• 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 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • The diminishing house 

    Beer, Nicky (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    The Diminishing House is a collection of poems in three sections. The first section begins with a series of childhood confrontations of mortality; the poems in the following two sections strive to transcend the ensuing ...
  • Domesticating the citizen: household authority, the merchant class family and the early modern stage 

    Isaacson, Emily Ruth (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    The family in London of the seventeenth century resided at the intersection of practices heard from the pulpit and of generic forms those listeners might see in the theaters. Upon both of these ideals lie the inevitable ...
  • Famous last words 

    Pierce, Catherine, 1978- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    This dissertation consists of a book-length collection of poems entitled Famous Last Words and a critical essay examining the development of an "American voice" in 20th century poetry, particularly the ways that this voice ...
  • Laughter and other lies 

    Piafsky, Michael, 1976- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    This dissertation contains a collection of twelve short stories as well as a critical essay on the short stories of Ann Beattie. The critical essay explores minimalism in Ann Beattie's work, particularly with regard to her ...
  • Like dancers following each other's steps: an analysis of lexical cues in student writing for differing audiences 

    Robideaux, Sharon (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    This empirical study examines the role of lexical priming in first-year college student writers' abilities to consider multiple audiences. The writing topic assigned to all 165 first-year students is identical except for ...
  • Man on extremely small island 

    Koo, Jason (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    Man on extremely small island is a collection of poems in four sections. The sections follows the seasons. The poems in the first section urge a movement outward (a "spring motion"), and are generally exuberant, hopeful, ...
  • The many faces of Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe: examining the Crusoe myth in film and on television 

    Nikoleishvili, Sophia, 1976- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    This dissertation focuses on the cinematic versions of the Robinson Crusoe story. Starting from the early 1900s, a significant number of films rewrite, reinvent, and rework the Crusoe myth. Instead of replicating Defoe's ...
  • Nineteenth-century literary women and the temperance tradition: temperance rhetoric in the fiction of Lydia Sigourney, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Rebecca Harding Davis and Elizabeth Stuart Phelps 

    Block, Shelley R., 1974- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    Although historically scholars have viewed nineteenth-century temperance as a lesser movement in a century characterized by other weighty reforms, this dissertation builds on recent scholarship that redirects attention to ...
  • One last good time 

    Kardos, Michael P., 1970- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    This dissertation consists of a book-length work of short fiction preceded by an essay called "In Defense of Starting Early." The ten stories that make up this collection are loosely linked by character and by setting - a ...
  • A theory of Yere-Wolo: coming-of-age narratives in African diaspora literature 

    Ford, Na'Imah Hanan, 1976- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    The term Yere-Wolo in Mande culture describes the process of "giving birth to oneself," a poetic way to envision the coming-of-age process. I use this concept to explore identity construction and adolescent development in ...
  • Thinking locally: provincialism and cosmopolitanism in American literature since the Great Depression 

    Arthur, Jason G. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    Thinking Locally produces an account of twentieth-century literary history that counters the literary-historical over-reliance on wars as framing events. Eschewing the standard break between pre-World War II and post-World ...