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1. Robertson, Paul L. The Mountains at the End of the World: Subcultural Appropriations of Appalachia and the Hillbilly Image, 1990-2010.

Degree: PhD, Media, Art, and Text, 2019, Virginia Commonwealth University

There is an aversion within the field of Appalachian Studies to addressing the cultural formulations of the Appalachian/hillbilly/mountaineer as an icon of aggressive resistance. The aversion is understandable, as for far too long images of the irrationally and savagely violent mountaineer were integral to the most gross popular culture stereotypes of Appalachia. Media consumers often take pleasure or comfort in these images, which usually occur in a reactionary context with the hillbilly as either a type of nationally necessary savage OR as an unregenerate barbarian against whom a national civilization will triumph and benefit by the struggle. I bookend my study with two artifacts of Appalachian representation, linked in specific subject matter, but separated by twenty years. The 1991 West Virginia Public Television-produced documentary film The Dancing Outlaw quickly became an underground cult classic—an object of both absurdist delight and cultural identification within the punk subculture, particularly among those with both a punk sensibility and personal connections to the Appalachian region (birth, upbringing, residency, ancestry). In 2009, MTV and the resources of its wildly popular Jackass franchise revisited the locale and family featured in this earlier documentary and produced the sophisticated and polished film The Wild, Wonderful Whites of West Virginia. The core purpose of this project, however, is to examine why Appalachia and/or the hillbilly, as constructed within and across these subcultures, possessed such appeal during this historical moment. My hypothesis is that such appeal lies primarily (but not exclusively) in the negative characteristics of the region and its inhabitants that are represented throughout a variety of subcultural texts: documentary film, art house cinema, niche regional literature, and independent zine publishing and early blogging. For both those identifying themselves as Appalachians/hillbillies (or some related variation thereof) and those “playing” as Appalachians/hillbillies, these images become statements of resistance and survival to challenge the national mass culture and the political ideologies supporting it. Advisors/Committee Members: David Golumbia, Eric Garberson, Cristina Stanciu, Wesley Chenault.

Subjects/Keywords: Appalachian representation; documentary film; Appalachian Literature; punk subculture; Zines; American Popular Culture; Appalachian Studies; Literature in English, North America; Other Film and Media Studies

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APA (6th Edition):

Robertson, P. L. (2019). The Mountains at the End of the World: Subcultural Appropriations of Appalachia and the Hillbilly Image, 1990-2010. (Doctoral Dissertation). Virginia Commonwealth University. Retrieved from https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/etd/5854

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Robertson, Paul L. “The Mountains at the End of the World: Subcultural Appropriations of Appalachia and the Hillbilly Image, 1990-2010.” 2019. Doctoral Dissertation, Virginia Commonwealth University. Accessed September 22, 2019. https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/etd/5854.

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Robertson, Paul L. “The Mountains at the End of the World: Subcultural Appropriations of Appalachia and the Hillbilly Image, 1990-2010.” 2019. Web. 22 Sep 2019.

Vancouver:

Robertson PL. The Mountains at the End of the World: Subcultural Appropriations of Appalachia and the Hillbilly Image, 1990-2010. [Internet] [Doctoral dissertation]. Virginia Commonwealth University; 2019. [cited 2019 Sep 22]. Available from: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/etd/5854.

Council of Science Editors:

Robertson PL. The Mountains at the End of the World: Subcultural Appropriations of Appalachia and the Hillbilly Image, 1990-2010. [Doctoral Dissertation]. Virginia Commonwealth University; 2019. Available from: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/etd/5854


Virginia Commonwealth University

2. Lucas, Rowan. Out of the Margins: Evolving Narrative Representation of Women in Video Games.

Degree: MA, English, 2019, Virginia Commonwealth University

This thesis examines narrative representation of female characters in video games and how game narratives and representations contribute to socio-cultural discourse. First, this thesis explores and defines the cultural background for female representation in video games. It then defines video games as a type of text and describes the features that are unique to games, such as the use of avatars, and what impacts these features have on game narratives. The thesis attempts to establish evidence of an evolutionary arc of comprehensive female representation in video games by first exploring historical female narrative tropes, and then comparing them to narrative case studies of female characters within five recent game titles (Tomb Raider, Bayonetta, Dragon Age, Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice, and Horizon: Zero Dawn). In these case studies, the implications for their representations of female characters are analyzed in the context of socio-cultural discourse. Furthermore, this thesis argues for the importance of diverse representation within video games as a form of media, and as cultural objects that contribute to social discourse. Advisors/Committee Members: Les Harrison, Cristina Stanciu, Christine J. Cynn.

