I extend my special thanks to: my entire family for their love and support in my academic endeavors; my thesis director, Dr. Anthony Flinn, for his extraordinary patience, his careful editing, and his marvelous support and advice throughout the development of this project; Dr. Paul Lindholdt for sparking the project’s inception and his editing, support, and encouragement; my roommate, Riley Gray, for his willingness to listen so often to my “bundles of incoherence” and their eagerness to read early drafts of this project and provide valuable feedback; Dean Decuir, who thought to create icons for this project and offered his services in doing so; and finally, Neil Mann, who graciously allowed me to use an image from his outstanding website.

With all of your help, this project was able to become the proud piece of scholarship it is. Thank you.