The Department of English, one of the academic units of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia, with more than one hundred M.A. and Ph.D students and about five-hundred undergraduate majors, is one of the larger and more diverse departments on the Columbia campus. They offer a wide range of courses in British and American Literature and Creative Writing, as well as special emphases in African Diaspora Studies, Critical Theory, English Language and Linguistics, Folklore and Oral Tradition, and Rhetoric and Composition. The Department of English also maintains close working relationships with other units on campus such as Black Studies, Film Studies, Women's & Gender Studies, and the Honors College.

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  • Harriet Beecher Stowe and the circulation of texts 

    Specter, Gregory David (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2014)
    This dissertation argues that even though Harriet Beecher Stowe participated in models of circulation throughout her career, they were shaped by drastic changes in the technology of print and transportation. Stowe witnessed ...
  • And the Wood Doll Arose and Told, I'm a Real 

    Gutierrez, Lianuska (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    "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. Humans need some level of affirmation from the surrounding community. ...
  • Marvelous Whirlings: E.E. Cummings' Eimi, Louis Aragon, Ezra Pound, and Krazy Kat 

    Huber, Joshua (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    In 1931, poet, painter, individual E.E. Cummings traveled to the USSR. The journal he kept during his travels would be expanded into the book Eimi and published in 1933. Eimi is an ambitious, wild, dense, and experimental ...
  • Like a Broken Cinema Film: Rethinking Faulkner's Filmic Novels 

    Derbesy, Philip Colin (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    Almost since the movies first started, people have been arguing about how films change the way we think about novels. William Faulkner, while a famous novelist, also spent a lot of time working as a Hollywood screenwriter, ...
  • 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,\" ...
  • Conflict analysis 

    Daugherty, Jakob (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-08)
    This work is an examination of the conflict between Russia and the Ukraine its causes, effects and repercussions.
  • A glimpse of everything 

    Donovan, Sean (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-08)
    Very rarely is one able to extract from a work of literature, or any work for that matter, a truly profound insight into a person’s most defining views on life, the universe, and existence. Alighieri’s The Divine Comedy, ...
  • King Arthur and his part in the breaking of the Round Table 

    Cantrall, Amy (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-08)
    This is an examination of King Arthur's responsibility for the fall of Camelot and the destruction of the Round Table due to his selfish, oblivious nature and his misunderstanding of how to separate his personal and ...
  • Crop circles explained 

    Pendergrass, McKenzie (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-08)
    Crop circles and their mysterious origins have spawned years of debate and speculation about whether or not they are formed by aliens. Crop circles have been adapted into films and television series, and usually the use ...
  • Shitshow 

    Dennis, Jessica (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-08)
    Shitshow is a first-person narrative that refers to the highs and lows of the author's first year of college life.
  • The Rwandan conflict of 1994 and America’s role 

    Davis, Julia (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-08)
    Rooted in historical ethnic tensions, a conflict culminated between the two dominant people groups of Rwanda in 1994. These two groups were the Hutus and the Tutsis, and the conflict between them led to a genocide that is ...
  • The conspiracy of the NBA draft 

    Schwartz, Zack (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-08)
    The National Basketball Association is third largest professional sports league in the country and one of the biggest businesses, valued at over 12 billion dollars. With some of the most popular athletes on the planet, ...
  • Sickle-cell disease contributes to cognitive impairment in children 

    Grimes, Acacia C. (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-08)
    An examination of how sickle-cell disease contributes to cognitive impairment in children. The definition, classification, and pathophysiology of sickle-cell disease is discussed to support the cognitive impairment seen ...
  • U.S. Military intervention to combat the Islamic State 

    Martin, Grant (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-08)
    The United States’ military policy in the Middle East has created optimal conditions for the radicalization of Muslims in the region, strengthening the extremist militias and validating the doctrines of Islamic radicals ...
  • The failing test for success 

    Taryle, Rachel W. (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-08)
    Because high stakes testing is now a direct reflection of one’s intelligence, there are immense pressures placed directly on students. These pressures can make students feel insecure and stupid, therefore increasing test ...
  • You’ve died. Now what? 

    Powell, Payton (University of Missouri, The Campus Writing Program, 2015-08)
    Twenty-one people in the United States die each day while waiting on the organ transplant list. One organ donor can save eight lives. That being said, it only takes three people a day to donate their organs upon death to ...

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