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  • About
  • The Global ETD Search service is a free service for researchers to find electronic theses and dissertations. This service is provided by the Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations.
    Our metadata is collected from universities around the world. If you manage a university/consortium/country archive and want to be added, details can be found on the NDLTD website.

Mothers of Sparta

Davies, Dawn 01 January 2015 (has links)
Mothers of Sparta is a collection of thirteen personal essays that examine place—knowing one’s place, and finding one’s place in the world. The narrative arc chronicles the narrator’s childhood, young adulthood, marriage and child rearing years, ultimately encompassing the difficulties of raising a child who, due to brain damage, faces an uncertain future. As the narrator grows older, place shifts from a concrete knowledge of the physical world around her, to learning her place within gendered and regional social constructs, and defining her place through roles such as wife, mother, student and writer. These essays are diverse in style. Woven throughout is a theme of violence, weighted with visceral language: the violence of accident and death, the violence that occurs in nature and in domestic spaces, and the violence that often goes unnoticed because we live in a violent world.


Riley, Alison Elizabeth 23 May 2013 (has links)
Enter the room with a black contractor bag rolled up. Walk to the center of the room, unroll the contractor bag, shake it as you would to fit it to a garbage can, and pull it over your head. Feel your way to the nearest wall and smooch along it. The bag, as you rub your shoulder along the wall, should naturally begin to twist so that it spins around you as you are walking within it. This will create the illusion that you are twirling, and the bag will begin to replicate skin. If there is external sound, be cognizant of it, and in moments when you sense the sound has halted, you should also halt, remaining pressed against the wall, or the corners of the room, until the sound resumes. Take the time to retreat or advance along the wall as you see fit. When you reach the door, exit the room maintaining the same cadence until the door has fully closed behind you and you are no longer being observed. Ordinal is an exploration of obscene consumption. The images and words consumed can be understood to symbolize the consumption of the body. This piece may register as significant of a sexual act or acts, but is intended to be understood as solitary, selfish consumption in place of something lacking. The substitution of the consumed for that which is unattainable or unknown is an individual desire often carried out privately as a form of grief. The rupture of this privation can be interpreted as the resistance to know or confront the aesthetic truths of our desires. One of the most approachable ways to acknowledge grief is to plagiarize its most powerful symbols or triggers and to make them absurd. I am haunted by the image of a black contractor bag. This body of work takes measure of the grief it inhabits, weighs the constraints and usefulness of this grief as a habitat or environment in which to enact solitude, violence, or ecstasy, and generates its own conclusions.


Post, Colin 23 May 2013 (has links)
This is a poetry manuscript that examines the epic form, concrete poetic techniques, and science fiction concepts so as to posit a created world of surfaces.

Gospel Night

Gale, Dana Fitz 23 May 2013 (has links)
Not applicable for fiction.

Searching for a Place to Land

Laben, Carrie Ruth 23 May 2013 (has links)
A collection of essays addressing topics in North American ecology and environmentalism.

The Normal Girl

Mallard, Kaylen 23 May 2013 (has links)
A sustained memoir narrative about the author's relationship with her father.

The Utterly Complete History of Cambridge, Massachusetts

Cleary, Sean Alan 11 June 2013 (has links)
Leonard Murphy lived a life of urban subsistence, on the verge of thirty, and still living alone in a studio a block from his parents in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He worked part time, he took care of his dementia ridden, and hobbled, great uncle Harold. He suffered what he felt were the betrayals of modern life: his parents and Harold growing old, his brother marrying up into a well-to-do Catholic family and converting out of the Murphys tradition of atheism. But when Harold dies mysteriously after claiming to be followed by a pair Gaucho detectives, Leonard is sent on a journey into Cambridges leftist past to figure out how Harold became alienated from his community and ended up losing a leg. Teaming up with a childhood friend, the local librarian, the director of a historical walking tour, and eventually the Gaucho detectives themselves, Leonard searches Cambridges history for how radicalization, community, and his family failed modernitys great tests.


Fomon, Josh 12 June 2013 (has links)
It is when art displaces, defamiliarizes the world around us. It is what creates, succumbs, hurts, manipulates, that is, the experience of energy. When we find words a journey begins. The language we create to experience a world to move through, the language that inhabits the travelers one meets along the way. THOUGH WE BLED METICULOUSLY is when we choose to destroy, when we choose to open ourselves to destruction to see what might happen.

Here for Life: A Chapter & Stories

Filar, Gil 12 June 2013 (has links)
Four short stories and a novel chapter.

Variant Definitions: Essays and Ruminations

Moore, Johnathan Randall 12 June 2013 (has links)
What follows are a collection of personal essays that focus on close examinations of shifting meaning. Many essays are intensely focused on aesthetics, from the aesthetic elegance of idealized love, through art, to what personal meaning for which people live. Aestheticism seems an ideal that is to be strived for, but never attained. The included essays focus on the disparity between the banality of a lived life and perceived elegance.

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