Senior Honors Project

Selected Recent Senior Honors Projects


Siobhan Cully, "The Love that Dies Not: Glimpses of Utopia in Oscar Wilde’s Fairy Tales "

Tajah Ebram, "At 'Home' and Abroad in Andrea Lee’s Interesting Women: Reconsidering Black Women’s Literary Tradition"

Anna Johnson, "'The Tree of Life My Soul Hath Seen:' Riddle 55 and its Religious Context"

Mian Khalid, "Hybrid Identity in the Poetic Form of Agha Shahid Ali's Ghazal"

*Sydney Rende, "At Night"

* Recipient of Sandy Mack Award for the year’s best work in English honors.


Kelsey Cycan, "Been There, Done That: Nostalgia in Don DeLillo's White Noise and Cormac McCarthy's The Road"

James Grammar, "Trading Nature for Capitalism: the Progress Myth in Villiers de l'Isle-Adam's Tomorrow's Eve"

*Bruria Hammer-Bleich,"'I am too big, too big by far': Containing Emotion Through Form in Elizabeth Bishop's Writing"

Raishay Lin, "Unmothered Daughters: Sexuality, Maternity, and Survival in Works by Edith Wharton"

Alexa Minesinger, "A Jolly Entry in the Dickens Canon: New Structures of Pessimism in Martin Chuzzlewit"

Katherine Richard, "Reclaiming, Resisting, and Rewriting: Storytelling in Paul Beatty's The White Boy Shuffle and Isabel Allende's The House of the Spirits"

Sana Siddiqui, "Triple Consciousness: A New Reading of The Lonely Londoners"

* Recipient of Sandy Mack Award for the year’s best work in English honors.


Prachi Bagadia, The Poetics of Space in Part One of Samuel Beckett's Molloy"

*Logan Blizzard, "The Photographis Novel: Image and Text in W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz"

Nathan Dize, La Folle et l'Autre Femme: Perceptions of Identity in the Works of Myriam Warner-Vieyra"

Kara Estelle, "Unreliable and Alternate Narratives: Voice and Pwer in Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita and Ada, or Ardor: A Family Chronicle"

Allison Gibeily, "Certain Ambivalence: The Tangled Vectors of Larkins 'The Church Going'"

Victoria Jones, "This is Rebecca"

Colby Smith, "The Blood Stays on the Blade: The History of New York City in the Films of Martin Scorsese"

Wenfei Zhou, "L'Ève future, Figure, or the Political Gestures of the Nonsensical"

* Recipient of Sandy Mack Award for the year’s best work in English honors.


Anna Haraseyko, "We Are the Words; We Are the Music; We Are the Thing Itself"

*Christopher M. Henry, "The Museum of Misshapens: Abjection in the Novels of Don Delillo"

Peter D. Prokesch, "John Steinbeck's East of Eden"

William Burch, "Textual Misbehavior: The Body and Location Queer Space Etc."

Kevin Ford, "The Play Is Memory: Toward A Definition of the Memory Play Genre"

* Recipient of Sandy Mack Award for the year’s best work in English honors.


Malcolm Harris, “A War of Juxtaposition: Abstraction, Narrative, and The Common”

Madeleine Lincoln, “The Revealing Facades of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Tender is the Night and Ernest Hemmingway’s The Sun Also Rises

Jenna McKay, “Bodies of Literature: Navigating Symbolism through the Grotesque and the Carnivalesque”

*Joshua Winskowski, “‘A word to the wise guy:’ Naked Lunch as a ‘How-To’ Weapon for Political Resistance”

Stephanie Wolf, “Narcissus, Dorian Gray, and the Transformative Power of Beauty”

Steven Yenzer, “The Auction and Other Stories” (Fiction)

* Recipient of Sandy Mack Award for the year’s best work in English honors.


Michael Cameron, “‘It’s All in the Game:’ Philosophy and Structure behind HBO’s The Wire

Caitlin Carter, “Cormac McCarthy: Ethics, and the Deconstruction and Reconstruction of the Western Genre in No Country for Old Men and The Road

Clifford Cooper, “Representative Government: The Rise, Plateau, and Fall of Tamburlaine the Great”

Daniel Greene, “Windowed Selves: Authors and Intertexts in Graphic Memoirs”

Annisa Liu, “Burning Down the House: Watching their Daughters Abandon the Home in To the Lighthouse and Housekeeping

Matthew John Phillips, “A Brief Exhalation Before Sleep” (fiction)

*W. Andrew Shephard, “Body/Politics: Visions of Posthumanity in the Short Fiction of James Tiptree, Jr.”

