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    • Making Status Legible: Self-Writing in the Long Eighteenth Century 

      Morrison, Leslie (University of Oregon, 2014-09-29)
      This project analyzes discourses of social legibility in eighteenth-century self-writing to argue that status-based conceptions of identity continued to influence perceptions of the self in society. Studies of the eighteenth ...
    • Material literature in Anglo-Saxon poetry 

      Schubert, Layla A. Olin, 1975- (University of Oregon, 2010-06)
      The scattered instances depicting material literature in Anglo-Saxon poetry should be regarded as a group. This phenomenon occurs in Beowulf, The Dream of the Rood, and The Husband's Message. Comparative examples of material ...
    • Melodramas of Ethnicity and Masculinity: Generic Transformations of Late Twentieth Century American Film Gangsters 

      Ennis, Larissa (University of Oregon, 2012)
      Larissa Ennis Doctor of Philosophy Department of English March 2012 Title: Melodramas of Ethnicity and Masculinity: Generic Transformations of Late Twentieth Century American Film Gangsters The gangster film ...
    • Metaphorical Space and Enclosure in Old English Poetry 

      Waller, Benjamin (University of Oregon, 2014-06-17)
      While the political and social spaces of Old English literature are fairly well understood, this project examines the conceptual spaces in Old English poetry. The Anglo-Saxons possessed a richly metaphorical understanding ...
    • Midcentury American Poetry and the Identity of Place 

      Rinner, Jenifer (University of Oregon, 2014-10-17)
      This dissertation argues that the midcentury period from 1945-1967 offers a distinct historical framework in American poetry that bears further study. This position counters most other literary history of this period wherein ...
    • The modern(ist) short form: Containing class in early 20th century literature and film 

      Kaplan, Stacey Meredith, 1973- (University of Oregon, 2010-03)
      My dissertation analyzes the overlooked short works of authors and auteurs who do not fit comfortably into the conventional category of modernism due to their subtly experimental aesthetics: the versatile British author ...
    • De Monstro: An Anatomy of Grendel 

      Hensel, Marcus (University of Oregon, 2012)
      Demon, allegory, exile, Scandinavian zombie—Grendel, the first of the monsters in the Old English Beowulf, has been called all of these. But lost in the arguments about what he means is the very basic question of what he ...
    • Musing Sadly on the Dead: Erotic Epistemology in the Nineteenth-Century English Elegy 

      Green, Jordan (University of Oregon, 2017-09-06)
      This project is about what I am calling an “erotic epistemology” in nineteenth-century English elegiac poetry, a condition or event in a poetic text in which the discourses of love and knowledge are, to use a term Shelley ...
    • Nature Industries: U.S. Environmental Fictions after Fordism, 1971-2011 

      Krieg, Charles (University of Oregon, 2016-11-21)
      This dissertation recontextualizes literary, critical, and popular models of nature in contemporary American fiction, and argues that the transformations in the post-Fordist economy reframe environmental concepts and their ...
    • Networks of Modernism: Toward a Theory of Cultural Production 

      Hannah, Matthew (University of Oregon, 2016-02-23)
      In “Patria Mia,” his 1913 series of essays in New Age magazine, Ezra Pound uses a metaphor for modernist cultural production that informs and structures this dissertation. “If it lie within your desire to promote the arts,” ...
    • New American Ways of Death: Anxiety, Mourning, and Commemoration in American Culture 

      Dobler, Robert (University of Oregon, 2014-09-29)
      The experiences of grief and mourning in response to loss are fundamentally transformative to the self-identity of the mourner, necessitating an array of ritualized behaviors at the communal and individual levels. These ...
    • Novel Gifts: The Form and Function of Gift Exchange in Nineteenth-century England 

      Vasavada, Megan (University of Oregon, 2013-10-03)
      This dissertation draws on studies of gift exchange by cultural anthropologists and social theorists to examine representations of gifts and gift giving in nineteenth-century British novels. While most studies of the ...
    • Pain in Parallel Places: Interventions in Disability Studies and Science Fiction 

      Miles, Martina (University of Oregon, 2015-08-18)
      Pain is a physical experience that is often imbued with metaphorical significance. Understanding better how pain operates as a cultural signifier can reveal assumptions about the status of different bodies and subjects. ...
    • Passages divinely lit : revelatory vernacular rhetoric on the Internet 

      Howard, Robert Glenn (University of Oregon, 2001)
      Since the advent of the public World-Wide-Web in 1992, networked computer communication has rapidly become integral to the daily lives of many North Americans. Many researchers in the humanities and social sciences debate ...
    • The Pen, the Scaffold, and the Sword: Representations of Labor and Class Conflict in American Historical Fiction After 1945 

      Henson, Nicholas Allan (University of Oregon, 2012)
      The Pen, the Scaffold, and the Sword traces sympathetic representations of class, labor, and radicalism in American literature from post-war modernism through the rise of postmodernism. I investigate two distinct but ...
    • Persistent Mythologies: A Cognitive Approach to Beowulf and the Pagan Question 

      Luttrell, Eric G. (University of Oregon, 2011-09)
      This dissertation employs recent developments in the cognitive sciences to explicate competing social and religious undercurrents in Beowulf. An enduring scholarly debate has attributed the poem's origins to, variously, ...
    • The Phenomenology of Frames in Chaucer, Dante and Boccaccio 

      Asay, Timothy (University of Oregon, 2015-01-14)
      When an author produces a frame narrative, she simultaneously makes language both a represented object and a representing agent; when we imagine framed speech, we imagine both the scene its words represent and a mouth that ...
    • Primitivism and Contemporary Popular Cinema 

      Norton, Steven (University of Oregon, 2016-02-23)
      This dissertation is a postcolonial analysis of four films: The Gods Must Be Crazy (1980), Dances with Wolves (1990), The Last Samurai (2003), and Avatar (2009). While previous scholarship has identified the Eurocentric ...
    • Radical Epistemologies in Twenty-First Century Trans* Life Narratives 

      Rondot, Sarah Ray (University of Oregon, 2016-02-23)
      This dissertation explores how life narratives created by trans*-identified people (transsexual, transgender, genderqueer, and other non-binary identities included in the term’s asterisk) imagine new categories by re-working ...
    • The rake's progress: Masculinities on stage and screen 

      Wardell, Kathryn Brenna (University of Oregon, 2010-06)
      My dissertation analyzes the rake, the libertine male, a figure whose liminal masculinity and transgressive appetites work both to stabilize and unsettle hegemony in the texts in which he appears. The rake may seem no more ...