• Above Average in New York City

      Scrimgeour, J.D.; Anonymous (2016-01-01)
      A dance memoir featuring scenes of New York and reflections on the life of a young, female artist. The author has chosen to redact portions of the memoir
    • Adapting the Language of Postcolonial Subjectivity: Mimicry and the Subversive Art of Kent Monkman

      Valens, Keja; Young, Stephenie; Bick, Michael (2014-05-01)
      This thesis explores the complex means by which Native American colonial subjectivity is constituted by a hegemonic epistemology that imbricates race, gender, and sexuality through a language of social hierarchy. By way of racial and gender marginalization, the Native American subject has become a means of authenticating the dominant Euroamerican class. 19th century artists of the American frontier, such as George Catlin and Paul Kane, contributed to an aesthetic tradition that perpetuated the silencing of a Native North American voice and upheld the social hierarchy instituted during colonialism. Through a close reading of the queer and racial images in Canadian/Cree artist Kent Monkman's paintings Artist and Model and Si je t'aime, prends garde a toi,which confront Catlin and Kane's aesthetic legacy, this thesis explores the question of resisting the social oppressions of colonial subjectivity through consenting to that subjectivity.
    • Auschwitz Has Formal Consequences: Imre Kertész and "The Rule of Metaphor"

      Mulman, Lisa; Sullivan, Jill (2016-01-01)
      This thesis undertakes a formal analysis of the work of Hungarian Holocaust survivor and Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertész. Looking at his four novels published in English, I argue that Kertész employs his experience in the concentration camps as a master metaphor for understanding contemporary society. Exploring the work of a variety of scholars, including linguist and philosopher Paul Ricoeur's treatise The Rule of Metaphor, I investigate how Kertész uses specific narrative strategies to create a new language commensurate with the ethical imperative to illuminate the meaning of existence in a post-Holocaust world.
    • Bones And Allegories

      Scrimgeour, J.D.; Peary, Alexandria; Valens, Keja; Carver, M. P. (2017-05-01)
      A collection of poems.
    • Borne: A Novel

      Carey, Kevin; Callan, Patricia (2018-04-01)
      A married mother of one young child finds herself hospitalized after a car accident. While recovering, it is gradually revealed that she had an abortion the day of the accident. Her family members react to the news of the abortion in varying ways, and her relationship with her mother is particularly complicated by the secret. Their discovery that she also had a brief affair continues to alter family dynamics.
    • Burden

      Scrimgeour, J.D.; Tower, Jessica (2017-01-01)
      A collection of poems.
    • The Burning Question: Early U.S. Radiology and X-Ray Burns, 1896-1904

      Chomsky, Avi; Ford, Benjamin James (2016-01-01)
      Early radiologists experienced occupational injuries that they called x-ray burns. Between 1896 and 1904, early U.S. radiologists debated the cause of these injuries. Using the American X-Ray Journal, I identify at least half a dozen competing theories. Notably, early U.S. radiologists seemed to resist the conclusion that their injuries were directly caused by exposure to x-rays. I argue that the early U.S. radiologists demonstrated vocational bias against concluding that the technology around which they were forging a new discipline was inherently dangerous. I also argue that this bias was left unchecked by a dearth of conclusive evidence that x-ray burns were directly caused by exposure to x-rays.
    • The Classes And The Masses: Exploring Britain’s Evolving Notion Of Class During The Great War

      Walker, Peter; Hersey, Seth (2017-05-01)
      The First World War—or, the Great War, as it is commonly referred to in Britain— was a turning point of the twentieth century. Those who lived through the war saw their world transformed. National borders were redrawn; political ideals were shaken; and future certainties became less certain. The horrors of the fighting left many traumatized, as antiquated battlefield tactics and modern warfare technology clashed with catastrophic results. Traditional notions of heroic, single combat were replaced with an impersonal, mechanized destruction, the result of which was the killing of approximately fifteen million people (Puchner 1682). To many, the changes heralded by the war were unbelievable: literary giant Henry James could not believe that the years of prosperity leading up to the war ended in such a disastrous climax (713). The war’s vastness, brutality, and mechanization also helped destroy many nineteenth century social ideals. Looking back at her war experience, Vera Brittain remarked that the war “will make a big division of ‘before’ and ‘after’ in the history of the world, almost if not quite as big as the ‘B.C.’ and ‘A.D.’ division made by the birth of Christ” (Brittain 317). Noted World War One historian Paul Fussell feels the war left “a deep diving line” across the twentieth century, with the post-war world appearing “recognizably ‘modern,’ its institutions precarious, its faith feeble, its choices risky, its very landscapes perverted into Waste Land” (Introduction vii). The literary world reflected many of these changes. In fact, a strong argument could be made that the war era fueled the modernist literary movement. Many works of modernism confront the war and its aftereffects: the horrors of war in Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms (1929), the hypocrisy of nationalism in Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front (1929), the social and moral complexities of wartime Britain in Ford’s Parade’s End tetralogy (1924-28), the plight of a shell-shocked veteran in Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway (1925), the alienation of modernity in Eliot’s poem “The Wasteland” (1922), and so on. Many more works draw inspiration from the war and its unsettling nature, and it is clear that the war roused the literary imagination. Study of this literary period underscores how the war helped create a modern and fragmented world. Even though there is much analysis of the modern period, and though much has been gleaned about how the works of modernism reflect a war-changed world, there is one area that merits further investigation: the evolving notion of class in wartime Britain.
    • Commander & Queen: Part I, Beiramar

