|Who Would Have Thought It?: Space and Hybridity in Chicana Literature and Literary Humanitarianism and the Short Story: Understanding How Genre and Ethics Intersect in "The Gold Vanity Set"
||Postcolonial studies demand new ways of understanding identity and have developed concepts such as hybridity to address the needs of identities that resist stringent classifications. For Chicana literature, authors like Gloria Anzaldúa have emphasize...
|The tattooed treatise: breaking down mind/body binaries in Moby-Dick ; and Poetic minds in cloddish soil: Hawthorne's bodies in contemporary discourse
||Both physically and narratively, Moby Dick's body dwarfs all others in the eponymous novel by Melville, as the author devotes inordinate space to dissecting and explicating a whale's physical presence. Yet he explores other bodies too. In "The Tattoo...
|Woman, warrior: the story of Linda Bray and an analysis of female war veterans in the American media.
||?Woman, Warrior: The Story of Linda Bray and an Analysis of Female War Veterans in the American Media? discusses the media‘s portrayal of former Army Captain Linda Bray, the first woman to lead American troops into combat in the Panamanian invasion o...
|Story as a Weapon in Colonized America: Native American Women's Transrhetorical Fight for Land Rights
||The violent collision between Native American and Euro-American politics, spirituality, economy, and community appears most prominently in each culture’s attitude toward land, which connects intimately with the position women held in each society. Th...
|Scientific methods: American fiction and the professionalization of medicine, 1880-1940
||During the second half of the nineteenth century, the medical profession in America began to transform itself from a motley group of practitioners--registering remarkably disparate levels of education, expertise, and credibility--into a cohesive and ...
|From the madhouse to the unreal city: the dramatic monologue, polyvocality, and agency in Robert Browning, Sarah Piatt, and T. S. Eliot
||This project examines the dramatic monologue and its subsequent variations in order to address philosophical questions about agency that implicitly derive from the genre itself. The intentional displacement of the Romantic lyric "I" into other person...
|“The path she had chosen”: mobility in works by American women regionalists from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century
||Mobility studies provides the lens through which this dissertation reexamines contemporary and historical critical assumptions about the genre of late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century regionalism. Scholars such as Hamlin Garland, Richard Brodhe...
|Reworking the garden: revisions of the pastoral tradition in twentieth-century Southern poetry
||This dissertation illuminates how twentieth-century southern poetry revises the pastoral tradition. I argue that in its particular capacity to imagine a perfected world, the pastoral may delineate and advocate for our highest ideals—including genuine...