|Blurring the lines between fantasy and reality : the cultural pervasiveness of The Lord of The Rings
||The Lord of the Rings, by J. R. R. Tolkien, is considered by many to be the
definitive work of epic fantasy. Many critics have even gone as far as to declare Tolkien
one of the primary authors of the Twentieth Century. The scope and depth of meanin...
| Far more than I ever dared to hope for : Victorian traveler Isabella Bird in the Rocky Mountains
||At age forty-two Victorian Englishwoman Isabella Bird traveled alone on
horseback and in the winter through the Colorado Rockies, stopping at cabins and
homesteads for shelter. Background biographical information informs the discussion of
|Material girl : the subjective role of objects in Dorothy Parker's poems and short stories
||This thesis is a study of the importance of objects within Dorothy Parker’s poems and
short stories and how her use of material items as metaphors for the restricted roles available to
women of her day simultaneously intensifies and challenges thes...
|From walls to windows : healing through self-revision in Dorothy Allison's nonfiction
||In the following pages, I explore the connection between recovering from trauma and autobiographical writing. Using Dorothy Allison’s nonfiction, various trauma theorists, and my own experiences writing nonfiction, I show how vital the role of writin...
|Fictive elements within the autobiographical project : necessary conflation of genres in Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
||This study examines a woman?s attempt to come to terms with her own life and
the relationship that most defined and influenced that life. In Nightwood, Djuna
Barnes rejects conventional linear narrative structure in favor of Modernist
|Utopia : work of art or totalitarianism schematic?
||In Thomas More’s 1516 masterpiece, Utopia, seafarer Raphael Hythloday tells the author (who is depicted as a fictive character) and his friend, Peter Giles, about the virtues of an almost perfectly governed, communalistic society. More and Giles are...
|The pitiable fatuous fellows of dear dirty Dublin, or: conflicted masculinity in James Joyce's Dubliners
||With the wealth of scholarship regarding the stories of Dubliners, it is quite surprising that no critics have seen fit to determine what constitutes Joyce?s often conflicted concept of masculinity. The common approach to the work holds that each sto...
|The Matrix: a metaphorical paralell [i.e. parallel] to language
||This thesis gives a brief synopsis of the 1999 blockbuster The Matrix, and
will argue that, from a deconstructionist's perspective, the matrix in the film is a
metaphorical parallel to that of language. The thesis elucidates meanings and