• 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)
    Recently, Happiness Studies has become an important field of inquiry. This paper brings some of the insights of Happiness Studies to bear on three eighteenth-century novels. Recent scholarship on Tom Jones and Tristram ...
  • Against the terrible death 

    Narendorf, Bryan (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    Against the Terrible Death is a collection of poems about the intersections of history, ancient and comtemporary, personal and public. The collection is prefaced by an introductory essay that explores the necessity of ...
  • 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)
    The creative portion of this dissertation consists of my first poetry manuscript called Amulet. The poems are prefaced by a critical essay, “The Confessional Mode,” which contends with Diane Warren Middlebrook's label of ...
  • The anatomy theater 

    Meyer, Nadine Sabra (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    During the Renaissance, anatomical theaters cropped up in cities all over Europe, anatomists performed dissections open to the general public, and they circulated illustrations which had a remarkable resemblance to the ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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)
    This dissertation argues that an examination of innovative endings in both canonized and forgotten eighteenth-century prose fiction contributes to our understanding of the early novel. When endings have been discussed in ...
  • Border crossings: contemporary transnational literature across media and genre and Remind me again what happened: a novel 

    Luloff, Joanna (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2012)
    Remind Me Again What Happened is a novel told through three characters' perspectives, one of whom suffers from memory loss. By exploring the individual memories that make up a collective history, my novel investigates the ...
  • Breathing in the other: enthusiasm and the sublime in eighteenth-century Britain 

    Watson, Zak D., 1976- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2008)
    This project assesses enthusiasm and the sublime as important eighteenth-century phenomena for establishing the limits and bases of reason and polite discourse. My research focuses eighteenth-century and current sources ...
  • But in the night we are all the same 

    Hartin-Young, Sally, 1973- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2004)
    But In the Night We Are All the Same, a critical dystopian novel, explores the creation and perpetuation of power structures, gender identity, and desire. The protagonist, Lemon, is a member of the oppressed class. She ...
  • The caul theme in Tina McElroy Ansa's novels 

    Boettcher, Anja Gisela M. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2011)
    This thesis examines Tina McElroy Ansa's cultural validation of the caul and its aesthetic application as literary device in her novels Baby of the Family (1989), The Hand I Fan With (1996), You Know Better (2002) and Ugly ...
  • A closer look at the rhetoric of rape 

    Jones, Patricia Louisa Mae Reece, 1972- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    Based on the research of Lakoff and Turner, combined with studies in Burkean theory, and the representation of rape, this work presents the problematic use of metaphoric language in US Court rape trials. These are the cause ...
  • The creation of The four million: O . Henry's influences and working methods 

    Kass, Gary (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2008)
    Though O. Henry's The Four Million was intended as an attack on Ward McAllister's idea of the Four Hundred, each man is mentioned only in passing in studies of the other. One chapter therefore contrasts the two men by ...
  • The crisis autobiography: Augustine, Rousseau, and Wordsworth 

    Hayes, Tim (Timothy Michael). (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2008)
    This project, which on the broadest level can be defined as a comparative study of Augustine's Confessions, Rousseau's Confessions, and Wordsworth's Prelude, is an attempt to bridge a notable gap in the critical literature. ...
  • Deaf identity, motherhood and transforming normalcy: an ethnographic challenge to disability studies' treatment of personal experience narratives 

    Henson, Tahna B. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2008)
    This thesis is a fieldwork-based examination of personal experience narratives told by Deaf and hearing mothers of Deaf children. Using participant observation and incorporating ethnographic reflexivity, I situate this ...
  • Death becomes her: modernism, femininity, and the erotics of death 

    Clair, Erin C., 1977- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    This project argues that modernist authors employ transgressive sexual desires both to disrupt and regulate femininity. Early twentieth-century cultural conditions generated anxiety about the increasing unruliness of ...