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  • Stronge, Samantha (San Francisco State University, 2016)
    This project puts into conversation two postcolonial texts that “write back” to Western canonical works: David Henry Hwang’s play M. Butterfly and Peter Carey’s Jack Maggs. It focuses specifically on the figures of ...
  • Osovskiy, Ilya (San Francisco State University, 2017)
    In this thesis, I propose a new interpretation of Vladimir Nabokov’s Pale Fire that responds to the twentieth-century criticism on the novel. First, I consider a representative sample of the criticism that exists on Pale ...
  • Young, Valerie Hamada (San Francisco State University, 2016)
    In response to the continuous production of postcolonial literature that perpetuates the pain of the past, St. Lucian poet Derek Walcott advocates for a celebratory approach to writing, one that involves embracing a ...
  • Brooks, Andrew A. (San Francisco State University, 2016)
    Virginia Woolf writes her essays in an essayistic mode, which allows a deconstruction of the hegemonic order of things—through the jarring and arduous process of digressing through disparate topics one starts to disrupt ...
  • Watkins, Joseph David (San Francisco State University, 2016)
    In order to meet the requirements of the degree Master of English in Literature, this thesis discusses how the works of Phillis Wheatley and Herman Melville subvert Enlightenment tropes used in early American economic ...