These digital collections include Honors theses, theses, and dissertations from the Department of English.

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  • I don't want to be here 

    Author(s):Olson, Sarah
    Date Issued:2022
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    I Don't Want to Be Here is novel that explores questions of consent, ethics, mother-daughter relationships, and community through the lens of the Oak School when it becomes involved in a Me Too scandal. Helen Mathews, a ...
  • Drift 

    Author(s):Delfino, Annmarie
    Date Issued:2022
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    The poems in Drift explore cyclical, nonlinear ways of experiencing and viewing time and our relationship to the natural world. Centered in the coastal landscapes of Southern California, these poems examine how ecology ...
  • Rewilding, The: a novel 

    Author(s):Barnhart, Hannah
    Date Issued:2022
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    The Rewilding explores the social, political, and environmental history of Yellowstone as a place—the national park, the ecosystem, and the human community—and examines the ways in which that history of place intersects ...
  • Twelfth step, The 

    Author(s):Reagan, Ross
    Date Issued:2022
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    This collection of twelve short stories challenges the issues of addiction and recovery in real and fantastical ways. The collection acts as a meta-arc; each story is meant to guide the reader as they progress through the ...
  • Crawling home 

    Author(s):Sabo, Angela Lucia
    Date Issued:2022
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    Crawling Home investigates the life of a young woman ready to disrupt the norms around her. The memoir follows the narrator backwards through time from the loss of her best friend at age nineteen, to her earliest school ...
  • Romance revisited: quiltmaking in the twenty-first century 

    Author(s):Hodapp, Angela
    Date Issued:2010
    Format:masters theses
    The first twentieth-century American quilt revival lasted from the century's earliest years through the Depression; the second-the current revival-began around the time of America's bicentennial in 1976. In 1915, author ...
  • Hundreds of miles between then and now 

    Author(s):Toy, Tyler
    Date Issued:2022
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    Hundreds of Miles Between Then and Now is a novel exploring questions of morality, immigration, and crime through the lens of a Chinese American family travelling through the deserts of eastern California. Jason, the novel's ...
  • What we can't avoid 

    Author(s):Oshiki, Julia
    Date Issued:2022
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    What We Can't Avoid is a memoir that explores the narrator's excavation of family dynamics, and who her parents are and grow to become as she comes into adulthood. This memoir is a collection of personal essays that come ...
  • GTA Project, The: graduate teaching assistant development and professionalization as emerging disciplinary scholars and composition instructors 

    Author(s):Halseth, Madeline
    Date Issued:2022
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) constitute a large portion of the teaching population in Writing Studies and Composition (WSC) programs across the country. Although GTAs have many roles, in WSC they are most often ...
  • It's a long way from your heart 

    Author(s):Genova, Jonnie
    Date Issued:2022
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    "It's a Long Way from Your Heart" is a collection of twenty essays and thirteen original photographs exploring uncertainty, healing, and place. Situated in Wyoming, California, and Colorado, the west serves both as grounding ...
  • Breastshot 

    Author(s):Loveland, Grace
    Date Issued:2022
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    Breastshot is an exploration of human suffering through the lens of the fantastic. In a series of short, interconnected stories, this novel imagines a world where magic, witches, and gods exist alongside pop stars and fast ...
  • Tuberculosis as a romantic trope and a narrative device in Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North and South 

    Author(s):Roess, Deborah A.
    Date Issued:2022
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    A conventional reading of North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell has generally established the novel as highly realistic and Gaskell as a keen observer. However, the novel is full of contradictions that make this reading of ...
  • Paradise 

    Author(s):Moening, Mike
    Date Issued:2022
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    Paradise is a collection of creative nonfiction essays, fragments, and vignettes that explore addiction, the process of recovery, and most importantly, what it means to be oneself. Focusing less on the traditional grittiness ...
  • Firing end of a miracle, The 

    Author(s):Eldredge, Luke James
    Date Issued:2022
    Format:born digital; masters theses
    I eat to stay alive. But it is impossibly more than simple sustenance. It is community. It is pleasure. It is shame. It is spirituality. It is life and death, nurture and harm. Food, its production, its consumption, and ...
  • You aren't like the others 

    Author(s):Pratz, Whitney
    Date Issued:2010
    Format:masters theses
    This thesis is a collection of short stories and one nonfiction piece. Each examines and explores the intricacies of human interaction and the disconnection that happens when one feels alone. The characters face difficult ...
  • barbarous 

    Author(s):Dempsey, Sunshine
    Date Issued:2010
    Format:masters theses
    What barbarous is primarily concerned with, as a book of poetry, is a formal representation of the disintegration and recreation of the speaker’s psyche. A more stable identity, that with which the speaker begins the ...
  • Zero's blooming excursion 

    Author(s):Schickling, Jared
    Date Issued:2010
    Format:masters theses
    This work covers a ten-year period, 1996 to 2006, finding the news and details of two and more lives together deriving from the planetary being involved in circumscribed localities--who prove so intimate with others as to ...
  • There ain't no plantations in Pittsburgh: glimpses of the African diaspora in the plays of August Wilson 

    Author(s):Hull, Brian J.
    Date Issued:2010
    Format:masters theses
    "There Ain’t no Plantations in Pittsburgh" addresses questions of African identity versus European identity for African Americans as addressed by the plays of August Wilson. Whereas characters who embrace an African ethos ...
  • Rethinking avoidance of English phrasal verbs by Arab learners 

    Author(s):Abu Jamil, Basem Saleh
    Date Issued:2010
    Format:masters theses
    There is a long-standing controversy about the causes of underproduction (avoidance) of structures in second language learning/acquisition. A significant field of research has focused on one lexicalized phrase, the English ...
  • Reconstructing the embodied feminine: sexuality, postcolonialism and revolt against Victorian morality in Olive Schreiner's the Story of an African Farm 

    Author(s):Wickizer, Kristina Rhiannon
    Date Issued:2010
    Format:masters theses
    In this thesis, I argue that Olive Schreiner’s 1883 novel. The Story of an African Farm, though most often dismissed as an example of “New Woman” literature, is, in fact, a scathing look at sexuality in a postcolonial ...

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