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The Anthropomorphization of Houses in Film


Movie critics traditionally categorize houses as part of the set design or production design. They are purposefully furnished and decorated according to the director’s vision. Filmmakers, scholars, and critics recognize the importance of the setting and its decorations. However, this thesis considers the possibility that a house is more than the set design; it is a character.

NASA’s Mission: Should it be Changed?

Since the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), was founded in 1958, it has landed men on the moon, launched the first manmade object to leave the solar system, and explored other planets–among many other great achievements (Abbey). NASA was supposed to continue on its path of accomplishment until at least 2020, which is when the United States would return to the moon according to the Vision for Space Exploration, an initiative started by President George W. Bush in 2004.

The Sexual Awakening of the Female Protagonist in Modern Danish Literature

            The modern sexual awakening in Danish literature perpetuates itself through female liberation and domination as the naturalistic manifestation of sexuality strives to replace the romantic one. As opposed to the sexual awakening of masculinity, the feminine awakening portrays the life lived in average despair as it begins to appear more prominently in modern literature.

Let the Writer Write and the Reader Read: The Influence of Oulipo on Computer Generated Poetry

In 1984, free-lance writer William Chamberlain and program analyst Thomas Etter developed Racter, short for raconteur, a computer program that developed poetry (Ledbetter 39). In the same year, Racter’s creations were compiled into the first book of computer poetry entitled The Policeman’s Beard is Half Constructed. This book includes poetry, prose, dialogue, and even conversations with its programmers.





Wyrd and Wyrm

I. Beowulf
In a revenge-driven world where war never ceases, Fate is a dominant force behind the relentless presence of death. Little solace exists for the humans struggling to survive in this harsh land. They turn to higher powers as reasons for earthly sorrow; Fate and God together explain the cycle of life and death, the cycle which all the people know they must complete—it is everyone's destiny to die.

Photography, Capitalism, and Commodity Culture

          In her 1977 collection of essays, On Photography, Susan Sontag writes, “A capitalist society requires a culture based on images.”   She makes this assessment after analyzing the way cameras and photographic images function in China – a country whose relationship to photography starkly opposes that of the United States, primarily because of political and cultural differences.  Sontag uses China as a model of one kind of “dictatorship” that places limits on photographic use,

Collusion and Resistance

          Political issues have a tendency to manifest in popular culture in an overwhelmingly polarizing manner. The content of such conversations often revolves around monologues in which opposing factions seek to one-up each other in order to emerge victorious, rendering true dialogues in which the nuances of complex issues are elucidated and actually discussed all but obsolete.