Boyle, Kirk

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“Making is Half, but Ruin is Everything”: Gender, Apocalypse, and the Performance of the Other in The Melancholy of Resistance 2015 1114 Laszlo Krasznahorkai’s 1989 Hungarian novel The Melancholy of Resistance is, for lack of a better word, an apocalypse text. The work is primarily about a decaying, communal village invaded by a circus caravan containing a mysterious, deformed outside...
A Road Map to Awakening: Examining the Function of Supporting Characters in Kate Chopin's "The Awakening" 2017 7210 This paper examines Kate Chopin’s canonical novel, The Awakening, through both a feminist and a Marxist lens. Through these two perspectives, the author focuses on Edna’s path to awakening within the novel, emphasizing her points of regression and pr...
Thoughtful Laughter: Fantasy and Satire as Social Commentary in Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" 2018 1372 By examining the use of comedy and satire in the fantasy genre and the purpose of secondary worldbuilding, the author determines how Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" constitutes a safe platform for social critique, and gives special attention to one of ...
"If only I could get to that place": Tragedy and the American Dream in Cristina Henriquez's "The Book of Unknown Americans" 2018 649 In Cristina Henriquez's "The Book of Unknown Americans", the theme of the American Dream unfulfilled forms the crux of the characters' tragedies. In this paper, the author examines this theme, and the ambivalent readers response that the narratives c...
The Cold War's Influence on Flannery O'Connor's Novel Wise Blood 2019 49 Flannery O’Connor’s 1952 Southern gothic novel, Wise Blood, follows the story of character Hazel Motes as he attempts to create a church without Christ, yet multiple characters within the novel push Hazel further from his desires. In this paper I dem...