|Composing Passionate Selves: Using Service-learning to Move Students from a Place of Conflict to a Place of Resolution
||While the civic side of service-learning is easily recognizable, the academic portion of service-learning remains somewhat unclear; however, we do know that service-learning can effectively facilitate the acquisition of knowledge. But the big questio...
|Keepin' It Real: The Black Male's (Dis) Ability to Achieve in Higher Education
||The purpose of this dissertation is to examine the absence of disadvantaged black males in higher education and reduce their increasing presence in prison, the historical and cultural factors that contribute to that absence, as well as research that ...
|Decentering the Racial Paradigm: A Literary Analysis of the "Stubb's Supper" Chapter in Herman Melville's Moby-Dick
||This purpose of this thesis is to examine the way in which Herman Melville utilizes the minstrel stereotype not as tool subjugation, but as a means of empowerment and marker of identity in the "Stubb's Supper" chapter of Moby-Dick. By first contextua...
|Faith in the composition class : a pragmatic approach to common ground
||"In recent years, composition classes in universities across the country have focused more and more on social and political issues like race, class, and gender. At its base, this dissertation argues that religious belief should receive such a focus a...
|Actions in the affirmative : pragmatism, pedagogy, law, and the affirmative action debate
||"With this project, I would like to reconstruct pragmatism as a valid way of looking at legal problems and of solving them, in particular, the current legal debate over race-conscious admissions policies at state universities. Throughout this project...
|Embracing the Took : kinship between Middle Earth and Sixties youth
||"The purpose of this thesis is to quash the reading of J.R.R. Tolkien's works as allegory, especially as allegory for the events of the turbulent 1960s, i.e. the Vietnam War, 1967's Summer of Love, the women's liberation movement, etc. By addressing ...
|The feminine erotic ; and Gen(d)re bending: ambiguity and sexual androgyny in Virginia Woolf's Orlando
||For this paper I propose an experimental application of Hélène Cixous's theory of écriture féminine to the erotic works of Anaïs Nin, particularly the erotic short stories written in the 1940s that are now found in her books Little Birds and Delta of...
|The souls of good folk: prophetic pragmatism as a pedagogy of humanity in the composition classroom
||This dissertation pinpoints empathy deficit as a major social issue in the United States and it argues that schools could help address this root problem by offering humanity training. As an example of how humanity training could be implemented in hig...
|Cosmopolitan pedagogy: reading postcolonial literature in an age of globalization
||This project extends debates about cosmopolitanism to the classroom by defining a cosmopolitan pedagogy that fosters students' ethical engagement with difference. By reimagining cosmopolitanism in a pedagogical space, I build a counter-hegemonic cosm...
|(An)Other Way: Pragmatic Empathy as Response to Discursive Conflict
||This dissertation argues that pragmatic empathy, which is defined as the phase of communicative interaction where speakers respond as (an)other to common concerns, best articulates successful discursive encounters across cultural, political, and soci...
|From the Sticks: An Examination of Rural, Southern Literacies Within and Without the University
||This dissertation examines rural, Southern culture's strained relationship with academia, specifically as it relates to the composition classroom, which is the place where students are formally introduced to academic discourse and standard, "public" ...
|Towards consequence and collaboration in composition studies: theorizing collaboration after the social turn
||This dissertation argues that theories of collaboration in rhetoric and composition studies have for too long relied on social constructionist epistemology to explain what collaboration is and how it works, resulting in a widespread, if not tacit rel...
|Women's rhetoric(s) as a method for feminist pedagogy in composition studies
||In recent years, feminist pedagogy has shifted from a central position in composition to the margins of the discipline. This dissertation will argue that women's rhetoric in its scope and diversity presents methods of resolving what has become a tens...
|Bodies of executive citizenship: embodied rhetorical performances of the presidency from Reagan to Obama
||This dissertation contributes to the recent resurgence of scholarship devoted to the American presidency by arguing that the role of the presidential body works as a singularly significant crucial point for notions of citizenship and national identit...