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Theses/Projects/Dissertations from 2021

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BREAKING DOWN THE GENDERED BARRIERS IN CRITICAL PEDAGOGY, ToniAnne Erickson

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REFRAMING THE PEDAGOGICAL UNDERPINNINGS OF TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD: QUEERING A HIGH SCHOOL TEXT, Hovsep Hovannesian

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Adaptation and Cultural Study of Mythology: Exploration of Riordan's Literature, Breanna Martin

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TEACHER-TEACHER? OR NATIVE SPEAKER?, Sixta Payan

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Sex Matters: Bodies, Desire, and Activism in Contemporary Disability Poetics, Beatriz Sorrells

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Over-Looking Disclosure: Disability and the Writing Center, Robert Louis Sorrells

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“MY BRAND IS SICK GIRL”: IDENTITY FORMATION IN THE YOUNG ADULT CHRONIC ILLNESS NOVELS THE FAULT IN OUR STARS AND SICK KIDS IN LOVE, Natalie Thompson

Theses/Projects/Dissertations from 2020

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Reinforcing Inequity: The Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Exam as Gatekeeper, Lorrie Cobain

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ROMANTICISM IN THE AGE OF ECOCRITICISM, DIANA DE LA CRUZ

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Death Positivity: A New Genre of Death and the Genre Function of Memento Mori, Melony Elsie Del Real

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EXPLORING THE RHETORICAL POWER OF SPECULATIVE FICTION THROUGH JEWELLE GOMEZ’S THE GILDA STORIES AND OCTAVIA BUTLER’S FLEDGLING, Monique Dixon

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Depressed & Dis-eased: Storytelling, Melancholia and the Rhetorical Affordances of Affect, Carlee Franklin

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R&B SONG LYRICS AS A PEDAGOGICAL TOOL: TOWARD A PEDAGOGY FOR TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY MULTICULTURAL STUDENTS, Shelly Jackson

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CRITICAL PERIOD CONTROVERSIES FOR SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION: IMPLICATIONS FOR LANGUAGE TEACHING, Randy Lucio

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THE COLONIAL SEED IN MEDIEVAL LITERATURE: THE EFFECTS OF PERIODIZATION ON A POSTCOLONIAL CRITIQUE OF BEOWULF, Alejandra Marquez

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Extending the Postmodern: Finding Agency Amidst the Death of the Self, Heather Norwood

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“THIS IS A STUNNING, STUNNING NIGHT”: NEWS MEDIA CONSTRUCTIONS OF EMOTIONAL REALITY, Karrina Janelle Oravetz

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Chicano English at the Dinner Table, Elena Silva

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THE R/EVOLUTION OF THE LATINX ADOLESCENT WOMAN PROTAGONIST, Brittney Zappia

Theses/Projects/Dissertations from 2019

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Illustrating Sherlock Holmes: Adapting the Great Detective in Granada Television’s Sherlock Holmes, Katie Louise Chavez

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A R(EVOLUTION) OF ENVIRONMENTAL ETHICS: YOUNG-ADULT DYSTOPIAN FICTION AS A VEHICLE FOR ECOCRITICAL AWARENESS, Megan S. Davis

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Nystagmic Poetics in Lorine Niedecker’s Postwar Poetry, Edward Ferrari

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ODYSSEUS RE-IMAGINED: EXPERIMENTAL FICTION RESPONDS TO THE CALL OF THE ANCIENTS- TECHNOLOGY AND SCIENCE FULFILL CLASSIC EPIC DEVICES IN CLOUD ATLAS AND THE SILENT HISTORY, Debra Jeanette Freeland

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THE VISUAL RHETORIC OF WOMEN’S TATTOOS: REWRITING WOMEN’S BODIES, RECLAIMING POWER, AND CONSTRUCTING A TATTOO RHETORIC, Sonya Gay Gonzales

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ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS IN K-12 CLASSROOMS: PROBLEMS, RECOMMENDATIONS AND POSSIBILITIES, Trisha Henderson

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L2 LEARNERS AND THE INTELLIGIBLITY OF THE BOSTONIAN AND CALIFORNIAN ACCENTS, Russell Paul Kapryn

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MULTICOMPETENCE, MULTIPLE INTELLIGENCES AND FIRST-YEAR COMPOSITION STUDENTS, Patricia Rice'-Daniels

