|The Penalty of Patriarchy: How Misogyny Motivates Female Violence and Rebellion in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus AND Womanly Weapons: How Female Characters Act as Effective Avengers in Early Modern Revenge Tragedy
||The purpose of this paper is to explore the relationship between misogyny and the actions of Tamora and Lavinia in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus. The argument being that Tamora and Lavinia rebel against their society because of the misogyny and oppr...
|Kissing by the book : carnal knowledge and bookish metaphor in the works of John Donne ; and, The pen, the sword, and the prison key : Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and eighteenth-century suicide discourse
||"John Donne, England's premier seventeenth-century metaphysical poet, has long intrigued scholars with the inclusion of elements both sacred and profane in much of his oeuvre. The following essay explores Donne's use of reading and writing in sexual-...
|"Asked to bear their part" : redefining the audience in early modern drama
||"In this dissertation, I expand our understanding of the dramatic audience, approaching this complicated concept through the playwright's representations of the audience on and from the stage, what I have entitled "imagined audiences." While recent l...
|Imperialism displaced, imperialism inverted : the trope of the other world in Gulliver's travels and The chronicles of Narnia ; and, Infiltrating the canon : the recreation of the bildungsroman in Sandra Cisneros' The house on Mango Street
||"The purpose of the research was to assess the influence of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels on C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia, with the primary concerns being Christian Humanism and British imperialism. The primary texts employed were very simi...
|How work enfaiths : catechizing in the religious poetry of Denise Levertov ; and, "Writing under observation" : applying a cognitive theory of unreliability to Nabokov's Lolita
||"Although the experience of reading Denise Levertov's mid-period protest poetry has received attention from critics, the experience of her religious poetry has been ignored. To begin discussion on this important aspect of her work, I look to criticis...
|"What's in a name?": theorizing an etymological dictionary of Shakespearean characters.
||Just like Shakespeare's seemingly endless play on the word "will" in his sonnets, the names of his characters themselves hold context clues in their linguistic, historical, mythological, and teleological roots. These context clues inform readers, sch...