* Recipient of Sandy Mack Award for the year’s best work in English honors.


Luisa Cole, “Thomas Hardy’s Art and Vision”

*Erica Gruenewald, “Una voz for Celaya: Sandra Cisneros’ Development of Voice in Caramelo, or Puro Cuento

Peter Grybauskas, “The ‘Untold’ Tale in Tolkien’s Mythic Construction”

Jaya Kannan, “Altered Narratives: Rushdie’s Interrogation of Historical Narrative in Midnight’s Children

Liam O’Loughlin, “Naming a ‘Nameless Pain:’ The Anguish of Hybridity in V. S. Naipaul’s The Mimic Men

Anne Powell, “‘Jenny’ and ‘A Castaway:’ Crushed and Uncovered”

Julie Smith, “Mummy in the Renaissance: Resurrecting Meaning in Hydriotaphia, Loves Alchymie, and Othello

* Recipient of Sandy Mack Award for the year’s best work in English honors.

Past Senior Honors Project

Faryan Amir-Ghassemi, “An Archive of Transition: The Deconstruction of Process and its Spatial Significance Towards Western 20th Century Aesthetics” - 5/07

Christine Bailey, "Representations of Rape: How Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Jones’ Eva’s Man, and Kingston’s The Woman Warrior Address Rape Culture" –5/96

Chris Bancells, “The Heart of Betrayal” (Fiction) – 5/02

Kingsley Bedell, "A Rhetorical Analysis of the Book of I John" - 5/97

Ezequiel Berdichevsky, "Guys Without Dolls: The Homosocial Order and the American Gangster Film" - 5/98

Allison Bigelow, “(In)Articulations of National Identity: Physical and Human Natures in Charles Brockden Brown’s Edgar Huntly” - 5/03

Erik Blankinship, "Creating Children’s Literature on the Web: An Introduction to Clay Camp" - 5/97

Christina Braganza, “Oral Argument in the United States Supreme Court Case Roe v. Wade” - 5/03

* Shannon Brennan, “Writing the Major Forms of Anglo-American Poetry” (Poems and criticism) - 5/03

Michael Brokos, “Into the Rapture: An Essay and Poems” - 5/07

Paige Campbell, “Stories from the Rain: The Floods of May 2 and How Hurley Survived Them” (Creative nonfiction) - 5/03

Louis Cannon, "‘Jewgreek is greekjew. Extremes meet:’ An Examination of Stephan and Bloom’s Relationship in James Joyce’s Ulysses" - 5/01

Wyatt Channell, "Constructing Angels" (Poems) - 5/01

Steven W. Chase, “The Natural Sweetness” (Fiction) – 5/02

Jeanne Choi, "The Rhetoric of Community on Asian American Websites" - 5/01

Carol Chong, "Aemilia Lanyer and Mary Astell: Creating a Female Community in Response to Seventeenth-Century Gender Ideology" - 5/97

Robin Clark, "Coming About: Nautical Metaphor in Derek Walcott’s Omeros" - 5/01

Stacy P. Cohen, "Harbor" (Poems) - 5/95

* Jennifer Cunningham, "A Study of H.D.’s Poetics" - 5/95

Thom Dancer, "And to justify the ways of Nabokov to men (and women): The Satire of the Reader in Lolita" - 5/01

DeWayne Dean, “Journey to Pymzonia: Poe, Deleuze and the Critique of Transcendence” - 5/03

* Lawrence-Minh Bui Davis "Beware the Undergraduate Dandy" (Fiction) - 5/01

Tom Davies, "Tragedy and Self-Knowledge in the Mahabharata and Morte Darthur" - 5/00

Emily Dunn, "The Line That Swift Walked: Tracing Jonathan Swift’s Advancement Over the Barriers of Gender Stereotype" - 5/99

Laurie Farmer, "Subversion, Inversion, and Diversion in ‘Donkey-Skin’ Tales: Reinventing Fairy Tale Criticism" - 5/00

Brandon Fastman, “Schizophrenia of Language: The Racial Implications of Narrative Style in William Styron’s The Confessions of Nat Turner” – 5/02

Janice W. Fernheimer, "Resistance and Communal Alliances in Women’s African-American Slave Narratives and Jewish Holocaust Memoirs" - 5/98

