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  • The monstrous woman : gothic monstrosity and graphic novels 

    Daller, Olivia (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2020)
    I fell in love with a monster once. Although I never knew his name, he still managed to change my life. He came to me through the words of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and I would be remiss if I did not pay some homage to ...
  • A sociophonetic study of Cape Girardeau, Missouri English 

    Cochran, Nigelle (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2019)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] This paper explores speech patterns of participants from Cape Girardeau, MO. Cape Girardeau Missouri is located just south of St. Louis along the ...
  • Magical safe spaces : the role of literature in Medieval and early modern magic 

    Howland-Davis, Emilee J. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2019)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] My dissertation argues that medieval and early modern English romances provided magic a safe space where authors and audiences engaged with the ideas ...
  • Science frictions : science, folklore, and "the future" 

    Brickley, London (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2019)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] Folklore and science, along with the subject of the future which has slowly over time worked its way into the discourses of both, have a long, complicated ...
  • "One foot on the other side" : suicideality in contemporary African diaspora fiction 

    Harlin, Katelyn (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2020)
    When this dissertation first began to take shape, it was in response to a period of wide reading of African diaspora fiction--my comprehensive exam preparations-- wherein I began noticing the sheer number of suicides I was ...
  • A study of reading in 'Little Women' 

    Donovan, Maria (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2020)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] The novel Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is often thought of as a book that focuses on the development of girls into women, but also on the development ...
  • Occupy, blockade, circulate : narrating community in 21st century crisis fiction 

    Watts, Steven (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2020)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI--COLUMBIA AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] This dissertation looks at contemporary social movements and novels through the lenses of sociology and infrastructuralism. I argue that ...
  • Transnational spaces, transitional places : Muslimness in contemporary literary imaginations 

    Kuyucu, Neriman (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2020)
    This dissertation focuses on contemporary literature in English produced by writers of Muslim origin. My study analyzes Laila Lalami's The Moor's Account (2014), Leila Abuela's The Kindness of Enemies (2015), Diana Abu-Jaber's ...
  • Brain catalogue 

    Moore, William (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2019)
    Brain Catalogue is a creative dissertation that combines comics and nonfiction. Specifically, it deals with the type of nonfiction often called the essay. It is an experimental autobiography that is broken down across four ...
  • Bottle fly : poems 

    Allendorf, Gregory Ryan (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2019)
    The critical introduction: "Improbable Florida" : Imperialism, Surrealist Tradition, and Gay and Lesbian Identity in Rimbaud's "Drunken Boat" and Bishop's "The Riverman" is a close-reading of those two poems through a ...
  • Worried notes : poems 

    Smith, Joseph D. (Jay Smith) (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2019)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] The creative portion of this dissertation, Worried Notes: Poems, is a collection that engages the American vernacular-song tradition and specifically ...
  • Policing the boundaries of whiteness : monsters made in the USA 

    Kelley, Kate Stockton (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2019)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] This dissertation explores institutionalized racism in American culture that signifies through the Reconstruction era Klansman, the folklore of the ...
  • A lacanian reply to Marx : the necessity of topology in the formation of the social 

    Loiseau, Lawrence (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2019)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] This study addresses Lacan's comments on Marx. While much has been done towards reading Marx with psychoanalysis generally, little had has been done ...
  • No people like #showpeople : Broadway performers' ethnographic social media 

    Spitulnik, Jennifer (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    The occupational folk group of Broadway musical theater performers uses folklore in public spaces as a kind of representational strategy for the group as a whole. This strategy is significant in representing the group’s ...
  • 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--COLUMBIA AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] This paper broadly investigates Finnegans Wake's resonance with ecological and environmental themes. It reads the motif of recirculation in ...
  • Sharp things, or the silver lines are not scars 

    Milbrodt, Teresa (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2019)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] This novel is the story of Tianne, a twenty-eight-year-old stained glass artist. She works two part-time jobs as a clerk at a stained glass supply ...
  • Canon 

    Smith, Bradley Harrison (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2019)
    The Critical Introduction, titled "James Merrill's Queer Muse," uses Queer Theory to analyze Merrill's creative process when writing The Changing Light at Sandover. It argues that Merrill queers the heteronormative orientation ...
  • Seeing through satire : how contemporary American fiction critiques the world 

    Toro, Janessa Lindsey (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] In this dissertation, I argue some contemporary authors intermingle modes of satire and transparency to encourage a twenty-first century reading ...
  • "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 ...
  • Into the forest: reading trees in nineteenth-century American literature 

    Regneri, Erin C. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2018)
    [ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT AUTHOR'S REQUEST.] Nineteenth-century American nature writing considers nature from the multiple perspectives of the antebellum, Civil War, and Reconstruction landscapes. ...

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