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From ‘Remedy Highly Esteemed’ to ‘Barbarous Practice’: The Rise and Fall of Acupuncture in Nineteenth-Century America
This thesis analyzes the prevalent use of acupuncture in nineteenth-century American medicine. Using medical journal articles, school catalogs, lecture notes, fee tables, newspaper clippings and other primary sources, I argue against the modern myth...
"Something at Least Human": Transatlantic (Re)Presentations of Creole Women in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture
Throughout the nineteenth century, Creole women were consistently idealized, exoticized, and demonized in literature and culture on both sides of the Atlantic. While the term Creole is still hotly contested even today, ...
The Victorian Preacher’s Malady: The Metaphorical Usage of Gout in the Life of Charles Haddon Spurgeon
(University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
This dissertation examines the use of the gout metaphor in the life and writings of one of Victorian England’s most eminent preachers and gout sufferers, the Baptist Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892). Careful scrutiny ...
Three Paths To Religious Integration In Ernest Hemingway’s War Fiction
(University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
My dissertation studies religiosity in Ernest Hemingway’s war fiction in terms of how his soldier characters connect to the divine. The means to understanding this connection is in refining how the characters express ...