Master’s theses publicly defended

[Some authors have chosen to make their MA theses available online via the institutional repositories. Click on the title of the thesis to open the PDF file.]

2016-2017

University of A Coruña:

  1. Carolina Álvarez Otero. “Not like her: Trauma and motherhood in Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory and Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club. Supervisor: María Frías Rudolphi.
  2. Anabella Soledad Barsaglini Castro. “WHAT: When humans are transcending. A corpus-based study”. Supervisor: Isabel Moskowich-Spiegel.
  3. Elena Canido Muiño. “Creative muse: The young female artist and the role of arts in women’s Künstlerromans”. Supervisor: María Frías Rudolphi.
  4. Raquel Fernández Uría. “All the way through: Transgression in Jim Henson’s Labyrinth“. Supervisor: Eduardo Barros Grela.
  5. Tamara Mariño Díaz. “The American bandstand era: The representation of the African-American community in Shankman’s Hairspray”. Supervisor: José Liste Noya.
  6. Ana Martínez Carrera. “Interference in translation. A study on the uses of argumentative linkers in English translations from Spanish”. Supervisor: Isabel Moskowich-Spiegel.
  7. Raquel Martínez Neira. “’Real or not real?’ Exploring gender in Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games trilogy”. Supervisor: María Frías Rudolphi.
  8. María Ángeles Porto Prado. “Multiple intelligences and growth mindset development in the foreign language classroom: A field study with secondary school students”. Supervisor: Elizabeth Anne Woodward Smith.
  9. Vanesa Vázquez Novo. “Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald’s short stories: A reflection of her artistic aspirations and frustrations”. Supervisor: José Liste Noya.

University of Santiago de Compostela:

  1. Magdalena Bakowska. “Semantic change and intensification: A study of four fear-related adjectives”. Supervisor: Belén Méndez Naya.
  2. Leticia García Barreiro. “Intersections of race and gender in Harper Lee’s fiction”. Supervisor: Constante González Groba.
  3. Sandra Gómez Garrido. “We take care of our own: Representations of the common man in Steinbeck and Springsteen”. Supervisor: Patricia Fra López.
  4. Adrián González Álvarez. “Masculinities under pressure. Analysis of Raymond Carver’s male characters”. Supervisor: Laura Lojo Rodríguez.
  5. Yin Li. “An analysis of Doris Lessing’s The grass is singing from the perspective of postcolonial feminism”. Supervisor: José Manuel Barbeito Varela.
  6. Nerea López Montero. “Historicity vs fiction in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander”. Supervisor: Cristina Mourón Figueroa.
  7. Lúa López Pomar. “Invented lives: The case of Zelda Fitzgerald in biography, fiction and TV”. Supervisor: Patricia Fra López.
  8. Tania Nogareda Couselo. “Word frequency in British advertising: verbs and adjectives”. Supervisor: Mª Teresa Sánchez Roura.
  9. Rubén Pérez Vilas. “The characterization of aristocracy at the turn of the century: Continental and transatlantic literary perspectives”. Supervisor: Margarita Estévez Saá.
  10. Lorena Ribao Camba. “Content and Language Integrated Learning in Spain. An analysis of the Galician situation”. Supervisor: Ignacio Palacios Martínez.
  11. Raúl Río Fernández. “Exploring the parallels between ontogenetic and diachronic grammaticalization: The emerging modal wanna in American English as a case in point”. Supervisor: Mª José López Couso.
  12. Yonay Rodríguez Rodríguez. “A study of classroom interactions in a multicultural context”. Supervisor: Mario Cal Varela.

