Theses and dissertations published by graduate students in the Department of English, College of Arts & Letters, Old Dominion University.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Dissertation: Reading with Social, Digital Annotation: Encouraging Engaged Critical Reading in a Challenging Age, Miranda L. Egger

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Thesis: The Forms of Things Unknown, Anna Marie Fogler

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Thesis: Radically Inclusive Pedagogy and Praxis, Danie Jules Hallerman

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Dissertation: “Finding a Balance”: User, Reader, and Learner Functions in First-Year Composition Textbook Engagement, Travis Vincent Holt

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Thesis: Addressing Public Perceptions About Cell-Based Meat and Cellular Agriculture Through Metaphors, Yvette Emma Hubbard

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Dissertation: Fragmentation in the Dual Enrollment Experience: The Importance of Students’ Self-Perceptions in Dual Enrollment First-Year Composition Students, Sarah Crystal Johnson

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Thesis: Serendipityblah, Amanda Linn Kunkel

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Thesis: Toggling Between, Briana Morris

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Thesis: IPROBLEMS, Matthew G. Moscato

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Thesis: In the Wild a Parasite, Kelsey Ryann Orsini

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Thesis: Symbiotic Complexity, Francesca Santos

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Thesis: You Are The Right One, James Joseph Valliere

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Thesis: Flying In Mind, Paula Jean Walashek

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Thesis: Bad Actors, Wendell Ward

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Thesis: Greenbox to Barbershops, Willie Wilson

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Thesis: When They Came for Us, Samia Ahmed

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Dissertation: The Spooky Vein: The Reparative Gothic-Modern in the Works of Richard A.W. Hughes, Corwin R. Baden

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Thesis: Manifesting Devi, Roudri Bandyopadhyay

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Thesis: On Being Seen or For Those Who Break Like Me, Shanisha K. Branch

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Thesis: Rescripting Father-Daughter Dynamics: New Masculinities and Relational Possibilities in Post-Apocalyptic Video Games, Sarah Mortazavi Brooks

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Thesis: Maladies & Remedies, Timothy Michael Fulghum

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Dissertation: Building Bridges in First-Year Composition: Investigating the Support of Threshold Concepts in Writing-Related Transfer Across the Curriculum, Elise Antoinette Green

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Thesis: Inter Alia, Richard Leise

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Thesis: Bastard, Rashad McDowell

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Thesis: Storied, Healing, Lili Louzhi Nizankiewicz

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Thesis: Don't Destroy Yourself, Timothy Norton

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Thesis: Never Pull an Arrow Out of a Body, Matthew Gerald Olive

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Thesis: Tools and Ornaments, Tracy E. Rice Webber

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Thesis: The Flame Returned: A Novel, Lee H. Smith

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Thesis: Inside You, Your Cells Dividing Like Stars, Courtney Lauren Tala

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Thesis: Diagnosis: Weirdo, James Corbett Beardsley

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Dissertation: Students at a Crossroads: TA Development Across Pedagogical and Curricular Contexts, Cassandra Ann Book

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Dissertation: Terrorists, Zombies, and Robots: The Political Unconscious, Thematics, and Affectual Structures of the Post-9/11 American Fear Narrative, Nathanael J. Cloyd

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Dissertation: Global Language Variation in Online Writing Instructional Spaces: English as a Lingua Franca Among Global Participants in a Massive Open Online Course, Angela May Dadak

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Thesis: Colin and the Nachtmar, Elizabeth Sarah Golliher

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Dissertation: A Rhetorical Frame Analysis of Palestinian-Led Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Movement Discourse, Jennifer Megan Hitchcock

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Thesis: The Open Heart Furnace, David Jacobson

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Thesis: The Shape of Things We Won't Say, Raoul Lobo

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Dissertation: Concept Maps as Sites of Rhetorical Invention: Teaching the Creative Act of Synthesis as a Cognitive Process, Amy Lee Marie Locklear

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Dissertation: Climate Change Games as Boundary Objects: Fostering Dialogic Communication within Stakeholder Engagement, Megan L. McKittrick

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Dissertation: Holy Stitches Batman, or, Performative Villainy in Gothic/am, A. Luxx Mishou

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Dissertation: Leveraging Maternal Rhetoric, Space, and Experience: La Leche League's Emergence as a Counterpublic, Jenny Lynn Moore

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Dissertation: Playing on the Threshold: Topological Chronotopes and Video Games, Michael Joseph Piero

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Dissertation: Shelter Rhetorics: Narrative Pathways & Assemblages of The U.S. Asylum Process, Monica Reyes

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Thesis: Narmada, Bhavika Sicka

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Thesis: What We Do Not Perceive When We Perceive It, Hannah Jane Trammell

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Dissertation: Critical Language Awareness Pedagogy in First-Year Composition: A Design-Based Research Study, Megan Michelle Weaver

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Thesis: Responsible Friend, Nina Correa White

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Thesis: Pangaea, Nishat Manzoor Ahmed

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Dissertation: Rhetorics of Functionally Applicative Game Design: Designing and Testing the Project Management Game Scrummage, Matthew Carson Beale

