The Department of English Language and Literature offers programs of study that lead to the Bachelor of Arts, the Master of Arts, the Master of Fine Arts, and the Interdisciplinary Doctor of Philosophy degrees. In the undergraduate program, students may pursue a general English program, or they may choose an emphasis in creative writing or secondary English education. Four minors in English are offered: Language and Literature; Creative Writing; Writing; and Manuscript, Print Culture, and Editing. M.A. in English students may focus their studies on Literature or may elect the Language and Literature track or the Manuscript, Print Culture, and Editing track. The M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Media Arts is an interdisciplinary program leading to a terminal degree. English is an academic discipline eligible for full participation in the University's Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program.

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  • You People: A Collection of Stories and Essays 

    Jacquinot, Liz C. (2015-08-11)
  • Road/Map/Canvas 

    Joshi, Sameer (2015-07-28)
    The poems in this thesis explore the connection between imagination, space and belonging. Actual landscapes provoke imaginative responses. A small town in South Peru becomes the focus of desire, belonging and nostalgia. ...
  • The Medical Record 

    Hirthler, Maureen A. (2015-07-28)
    A collection of personal essays, “The Medical Record” is an exploration of my life in medicine. It has three primary goals. First, to portray an accurate account of my training and practice as a female physician, with ...
  • Sandoz Writing (Righting) History 

    Wenburg, Jullian Leigh (2015-06-19)
    Mari Sandoz’s dedication to her research topics, personality, candor, and work ethic allowed her an intimate place alongside those she chose to write about. This yielded a moving written product. In the same way that Sandoz ...
  • "Something at Least Human": Transatlantic (Re)Presentations of Creole Women in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture 

    Huston, Kristin Nicole (2015-06-19)
    Throughout the nineteenth century, Creole women were consistently idealized, exoticized, and demonized in literature and culture on both sides of the Atlantic. While the term Creole is still hotly contested even today, ...
  • No Place Like Home 

    Honaker, Greyson (2015-06-02)
    This collection of stories portrays a variety of lives dealing the aftereffects of loss. In “Robert the Lionheart” a boy seeks the DNA of his parents to recreate them and struggles with what that might mean. In “Weeds” ...
  • Home Almost 

    Leggard, Teresa (2015-05-27)
    This thesis explores the concept of home, what it means to be at home – or not at home – in one’s nation, family, dwelling or even in one’s own body. The speakers in these poems, whether through participation, observation ...
  • Cul-de-Sacs 

    Handley, Brandi (2014-09-30)
    The following eleven stories are a culmination of three years of investigation through creative writing of life at home and family relationships. While the stories are closely related by theme, the form of each piece varies ...
  • Art Monster: Stories and a Novella 

    Cook, Elizabeth Anne (2014-08-27)
    Monsters external and internal stalk the margins of the stories and novella that make up this collection. Though each selection engages in its own distinct exploration of the monstrous, the pieces hint at a shared question: ...
  • Beneath the light: stage-bound and ankle-cuffed 

    Jordan, Alli (2014-07-30)
    The creative thesis includes both plays and poetry which cover multiple themes surrounding the female performer, in the media, on the stage, and in everyday life. The play, "An Evening of Alli Jordan" is a meta-theatrical ...
  • More than a river: using nature for reform in the progressive era 

    Dobson, Patrick D. (2014-03-27)
    The decades around the turn of the twentieth century were a time of vast social and economic change. Industrialization altered the ways people related to each other and to their social, political, and cultural institutions. ...
  • Turning the doorknob: esssays, stories, and poems 

    Johnson, Andrew (2013-07-17)
    This collection of essays, stories, and poems is a broad exploration in persona, genre, and form. The individual human is complex, and this thesis embraces the complexity, even when the selves presented here, fully factual ...
  • Of oranges and the sea 

    McKeever, Kara Marie (2013-07-12)
    The stories in this collection explore family and friendships. They follow characters for whom the world is not always a perfect fit, fierce in its beauty and its sadness, characters whose best intentions too often fall ...
  • Pussycat rampage 

    Friend, Timothy E. (2013-05-28)
    Cinnamon's job for rural crime-boss Big Poppa usually calls for her to break the law, not surrender to it. But when Big Poppa's son Bobby-Tommy badly beats a young man in a nearby town that's just what she's asked to ...
  • Insanity, rhetoric and women : nineteenth-century women's asylum narratives 

    Walter, Madaline Reeder (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2011-09-02)
    Among reform movements in nineteenth-­century America was insane asylum reform and women played a role in this. Some women within the walls of asylums living as patients turned to the pen as a means of informing the ...
  • Praising Girls: The Epideictic Rhetoric of Young Women, 1895-1930 

    Wood, Henrietta Rix (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2011-05-17)
    At the turn of the twentieth century, young women began to see themselves and to been seen as a distinct social group for the first time in the history of the United States. This recognition was fostered by historical ...
  • Penitence, Punishment, and Pain: Negotiating Personal Authority in Francis Lathom's The Midnight Bell 

    Condit, Lorna Anne (Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student Council at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, 2008)
    Francis Lathom's novel, The Midnight Bell (1798), uses conventional gothic themes of crime, guilt, and punishment to interrogate gender roles and to explore how individuals may conform to, reject, or subvert mechanisms of ...
  • Critical Realism and the Biographical Film Project 

    Childress, Stephen (Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student Council at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, 2008)
    This paper explores aspects of a critical realist approach that have practical application to biographical documentary filmmaking as an ontological and methodological guide in the planning, production, and editing processes. ...
  • “I Cannot Rule Myself” The Pitfalls of Sensibility in Mary Shelley's The Last Man 

    Sager, Diane A. (Interdisciplinary Doctoral Student Council at the University of Missouri- Kansas City, 2007)

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