University of Vigo:

  1. María Mallo Alfonso. “Phonology in eighteenth-century English dictionaries: Variation and change in long vowels”. Supervisor: Nuria Yáñez Bouza.
  2. Nair Melo Pazos. “‘Low standards’ and the National Curriculum in Primary  Education in the UK”. Supervisor: Nuria Yáñez Bouza.
  3. Raquel Pereira Romasanta. “Synchronic variation in clausal complementation: The case of regret in British and American English”. Supervisor: Elena Seoane.
  4. Adriana Pérez Pazo. “Write-wrote-written? Verb forms in the preterite and participle in schoolchildren’s writings”. Supervisor: Nuria Yáñez Bouza.
  5. Jennifer Rivas González. “Growing up hybrid: Narratives of Asian girlhood in English-speaking diasporas”. Supervisor: Belén Martín Lucas.
  6. Estrela Rivas López. “Protection vs. liberation: The sex wars of the 80s in the 21st century and the postfeminism of today through the analysis of HBO’s Girls“. Supervisor: Belén Martín Lucas.
  7. Carla Seabra Dacosta. “Epistolary writing in the eighteenth century: Terms of address and self-corrections”. Supervisor: Nuria Yáñez Bouza.

2015-2016

University of A Coruña:

  1. Laura de las Mercedes Buján Sánchez. “Pragmatic competence in Spanish students of EFL: Making requests and apologies”. Supervisor: Elizabeth Woodward Smith.
  2. Malgorzata Ewa Chmielewska. “Content marketing as ideology. A Critical Discourse Analysis approach”. Supervisor: Begoña Crespo García.
  3. Alba Díaz Pérez. “Feminism and humor in Lorrie Moores’s short stories”. Supervisor: Carolina Núñez Puente.
  4. Roberto Gutiérrez Vázquez. “The Dublin of Joyce: Analysis of Dubliners”. Supervisor: Antonio Raúl de Toro Santos.
  5. Seán Keane. “People never notice anything: Exploring Holden’s apparent mental disorder and estrangement with parental figures”. Supervisor: Eduardo Barros Grela.
  6. Rebeca Martínez Trigo. “Exploring Linda’s identity formation in Monique Truong’s Bitter in the Mouth”. Supervisor: Begoña Simal González.
  7. Natalia Paz Outumuro. “Verbing in spoken and written discourse across time”. Supervisor: Isabel Moskowich-Spiegel Fandiño.
  8. María Esther Rabuñal Bermúdez. “Redemption through the Blues: Shug Avery, Mary Agnes [‘Squeak’] and Billie Holiday”. Supervisor: María Frías Rudolphi.
  9. Bhavna Vasnani Vasnani. “Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple: An analysis and comparative depiction of female characters in the novels and television series”. Supervisor: David Clark Mitchell.

University of Santiago de Compostela: 

  1. Mónica Junquera Areas Pérez. “Gender and identity in Irish Contemporary fiction”. Supervisor: Manuela Susana Domínguez Pena.
  2. Martín Fernández Fernández. “The apprenticeship of  the Hemingway hero in The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell To Arms, and For Whom the Bell Tolls”. Supervisor: Constante González Groba.
  3. Tania Figueiras Campos. “Creating an alter-ego and a hero: Perry Smith in Richard Brooks’s film adaptation of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood”. Supervisor: Patricia Fra López.
  4. Pablo García Álvarez. “Forensic Linguistics: The case of real life and movie interrogations”. Supervisor: María de los Ángeles Gómez González.
  5. Carmen González Varela. “George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four: Revolution, sexuality, and the body of the female antiheroine”. Supervisor: Laura Lojo Rodríguez.
  6. Regina Martínez Ponciano. “The sign of the Wildean four: Analyzing Oscar Wilde’s presence in Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes”. Supervisor: Jorge Sacido Romero.
  7. Jorge Rodríguez Durán. “Urban tales: Women’s imaginaries in Irish Short Fiction about The Troubles”. Supervisor: Manuela Palacios González.

University of Vigo:

  1. Sara Albán García. “Transliteration and analysis of a Late Middle English manuscript: Prick of Conscience MS 50”. Supervisor: Nuria Yáñez Bouza.
  2. Manuel Bea Pintos. “The Cthulhu mythos and the unspeakable”. Supervisor: Martín Urdiales Shaw.
  3. Martyna Bubacz. “L1 influence on the usage of English verb tenses: A case study of Polish and Spanish speakers”. Supervisor: Rosalía Rodríguez Vázquez.