Thesis: Spiraling, Madeline Flynn Carey

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Dissertation: The Women of Explosive Ordnance Disposal: Cyborg, Techno-Bodies, Situated Knowledge, and Vibrant Materiality in Military Cultures, April Michelle Cobos

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Dissertation: Collaboration and Community in Undergraduate Writing Synchronous Video Courses (SVCs), Kimberly Fahle

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Dissertation: Rhetorical Agency in Algorithm-Centered Digital Activity: Methods for Tracing Agency in Online Research, Daniel L. Hocutt

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Dissertation: Adding Soul to the Message: Applying African American Jeremiad Rhetoric as Culturally Competent Health Communication Online, Wilbert Francisco LaVeist

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Thesis: Sugartown, Emma Moore

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Dissertation: Familiar Forms, Strange Uses: Paratexts, Narrative Interventions, and the Queering of Possible Worlds in Illicit Narratives of Nineteenth-Century Britain, Jessica Saxon

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Dissertation: Crafting A Pedagogical Identity: A Multiple-Method Examination of an English Department’s Writing Pedagogy, Nathan Alan Serfling

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Dissertation: Around Her Table: A Digital Community Archive Featuring Azorean-American Women in New England, Suzanne Lyn Parenti Sink

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Thesis: Speaking for the Grotesques: The Historical Articulation of the Disabled Body in the Archive, Violet Marie Strawderman

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Thesis: No Net to Catch You, Will Yarbrough

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Thesis: The Backwoods Stories: A Saga of Fear and Wonder, James McClendon Adams

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Thesis: Sub/Mission, Abigail Naomi Brunt

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Thesis: Safe Passage to the End of Earth, Gregory Martin Chandler

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Thesis: A Right-Hand Man: A Novel, Christopher Giofreda

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Thesis: Sugar Acts, Amanda Raquel Gomez

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Thesis: Are We All #NastyWomen? The Rhetoric of Feminist Hashtags and Respectability Politics, Kimberly Lynette Goode

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Thesis: The Last Cherokee of Blue Ridge, Dexter Benjamin Gore

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Thesis: Girlhood, Tarin Kovalik

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Thesis: Your Favorite Place, Christina Marable

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Thesis: Permanent Resident, Joshua McGarry

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Thesis: The Quality of Mercy, Kerry McNamara

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Dissertation: Constructing an Early Modern Queen: Posturing, Mimicry, and the Rhetoric of Authority, Megan K. Mize

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Thesis: We Are the Bobcats, Jacquelyn Mohan

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Thesis: Museum of Unforeseen Circumstances, Ethan Forrest Ross

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Dissertation: An Examination of the Key Features of Salman Rushdie’s Historiographic Metafiction: A Possible Worlds Theory Approach, George Shamshayooadeh

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Thesis: Unconditional Positive Regard, Tyler Beckett

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Dissertation: Reconceptualizing the Work of a Content Provider for an Online Audience: A Case Study for How Pedagogical Strategies Can Provide Models of Engagement for Producers of Entertainment, Diane Cooke

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Thesis: Algorithm Controls: An Examination of Ethos, Agency, and Interfaces in the Fallout Series, Daniel Cox

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Thesis: Intersexion, Cynthia Davis

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Thesis: Healthy Living and Other Electives, Lamar Giles

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Dissertation: BBC News: Defining Britishness in the Early Twenty-First Century, Christine Gilroy-Reynolds

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Thesis: With Light, Emily Howell

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Thesis: Mexican Bingo, Amanda Michelle Galvan Huynh

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Thesis: Clubbie: Two Seasons with Baseball's Broken Dreamers, Gregory Scott Larson

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Thesis: Dead Cooks, Aaron David Lawhon

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Thesis: A Little Bit of a Breakdown, Margaret Libby

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Thesis: New Elegies, Sarah McCall

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Dissertation: Being Retained: Perspective of the Online First-Year Composition Student, Catrina Marie Mitchum

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Thesis: The Otherworlds of Men, Aaron Morris

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Dissertation: Women’s Entrance Into the Fire Department: A Theory of Collaboration and Crisis, Sarah Vee Moseley

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Dissertation: Aristotle's Ink: Tattooing a New Understanding of Invention in Collaborative Writing, Rachel L. Bragg

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Thesis: EPortfolios, Google Drive, and Cognitive Process Theory, Sarah Elizabeth Carl

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Thesis: Sex, Love, and Black Lives, Mack Curry IV

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Thesis: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species [Short Stories], Leslie Samuels Entsminger

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Dissertation: Communities in (Digital) Space: Creating Networks for Daily Living Through Pervasive Media, Jamie Lynn Henthorn

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Thesis: Versus Los Angeles, Thomas Vincent Kelly

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Thesis: Explaining Poetry to the Open Heart, Matthew Wayne Larrimore

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Thesis: Misplaced Boys, Shori Matsumoto

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Thesis: Well This Was Unexpected: Stories from My Life, Barbara Middlebrook