel (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Octavia Butler's Wild Seed and Dawn, and Gloria Naylor's Linden Hills are three novels that expose the abjection of their black, maternal protagonists ...
  • Action research on the letter as genre : an examination of both external and internal goals for the course and its students 

    Simpson, Joseph (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    This thesis project investigates a recently taught Honors split-level course taught at the University of Missouri through the lens and influence of Action Research, investigating the course's impact on instructors and students.
  • Adaptation: re-creating the novel as a stage play 

    Knight, Lania, 1968- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2010)
    The critical introduction examines Linda Hutcheon's notion that the process of adaptation is worthy of observation, and that in analyzing a novelist adapting her own work for the stage, we begin to see how the interiority ...
  • Adding to the fragment: happiness & conversation in three eighteenth-century comedic novels 

    Kempf, Nathan, 1975- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2010)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Recently, Happiness Studies has become an important field of inquiry. This paper brings some of the insights of Happiness Studies to bear on three ...
  • Against the terrible death 

    Narendorf, Bryan (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Against the Terrible Death is a collection of poems about the intersections of history, ancient and comtemporary, personal and public. The collection ...
  • The American alien: immigrants, expatriates and extraterrestrials in twentieth-century U.S. fiction 

    Scott, Joseph B. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
    This project argues that such widely differing figures in twentieth-century American literature as the immigrant and the expatriate, the colonizer and the colonized, whether human or extraterrestrial, can all be described ...
  • The American dream and the margins in twentieth century fiction 

    Reed, Jeremy (Jeremy Spencer) (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    While the American Dream is an oft trod, even clichʹed, terrain in literary criticism, discourse around the topic tends to rely on a dichotomized discourse of celebration or critique. This tendency is a result of understanding ...
  • Amulet 

    Kartalopoulos, Stephanie (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2013)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] The creative portion of this dissertation consists of my first poetry manuscript called Amulet. The poems are prefaced by a critical essay, “The ...
  • The anatomy theater 

    Meyer, Nadine Sabra (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] During the Renaissance, anatomical theaters cropped up in cities all over Europe, anatomists performed dissections open to the general public, and they ...
  • Ancient yet new: William Blake's Milton--a poem and the politics of antiquarianism 

    Fontana, Thomas (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    This study explores William Blake's engagement with eighteenth-century antiquarian discourse as a means of critiquing the political and religious institutions of his era. In his shorter epic, Milton--a poem, Blake suggests ...
  • And the Wood Doll Arose and Told, I'm a Real 

    Gutierrez, Lianuska (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] "Sphinx Eyes Antiphon," one of the poems in my collection, And the Wood Doll Arose and Told, I'm a Real, refers to a blank or unreciprocal social gaze. ...
  • A banished Adam: Mark Twain and the father of the human race 

    Reppert, Leta (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2008)
    While Mark Twain has long been viewed as irreligious, scholarship in recent years has underscored the fact that Christianity, the God of the Bible, and the Presbyterianism of his youth play an integral part in his work. ...
  • Beginning's ends: new senses of ending and the eighteenth-century novel 

    Friedman, Emily Clare (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This dissertation argues that an examination of innovative endings in both canonized and forgotten eighteenth-century prose fiction contributes to our ...
  • Ben Jonson's relation to Donne 

    Welty, Lois (University of Missouri, 1906)
    Edmund Gosse in his Life and Letters of John Donne has speculated at some length about the personal relationship between Jonson and Donne. Upon the evidence before him, however, Gosse hesitates to assume that this ...
  • Beneath, before and beyond: how characters achieve a true identity through alternative education in Song of Solomon, The bear, and Things fall apart. 

    Krieg, Annie (2011)
    Dear Reader, let me tell you a story. In Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, a black man named Milkman goes in search of his true identity. He had grown up learning to be a certain type of person: one who, like his father, ...
  • Border Crossings, Identities, and Creative Nonfiction: Haitian Travel Guides and Writing about Haiti 

    Coffelt, Allison Kelli (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    In my thesis, I explore the practice of travel writing by examining four separate travel guides. I ask how writing about travel, including my own creative writing about Haiti, interacts with issues of identity, the \"other,\" ...
  • Border crossings: contemporary transnational literature across media and genre and Remind me again what happened: a novel 

    Luloff, Joanna (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Remind Me Again What Happened is a novel told through three characters' perspectives, one of whom suffers from memory loss. By exploring the individual ...
  • The borderlands : living between archetypes in young adult Chicana literature 

    Morlock, Suzanne (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    This thesis focuses on two models for Chicana womanhood, which are the La Virgen de Guadalupe archetype and the La Malinche archetype. They are both mythic figures in Mexican culture that are diametrically opposed to one ...
  • Brazen creature 

    Barngrover, Anne (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Brazen Creature spans a young woman's awakening. The poems' concerns are twofold: violence against women and girls that has become rooted in the land, ...
  • Breaking the rules : three novels innovating genre fiction 

    Miller, Daniel (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    In this project, I argue that certain texts that straddle the line between literary and genre fiction go unrecognized for important innovations. After establishing the rules and conventions of dystopian fiction, the ...