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ETDS from 2018

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Life Sucks: Classifying Transgressive Fiction, Jena Christianson

ETDS from 2017

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Reflection and Acceptance: Small Town Ghosts Represented in Poetry, Adam Junker

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Speak, Little Mute Girl: Representations of Mute Women in Film, Honor Schwartz

ETDS from 2016

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A Poetic Response to Cancer: Scars, Mortality, and the Doctor-Patient Relationship, Jodi Andrews

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Queering the Spheres: Non-Normative Gender, Sexuality, and Family in Three Victorian Texts, Randi Mihajlovic

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Within and Without: Psychoanalysis, Trauma Theory, and the Healing Narrative, Carrie Crisman Oorlog

ETDS from 2015

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Death of the Cowboys: George W. Bush, 21st Century Westerns, and the Failure of Masculine Performance, Mark Brenden

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The Roots of the Orange Tree : Metaphor in Anthony Burgess’s Alternative Reality, Lindsey Clouse

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The Gathering Darkness: J.R.R. Tolkien's Exploration of Evil, David Alden Herbener

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Composing a Literary Adoption Memoir and Self Through Creative Nonfiction Memoir Writing, Jamie K. Nagy

ETDS from 2014

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Relationships, Representation, and the Balance of Power in P.G. Wodehouse's My Man Jeeves, A Damsel in Distress, and Piccadilly Jim, Casey Alsaker

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Beyond Performance: Issues of Female Agency in Eliza Haywood's Fiction, Aubrey Berger

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Shifgrethor as the Deterministic Theme in Ursula K. Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness, Amber Hanson

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Empowering Students with Critical Pedagogy : Encouraging Social Change in the Composition I Classroom, Katherine Highfill

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No More 'Flawless Victory': Exploring the Inability of the Warrior to Reintegrate into the Domestic State in Post-9/11 War Narratives, Jonathan Koehler

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They, Too Sing America : Braided Narratives About Immigrants and the American Dream, Sheryl Kurylo

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From Novel of Ideas to Pop Phenomenon: The Transmission of Atlas Shrugged into Popular Culture, Stephen E. Snyder

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Consuming Masses:The Zombie Figure in Twenty-first Century Post-apocalyptic Literature and Film, Susanna Vander Vorste

ETDS from 2013

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Post-9/11 SF Films: Terrorism, Warfare, and Dystopia, Jacob Herrmann

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Analyzing Nabokvo's Rendering of Metalanguage and Phonaesthesia in the Gift and Dar, Natalia Vasilyeva

ETDS from 2012

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A Rhetorical Examination of the Barack Obama Phenomenon in the 2008 Presidential Campaign, Steve Binkley

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The Crooked End of Nowhere: Fantastic Fiction and its Adoption of the Gothic and Uncanny, Amanda Braun

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Moments of Grace: Bridging Noir Fiction with Rural-regional LIterature, Thomas P. Flynn

Theses/Dissertations from 1998

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The rhetoric of imperialism in the Lewis and Clark journals : Camp Dubois to the Mandan The rhetoric of imperialism in the Lewis and Clark Journals : Camp Dubois to the Mandan Villagesillages, Joan K. Warner

Theses/Dissertations from 1997

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The Universal Female : Female Characters as Catalysts in William Blake's Vala or The Four Zoas, Jeanne A. James-Hansen

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Paula Gunn Allen and Leslie Marmon Silko : Two Approaches to Traditional Keres Myths, Cecilia Ragaini

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The Witness of Landscape : Annie Dillard and Jose Maria Arguedas in Accord with Nature, Susan Helfert Shaw

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A Portrait of a Prairie Daughter : The Development of Beret Holm's Character in Rølvaag's Trilogy, Renee Harms Van Der Werff

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Universality and the Self-discovery Narrative : Three Works by Contemporary Writers, Paula L. Wehmeyer

Theses/Dissertations from 1996

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Images of Women's Power and Powerlessness in the Texts of Lillie Devereux Blake, Harriet Prescott Spofford, Elizabeth Drew Stoddard, and Susan Petigru King, Karen J. Jacobsen

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A Tolkien Tapestry : Interwoven Epic Threads in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Alan Christopher Jalowitz

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The Evolving Frontier in the Works of Sigurd F. Olson, Steven R. Juenemann

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Jean Toomer: Writing a Painting, Ellen K. Sigl

Theses/Dissertations from 1995

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The Erotic Female Voice of Charlotte Mew, Penni Elizabeth Pearson

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Modern Theories of Assessment: A Comparison and Proposal, Amy L. Siebring-Jurrens

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"Unutterable Wo": An Attempt to Achieve the Creative Male Self Through Feminine Influence in the Life and Work of Edgar Allan Poe, Catherine A. Twitero

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An Examination of the Spiritual Conflicts Faced by Louise Erdrich's Chippewa Characters, Jennifer Leigh Widman

Theses/Dissertations from 1994

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Contrastive Analysis of Communicative Styles Between Koreans and Americans, Young-Ah Kang

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Through the Eyes of Children: The Danzig Trilogy of Gunter Grass, Marsha Katherine Klein

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The Ghost of Guy de Maupassant in the Early Work of Willa Cather, Diane M. Leslie

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The Dark Knight From Dawn to Knightfall: The Dynamic American Myth of Batman, Spencer Joray Madsen

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King James I's Influence on the Role of the Weird Sisters in Macbeth, Ronda K. Mehrer

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Pioneer Perspectives: Exploring Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House" Native American, Melissa Marie Miller

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Fiction as Subversion: The Angel in the House Versus the Victorian Gentleman in George Eliot's Middlemarch, Sara Running Danger

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Violating the "Novel of Manners": Unmothered Females in the Novels of Edith Wharton, Debra J. Seivert

