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  • British women novelists and the review periodical, 1790-1820 

    Peiser, Megan (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Between 1790 and 1820, women published more novels than men -- unlike any period before or after. It is remarkable that women assumed dominant authorship ...
  • In defense of biblical literacy in English and American literary studies 

    Love, Timothy (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    This study seeks to address a nationwide lack of concern for biblical education in English literary studies. More specifically, it evaluates and offers potential remedies for the current state of biblical illiteracy within ...
  • Ecclesiastical advice literature in Anglo-Saxon England 

    Beeny, Toby R. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    This work focuses on how ecclesiastical writers in the Anglo-Saxon period used their writing to shape political opinion, especially in regard to the duties and roles of kings. Officially, ecclesiastics were prohibited by ...
  • 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 ...
  • Show-me ambiguity: an ethnographic study of Missouri Civil War reenactment 

    Travis, Tracy Anne (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    This thesis examines Civil War reenactment as it is practiced and performed by residents of Missouri. Using fieldwork (interviews and participant observation) conducted by the researcher at reenactment events, the thesis ...
  • Portrait of the Calvinist as a young killer: confessions, fanaticism, and satanic horror in Hogg's Justified Sinner 

    Johnson, Zachary (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    James Hogg's Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner innovated several important novel genres in the Romantic literary era. The novel centers around a young man, Robert Wringhim, who, along with his devilish ...
  • Understanding the subject: Woolfss use of the Bildungsroman in the "Voyage Out" and "Jacob's Room" 

    Berger, Alexandra (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    This project explores the way in which Virginia Woolf uses and subverts the classic nineteenthcentury genre, the Bildungsroman in her first novel (The Voyage Out) and her third novel (Jacob's Room) in order to posit questions ...
  • Seeing constructed realities: images and law in the contemporary American novel 

    Amidei, Drew (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    In the new digital era, novelists have developed new tools to aid them levy political criticism against targets that have traditionally fallen outside the reach of the novel. By examining four contemporary American novels, ...
  • Mr. Boswell peels an orange 

    Johnson, Sarah Bahn (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    "Mr. Boswell Peels an Orange" is a dissertation in two parts. Part I is a critical essay that explores the concept of the "lyric object," which is a physical, man-made object that appears in a lyric poem. This object forms ...
  • Our family walks 

    Robinson, Nick R. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Our Family Walks is a coming-of-age narrative that explores what it means to be an African American/multiracial boy growing into manhood during the ...
  • The end of Tennessee : a collection of essays 

    Hanson, Rachel Michelle (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This dissertation analyzes the complications of existing in a violent world as much as it explores formal and experimental narrative techniques. As ...
  • Brazen creature 

    Barngrover, Anne (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Brazen Creature spans a young woman's awakening. The poems' concerns are twofold: violence against women and girls that has become rooted in the land, ...
  • Hao 

    Ye, Chun (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] My dissertation "Hao" examines the relationship between maternal subjectivity and language. The pictogram in the title, a linguistic sign from the 12th ...
  • Yunnan reggae : music and politics 

    Ren, Meng (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
  • The fetishization of firearms in African-American folklore and culture 

    Summerville, Raymond Melton Javon, 1979- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    The following work analyzes the fetishization of firearms across a number of different mediums including, the corporeal world, African-American folklore, film, and music. The overarching theme is that firearms are sometimes ...
  • Nature, materiality, and human agency in the literature of the Great Lakes, 1790-1853 

    Russell, Eric (Eric Matthew) (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2016)
    The dissertation shows that human agency in all its discursive manifestations is a product of entanglement with nature's materiality--its physical objects and forces and this physicality's capacity for change--and this ...
  • 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 ...
  • 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, ...
  • Narrative as archive : ethno-historical paratexts in British literature, 1760-1830 

    Knezevich, Ruth (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    Narrative as Archive contributes to the small-but-growing body of scholarship on paratexts -- specifically footnotes -- in imaginative literatures of late-eighteenth- and early-nineteenth-century Britain. I argue that these ...
  • 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.

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