Laura Anne Fisher, “Green Earth in the Daylight” (Prose poems) - 5/03

Temima Fruchter, “At the Edge of Sounding Out” (Poems) – 5/02

Robert Ford, "Deconstructing Racial and Sexual Power: Social Protest in James Baldwin’s Another Country" - 5/00

Ian Fulcher, "Sister Art" (Poems) - 5/96

Lisa Furst, "The Shattered Reflection: The Idealized Mother in Sylvia Plath’s Three Women" - 5/94

Isabel Galbraith, "Form and Emotion in Elizabeth Bishop" - 5/01

Sophia Galifianakis, "Iconostasis" (Poems) - 5/99

David J. Galloway, "The King Must Die: Portrayals of Aging in the Danish, Swedish, and Geatish Rulers of Beowulf" - 5/94

Kanishka Gangopadhyay, "The Cultural Implications of the Nation: Four African Novels" - 5/01

Garvan Giltinan, “‘A Kind of Barbarous Invention’: Self-Creation, Liminal Characters and the Fiction of Mayne Reid” - 5/03

Soraya Grieser, "Comic Strategies in Environmental Writers: A Rhetorical Analysis" - 5/01

Heather Tirado-Gilligan, "Rewriting the Politics of Space: Women of Color Respond to A Room of One’s Own" - 8/96

Anna Haas, "‘I understand you undertake to overthrow my undertaking:’ Narration, Genius, and the Autobiographical Self in Gertrude Stein’s Everybody’s Autobiography" - 5/01

* Jessica Marie Hall, "Lying Like the Truth: How Ursula LeGuin’s Four Ways to Forgiveness Explores the Politics of the Public and Private" - 5/99

Aaron Halsdorf, "Perverse Decisions and Options in Doctor Faustus" - 5/94

Chanelle Hardy, "Parallels Traced in Silence: Charlotte Bronte’s Challenges to Victorian Racial Ideology" - 5/99

Adalaine Holton, "Breaking Down the Pales: Rethinking Nella Larsen’s Quicksand as a Modernist Text" - 5/97

Yun-Ju Julie Huang, “‘As a Matter of Fact I Called Him Sid’: Misnaming Politics in the Plays of Harold Pinter” - 5/03

Jessica Marie Hughes, “Endless Possibilities: Investigating the Newbery Medal for Children’s Literature” (Reading project) - 5/03

Patricia Hutton, "Reevaluating Ole Edvart Rolvaag’s Masculinist Reputation" - 5/00

Gene Jung, "‘We Wear the Mask’: Himes’s Antithetical Response to Literary Uplift in If He Hollars Let Him Go" - 5/95

* Stefan Jurasinski, "From Madmas to Ornamenta Animae: Pagan Treasure-Bestowal and the Christian Theme of Beowulf" - 5/98

Susan Kelley, "Exploring Latin American Magic Realism: History, Blood, and Literature" - 5/00

Patti Kim, "The Silent Scream" (Fiction) - 5/92

* Susan Kletter, "John Steinbeck’s Minorities: Assimilation and Obliteration" - 5/94

James Kuzner, "The Rest is History" (Fiction) - 5/00

Emily Levenson, “Liberty Regained: Biblical Reinterpretation and Imagined Community in Aemilia Lanyer’s Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum” - 5/03

Robert Levine, "Black Bile" (Poems) - 5/97

Jennifer L. Major, "Revising the Canon Through the Addition of Three Minority Female Authors" - 5/99

Marnie Mataac, "Waves of Emergence: Writing the Diaspora in Filipino-American Literature" - 5/01

Eric Mein, Fiction

Jesse Molesworth, "Sheridan and the Art of ‘Puffing’" - 5/97

Sean Moller, Fiction

Melora Ann Moreland, "Snakeskins" (Poems) - 5/94

Brad Morse, "Blood and Words" - 5/00

* Meaghan O’Keefe, “The Serpent Silenced: A Rhetorical Analysis of Rachel Speght’s A Mouzell for Melastomus

Jeremy O’Roark, "The Stirring of the Damned Flame: Eliot’s Conception of Symbolic Discourse Through ‘Allegory’" - 5/01

Scott Palmer, “Petrarchans, Papists and Pilgrims: A Religious Reading of William Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona” – 5/02

Kim Paone, "The Legitimacy of Adaptation: Social and Literary Hierarchy and Ideology in and around Shakespeare’s Henry IV Part I, Part II, Henry V, and Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho" - 5/96

