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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.
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    Faith and Awareness in Young Female Celebrity Life Writing: The Memoirs of Lena Dunham, Malala Yousafzai, and Katie Davis
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2017-05) Smith, Nicolette ; Howes, Craig ; English
    This project is a critical analysis of the life writing of young, contemporary women focusing on the spiritual aspect of their writing aiming to study the spiritual beliefs and purpose behind including this aspect of their life in an autobiography. of these young women through their published autobiographical works. This paper focuses on studying the autobiographies of three young, contemporary, celebrity women- Lena Dunham (Not That Kind of Girl), Malala Yousafzai (I Am Malala), and Katie Davis (Kisses from Katie). Lena Dunham is a controversial entertainer, while Malala and Katie Davis are conservative, religious women, although Malala is Muslim and Davis is Christian. Based on their writings about their life, analysis is done to compare and contrast the influences and reasons behind their beliefs, and the way they act on them, according to their memoirs. In addition, theoretical framework on autobiography and life writing is studied in order to situate the autobiographies in both history and modern critics in order to determine the intent of each writer and the purpose behind writing the memoir within their respective autobiography.
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    A Murmur in the Weeds: A Memoir
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2017-05) Dobson, Brandy ; Franklin, Cynthia ; English
    My mother ushered her three children into the living room to greet her new friend coming to dinner. I was nine and tired of new. I wanted the old, my old house, my old school, my old family. Like a caged tigress keen for the full expression of her power unleashed, my mother paced behind the screen door. "He's here!" she said. I anchored myself to the shag carpet, refusing to move for a man-friend, a man who was not my dad. I watched her wrap around him as he set his suitcase down, embracing her in an uplifted bear hug. My younger siblings jumped in curiosity, welcoming this stranger with open arms. In the pit of my stomach, my suspicions stirred an unsettled feeling awake – a feeling that would later grow into a reality of fear and sorrow that invaded and settled into my entire being. This is a project in life-writing. The story of my youth is a source of pain for me. Even as I begin with this abstract, I am working through the complicated nature of shame and trauma from years of abuse as a child. I wrote my story as a way of coping and making meaning through writing. In addition, my work benefits from research on the specific issues within the genre of autobiography/creative non-fiction/memoir. My goals for this project are to engage in the therapeutic nature of writing, sharpen my narrative skills, and to perhaps inspire others with painful stories to undertake their own healing process on paper.
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    Grand Guignol: The Theatre of Horror, the Efficacy of Horrific Staging, and When My Body Cried Out
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2017-05) Anderson, Angie Taylor ; Sammons, Todd ; English
    Grand Guignol is a French genre of theatre that exploited the very strong and real human experience of intense fear in order to create impactful pieces of drama that, though fleeting, affected people deeply and sparked the flame of modern concepts of gore, shock, and thrill. The genre originated in Le Théâtre du Grand-Guignol, founded by Oscar Méténier in Paris during the late 19th century. The theatre staged gruesome naturalistic plays until its close in 1962, during which time audience members experienced shocking scenes of gore and violence. Today, because of the realistic nature of film and TV, theatrical horror can appear cheap and melodramatic. When My Body Cried Out is an original one-act play written as an exploration of the Guignol genre in an effort to inspire a reinvigoration of its effective horror aesthetics. This play is an investigative endeavor towards applying surviving Guignol aesthetics in modern theatre and film to new, compelling, and believable theatrical horror. Richard Hand and Michael Wilson’s book Grand-Guignol: The French Theatre of Horror was a key component to identifying these aesthetics; this text is one of the most comprehensive and widely-referenced pieces of literature on Grand Guignol and includes short, translated Grand Guignol plays. This new one-act play incorporates Guignol traditions of uninhibited, visceral shock and gore while also integrating modern horror aesthetics such as psychological terror and thrill. When My Body Cried Out is a story about the stigmas of mental illness and the monsters lurking in plain sight.
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    Stretch, Sag, Sing Discussions on Womanhood, Body Image, and Eating Disorders
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2016-05) Gordon, Joanna ; Perez, Craig Santos ; English
    This chapbook is a series of poems that explores the systematic and internalized ideals of the middle class in the attempt to understand the sociocultural aspects within eating disorders. My chapbook reflects the storylines of suburban middle class narrative, and critical theories that influence the suburban family dynamic. The chapbook uses the body as a physical landscape to characterize my transition from girlhood to womanhood. It will include theoretical fields from 2nd and 3rd wave feminism, food studies, and affect studies. My chapbook, acts as a mosaic of the eating disorder from pre-diagnosis to recovery to reflect some of the systemic issues within the 21st century woman. I will be tracing my experiences back to the beginnings, the first time I saw what womanhood looked like, to the first time I felt the desire to be “perfect” and reexamine what exactly that means in relation to my own perception of my body. My thesis will be an observation of a world obsessed with perfection, as well as a recounting of how I have worked to rise above it.
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    Panic! It’s Organic! The Most Desensitized Food Term in The United States.
    (University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2016-05) Freeman, Veronica ; McAndrews, Kristin ; English
    In order to give a more transparent view of a complex and ambiguous term, throughout this essay, I decode the word organic as it is used in the popular culture of the United States. I begin with a personal viewpoint of how organic informs the perspective of an American consumer. In addition, I evaluate consumer bias and values. I highlight a brief review of successful organic labels and marketing strategies, such as that of Cascadian Farms and Whole Foods Market. In this paper, I reveal how the term organic changes meaning from individual to individual. While the average consumer may believe organic is only about the food on the shelf, others view organic as an ever changing and evolving phenomenon that moves beyond the grocery store. Researchers and food writers have begun addressing a more important and immediate question: why is organic obscure to consumers. Marketers utilize consumer guilt and temptation as a ploy. Marketing a product as organic pulls in an audience, appealing to notions of health and wellness. Though now heavily desensitized within American culture, notions of organic still hold a synonymous connotation to most Americans: organic means healthy. While not accurate, corporations have caught on to the organic trend and have expanded business in order to exploit an audience that desires health. The purpose of this paper is to inform the general public of why the term organic has risen in popularity and how to determine potentially better food options without falling into marketing traps.