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  • Time, the river, and the mountain : ecology and technology in Finnegans Wake 

    Kerker, Adam (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2019)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] This paper broadly investigates Finnegans Wake's resonance with ecological and environmental themes. It reads the motif of recirculation in the novel ...
  • "This land is my land" : authority and landscape in American women's nonfiction, 1843-1903 

    Sinclair, Carli (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] "Thus, the arc of my dissertation—from a landscape that is local and familiar to one that is vast and often incomprehensible—suggests that women confront ...
  • The pagan's progress, or, the invention of pilgrimage 

    Scott, Eric O. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This book examines religious travel in contemporary Paganism in three long-form creative essays. It looks at space, place, and travel within the modern ...
  • Of the burning 

    Scholl, Travis (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] "Of the Burning" is a hybrid collection of nonfiction essays and sermon-poems. The narrative threads weaved through the collection include original ...
  • Big gorgeous jazz machine 

    Potter, Nick Francis (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This manuscript considers the influence of twentieth-century avant-garde literature and painting in contemporary art comics, particularly the growing ...
  • The imaginary age : poetry 

    Petronella, Leanna (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] My dissertation includes a critical introduction and a manuscript of poetry. The critical introduction, "There was no warm body in what you wrote": ...
  • Leavetakings 

    Cook, Corinna (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This dissertation is a collection of lyric essays about northern sorrows and friendships. These are preceded by a Critical Introduction which offers a ...
  • Interrogating transnational media representations of "harmful" bodylore 

    Atuhura, Dorothy (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] The category of "harmful" cultural practices' has become a central and defining concept in global health and development policy. A key target of ...
  • The education of a gambler's daughter 

    Benjamin, Deanna (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] The Education of a Gambler's Daughter is a creative dissertation that tells the story of a daughter trying to make sense out of the chaos that resulted ...
  • Escalations : stories 

    Haynie, Stephen (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] The stories in "Escalations" cover a range of formal and dramatic content and operate on a sliding scale with regards to realism and surrealism: a woman ...
  • Modalities of literacy and Anglo-Saxon interpretive cultures 

    Christenson, Julie (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This dissertation focuses on the reception of Anglo-Saxon texts in both Anglo-Saxon and Reformation England. Its four case studies span developments ...
  • (Re)Contextualizing gender representation in Hamlet 

    Darr, Andrew (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] My dissertation "(Re)Contextualizing Gender Representation in Hamlet" argues that all Hamlets reflect their historically specific gender crisis, which ...
  • Perspective : cultural contexts, little magazines, and networks 

    Ewing, Chatham B. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2010)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] "This essay has surveyed a broad swath of criticism of little magazines, established both critical and cultural contexts for Perspective, assessed ...
  • World reclamation in Shelley's Prometheus Unbound 

    Dittmer, Maggie (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    Myth has a fluid function within culture, literature, and time. How myth is interpreted depends upon which element of it inspires or interests a person. The mythical figure of Prometheus has become embedded in the cultural ...
  • Disruptive soldiers : literary responses to the standing army controversy (1688-1846) 

    Cunningham, Justin (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] "The aim of this thesis is to provide a sustained consideration of literary engagements with the Standing Army Controversy in Britain and America from ...
  • Democracy and the failure of liberalism? : globalization and the reemergence of Orientalist essentialism in Hindutva's construction of fundamentalist Hindu identity 

    Pillai, Kavita (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    This dissertation demonstrates the emergent character of nationalism in conjunction with economic liberalism and global capitalism. It demonstrates how globalization and right wing fundamentalist nationalisms are mutually ...
  • Dee-jay drop that deadbeat : hip-hop's remix of fatherhood narratives 

    Adolph, Jessie L., Sr. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    This dissertation examines hip-hop fatherhood narratives from 2010-2015 influenced by drug addiction, mass incarceration, underground economies, trauma, and dysfunctional co-parenting. Explicitly, the paper explores how ...
  • She is! Tracing the evolution of the female sexual narrative in creative nonfiction writing 

    Boyd, Bailey M. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] This project explores the structures of four female-authored nonfiction sexual narratives: Anaïs Nin's Henry and June, Catherine Millet's The Sexual ...
  • Assembling comics : the house style and legacy of RAW books and graphics 

    Beineke, Colin (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] The purpose of this study is to construct a narrative history of the founding and development of RAW Books and Graphics while providing a critical ...
  • Magic for unlucky girls : stories 

    Balaskovits, Alison A. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Magic for Unlucky Girls: Stories is a collection of short stories that weave Western oral and literary folklore influences around women-centered ...

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