MFAC Critical Thesis Archive All critical theses are posted with the student's permission and may not be copied without author consent. This collection is intended for use as archive and inspiration and are not to be reproduced in any form. Files are open to current and new MFAC students, alumni, and faculty. To request a copy of one or more of these files, complete the online submission form below at the bottom of this page. Files are not immediately available, but will be emailed to the address provided as quickly as possible (within 48 hours). Files will be sent as PDFs only. BROWSE THE Critical Thesis COLLECTION: SARAH AHIERS: Who is the Monster and Who is the Man? Monstrous Characters in Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction (2015) JEANNE A. ANDERSON: Searching for Hope: Rationale, and Literary Devices That Weave Hope, Strategies and the Idea of Open Destiny into Realistic Fiction for Youth (2013) AMANDA BACHTA: The Way to the Chair: Zen and the Practice of Writing (2010) JODI C. BAKER: There’s No Place Like Home: I Went Searching for a Writing Space and Found Myself a Habit (2011) CHERYL BARDOE: A Nature Writer in Search of Plot: Using Human Passions to Connect Young Readers to Science Stories in Nature (none) TANYA BAXTER: At the Essence of Plot: Disconnection and Connection (2008) D. RACHAEL BISHOP: Beyond Action, Toward a Boys’ Aesthetic of Fiction: The Narrator and Narrative Substructures (2007) MIRIAM BUSCH: Shut Up: Silence and Power in Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction (2013) LORETTA CARAVETTE: Visual Emotion: The Power behind Novels to Movies Adaptation (2008) MARK CEILLEY: Building Character: Well-Developed Characters in Picture Books (2011) ANDREW COCHRAN: Writing the Sympathetic Antagonist in Young Adult and Middle-Grade Fiction (2009) JUDI CUMMINGS: The Dramatic Potential of Scenes in Nonfiction Picture Books (none) DEBORAH DAVIS: How to Get the Most Out of Your Dead Character (2011) JILL DAVIS: Putting Quirk in Your Work (or My Preoccupation with Bizarre Coincidences while doing Research especially with regard to Polly Horvath and sometimes Natalie Babbitt) (2011) MELLISA DEMPSEY: Dear Annie and Aretha: Heroes Ain’t Doin’ It By Themselves: A Three-Prong Analysis of the Hero’s Journey in Realistic Fiction (2011) JYOTI KUMARI DUGAL: Chick Lit from the Lit Chick: Finding the Formula for Writing YA Chick Lit (2011) GALE FARNSWORTH-SMITH: A Theatrical Perspective: Creating Character in Fiction Through an Actor’s Lens (2011) PATTI FILUTZE: Levels of Meaning: The Function of Embedded Texts in Mulimodal YA Novels (2015) OLIVIA GHAFOERKHAN: Through the Dark Forest (2014) JOSHUA M. HAMMOND: The Case for Functional Families: How Grounding Protagonists in Stable Situations Can Allow Young Readers to Explore Identity (2015) MARTHA HAUSER: Going Public: The Digital World As Setting In Young Adult Literature (2015) MEGAN HAVLICE: A Persistent Enchantment: The Fairytale and the Modern Novelist (2012) BARBARA HERKERT: Crafting a Life: Tools of the Picture Book Biographer (2008) JACKIE HESSE: The Function of Swear Words in Middle Grade Novels (2012) MELANIE HEUISER HILL: Wanted: Family Stories for the 21st Century (2012) KRISTIN AKER HOWELL: Who Do I Have to Kill to Get a Newbery? Death Themes in Award-Winning Children’s Literature (2008) GAIL ISRAEL: Into the Compost Heap and Out the Other Side: How Classic Picture Books Intersect With The Human Condition, Emotions and Sensory Language (2011) SHELLEY JONES: Setting as Character? (2013) JAMIE L. KALLIO: They Can Handle It: Why Teens Need Complex Fiction (2010) ELLEN E. KAZIMER: Agency and Heroines in Historical Fiction (2013) WILLIAM E. KENNEDY: The Writer’s Memory or Stories Choose Us (2008) PAULA KOSTMAN: The Fate of Dakota Stories and Storytelling (2015) AMY LAUGHLIN: Action with a Punch: Powerful Action Scenes in Contemporary Middle-Grade and Young Adult Fiction (2007) HAYLEY LERNER: It’s Like, Critical: The Role Of Character Idiolect In Developing Authentic Voice For Female Narrators In Young Adult Fiction (2015) SUSAN LEVEY: A Guide to the Care and Feeding of Magic (2012) TORI LUND-FUNKHOUSER: The Asceticism of Nonsense (none) MARIA MACIOCE: Letting Girls Play, Too: Writing a Quality YA Female Sports Novel (2013) MICHELLE MAESER: A Sense of Realism: Action Through Dramatic Telling and Double-Duty Details (2009) JUDI MARCIN: A Rainbow of Possibilities: A Writer’s Guide to Crafting the Extraordinary LGBTQ Character (2015) DEBRA MCARTHUR: Walk a Mile in Whose Shoes? Writing Outside One’s Own Culture (2009) POLLY A. MCCANN: From Where We Write: Writers’ Self Awareness Through Dream and Memory (2010) JESSICA M. NELSON: Craft and Controversy: Victimization of Women and Girls in Young Adult Novels (2011) PETER PEARSON: What’s So Funny? Humor and Pain in Middle-Grade Fiction (2011) MICHAEL A. PETRY: Maps: A Writer’s Resource (2013) KIEL PHEGLEY: Read It Again: Unlocking the Mysterious Literary Qualities of Children’s Series Fiction (2012) ANN QUIRING: The Ultimate Sports Novel Point-Of-View Challenge (2008) ANN SCHOENBOHM: Exploring Secret Places in Children’s Literature: Making a World, Finding a Place, Discovering a Self (2010) ANNE TEWS SCHWAB: An Epic Adventure: The Evolution of a New Form From An Ancient Tradition (2011) SONJA SOLTER: Making Bad Things Happen: Handling Trauma in Realistic Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction (2014) ANDREW STEEVES: What is Podcasting? Everything Writers Need to Know (2012) CAREN B. STELSON: The Inner Strength to Endure the Loss of Paradise: On War, Writing—And the Children (2008) LINDA K. STRAHL: The Portrayal of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Young Adult Literature (2015) SOPHIA SWANK: Dialect in Children’s Literature: To Detect, Respect, Inspect, Inflect, Inject, Resurrect, Reject, Neglect, Protect, Affect, and Perfect Dialect in Text (2012) MELISSA TALEB: A Guide to Muddling Through the Middle of Novel (2012) SEAN TULIEN: Out from the Gutter: How Psychic Distance and Closure Come Together to Elevate Comics (2015) SUE VIERING: No Plot is An Island: The Interdependence of Plot, Setting, and Character (2013) ELIZABETH WALSH: Looking Through The Kaleidoscope: Frameworks For Multiple Points Of View (2015) REQUIRED ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: I understand that these files are not to be reproduced or disseminated in any form without author consent. SUBMIT REQUEST: Note: This form may take a few seconds to submit. 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