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  • On Earth, As It Is 

    Thompson, Jermaine (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    This manuscript of poems addresses the collisions of the body—what is often meant when we say intersectionality. These poems take on the politics of race, religion, gender, and history and employ the filters of persona, ...
  • Wishful Thinking 

    Kaleugher, Jon Fitzgerald (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    The novel interrogated what it means to live in a midwestern college town while not being in college. What it means to have stayed in one place long enough that everyone who left has decided to come back. What it means ...
  • Mother’s Little Helper: A Memoir in Vignettes 

    Cooksey, Rhonda Lynn (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    Mental illness debilitates the afflicted and impacts friends and family members. The collage of scenes in this memoir reveal the ways family members developed survival strategies and coping mechanisms to manic depression. ...
  • Splitting Lips 

    Hudson, Morgan (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    This collection is comprised of short fiction and two essays, dealing with themes of disillusionment, power dynamics, and the messiness of identity. "Ladybug" is about a dependent woman who fakes a pregnancy. "Salt and ...
  • The Shape of the Room as Silence 

    Moessner, John Anthony (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    This thesis in creative writing is a manuscript of poems that examine grief and loss, and their reverberations through the objects and memories of people that are left behind. It is the result of workshops, collaboration ...
  • Father Me Again 

    Morse, Cameron (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    In this master thesis, the candidate presents a collection of original poems related to his glioblastoma diagnosis and wife’s pregnancy and childbirth, accompanied by a critical introduction, which explains his writing ...
  • A Case Study of the Literacy Experiences of 3rd Grade Struggling Readers with the Use of Interactive Digital Books 

    Demiroz, Emine (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2018)
    Students who score one or more grade levels below the standard expectations in reading tests are defined as struggling readers. Struggling readers have difficulty in reading and/or comprehending a text, which affects ...
  • Behind the Mask 

    Whelan, Marie Louise (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2017)
    This book explores the struggles of one woman living in London during an outbreak of the bubonic plague. Charles, as she has named herself, has to not only maintain her masculine guise, but also has to fight to cure ...
  • Sticky 

    Wexler, Michael Lewis; Terrell, Whitney (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2017)
    No matter how you slice it, our current understanding of the human brain is decidedly limited. “Will we ever understand the human brain?” asks Jonathan Gornall of the World Economic Forum. “Today, I can't tell you – ...
  • Half and Half 

    Boyd, Colleen E. (University of Missouri -- Kansas City, 2017)
    This thesis is a collection of short stories that I wrote and rewrote between my time as an undergraduate at Knox College and my time as a graduate student at UMKC. These stories were picked over other fictional works ...
  • 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 ...
  • Forced Perspective 

    Swalwell, Ian (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    This collection of eleven short stories explores the constant struggle between our expectations for our own lives and our responsibilities to others, as well as the unexpected instances of suffering that have irrevocable ...
  • Life underwater 

    Howard, Dane (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    This collection of short stories examines the different lives of people as they navigate the strange and confusing nature of their daily lives. There is a particular focus on how the monotonous can be equally as bizarre ...
  • Another Beast Entirely 

    McKiddy, Luke (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    This thesis is a collection of works written and rewritten over the course of my time in the University of Missouri-Kansas City’s Master of Fine Arts Creative writing program. It includes short stories, nonfiction ...
  • Talking Texts with Teachers: A Narrative Inquiry into the Experiences of Secondary English Language Arts Teachers and Their Text Selection Practices 

    Wenger, Christa C. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    The texts that teachers choose to read in the secondary English language arts classroom have been an important part of the curriculum development process for teachers of this subject. Teachers have always been interested ...
  • Threads Bared 

    Navarro, Michelle Marie (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    This thesis is part response part exploration into the world of those fighting and losing the battle over addiction. It is meant to follow the progression of addiction, from the root causes beginning in early childhood ...
  • Ozark Superstitions: A Collection 

    Marsden, Mariah E. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    This collection of linked short stories explores the storytelling traditions of a family that continues to deal with the results of a past trauma in their day-to-day lives. The three members of the Taile family struggle ...
  • Three Paths To Religious Integration In Ernest Hemingway’s War Fiction 

    Pingelton, Timothy James (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    My dissertation studies religiosity in Ernest Hemingway’s war fiction in terms of how his soldier characters connect to the divine. The means to understanding this connection is in refining how the characters express ...
  • A Narrative Inquiry into Experiences of Teaching Reading 

    Crump, Sara Lyn (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2018)
    In recent years, educators have been paying attention to reading instruction and reading strategies in English classes at the high school level for several reasons. One of those reasons is the adoption of Common Core ...
  • Praire Madness 

    Mays, Nancy K. (University of Missouri--Kansas City, 2017)
    Prairie Madness is a collection of fiction and non-fiction that examines the impact and power of loneliness, both lifelong and momentary. In some of this work, loneliness fuels acts of courage; in others it triggers denial ...

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