Émilie to Emily

Reviving the Salon and Talking Science in the 21st Century

Master’s Thesis: Kurt Vonnegut Biography

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 11, 1922, Armistice day.[1] Descended from wealthy and proud German-Americans, by the end of the 1920s, the Vonnegut family was faced with multiple crises of identity. The First World War... Continue Reading →

Master’s Thesis: A Reluctant Luddite?

“We are here on Earth to fart around. Don’t let anybody tell you any different.”[1] The humor and nonchalance that Kurt Vonnegut brought to his writing was infectious, so much so that he was often compared with Mark Twain.[2] Known... Continue Reading →

Master’s Thesis: Bibliography

Before I post the rest of my thesis, for further study, here is the bibliography from my work, for those of you interested in the source work which I used. Abele, Elizabeth. “The Journey Home in Kurt Vonnegut’s World War... Continue Reading →

Master’s Thesis: Abstract

Kurt Vonnegut’s writing helped to push the boundaries of our conventional understanding of twentieth-century American literature through his inclusion of science fiction themes in many of his works and his poignant discussions of the perils of war. However, it is... Continue Reading →

Masters Thesis Progress

As I am drawing near the end of my masters program at the University of Oklahoma, I thought would update on the progress I have made this semester on my writing. I have a solid 70 page draft that has... Continue Reading →

Justified and Unjustified Fears

Vonnegut came to General Electric on the heels of the success of his older brother, Bernard, taking a job in the public relations department. Bernard’s work at GE will be discussed in more depth later, especially his close proximity to... Continue Reading →

Kurt Vonnegut and World-Ending Technologies

I am titling this section World Ending Technologies, rather than the Bomb, because there is a level of importance to the way which Vonnegut chooses to end the world in Cat’s Cradle, and yes, he does end the world. There... Continue Reading →

Kurt Vonnegut and Relevant Scholarship

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 11, 1922, Armistice day, a fact that, as an adult, he was quite proud of, being born on a day associated with peace.[1] Descended from wealth and proud German-Americans, by... Continue Reading →

Mass Producing an “American” Identity

Much of what is presently understood as the “American” identity can be traced back to a rather pivotal period of the immediate postwar and early Cold War. It is not surprising that many of these values which we deem to... Continue Reading →

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