2014-2015

University of A Coruña:

  1. Verónica-Mirela Apostol. “William Shakespeare in popular culture: Franco Zeffirelli and Baz Luhrmann’s film adaptations of Romeo and Juliet”. Supervisor: David Clark Mitchell.
  2. Ana López Pampín. “Geography and involvement: A linguistic analysis of women’s discourse”. Supervisor: Isabel Moskowich-Spieguel Fandiño.
  3. Inés López-Sors Vázquez. “Living in rapture: Cultural perspectives and narrative techniques in the Bioshock Saga. Supervisor: Eduardo Barros Grela.
  4. Lucía Vázquez Martínez. “Primary education textbooks and their adequacy to LOMCE: A corpus-based study on lexical skills”. Supervisor: Isabel Moskowich-Spiegel Fandiño.

University of Santiago de Compostela:

  1. Khawla Abed Albadi Abbas Al-Tawarh. “Euphemisms for death in Arabic-Jordanian and American English: A comparative study”. Supervisor: Luis Iglesias Rábade.
  2. Noelia Castro Chao. “Changes in argument structure: Developments in impersonal constructions since Late Middle English. A preliminary corpus-based study”. Supervisor: Teresa Fanego.
  3. Alba Dono Costoya. “Re-establishment of English in writing, 1300-1500”. Supervisor: Luis Iglesias Rábade.
  4. Andrea Jamardo Seijo. “Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings in terms of race and gender”. Supervisor: Susana Jiménez Placer.
  5. Alicia Martínez Aguín. “Language, gender and identity in Julia Álvarez’s How the García Girls Lost Their Accents”. Supervisor: Susana Jiménez Placer.
  6. Angela Martínez Fachal. “Bards of the Nation: Eduardo Pondal and W.B. Yeats”. Supervisor: Margarita Estévez Sáa.
  7. Daniela Beatriz Pettersson Traba. “A preliminary corpus-based diachronic analysis of the behavioural profile of a set of near-synonyms in American English”. Supervisor: María José López Couso.
  8. Naara Queiruga Domínguez. “Segregation in Alice Childress’s Like One of the Family”. Supervisor: Susana Jiménez Placer.
  9. Irene Vilariño Martínez. “Bobbie Ann Mason’s The Nancy Culpepper Stories: Region, writing, and identity”. Supervisor: Constante González Groba.
  10. Marta Yáñez Castiñeira. “Women and ‘The Troubles’: Trauma and memory in Deirdre Madden’s One By One in the Darkness”. Supervisor: Margarita Estévez Sáa.

University of Vigo:

  1. Martyna Bubacz. “L1 Influence on the acquisition of English verb tenses: A case study of Polish and Spanish speakers”. Supervisor: Rosalía Rodríguez Vázquez.
  2. Marta Bukowska. “English in brand naming in the streets of Vigo. A sociolinguistic study of opinions and attitudes”. Supervisor: Nuria Yáñez Bouza.
  3. Tania González González. “Female characters in the Arthurian Cycle and their representation in John Boorman’s Excalibur (1981) and Terry Gilliam’s The Fisher King (1991)”. Supervisor: Jorge L. Bueno Alonso.
  4. Pedro Nogueira Chapela. “Ain’t never gonna be what it was: The social failure of post-industrial capitalism through The Wire’s Season Two”. Supervisor: Jorge L. Bueno Alonso.
  5. Diana Ramos Soto. “O Henry’s New York Stories: Urban social classes at the turn of the 20th Century”. Supervisor: Martín Urdiales Shaw.
  6. Raquel Sánchez Monterde. “An ‘unfinished tale’ of the Matter of Britain?: J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fall of Arthur and its contribution to his mythology for England.” Supervisor: Jorge L. Bueno Alonso.
  7. Adriana Taboada González. “Gollum vs. The Gollum: Ring-bearing, duality & inner conflict and their narrative centrality in J.R.R. Tolkien’s (and Peter Jackson’s) The Lord of the Rings.” Supervisor: Jorge L. Bueno Alonso.

