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  • The quarrel as a "living word" in Chekhov's early short stories 

    Zamataeva, Ekaterina (University of Missouri--Columbia[University of Missouri--Columbia], 2014)
    This thesis focuses on Chekhov's early stories written in the period from 1879 to 1886. It argues that Chekhov's quarrel is a particular literary type through analysis of its functions, uses and role in the development of ...
  • Precedent phenomena: the role of cultural reference in Dostoevsky's novel Demons 

    Zolotarev, Mikhail (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2013)
    The thesis addresses the questions of precedent phenomena (culturally specific language units) functioning in a literary text. Analyzing Dostoevsky's novel Demons, the research demonstrates precedent phenomena as a tool ...
  • The root of all evil?: the Mandrake myth in German literature from 1673 to 1913 

    Kobs, Michael, 1979- (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    From its first appearance in the Ebers Papyrus to its reference in Goethe's Faust II and Hanns Heinz Ewers bestseller Alraune at the beginning of the 20th century, the plant-human mandrake has been notorious for its presence ...
  • Staging Hitler myths 

    Lechner, Judith H. (Judith Heidi) (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2009)
    In my thesis Staging Hitler Myths, I analyze the depiction of Adolf Hitler in the contemporary German movies Der Untergang (2004) and Mein Fuhrer-die wirkliche wahrste Wahrheit uber Adolf Hitler (2007). Both movies have ...
  • Recreation of Chernobyl trauma in Svetlana Aleksiyevich's Chernobylʹskaya molitva 

    Scribner, Doris (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2008)
    Little has been written about the literary methodology of the contemporary Belarusian writer Svetlana Aleksiyevich. The main purpose of this thesis is to investigate how the aesthetic manipulation of factographic content ...
  • Vom Buch zum Film: zur Frage der Adaptation bei Sternberg, Schlöndorff und Tykwer 

    Istomina, Olga (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2007)
    My thesis deals with the problem of adaptation from literature to film through three German examples. I explore this question in the following novels and films: Professor Unrat by Heinrich Mann, Die Blechtrommel by Günter ...
  • Time and space as artistic conventions in Chekhov and Dostoyevsky 

    Wells, Olga V. (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2005)
    Artistic categories of time and space have been studied extensively. There are certain conventions accepted for different genres in terms of time and space organization. Arrangement of time and space in Chekhov's plays is ...
  • Gothic art and German modernism: Max Beckmann and "Transzendente objektivitat" 

    Krakenberg, Jasmin (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2005)
    The present study suggests that the German Expressionist artist Max Beckmann historicized and individualized in his painting the Descent from the Cross the religious Passion theme, as compared to Nithard's Isenheim Altarpiece, ...
  • Freedom and self-knowledge in the dramatic works of Anton Chekhov 

    Bartlett, Joseph (University of Missouri--Columbia, 2005)
    In his five major dramatic works, Anton Chekhov crafts characters who struggle with existential despair as a result of their inability to perform such actions. This focus on action and inaction raises analogous questions ...