      Carey, Kevin; Freeman, Ciara J. (2017-05-01)
      The first chapter of Commander & Queen.
    • "A Creature for Whom Art Can Do Nothing": Femininity, Performance, and Gender Subversion in The Wild Irish Girl and Mansfield Park

      Valens, Keja; Jaros, Michael; Grandmont, Megan (2016-01-01)
      Both Owenson's The Wild Irish Girl and Austen's Mansfield Park feature female protagonists whose performances — musical, theatrical, and social — help construct their performances of a particular kind of gender identity, that of the natural woman. The natural woman is a gender ideal that is supposedly artless, truthful, and opposed to performance. However, in performing, often sincerely, the role of the natural woman, through explicit forms of performance like music and theatre and through gender performance, the women of these texts achieve the subversion of otherwise strictly mandated gender roles. By playing their sanctioned part to a hyperbolic extreme, The Wild Irish Girl's Glorvina and Mansfield Park's Fanny redirect the fundamental qualities of the character they play — truthfulness, purity, naturalness —in a way that allows them to gain the agency to make political and personal choices that would otherwise be disallowed.
    • Delay Discounting and Polydipsia in Spontaneously Hypertensive and Lewis Rats

      Aparicio, Carlos; Malonson, Malana (2021-07)
      The choices made by Spontaneously Hypertensive Rats (SHRs) were compared with those made by the Lewis rats (LEWs) responding to a concurrent-chains procedure varying the delay to the larger later reinforcement (LLR). Impulsive choice was measured in conditions where a bottle of water was or was not available in the choice situation. Both strains produced discounting functions with proportions of choice decreasing with increasing delay to the LLR. At the beginning of training the LEWs made more impulsive choices than the SHR, but late in training both strains produced similar discounting rates suggesting same levels of impulsivity. Sensitivity of choice to the magnitude of the LLR also increased with extended training in the choice situation. Adding the bottle of water to the choice situation did not affect the impulsive choices made by the SHRs and the LEWs, but both strains developed polydipsia indicating that it was induced by food, with the SHRs drinking substantially more water than the LEWs. Licking mostly occurred in blackouts and before starting the choice cycles, showing a tendency to decrease in the initial and terminal links of the concurrent-chains procedure. Licking persisted when the water was removed from the choice situation, but the spout of the bottle was available for the rats to lick, indicating that water was not necessary to maintain licking. Overall, these findings support the laws of allocation, induction, and covariance (Baum, 2018a, 2018b).
    • Developing Assessment Methods to Benefit Middle School Art Students

      Black, Meg; Melo, Christine (2016-01-01)
      The purpose of this study was to determine what assessment rubrics middle school art students find most beneficial. The need for more reliable and effective assessment tools for visual arts teachers is addressed. Literature is reviewed on the risks and benefits of assessment in art education; the variety of assessment strategies that are available for art teachers; and how to design a scoring rubric, which is the most common assessment strategy used among art teachers. Eighth-grade art students in Massachusetts were surveyed to determine which of three rubrics were most helpful to them. The results allow art teachers to better understand how to communicate students’ grades through rubrics, how much information to include in rubrics, and students’ preferred rubric formats. This study can help art teachers develop rubrics that are consistent with what students find most useful and maximize the benefits that assessment can provide to art students.
    • The Dog Star: A Collection Of Stories

      Peary, Alexandria; Perry, Matthew (2022-05)
    • Emotional Flashbacks

      Scrimgeour, J.D.; Hughes, Courtney (2022)
      A collection of non-fiction poetry and prose that focuses on enduring and overcoming emotional trauma.
    • Emotional Flashbacks

      Scrimgeour, J.D.; Hughes, Courtney (2022)
      A collection of non-fiction poetry and prose that focuses on enduring and overcoming emotional trauma.
    • English Language Ideologies in ELT: Presence and Practices in Oaxaca, Mexico

      González, Melanie; Bustamante Martínez, Esaú Israel (2021-10)
      As the English language continues to expand globally, studies have found that socially constructed beliefs and ideological values around the role and status of English greatly influence the institutional policies and practices of English language teaching (ELT) programs. This study describes the findings of a phenomenological study conducted among EFL educators in Oaxaca, Mexico regarding the presence of English language ideologies in ELT programs. Findings revealed that sociocultural, linguistic, and economic ideologies affect institutional policies, access, and representation. Takeaways from this study suggest that English language ideologies impact institutional and programmatic practices in ways that relate to educational access, hiring practices, native speakerism, and an asymmetry between public and private educational systems.
    • Examining Literary Scholarship Through A Rhetorical Lens: Extending The Interpretive Map Of Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons

