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Date of Award


Culminating Project Type

Starred Paper

Degree Name

English: Teacher Education: M.S.




College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

Glenn Davis

Second Advisor

Judith Dorn

Third Advisor

Hsueh-I Lo

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Monstrosity, Gender, Beowulf, Failure, AP English, Gifted Students




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