Erik Pecukonis, “On writing Skin Poems” - 8/07

Marilyn Perry, “Sex for Sale: Female Sexual Confessions” - 5/03


Catherine Pierre, "Gender and Creativity in Willa Cather’s The Professor’s House and Death Comes to the Archbishop" - 5/94

Jody Nicole Polleck, "Literary Activism by U.S. Women of Color Writers: Deconstruction of the Autobiography" - 5/96

Natalie Prizel, “The Fences of Yoknapatawpha County: Normative Binaries, Narrative Power, and Faulkner’s South in Light in August” - 5/08

Pamela Puchalski, Reading Project on Urban American Literature - 8/98

Holly Reynolds, "Girl Power in the Fourteenth Century: The Empowerment of Women in The Decameron and The Canterbury Tales" - 5/99

Amy Ricigliano, "Perspectives on People with Developmental Difficulties in The Sound and the Fury and Of Mice and Men"– 5/00

Scott Donato Saccenti, "The Evolution of ‘Work’ in Fitzgerald’s Novels" - 5/95

Amin Azad Sadr, "The Clear Sky Ocean" (Fiction) - 5/01

* Christine Sanders, "The Four Humors in William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of King Lear and Ben Jonson’s Every Man In His Humor" – 5/00

Solomon P. Sarang, "Panel-to-Panel and Person-to-Person: Graphic Novels and Realism: Explications of Blood of Palomar, Stuck Rubber Baby, and Maus I & II" - 5/08

Rindi Savitt, "Reflections on a Surprising Connection Between Harold Pinter’s Moonlight and Alexander Pope’s ‘Elegy to the Memory of an Unfortunate Lady’" - 5/96

Jasmine Sawhney, “Quarreling with Paper Tigers: Linguistic and Literary Rebellion in Salman Rushdie’s Shame and Midnight’s Children” – 5/02

* Harshita Saxena, "Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony and the Healing Ceremony of Tayo and the Reader" - 5/97

Carolyn Rebecca Scearce, "The Framing of Little Red Riding Hood" - 5/95

Jason A. Schneiderman, "Isaacs" (Poems) - 5/98

Amy Schumacher, "Language and Colonization: The Case of The Tempest" - 5/99

Iris Sevi, "Demystifying Shakespeare’s Borderlands" - 5/97

Christina Sfekas, "Stations and Other Sequences" (Poetry) - 5/01

Charles Shryock, "Metaphors for the Buddha Nature in Zen Buddhism" - 5/01

Ted Simpson, Reading Project on Milton’s Influence on 18th-Century Authors

Michael Skipper, "Opening the Closure: Historiographic Narrative in Print and on Screen" - 5/99

Regina Smith, "Fragments" (Poems) - 8/99

Olivia Stewart, "Nomina Nuda Tenemus: The Philosophy of Language in The Name of the Rose" - 5/01

Dave Stockhoff, "Fantastic ‘Orientalism’: Dunsany’s Ironic Tales of Colonial Insecurity" - 5/98

Noah Teates, "At the Violent Hour" (Fiction) - 5/97

Jesse Terrill, Fiction - 5/95

* Catherine E. Thomas, "Transgressive Displacements: Redefining the Child Murder Motif in English Renaissance Drama" - 5/96

Adam Trexler, "Minding the Gap: The Role of Indeterminacy and Thematics in Samuel Beckett’s First Love" - 5/99

* Ranjana Varghese, "The Things Under a Black Umbrella" (Poems and Stories) - 5/99

Nina Vucenik, "There are New Mountains: The Male and the Female Archetypal Journeys in LeGuin’s Earthsea" - 5/95

Elissa Washuta, “All My Relations” and other stories and essays in unnamed collection - 5/07

* Alice Waters, “Women’s Anxieties in the SF Pulp Magazines, 1930-1948” - 5/07

Monica M. Whiten, "Female Power and Male Responsibility: An Examination of Edith Wharton’s Ethan Frome and The Age of Innocence" - 5/95

Lindsey Yamada, "Challenging the ‘Great Imperial Tradition’: Rewriting Heart of Darkness as a Postcolonial Strategy for Constructing Identity and Consciousness" - 5/00

Anne Yoder “The Impossibility of the Ideal: Failed Artists and Ambiguous Advice in Henry James’s Roderick Hudson, ‘The Madonna of the Future,’ and ‘The Lesson of the Master’” – 5/02

Lisa Zycherman, "Frank Norris and Willa Cather: Social Bodies in The Octopus and O Pioneers!" - 5/01


* Recipient of Sandy Mack Award for the year’s best work in English honors.