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  • 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)
    "The aim of this thesis is to provide a sustained consideration of literary engagements with the Standing Army Controversy in Britain and America from the Glorious Revolution until the start of the Mexican-American War ...
  • 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)
    This project explores the structures of four female-authored nonfiction sexual narratives: Anaïs Nin's Henry and June, Catherine Millet's The Sexual Life of Catherine M., and Maggie Nelson's Bluets and The Argonauts and ...
  • Assembling comics : the house style and legacy of RAW books and graphics 

    Beineke, Colin (2017)
    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 evaluation of the revolutionary and catalytic house style created by Francoise ...
  • Magic for unlucky girls : stories 

    Balaskovits, Alison A. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2015)
    Magic for Unlucky Girls: Stories is a collection of short stories that weave Western oral and literary folklore influences around women-centered narratives. The characters react in different ways to the expectations and ...
  • When the evening comes : a novel and And it begins like this: Essays 

    McQueen, LaTanya (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    When the Evening Comes explores African American experience in the rural North Carolina south. The book centers around the interracial relationship of two characters—Ben Groves and Mary Holden—after they find the body of ...
  • I'm here, I'm listening : short stories 

    Julian, Jennifer (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    I'm Here, I'm Listening is a creative dissertation that makes the case for non-realist speculation as a fundamental tool for creative writers. The collection's twelve short stories push against the boundaries of realism, ...
  • Babbler : a novel 

    Habermeyer, Ryan (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2017)
    A satirical novel of post-WWII America depicted through the fictitious memoirs of an ex-Nazi on an absurdist quest to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • 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 ...

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