The English Department offers three options for the Master of Arts degree:

Our graduate students are strongly supported both in their academic studies and professional development, as evidenced by their conference presentations, grant awards, and publications (see Student News & Notes ). They also support each other academically and personally through workshops, poetry readings, and other social events sponsored by the English Graduate Student Association (EGSA).

Our alumni teach in private and public secondary schools, colleges, universities, and English language institutes (in the U.S. and abroad), work in publishing, creative writing, the non-profit sector, and private industry. M.A. graduates have also been accepted to many outstanding Ph.D. and MFA programs, including Texas A & M, Florida State University, University of Houston, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Louisiana-Lafayette, Southern Illinois University, University of Rhode Island, Carnegie Mellon University, University of New Hampshire, University of Idaho, and Marquette University.

This collection features theses from Master of Arts students in the Department of English Graduate Programs at Central Washington University.

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Theses from 2022

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Breaking Free: Detectives Let the Guilty Walk, Cassandra Holcombe

Theses from 2021

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Women and World War One: Perspectives on Women's Role in WWI Literature, Rachel Michelle Brown

Theses from 2017

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The Emergence of the Feminist Fatale in American Film Noir, Anne Dennon

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Gender Revolution of the Jazz Age: The Source of Disillusionment in the Works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, Mary Killeen

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Metaphysics of Mania: Edgar Allan Poe's and Herman Melville's Rebranding of Madness during the American Asylum Movement, Alexis Renfro

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Charles Dickens in Cinema and the Loss of His Message, Elliot Staatz

Theses from 2016

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Illustrations of Nepantleras: Bridge Making Potential in Ana Castillo's So Far From God and The Guardians, Amanda Patrick

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Satire and Synthesis: Parody and Satire of Victorian Education in the Works of Lewis Carroll, Cameron D. Sedlacek

Theses from 2015

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Moving Foward?: Problematic Ideologies in Twenty-First Century Fairy Tale Films, Alyson Kilmer

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Dystopian Cinderellas: "I Follow Him into the Dark", Courtney Lear

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Play and Procedural Rhetoric in Composition Coursework: A Rhetorical Analysis of Trivial Pursuit Instructions, Peter Rampa

Theses from 1971

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Mark Twain's Study of the Effects of Slavery and its Relationship to Training, Sharon Faye Nielson

Theses from 1970

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The Church in the Dramas of T. S. Eliot, Rebecca Ellen Dunn

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Prolegomenon to a Neo-Kantian Student Heuristic, John W. Nageley III

Theses from 1969

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Towards a Theory of Metaphor, Lee A. Farr

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The Structure of Double Plots in Elizabethan Drama, Nettie J. Olson

Theses from 1968

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Rhetorical Model: An Aid for Clarifying Literary Terms and for Teaching Literature, Paul R. Allen

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E.M. Forster’s Short Stories, Joan Meredith Kerns