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UTILIZING VISUAL RHETORIC: A NEW APPROACH TO COMICS, SUPERHEROES, AND RED SUNS, Tabitha Rose-Ann Zarate

Theses/Projects/Dissertations from 2018

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BUILDING A STRONG CHICANA IDENTITY: YOUNG ADULT CHICANA LITERATURE, Rocio Janet Garcia

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Prosthetic Adaptation: Disability in/of Richard III in Manga and Film, Mikhel L. Hudrlik

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HISTORY THAT HEMORRHAGES: CORMAC MCCARTHY’S THE CROSSING, SIMULACRA, AND THE RHETORIC OF VIOLENCE, Angel Granillo Lua

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The Right to Be Human: Universal Design for Learning and Literacy Sponsorship as Liberatory Pedagogy, Jeremy Lunasco

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Roller Derby Performativity: Utilizing Alt Narratives in the Composition Classroom, Katherine Orr

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(UN)WELCOME TO AMERICA: A CRITICAL DISCOURSE ANALYSIS OF ANTI-IMMIGRANT RHETORIC IN TRUMP’S SPEECHES AND CONSERVATIVE MAINSTREAM MEDIA, Erika Sabrina Quinonez

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Cultivating Uncertainty Through a Multimodal Perspective on Process to Encourage Transfer, Ariel Zepeda

Theses/Projects/Dissertations from 2017

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EXAMINING EXPERIENCES WITH ENGLISH LANGUAGE STUDIES IN TAIWAN AND IN THE UNITED STATES, Ying-Mei Chien

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TRACING TRAJECTORIES IN A COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE THROUGH PODCASTS, Richard W. Mansikka

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BANKSY, RHETORIC, AND REVOLUTION, Derek Tanios Imad Mkhaiel

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LANGUAGE CULTURE WARS: EFFECTS OF LANGUAGE POLICY ON LANGUAGE MINORITIES AND ENGLISH LEARNERS, Ambar A. Perez

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Your Abjection is in Another Castle: Julia Kristeva, Gamer Theory, and Identities-in-Différance, Ricardo R. Ramirez

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THE FUNCTIONALITY OF REBOOTS, Dustin L. Shepherd

Theses/Projects/Dissertations from 2016

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THE BRONX COCKED BACK AND SMOKING MULTIFARIOUS PROSE PERFORMANCE, Alex Avila

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Revising Rhetorical Theory in "My Bondage and My Freedom": Narrativizing and Theorizing a Rhetoric of Blackness, D'Angelo A. Bridges

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Untitled Memoir, Tara Lee-Geerlings Cummins

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COMING OUT OF THE COFFIN AS THE POSTHUMAN: POSTHUMAN RHETORIC AND HARRIS’ SOOKIE STACKHOUSE SERIES, Rebecca Ann Garcia

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CRAFTING THE FEVER, Andrea Nikki Harlin

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Wild Embrace, Timothy Hatch

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J4CK MERED34TH, Edgar Hernandez

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A MEDITATION ON I, WE, AND CONSCIOUSNESS IN "ONLY WE CAN PULL", Allyson Elizabeth Jeffredo

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VS, Bolin Jue

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SCIENCEFRICTION: OF THE POSTHUMAN SUBJECT, ABJECTION, AND THE BREACH IN MIND/BODY DUALISM, John Perham

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Silence, Power, and Mexicans in Willa Cather's The Song of the Lark, Sefferino Ramos

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GATEKEEPERS TO THE THIRD SPACE: AUTHORITY, AGENCY, AND LANGUAGE HIERARCHY IN FIRST-YEAR COMPOSITION, Guadalupe Rincon

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The Chronicles of Autzen, Trayevion Maurice Satterwhite

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Embodied Narratives in Video Games: The Stories We Write as We Play, Patrick John Harrington Sichter

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The Narrative Performances of Teenage Girls: Participation, Identity, and Authority as the Foundation for Power, Chere M. Smith

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Goodbye to All That Again, Charles Bradley Von Nordheim

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Capitalist Rhetoric and the Redirection of Power Through Metaphor in Reviews of Alejandro Gonzales Iñárritu Films, Isidro Zepeda

Theses/Projects/Dissertations from 2015

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La Llorona Don't Swim The L.A River: A Trickster's Guide To The Poetics Of The Pit, Rosie Angelica Alonso

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I'LL TALK, YOU LISTEN: WRITING CENTER TUTORS READING ALOUD IN SESSIONS WITH L2 TUTEES, Francesca M. Astiazaran