2013-2014

University of A Coruña:

  1. Verónica Baldomir Pardiñas. “Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah: (Re)opening a conversation about race and beauty”. Supervisor: María Frías Rudolphi.
  2. Verónica Goimil Vilacoba. “James Joyce in translation: Colloquialisms, vulgarisms and idiomatic and cultural expressions in the Spanish and Galician versions of Ulysses. Supervisor: José Miguel Alonso Giráldez.
  3. Antti Pekka Nykänen. “The culture of crisis”. Supervisor: José Manuel Estévez Saá.
  4. Cristian Pernas Rubal. “Deconstructing Romantic (and other) conventions through Atwood’s and Munro’s short stories”. Supervisor: Carolina Núñez Puente.
  5. Brais Romero Gómez. “Postmodern elements in Tarantino’s soundtrack”. Supervisor: Eduardo Barros Grela.
  6. Carolina Celeste Valenzuela Zúñiga. “Blend formation: A cognitive approach”. Supervisor: Begoña Crespo García.

University of Santiago de Compostela: 

  1. Mikel Bermello Isusi. “The ability to cope with death in the American war novel: From WWI to Iraq”. Supervisor: Constante González Groba.
  2. Iago Boán Francis. “Literary portraits of King Richard III: History and fiction in William Shakespeare’s play and Sharon Penman’s The Sunne in Splendour“. Supervisor: Cristina Mourón Figueroa.
  3. Mirian Buján Vigo. “Beauty blogs in English and Spanish: A contrastive multimodal analysis”. Supervisor: Mª de los Ángeles Gómez González.
  4. Ana Díaz Rodríguez. “Female aging in Doris Lessing’s The Diaries of Jane Sommers”. Supervisor: Margarita Estévez Sáa.
  5. Iria de Dios Flores. “Constructional networks and relations among constructions. Relative clauses as a case in point”. Supervisor: J. Carlos Acuña Fariña.
  6. Juan de Dios Liria Marrero. “The Placage system and the tragic mulatto in the fiction of George Washington Cable and Anne Rice”. Supervisor: Constante González Groba.
  7. Raquel Facorro Souto. “Paul Auster’s Travels in the Scriptorium“. Supervisor: Laura Lojo Rodríguez.
  8. Esther Gómez López. “Family loss in Joyce Carol Oates’s fiction”. Supervisor: Susana Jiménez Placer.
  9. Paula Márquez Caamaño. “Interactivity and opportunism in agreement operations: An experimental study on the production of subject-verb agreement in English and Spanish”. Supervisor: J. Carlos Acuña Fariña.
  10. Jorge Mediero Veira. “True Detective by Nic Pizzolatto: An analysis of the figure of the investigator and the detective story from Poe to Film Noir”. Supervisor: Patricia Fra López.
  11. Inmaculada Pérez Casal. “Women as mentors: The importance of female interrelationships in Lisa Kleypas’ Travis series”. Supervisor: Patricia Fra López.
  12. Lara Pinto Pérez. “Defining ‘steampunk’ as genre: Creating a past that never existed”. Supervisor: Laura Lojo Rodríguez.
  13. Leticia Prieto Vázquez. “Rewriting female myths in Irish and Galician women’s poetry”. Supervisor: Manuela Palacios González.
  14. Marta Regueira Vázquez. “New technologies in the teaching of English in Spain. Students’ and teachers’ views”. Supervisor: Ignacio Palacios Martínez.
  15. Santiago José Resúa Muñiz. “A revolutionary in the chair of St Peter? Ideology and power relations in Pope Francis’ discourse”. Supervisor: Mª de los Ángeles Gómez González.

University of Vigo:

  1. Sara Martínez Martínez. “Gender, sexuality and humour in Geoffrey Chaucer’s The  Canterbury Tales“. Supervisor: Jorge Figueroa Dorrego.
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