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  • The "Aesthetic" of the Blues Aesthetic 

    Skansgaard, Michael Ryan (2019-10-26)
    This study of the “Blues Aesthetic” both supplements and revises the now-dominant socio-aesthetic paradigm by introducing the perspectives of cognitive aesthetics to African-American vernacular literary criticism. New ...
  • Medial-Systematic Modernism: Text and Environment in Conrad, Woolf, and Joyce 

    Kavanagh, Brendan Patrick (2019-10-26)
    This dissertation examines the mediation of ecological consciousness in certain texts by Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, and James Joyce; the wider discussion argues that their narratives formulate systematic organizations ...
  • Play Among the Ruins: David Jones, Meaning, and Play 

    Assaly, Alex Michael (2019-10-26)
    In “Art in Relation to War,” David Jones makes a terse, but stimulating comment on art and the creative process: “An act of art is essentially a gratuitous act. [...] It is essentially ‘play.’” The aim of this dissertation ...
  • Looking for Right Now: Cruising in Gay New York 

    Parlett, Jack (2019-11-30)
    This thesis identifies a concern with looking in the work of three queer New York writers: Walt Whitman, Frank O’Hara and David Wojnarowicz. Through this triptych formation I offer an account of the look as an optical ...

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