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ME WITHOUT YOU, Michelle Bracken

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IDENTITY AND ENERGY IN POETRY TINY HOUSE. TELL ME A SECRET., Chance D. Castro Jr

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WELCOME TO THE PLANET: FORT LIVING ROOM O ROTTING SUN, Michael T. Cooper

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Correlations Between Vowel Lengths and Emotion in Narratives, Brett Anthony Diaz

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That Which Binds Us, Tracey M. Dover

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The Secret Language of the Desert: Poetry, Loss, and Awakening, Elisha P. Holt

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IDENTITY PHAUXNETICS, Nathan T. Jones

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On Bike Riding and Writing, Maritza Ocampo

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Oscuridad Unraveled, Orlinda Pacheco

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BREAKING BREAD, SHAPING UNDERSTANDING: THE ECO-FOOD COMMUNITY AS COGNITIVE SYSTEM, Pamela Mae Portenstein

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The Real Thing, Ruben T. Rodriguez

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THE PHENOMENOLOGY OF SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION: POIESIS AND THE EMERGENCE OF THE MULTILINGUAL SUBJECT, Courtney E. Scarborough

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John Spaghotte, Peter C. Schuler

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GLASS SHOULDERS, Carol Jean Simpson (Eva Warren)

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Rhetorical Construction of Masculinity Among Wounded Warriors, Joseph P. Whatford

Theses/Projects/Dissertations from 2014

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CONFESSIONS OF A HIP-HOP HIPPIE, Tristan D. Acker

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CYBORG GENESIS, Andrew T. Castillo

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MEMORIC FORM: POEM AS MEMORY, Lawrence V. Eby

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Americhicano, Isaac R. Escalera

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Proficiency, Andrea J. Fingerson

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You Have Never Been Here Before, Ryan James Garcia

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Narrative Accounts of Third-Generation Mexican-Americans: Bilingualism in a Third Space, Ryan A. Goble

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BECOMING INFINITE: A BAKHTINIAN CONSIDERATION OF DAVID FOSTER WALLACE’S INFINITE JEST, Brianna Nicole Lafond

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THE DYNAMICS OF XENOGENETICS AND SECTRANRIANISM IN LOVECRAFTIAN HORROR: A STUDY OF NIHILISM AND SCIENTIFIC UPHEAVAL, Brandon L. Matsalia

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THE LEMON TREE: MY TREE OF LIFE, Meghan E. McCarthy

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"Purple People": "Sexed" Linguistics, Pleasure, and the "Feminine" Body in the Lyrics of Tori Amos, Megim A. Parks

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SCREAM IF YOU CAN, Heather L. Reyes

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KALAMAZOO REVISITED: HERITAGE LANGUAGE MAINTENANCE AMONG LATVIANS IN NORTH AMERICA, Margaret J. Stepe

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Kitchen Space, Cauldron Calling: Origins of Psychic Shells and the Poetry of Pain, Kelly L. Straight

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TO PEER OR NOT TO PEER?: LOCALLY CO-CONSTRUCTING EXPERTISE, NOVICENESS, AND PEERNESS IN WRITING CENTER CONFERENCES, Jaclyn M. Vasquez

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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A Burkean analysis of Jehovah's Witness apocalyptic rhetoric, Katherine Elizabeth Kacarab

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Gloria Anzaldua and Alanis Morisette: The untangled flavors of conocimiento, Audrey Nathalie Romero

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Autobiography as self-defense in the works of Agnes Newton-Keith and Michelle Kennedy, Robin Heim

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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Religion in language policy, and the survival of Syriac, Ibrahim George Aboud

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Frank Zappa and Mikhail Bakhtin: Rabelais's carnival made contemporary, Sarah Hill Antinora

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The rhetoric of nonfiction: An examination of Sebastian Junger's The perfect storm, LaShawn Jon Janice Cole

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Eugenic discourse in the work of D.H. Lawrence, Christopher Lawrence Cotton

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Is there a male victim?: Discursive subjection in representations of female-on-male childhood sexual abuse, James Ireland Ducat

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Compensations for exile: A Lacanian analysis of Aeneas's destiny and Dido's tragedy in Virgil's Aeneid, Jessica Marie Hayes

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The sound bites of George W. Bush during the 2004 presidential election examined and unpacked, Jack McKelvey