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The Utopian Aestheticism of Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray and Gertrude Stein's Three Lives
This study reads Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890, 1891) and Gertrude Stein’s Three Lives (written 1905, published 1909) through Paul Cézanne’s radical aesthetics of surface, and is grounded in H. G. Wells’ ...
Reconfiguring Cultural Literacy: Multi-Authored Cultural Literacy Narratives in a Post-Hirsch Age
My dissertation argues that Hirsch’s definition of cultural literacy must be updated so that it focuses on the behaviors, practices, beliefs, and ideals of individuals (any individual) and how each of these areas connects ...
Men Playing (at) Women: Categorical Consequences of Cross-Dressing on the Early Modern English Stage
Early modern English stage customs normalized the practice of cross-dressing boy actors to play female characters; the boys who portrayed female characters demonstrated the performativity of gender as an act that can be ...
20th Century Feminism: A Jungian Exploration of The Feminine Self
The following work uses the theories and methods provided by Carl Jung as a way of analyzing works by three women authors: Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. The ...
The Sounds of Social Change: Phonology and Identity in Elba, Alabama
The purpose of this study was to determine whether and to what degree integration impacted speakers’ linguistic choices in the community of Elba, Alabama, with respect to three phonological variables: (ai), (oi), and ...