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  • The Surviving Parties 

    Biersmith, Benedict E. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    This thesis is a collection of short stories that were written and re-written between my time as an undergraduate at Columbia College and my time as a Graduate Student at UMKC. These stories were picked out from many ...
  • Possibility and Process in Post Secondary Service Work: Constructing a Critical Pedagogy of Service 

    Ferrel, Thomas Robert (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    This project examines the worth, experience, and process of post-secondary faculty service work. Service represents a third of the trifurcated, traditional understanding of a professor’s work; however, universities and ...
  • Straight Jackets, and Other Escapes 

    Weiss, Randall Joseph (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2016)
  • Ghost Fists 

    Geminder, Emily Carlson (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2016)
    Ghosts animate the stories and essays of this collection in ways both bodied and disembodied—as loops, as refrains, as stories that can’t be outrun. Moving across time and space to consider collective memory in Cambodia, ...
  • World to Word: Nomenclature Systems of Color and Species 

    Kelley, Tanya (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    As the digitization of information accelerates, the push to encode our surrounding numerically instead of linguistically increases. The role that language has traditionally played in the nomenclature of an integrative ...
  • Creep City and Five Short Stories 

    Cashill, Flannery (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2016)
    This collection includes one novella and five short stories, focused on young women and their formative experiences. These stories explore themes of sexuality, latent violence, changing technology and weird feelings. ...
  • Its Golden Boat 

    Williamson, Robert (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2016)
    This graduate thesis in creative writing focuses on memory, fear, and growing up. The speaker undergoes a coming-of-age from child to adult, his fears and desires also growing and changing. Its themes and motifs include ...
  • The House that Grief Built 

    Vreeland, Ramona Anne (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2016)
    This book-length collection of poetry weaves together themes of family, religion, food, gardening, and grief as experienced by the author and her relatives. Through the eyes of a first-generation American (on her mother’s ...
  • Feminizing Grief: Victorian Women and the Appropriation of Mourning 

    Gleeson, Miun Sara (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2016)
    The Victorians didn’t invent the culture of mourning. But they certainly codified how the culture of grief should be one largely shouldered and sustained by women. Mourning rules for women were characterized by restraint ...
  • Stealing Fire 

    Leyrson, Timothy (University of Missouri–Kansas City, 2015)
    The poems that make up this collection tend to play with what is one of the oldest concepts to exist, transition. This collection attempts to demonstrate the experiences that generate the pressures required; such as light ...
  • Assembling the Fragments: A Collection of Essays 

    Bales, Leanna M. (University of Missouri–Kansas City, 2015)
    Grief and grieving hovers around this essay collection, both the author's grief over losing her mother and also what that loss meant to the other people in her life. An essay about the tragic death of the author's uncle- ...
  • There is No Absolution for Us Here: An Anthology of Essays 

    Smith, Elaina G. (University of Missouri–Kansas City, 2015)
    An anthology of creative nonfiction essays, this collection studies the inner workings of the author at her most vulnerable: whether as a child unaware of her parents’ crumbling marriage or as an adolescent struggling ...
  • Unnamed Lands 

    Sawin, Nichola A. (University of Missouri–Kansas City, 2013)
    This collection of short fiction and plays represents an exploration of twenty-first century gay culture, viewed from the vantage point of successive lifestages: childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, maturity, and old ...
  • The Pen and the Pennon: Political and Social Comment Inscribed within Chivalric Romance 

    McCloud, Larry M. (University of Missouri–Kansas City, 2016)
    Study of the Medieval English romance has burgeoned in recent years, with a focus on the world outside of the texts being central to the resurgence. I offer in this dissertation a reading of four of these works (Athelston, ...
  • But Rather Becomes 

    Grist, James Edgar (2013)
    This collection of female-driven short fiction explores the ways that girls and women are victimized, excluded, empowered, misled, or left to their own devices within contemporary patriarchal American culture. Feminist ...
  • How We Know Them 

    Cross, Megan Nicole (2013)
    This multi-genre collection—including fiction, flash fiction, and a play—explores the roots of connection implied in familial relationships and structures. These works question—sometimes stepping into the supernatural ...
  • A Walk Through the Valley of Shadows 

    Casady, Nicole (2016)
    Magical Realism, religion, illness and death are twisted through this collection of short stories to explore how people deal with the fantasy of belief in a very real world. The non-fiction essay "How an Illness I Don't ...
  • Human Tire Fire 

    Cowsert, Derek (2016)
    I have titled this collection Human Tire Fire because that's the image I picture when I look back over the period of time in which I created these stories. The tire fire is the signifier I see for myself. Putrid. ...
  • Clean Break 

    Culton, Thomas B (2016)
    Clean Break is a feature-length screenplay about a pool hustler named Jimmy Grey and Blake, Jimmy’s threemonth pregnant girlfriend. The couple attempt to take one last vacation before the baby arrives. On the evening before ...
  • Tollbooth at the Edge of the World 

    Reeves, Andrew Scott (2016)
    This thesis in creative writing is a manuscript of poems that examine and deconstruct death, mortality and the apocalypse. It is the product of extensive research, workshops and collaboration with the professors and ...

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