Below is a selection of dissertations from the English program in Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences that have been voluntarily included in Chapman University Digital Commons. Additional dissertations from years prior to 2019 are available through the Leatherby Libraries' print collection or in Proquest's Dissertations and Theses database.

If you are a previous student and would like to include your dissertation or thesis in Chapman University Digital Commons, please contact Kristin Laughtin-Dunker at laughtin@chapman.edu.

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Theses from 2019

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The Contradictory Faces of “Sisterhood”: A Case-Study on Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Its Theatrical Adaptation by James Willing and Leonard Rae, Gloria Naylor’s The Women of Brewster Place, and Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies and Its Miniseries Adaptation on HBO, Lama Alsulaiman

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A Way to Persist: Storytelling and Its Effect on Trauma in Gábor Schein’s The Book of Mordechai and Lazarus, Duncan Capriotti

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Language: A Bridge or Barrier to Social Groups, Adina Corke

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Black Women’s Bodies as the Site of Malignity: Interrogating (Mis)representations of Black Women in 16th and 17th Century British Literature, Tonika Reed

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The Efficacy of Varying Small Group Workshops in the Composition Classroom, Daniel Strasberger

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Does Money Indeed Buy Happiness? “The Forms of Capital” in Fitzgerald’s Gatsby and Watts’ No One is Coming to Save Us, Allie Harrison Vernon

Theses from 2018

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Player-Response: On the Nature of Interactive Narratives as Literature, Lee Feldman

Theses from 2017

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The Rhetoric of Disability: an Analysis of the Language of University Disability Service Centers, Katie Ratermann

Theses from 2016

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The Ritualization of Violence in The Magic Toyshop, Victor Chalfant

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Concrete Reality: The Posthuman Landscapes of J.G. Ballard, Mark Hausmann

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Readers in Pursuit of Popular Justice: Unraveling Conflicting Frameworks in Lolita, Innesa Ranchpar