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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.
  • 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 ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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,\" ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Browning and the Florentine Renaissance 

    Major, Mabel Irmyn (University of Missouri, 1917)
    There seem to me to be three distinct causes why Florence rather than any of the other city states was the center of the Italian Renaissance. The first of these is that she preserved her popular government long enough to ...
  • 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 ...
  • The Celtic legends and their use in the modern Celtic plays and poetry 

    Bell, Mildred Maxwell (University of Missouri, 1914)
    The recovery and opening of the Irish legends is undoubtedly the most important phase of the Irish literary movement. The legends contain the very essence of the Irish genius. These stories of "old, unhappy, far-off things" ...
  • The children in Shakespeare's plays 

    Moore, Ethel (University of Missouri, 1917)
    Text from page 1: In the study of Shakespeare's plays, the major characters have been considered almost exclusively; the minor characters have been largely neglected or ignored. Highly important among these minor characters ...
  • A cinema of confrontation : using a material-semiotic approach to better account for the history and theorization of 1970s independent American horror 

    Montgomery, Court (University of Missouri--ColumbiaUniversity of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    In The Films in My Life, Francois Truffaut describes how "cinematic success" results from a fragile, temporary confluence of elements: the director, the film itself, and its audience, but also critical reception, marketing, ...
  • 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 ...
  • A comparative study of the verse rhetoric of Layamon's Brut and Beowulf 

    Miller, Frances Howe (University of Missouri, 1915)
    This thesis compares Layamon's Brut with Beowulf to examine poetic inheritance and style. Previous studies emphasizing similarities of language and meter, without definite tests of verse rhetoric, may lead to the false ...
  • The conception of tragedy in recent English drama 

    Nardin, Frances Louise, 1878- (University of Missouri, 1913)
    It is the purpose of this thesis to examine the conception of tragedy in English drama of the period 1900-1912. In the investigation three questions have been considered. 1. What conceptions of tragedy prevailed in English ...
  • Concretes and abstracts in the Old English epic Beowulf 

    Cratty, Estella Faye (University of Missouri, 1916)
    That poem may surely be said to be abstract in character in which the motive is more real than the deed, in which the thoughts of a man's heart are given more dramatic prominence than the facts of his appearance, in which ...
  • Courtly anger, beastly violence, and the animal-affective prosthetic 

    Thomas, Curtis (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    This project is an examination of four medieval romances that feature human-animal contact: Marie de France's Lai of Bisclavret, the Latin Narratio de Arthuro Rege Britanniae et Rege Gorlagon lycanthropo, Chretien de Troyes' ...
  • 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 ...