This community contains the collections of honors theses written by Department of English bachelor of arts degree candidates at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

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  • Romantic friendships in Shirley and Wives and daughters 

    Marshall Dungey, Michaela (University of Missouri, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017)
    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife. -- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice The opening sentence of Pride and Prejudice is an often quoted ...
  • Behind the blue shutters 

    Schrade, Corissa (University of Missouri, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017)
    Throughout western history, people feared what they did not know; anything considered different made society feel uncomfortable. Humans have been conditioned to dislike differences and stay away from them. Because of this, ...
  • Rape and censorship in Tess of the D’Urbervilles in the late 1800s 

    Layton, Ally (University of Missouri, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017)
    In my thesis I argue that the limitations of the publishing environment during the late-Victorian era led Thomas Hardy to practice self-censorship when writing the rape scene in Tess of the D’Urbervilles. Though a close ...
  • Eliza Haywood unmasks female sexuality in masquerade novels 

    Ysteboe, Taylor (University of Missouri, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017)
    The essence of the masquerade ball is one of secrecy and fantasy. As a uniquely 18th century phenomenon, the masquerade was an environment where one can transform into anything imaginable. One of the most prolific female ...
  • The role of the first-person narrator when dealing with mental illness 

    Zoellenr, Danielle (University of Missouri, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017)
    This thesis examines how the first-person narrator alters reader perception in a story about mental illness. The role genre plays with the first-person narrator when talking about mental illness is also important when ...
  • Maiden vs. monarch : the roles of Elizabeth I in contemporary depictions 

    Ruether, Samantha (University of Missouri, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017)
    People have been creating popular culture depictions of historical figures since forever. We, as a species, love telling stories, especially stories about people whose legacies have lasted for centuries. We create narratives ...
  • From Humayun Khan to Kamala Khan : ambivalence towards the Muslim super hero 

    Ghuman, Lydia (University of Missouri, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017)
    The 2016 Democratic National Convention saw the emergence of an unlikely national hero: Humayun Khan. Khan had passed away long before the Democratic National Convention while on duty as an American soldier in Iraq, but ...
  • Fearing the unknown : mental health in current day America 

    Bunte, Nicole (University of Missouri, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017)
    Throughout American history, the issue of mental health has ebbed and flowed with importance and acceptance. Even though there is a consistent record of mental illness in history, stigma toward those with mental illnesses ...
  • Reimagining history : writing poems about early exploration 

    Castanzo, Julia (University of Missouri, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017)
    Historical poetry is a valuable way to engage with the past. It not only allows readers to gain a better understanding of a prior time period, but it also gives them the opportunity to connect with historical figures, ...
  • Rewriting the story : videogames within the Post-Gamergate Society 

    Jones, Abigail Leigh (University of Missouri, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017)
    Staring through the scope in Call of Duty Modern Warfare (2007), as you navigate through the boggy swamps of some exotic jungle, there is never any doubt that you are in control. The operator’s thumbs roll over the toggles ...
  • You’ve got mail : epistolography, mapping, and authenticity in early literature of Alexander the Great 

    Anderson, Marleigh (University of Missouri, College of Arts and Sciences, 2017)
    The Alexander Romance is a conglomerate of many different stories and traditions mingling the historical life of Alexander the Great with fantastic legends. It is not wholly historical, but it is also not wholly legendary; ...
  • Not a comeback : the persistence of decadence in film noir 

    Arnold, Elizabeth (2016-05)
    In this thesis, I will argue that the decadent movement survives in twentieth-century America through noir films, or what I refer to as "noir decadence." However, noir films make decadence more accessible to a wider audience ...
  • Parody and media literacy in "Nathan For You" and [creative final] "Adrift" 

    Finnegan, Mitchell (2016)
    Concluding paragraph from Parody and media literacy in "Nathan For You": Over three decades after The Simpsons broke onto the primetime scene, Nathan For You harnesses a brand new form of comedy that makes similar use of ...
  • Talking back: the role of poets and poems in literary conversation 

    Lockard, Paige (2016)
    Concluding paragraph: "In discovering the expansive history of poetic conversation and poetic influence, the question of authenticity now seems irrelevant. Authenticity may now be described as the extent to which a poem ...
  • "Immortal Harps": Milton and musical morality in Handel's Samson 

    Hobbs, Katherine (2016)
    Concluding paragraphs: "If Handel's contemporary James Harris is correct in observing that music and poetry "can never be so powerful singly, as when they are properly united," (152) and that Handel's "Genius ... being ...
  • In sympathy : how to read -- and view -- Edith Wharton's The house of mirth 

    Cantrall, Amy (2016)
    In the second Gilded Age that we live in now, it has been surprising to me to find that Edith Wharton's presence in homes and classrooms has been waning. In order to understand why this is, I turn to one of Wharton's most ...
  • Understanding and defining young adult literature 

    Linenbroker, Matt (2016)
    Concluding paragraphs: "Yet even in this uncertain time in life, many Y.A. novels end in hope. The last words of the Harry Potter series are "All was well." After coping with the death of his best friend and first love, ...
  • "My madness singing" : the specter of syphilis in Prufrock's Love Song 

    Barnhardt, Bradford (2016)
    Concluding paragraph: "This unpleasant conclusion results from Prufrock's night in the "Pervigilium," since his encounters with ambiguous women and his fears of venereal disease disturb him so much that they distance him ...
  • Racist elevator inspectors, consumer-driven zombies, and the sardonicism that mocks them both in Colson Whitehead's The Intuitionist and Zone One 

    Graves-Swinney, Everett John (2016)
    Concluding paragraph: "In finality, addressing The Intuitionist and Zone One's ultimate goals rely on one motivating factor: progressive justice. Incorporating genre elements into sardonic dialogue about the current racial ...
  • "Goodbye Christ" : Langston Hughes, black art and literary censorship 

    Loveless, Kayla M. (2016)
    Concluding paragraph: "Langston Hughes as a literary figure today is beloved by many and it is through analyzing his life that I have become aware of his radical nature at the beginning of his career. His life, the mistakes ...

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