Subjects/Keywords: Digital Humanities; Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Other English Language and Literature; Other Film and Media Studies

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APA (6th Edition):

Lucas, R. (2019). Out of the Margins: Evolving Narrative Representation of Women in Video Games. (Thesis). Virginia Commonwealth University. Retrieved from https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/etd/5882

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Lucas, Rowan. “Out of the Margins: Evolving Narrative Representation of Women in Video Games.” 2019. Thesis, Virginia Commonwealth University. Accessed September 22, 2019. https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/etd/5882.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Lucas, Rowan. “Out of the Margins: Evolving Narrative Representation of Women in Video Games.” 2019. Web. 22 Sep 2019.

Vancouver:

Lucas R. Out of the Margins: Evolving Narrative Representation of Women in Video Games. [Internet] [Thesis]. Virginia Commonwealth University; 2019. [cited 2019 Sep 22]. Available from: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/etd/5882.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

Lucas R. Out of the Margins: Evolving Narrative Representation of Women in Video Games. [Thesis]. Virginia Commonwealth University; 2019. Available from: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/etd/5882

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation


Virginia Commonwealth University

3. Lawrence, Ariel D. Black Lives Examined: Black Nonfiction and the Praxis of Survival in the Post-Civil Rights Era.

Degree: MA, English, 2018, Virginia Commonwealth University

The subject of my thesis project is black nonfiction, namely the essay, memoir, and autobiography, written by black authors about and during the Post-Civil Rights Era. The central goals of this work are to briefly investigate the role of genre analysis within the various subsets of nonfiction and also to exemplify the ways that black writers have taken key genre models and evolved them. Secondly, I aim to understand the historical, political, and cultural contributions of the Post-Civil Rights Era, which I mark as hitting its stride in 1968. It is not my desire to create a definitive historical framework for the Post-Civil Rights Era, but instead to understand it as a period of transition, revolt, and transformation which asked many important questions that have remained unanswered. I apply multiple theoretical frameworks to my research — like queer theory, Afro-pessimism, fugitivity, and more — to offer insights into the nonfiction works of writers such as James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Angela Davis, Alice Walker, Larry Neale, and Toni Cade Bambara. It is my hope to continue the work of such scholars as Hortense Spillers, Angela Ards, and Margo V. Perkins, by illustrating not only how these authors offered literary and aesthetic innovations, but also, through the archiving of their life experiences in print, create theories and practices for survival, forged in the past, which impact our current moment, and inspire us as scholars and activists to do the same. Advisors/Committee Members: Bryant Mangum, Shermaine Jones, Cristina Stanciu, Brandi Summers, Michael Hall.

Subjects/Keywords: Black; African-American Literature; Nonfiction; Genre Studies; Queer Theory; Womanist Theory; Black Feminist Theory; Afro-Pessimist Theory; Post-Civil Rights; Black Power; Black Arts; African American Studies; American Literature; Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies; Nonfiction; Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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APA (6th Edition):

Lawrence, A. D. (2018). Black Lives Examined: Black Nonfiction and the Praxis of Survival in the Post-Civil Rights Era. (Thesis). Virginia Commonwealth University. Retrieved from https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/etd/5450

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Chicago Manual of Style (16th Edition):

Lawrence, Ariel D. “Black Lives Examined: Black Nonfiction and the Praxis of Survival in the Post-Civil Rights Era.” 2018. Thesis, Virginia Commonwealth University. Accessed September 22, 2019. https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/etd/5450.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

MLA Handbook (7th Edition):

Lawrence, Ariel D. “Black Lives Examined: Black Nonfiction and the Praxis of Survival in the Post-Civil Rights Era.” 2018. Web. 22 Sep 2019.

Vancouver:

Lawrence AD. Black Lives Examined: Black Nonfiction and the Praxis of Survival in the Post-Civil Rights Era. [Internet] [Thesis]. Virginia Commonwealth University; 2018. [cited 2019 Sep 22]. Available from: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/etd/5450.

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

Council of Science Editors:

Lawrence AD. Black Lives Examined: Black Nonfiction and the Praxis of Survival in the Post-Civil Rights Era. [Thesis]. Virginia Commonwealth University; 2018. Available from: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/etd/5450

Note: this citation may be lacking information needed for this citation format:
Not specified: Masters Thesis or Doctoral Dissertation

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