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"Silent, Lone, as Grows a Flower": The Ideal Heroine in Byron's Don Juan, Darla R. Talsma

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Singing Over the Bones: Sharon Olds and the Female Consciousness, Melanie Wood

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The Wine Metaphor in Li Bo and Omar Khayyam, Yuqing Zhang

ETDS from 1993

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Toward a New Masculinist Critical Approach to Willa Cather's Treatment of Male Protagonists in One of Ours: The Limits of Empathy, William Bruce Benham

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Editorial Colon Revision and the Dilution of Narrative Design in Graham Greene's The Power and the Glory, Joyce Elizabeth Dooley Stavick

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A Stylistic Analysis of Robert Anson Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Andrew Grover Edeburn

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Visionaries of the American West : Mari Sandoz and Her Four Plains Protagonists, Lisa R. Lindell

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"I've Stopped Being Theirs --": Roles of Women in Selected Poems of Emily Dickinson, Beth L. Paulson

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Shattering the Myth : A Feminist Study of Sister-Sister Relationships in Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House Books, Ellen T. Simpson

ETDS from 1992

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(Re)coding the Code: A Study of Hemingway's Women, Mari Lynn Bakker

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Toni Morrison's Child, Quester, and Ancestor Characters: Discord and Harmony in the Community, Diane M. Steiger

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Native American Connections in the Art of Willa Cather: A Close Neighbor to the Sun, Stephen Cassius Swinehart

ETDS from 1991

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Maggie, Dorothea, Gwendolen: Expectation and Duty in Three Eliot Novels, Bernadette Pauline Degreef

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Variations on the Theme of Loss in American Poetry of the Second World War, James A. Hubley

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Violence : An Attempt at Control, Debra Hunking

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A Functional Grammar Pedagogy Can Resolve Controversy, Marlene J. Lang

ETDS from 1990

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The Dialectic of Contrarieties: Parallels in Chesterton and Milton, Kyle Winston Friedow

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Feminist Themes in the Novels of Edith Wharton: The House of Mirth, Ethan Frome, The Reef, Summer, and The Custom of the Country, Mary Lee Gabel

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Images of Women in Lillian Hellman's Eight Original Plays, Susan Gigstad

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The Concept of the Individual in Five American War Novels, Sheila Goeken

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Travel Accounts by Victorian Women Travelers in China and Tibet, Sue Grant

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Effective Industry Writing: The Power of Cohesive Language, Jeanne Jones Manzer

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Calling for Harmony: Looking at Humanity and Nature in the Poetry of William Stafford, Dan R. Syljuberget

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The Interrelationship of Imagination, Word and Deed in Faulkner's Snopes Trilogy and Momaday's House Made of Dawn, Craig Steven Womack

ETDS from 1989

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The Appeal of C.S. Lewis and The Screwtape Letters, Ruth E. Manson

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Religion, Women and Culture in the Works of Ole E. Rølvaag, Nancy Gwen Moose

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An Interdenominational Study of Responses to Evangelical Christian Language, Loren O. Murfield

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Truth Telling Tales : the Verbal Economy of Antony and Cleopatra, Thomas Pearson

ETDS from 1988

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No Time for Tears : A Look at Death in the Salinas Valley Novels of John Steinbeck, Bill Anderson

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Iris Murdoch's "Learning Protagonists" : Toward Contingency, Responsibility and Reality, Patrice J. Coleman

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The Meaning of Zenocrate in Tamburlaine, Parts I and II, Yoon-Hee Park

ETDS from 1987

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A Contrastive Study of the Phonological System of English and Korean, Yeon-Ki Chae

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Thomas Mann's Joseph Tetralogy : Echoes Across the Coulisses, Molly Miron

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Music School : A Dance with John Updike's Poetry, Nan Steinley

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Selected Metaphors in Elie Wiesel, Jane Frances Sundal

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Women, Men, and Land, Yuri Yokota

ETDS from 1986

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Redemptive Strategies in the Novels of Bernard Malamud, Patrick B. Bjork

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A Twentieth-century Sense of "Election" : The Works of John Fowles, by Jerry Cooley. Cooley

ETDS from 1985

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Dialect Geography in South Dakota : The Eureka Dialect, Christie Steiger Delfanian

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Adrienne Rich:"Re-membering" Women's History and Language, Polly Heins

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Keresan Myth and Tradition in the Writings of Leslie Silko, Bernita L. Krumm

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Upwards and Onwards :Women's Search for Authenticity in the Novels of Charlotte Bronte, Jean McGruer

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William Kloefkorn : His Works and His Women, Jane Jensen Pierce

ETDS from 1984

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Love in Major Novels of Carson McCullers, Lynn Margaret Butterbrodt

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A Comparative Study of Frederick Manfred's Lord Grizzly and A.B. Guthrie Jr.'s The Big Sky, Carol Dornberger-Jackson

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The Short Stories of Djuna Barnes : A Less Disquieting Vision, Patricia Doughty

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Robert Bly and the Twofold Consciousness, Mary A. Thelen

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The Theory and Practice of Misspelling : A Linguistic Analysis, Judy Frasch Worman

ETDS from 1983

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Doodles on the Walls of the Cave : An Interpretation of Four Popular Novels, Carole Krysan

ETDS from 1982

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George Herbert : His Method, Salesian or Protestant, Bruce Aardsma

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"Thy Lord Dwells" : Man, Society, and Nature in Selected English Country-House Poems, W. Andrew Alexander

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The Literary Apprenticeship of Laura Ingalls Wilder, William T. Anderson

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The Forgotten Realist, John Garvey

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Emily Dickinson's Poetry : Abnormality Defined, Izzat Mohammed Ghazzawi

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Theories of Image-making in Hogarth, Reynolds and Blake, Anne C. Johnson