      Valens, Keja; Calabro, Dorothy (2018-05-01)
      From the introduction: American Modernism is a literary era that stands out as producing some of the most challenging texts in the last century. With Modernism came the advent of the psychoanalytic lens in literary criticism, a mourning for the “loss” of traditional literary value, and a belief in deep structures in writing. American Modernist works, such as T.S. Eliot’s “The Wasteland” and Ezra Pound’s “Hugh Selwyn Mauberley,” have consistently remained in the spotlight of literary criticism, and despite the wide variety in the interpretations of these works, their value and contribution to literary tradition is seldom disputed. This is not so for all of their contemporaries, most notably Gertrude Stein. Though Stein is considered a prominent figure in the American Modernist movement, her works deviate from the consistent paths of interpretation that are used to examine the work of her contemporaries. According to Shirley Neuman, Outside the growing body of academic Stein criticism, Gertrude Stein’s public presence, her reputation in any segment of the culture which is aware of her at all, seems to have little to do with her work. Unlike the writers and artists with whom she is generally grouped, she not so much as a writer as a ‘personality,’ the center of one of those nodes of celebrity which are equated with the avant-garde in highbrow mythology. (8) In addition, Neuman notes that scholarship on Stein’s reputation focuses less on Stein herself and more on the famous men--Picasso, Hemingway, etc.-- that she was known for associating with. Her writing is rarely examined on its own for its embodiment of Modernist values or for its contributions to the literary era--the focus of the majority of Stein scholarship (i.e. Dubnick, Wight, Kley, etc.) is what or who influenced her. Thus, although her name is strongly associated with Modernism, Stein is simultaneously marginalized from the literary era.
    • The Exodus From Andover: Migration Case Studies, 1700-1750

      Baker, Emerson; Chapman-Adisho, Annette; Austin, Brad; Whitworth, Kimberly A. (2014-12-01)
      This thesis begins by examining the work of Philip Greven in his book Four Generations, which is about the early settlement of Andover, Massachusetts. In Four Generations, Greven argues that a land shortage forced the third and fourth generations to migrate away from the town and seek their fortunes in the wilderness. The focus of this thesis develops into a consideration of the settlement patterns and the prosperity of the third generation who chose to leave Andover, Massachusetts, those who struck out into the wilderness of Windham County, Connecticut. What happened to this pioneering migratory generation of the early 18th-century? Do the economic and social patterns found in Connecticut replicate patterns found in the original settlement patterns of early Massachusetts towns? And even more importantly, this thesis asks who were these migrants? These questions are answered by examining vital records in Massachusetts and Connecticut. In addition, deed and probate records in both states have been reviewed as well. From the information and evidence gleaned from these records, biographical sketches of five migrants and their families were created to help us understand the relative success or failure of their migratory experience.
    • Exploratory Theatrics: Muriel Spark's Treatment Of A Woman's Absurd In The Driver's Seat, Memento Mori, And "The Portobello Road"

      Valens, Keja; Escobar-Leswell, Chantelle (2022-05)
      Muriel Spark is sharp in her wit and delivery. She has been known to ‘hold her own’ among male writers of the contemporaneous period -- no small feat. for a woman who came of age in the 1930s. She writes dark -- veering towards sinister -- novels, novellas, and short stories, but what is striking about each of them is her uncanny ability to portray the absurd, a field rarely penetrated by women at all. In the chosen texts, Spark creates at once a sense of agency for the women characters, and an overarching lack of control over the universe in which they exist. Using select feminist theory alongside critical analyses of the absurd, this thesis aims to illuminate the ways Spark’s unique storytelling creates space for women in male-dominated terrain. This includes both the arena in which she chose to write, and in the circumstances she sets up for her characters.
    • The External Soul

      O'Neil, January; Fahey, Catherine (2018-05-01)
      Table of Contents: Faith The Winter Witch The Fool Collins Cove Judgement On Cheese The Presentation of the Self To the Young Girl in the Torn Dress Mental Health Day Callanish Horn Dance Crewel Grayscale Six of Cups Lynn Shore Drive Equinox Redeye Plum Island The Star To the Asshole in the Pickup Truck Who Cut Me Off Litany The Roses that Bloom at the End of the World To the Guy Riding His Bike Without a Helmet, Both Hands Occupied with Texting and Vaping Seasonal Fashion Poppies, Isles of Shoals Two of Swords Flirting Reading Poetry The High Priestess Inishmore The Moon The External Soul To the Shopgirl at the Lush on King’s Spa Road, London The World St Dunstan-in-the-East Ornithomancy Earth & Planetary Sciences Acknowledgements