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 2021

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Decolonizing the Body, Daniel Miess

Theses from 2020

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Stephen Dedalus and the Mind as Hypertext in Ulysses, Ariel Banayan

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Lessons from Hybridity: A Look into the Coupling of Image and Text in Karen Tei Yamashita’s Letters to Memory, Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric, and Ilya Kaminsky’s Deaf Republic, Elizabeth Chen

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Dawn of the Undead Classroom: Pop-Culture in the First-Year Composition Classroom, Sierra A. Ellison

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Moving Beyond Grades: A Shift in Assessing First-Year Composition, Matthew Goldman

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Murmurs of Revolution: Mythical Subversion in Dostoevsky, Connor Guetersloh

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The Fallen Woman: An Exploration of the Voiceless Women in Victorian England through Three Plays of Oscar Wilde, Marco Randazzo

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The Ubume Challenge: A Digital Environmental Humanities Project, Sam Risak

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Student Disposition Towards Discussing Race in the Classroom, Natalie Salagean

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Trauma Begetting Trauma: Fukú, Masks, and Implicit Forgiveness in the Works of Junot Díaz, Jacob VanWormer

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‘Amore Captus:’ Turning Bedtricks in the Arthurian Canon, Candice Yacono

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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Terrence McNally’s Universalizing Model: The Role of Disability in Andre’s Mother; Lips Together, Teeth Apart; and Love! Valour! Compassion!, Alexa Burnstine

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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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Haole Like Me: Identity Construction and Politics in Hawaii, Savanah Janssen

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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