Senior Honors Project

Selected Recent Senior Honors Projects

2013

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"

 

2012

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"

 

2011

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"


2010

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)

 

2009

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.”

 

2008

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

 

2007

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

Michael Brokos, “Into the Rapture: An Essay and Poems”

Eric Pecukonis, “On writing Skin Poems

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

Elissa Washuta, “All My Relations” and other stories and essays in unnamed collection

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

 

Past Senior Honors Project

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

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"

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"

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

Sophia Galifianakis, "Iconostasis" (Poems)

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

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"

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"

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)

* Susan Kletter, "John Steinbeck’s Minorities: Assimilation and Obliteration"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

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"

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

Pamela Puchalski, Reading Project on Urban American Literature

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"

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

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"

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

Jason A. Schneiderman, "Isaacs" (Poems)

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)

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

* 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

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

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.