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Synopsis:

“W.J.T. Mitchell has famously noted that we're in the midst of a “graphic turn,” and pictures are playing an increasingly significant part in digital and multimodal communication. Visual rhetoricians have frequently tried to comprehend text-picture arguments -based developing new picture or rhetorical principles -based theories. I contend the connection between both media is dynamic, and can be comprehended by using The New Rhetoric’s theory -Tyteca developed to show how new significance can be constructed by the interaction of theories that are otherwise valued. In each of these intervals, I contend that dissociation shows a complete multimodal argument can be shaped by the privileged medium. I conclude with a discussion of dissociative multimodal using dissociation to the multimodal writing classroom.”

Synopsis:

“Apparitional Markets is invested in both a historical factor of economic conditions through an assessment of spectral representations depict the effects of such states on individual men and local communities and the antebellum era. From this standpoint, the project presents how widely the span’s literature is entangled in the economical: in fiscal devastation, in the borders of apparently limitless improvement, and in the standards of value that purchase the worth of commodities and the men who can trade for them. I claim the space of the specter is a force of representation, an imperceptible website where the uncertainties of antebellum societal and economical change become observable. I read this spectral space by Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Walt Whitman and in emerging texts by Fitz James O’Brien, Theophilus Fisk, Robert Montgomery Bird, and Edward Williams Clay. As a defective embodiment of economical existence, an unsuccessful body and, consequently, a strong representation is proven by the literary specter of fiscal uncertainties and antebellum societal.”

2014, Michael Todd Hendricks

“Knowing and Being Understood: Adolescent Girlhood, and Sexual Delinquency, Stardom in Midcentury American Film”

Intangible:

“Sexual delinquency marked midcentury cinematic representations of teenage girls and 60s. Drawing from the circumstance of midcentury female juvenile delinquency and the history of adolescence, I claim that teen girl stars and studios fought for decades with societal expectations, censorship, and marketing regarding the sexual license of adolescent girls. This new picture was a major deviation from your prevalent notion that the sexually active teen girl offered a liberal counterpoint to conservative teen girl models like Hayley Mills, which continued to have ethnic money, and was a simply delinquent danger to the nuclear family.”

“Strong Angels of Relaxation: Middle Class Handling Daughters in Victorian Literature”

Synopsis:

This dissertation joins feminist discussions about the function of the daughter in Victorian culture together with a lively dialogue in the social sciences about the challenging nature of attention work. It investigates the literary existence of the middle class handling daughter in the Victorian house. Together, the novels in this study say social anxieties about the uncertain and shaky part of daughters in the household, the physically and emotionally challenging work they, and all girls, do, and the battle for daughters to locate a location in a family hierarchy, which can be frequently structured not by effort or fondness, but by proscribed conventional functions, which don't readily accommodate to handling daughters, even if they can be the ones holding your family together. The handling daughter is a difficulty not accounted for in any conventional national structure or political orientation so there isn't any job, no clear set of duties with no borders that could, and arguably should, define her duties, offer her chances for authorization, or establish mandatory limits on the extensive cultural mandate she's to relaxation and attention others. The extremes she's frequently shoved to shows concealed struggles for autonomy and power and the tensions inherent in domestic work with no iconic angel in the home rhetoric that frequently hides the problems of domestic life for girls. She gains equilibrium or no power no matter how necessary or even how loving she's to a family because there just isn't any place in the parental family construction for her. The daughter that is handling so shows a deep crack in the construction of the conventional Victorian family by demonstrating that it frequently cannot validate, or adapt, shield a loving nontraditional family member because it values conventional hierarchies over attempt or emotion. In doing so, additionally, it implies that if it's position not fire that issues, then as long as a girl assumes the correct standing in your family subsequently profound psychological links to others are unnecessary for her to care for others.”

Intangible:

“Prior to the arrival of modern birth control starting in the nineteenth century, the biological reproductive cycle of pregnancy, postpartum recovery, and breastfeeding controlled mature years girls’s. By 1900, that rate had dropped to just under than three and a half, although the typical birth rate per woman in 1800 was only over seven. The question that this dissertation investigates is what ethnic stories about reproductive and reproduction control issue in the aftermath of the demographic shift. What’s at position in a girl’s choice to procreate, for herself, her family, her country? How do society, control arrival, and girls? To be able to investigate these questions, this dissertation extends the term “birth control” from the medical and technological mechanisms through which girls prevent or restrict birth and conception to some conception of “ arrival that is restraining,” the cultural and social processes that influence reproductive practices. This dissertation, subsequently, builds a cultural story of the procedure for arrival that is restraining. Moving far from a focus on “negative birth control”—contraception, abortion, sterilization—the term “restraining arrival” additionally applies to supporting or engineering wanted or desirable reproduction. While the chapters of the work frequently give attention to conventional sites of birth control—contraceptives, abortion, and eugenics—they aren't restricted to those types, uncovering formerly concealed stories of reproduction control. This new lens also reveals guys’s investment in these practices that are reproductive. By focusing on various ethnic texts— medical texts, fictional novels, historical writings, ads, popular print, and picture —this project plans to create an expression of how these cultural generations work jointly to build stories about reproduction, sexuality, and reproductive control. The interdisciplinary nature of the question emphasizes the interrelationship between the literary creations of American cultural history and the nineteenth and twentieth century.