Liberal Studies - Theses, Dissertations, and other Required Graduate Degree Essays

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Virginia Woolf: rooms, relationships, and writing

Date created: 
2010-07-20
Abstract: 

In this thesis, I explore the effect of the different domestic interiors inhabited by Virginia Woolf during her childhood, adolescence, and adulthood on her personal relationships, on her life as a professional writer, and on her work. I analyze how, in her life and novels, women’s lives, work, privacy, and family relationships were negotiated within these domestic spaces and how the interactions between these interiors and her relationships and their constraints and freedoms contributed to her writing. I provide examples of rooms, domestic arrangements and objects from her novels that parallel those of her childhood such as the tea table, looking-glass, drawing room, bedroom, and study, which are used, in part, to portray the inequalities and limitations placed upon women in a patriarchal society. And, I show how, in turn, Woolf’s writing and modernist techniques were a means of making sense of her own interior spaces and relationships.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Supervisor(s): 
Kathy Mezei
Department: 
Arts & Social Sciences: Liberal Studies Program
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.A.L.S.

On being and becoming: ancient Greek ethics and ontology in the twenty-first century

Date created: 
2010-05-17
Abstract: 

The development of Ancient Greek philosophy from Thales to Aristotle is traced and key ethical and existential themes relevant to the personal, political, and ecological challenges we face in the modern world are drawn out and discussed. I look at the development of Presocratic thought, Plato’s critique of self and society, and consider Aristotle’s view of nature. Possible misconceptions in modern interpretations of Plato and Aristotle are addressed; as are modern thinkers, influenced by Greek thought, who seek to rework our understanding of culture, technology, and self, as well as our relationship to the ecosystem. Throughout it is argued that a reengagement with the fundamental questions of Being and goodness that so fascinated the Greeks may aid us as we struggle to rethink who we are, where we came from, and where we might be headed as the first decade of the 21st century draws to a close.

Document type: 
Graduating extended essay / Research project
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Supervisor(s): 
Dr. Robin Barrow
Department: 
Arts & Social Sciences: Liberal Studies Program
Thesis type: 
(Project) M.A.L.S.

Meditations on the premenstrual self : the conceptualization of self in the origins and development of the PMS discourse

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Document type: 
Thesis
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Supervisor(s): 
Mary Lynn Stewart
Department: 
Liberal Studies
Thesis type: 
Research project (M.A.)

Fully engaged : a senior performer on the Fringe theatre circuit

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Document type: 
Thesis
File(s): 
Supervisor(s): 
D.D. Kugler
Department: 
Liberal Studies
Thesis type: 
Research project (M.A.)

The wideness of narrowness : an autobiographical study of the tensions between modern and pre-modern modes of living

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Document type: 
Thesis
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Supervisor(s): 
Stephen Duguid
Department: 
Liberal Studies
Thesis type: 
Research project (M.A.)

Values that support an ecologically sustainable urban life

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2003
Document type: 
Thesis
File(s): 
Supervisor(s): 
S. Duguid
Department: 
Liberal Studies
Thesis type: 
Research project (M.A.)

Screaming silence : the female voice in the Old Testament : an imaginative re-discovery

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2003
Document type: 
Thesis
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Supervisor(s): 
June Sturrock
Department: 
Liberal Studies
Thesis type: 
Research project (M.A.)

The appearance of unconscious choice : intuition in relation to creative process

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Document type: 
Thesis
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Supervisor(s): 
Stephen Duguid
Department: 
Liberal Studies
Thesis type: 
Research project (M.A.)

Modernity, self and ethics : exploring contemporary moral selfhood through Charles Taylor and A.S. Byatt

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2003
Document type: 
Thesis
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Supervisor(s): 
Mark Selman
Department: 
Liberal Studies
Thesis type: 
Project (M.A.)

Landscape : icon of Scottish national identity

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2003
Document type: 
Thesis
File(s): 
Supervisor(s): 
Stephen Duguid
Department: 
Liberal Studies
Thesis type: 
Project (M.A.)