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    Midnight Dreams: A Collection of Short Stories
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2018) Whang, Krista ; Bacchilega, Cristina ; English
    I have always loved the way reading can transport you, especially during the most difficult periods in life. When I was a little girl, I used to rely on stories to get me through the darkest times and admired the way a good book could make getting through
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    The Satiric Tragedy of Doctor Faustus
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2018) Harrison, Kevin R. ; Sammons, Todd ; English
    Christopher Marlowe is arguably one of the most important pre-Shakespearean dramatists, though he does not receive as much attention as the Bard. I hypothesize, though, that in his four major works, Doctor Faustus, The Jew of Malta, Edward II, and Tamburl
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    Humor as Resistance: Understanding Issa Rae’s Insecure as Post-Soul Satire
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2018) Buffenstein, Ilana ; Caron, James E. ; English
    As a self-described “awkward black girl,” Issa Rae’s distinctly witty voice shines through in her early web series The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl; however, less critical work has been done on her landmark new HBO series, Insecure, which she write
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    The Representation of Female Identity and Sexuality in Diane Di Prima's Poem Loba as a Significant Contribution to the Beat Literary Movement
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2014) Reyes, Meagan ; Morse, Jonathan ; English
    The Beat Generation was a literary movement which peaked during the 1940’s. Many writers within the movement have enjoyed fame and credibility within the literary world as innovative writers and poets. What is little known is that many women were active in the movement by writing novels, memoirs, and poetry. One writer is Diane di Prima who not only participated in “Beat” methods of writing but was successful in many other literary endeavors as well. Her poem Loba, published in 1978, demonstrates the unique methods of Beat writing while offering a feminist perspective never touched on by the Beat men. The representation of feminine identity and sexuality in Diane di Prima’s poem, Loba, is a significant contribution to the Beat literary movement. Drawing inspiration from indigenous and European literature and mythology, di Prima creates a mystical poem specific to feminist ideology. Analyzing book one, parts one through eight, this project aims to identify the representation of the loba as a method of expressing feminine identity and unleashing repressed female sexuality. A major aspect of this project is also identifying the indigenous and European mythology of women in the poem as crucial to revealing di Prima’s feminist perspective. The end goal of this project is to create recognition of Diane di Prima and other female beat writers as significant literary contributors to the movement.
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    Color Me in: A Novel
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2015-08) Ciufo, Jessica ; Pak, Gary ; English
    Color Me in, is a fictional love story. It begins in medias res. At the proverbial fork in the road, two protagonist must navigate how to move forward with their lives, as well as come to terms with their pasts. Reoccurring themes include addiction, memory, and redemption. Narrative voice will be in the first person, with perspectives changing every other chapter, between the male and female leads. Settings include Seattle, Hawaii, and Las Vegas. Seattle being the home base for the characters and storyline. Music lyrics will also play a major role in the novel. Each chapter begins with a song title, proceeded by a few lines from that song. These chunks of text foreshadow the unfolding scene, in either tone or plot. In terms of genre, romance and realism are both used to highlight and resolve idealism.