English

Undergraduate Honors Theses and Awards

2016-2017

  • Gabrielle Belisle, “Renaissance Humanism and the Nuremberg Chronicle of 1493” (adv. Meredith Neuman and John Garton)
  • Emily Denny, “The Ladies Room: A Novel, An Experiment in Making Science Fiction” (adv. Jay Elliot and Karen Osborn)
  • Genevieve Mahoney, “Public Witness to the Streets: Baldwin’s Vision of Black Harlem” (adv. Jay Elliot and Eric De Barros)
  • Madeline Phillips, “Writing the Unimaginable: Representations of Trauma across Four Novels” (adv. Jay Elliot and Bob Tobin)
  • Emma Sonberg, “Clearer Waters” (adv. Jay Elliot and Lisa Kasmer)
  • Sarah Wells, “I Don’t Quite Follow…: An Analysis of Problematic Academic Linguistics” (Jay Elliot and Barbara Capogrosso Sansone)
  • Jacob Ruta, “Identity in the Zone: Disciplinary Power, Habitus, and Influential Narrative in Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow” (adv. Lou Bastien and Jay Elliot)
  • Jonathan Boyar*, “’Now I a Fourfold Vision See’: From the Miltonic Trinity to the Blakean Quadrinity” (adv. Lou Bastien and Olga Litvak)
  • Haifa Hanzala**, “Lahlein” (adv. Jay Elliot and Michael Bamberg)

*Winner of the Virginia Mason Vaughan Prize for Most Outstanding Honors Thesis in Critical Analysis

**Winner of the Virginia Mason Vaughan Prize for Most Outstanding Honors Thesis in Creative Writing

2015-2016

  • Emma Berman, "Henry David Thoreau, Barbara Kingsolver and the Nature of Change"
  • Seamus O’Connor, “Hegemony in Westeros: Aristocracy, Peasantry and Intellectuals”
  • Hunter Reid, "Soul(less) Hauntings in Jackson and Matheson"
  • Sasha Kohan, “Betty, Sally, and Existential Womanhood in Mad Men” (adv. Betsy Huang)*

*Winner of the Virginia Mason Vaughan Prize for Most Outstanding Honors Thesis in Critical Analysis

2014-2015

  • Levi Byrne, “Nashville” (adv. Meredith Neuman)
  • Joel Helander, “Almost Becoming” (Adv. Jay Elliot and Matt Malsky)
  • Jeremey Levine*, “Visions of Foster” (adv. Jay Elliot)
  • Laura Matthew, “Transcending the Binary: Gender, identity, and Representation” (adv. Betsy Huang)
  • Nicholas J. Porcella*, “Getting to Say Goodbye: A Memoir” (adv. Jay Elliot and Eric De Barros)

*Co-Winner of the Virginia Mason Vaughan Prize for Most Outstanding Honors Thesis in Creative Writing

2013-2014

  • Lauren Cyr, "Gender in Conflict: A History of Iraqi Women from Ba'athism to Occupation" (adv. Fern Johnson and Doug Little)
  • Shalyn Hopley*, "'In My Ear': Gender and Claims to Knowledge in The Great Gatsby and Jazz" (adv. Betsy Huang and Lucilia Valerio)
  • Claire McDonald*, "'Units of a Greater Beast': The Presence of John Steinbeck's Phalanx Theory in his Political Fiction and Non-Fiction" (adv. Jay Elliott and Betsy Huang)
  • Michael Steigman**, "The Construct and the Crux" (adv. Jay Elliott and Jen Plante)
  • Charlotte Turner**, "Both, Neither" (adv. Jay Elliott and Esther Jones)

*Co-winner of the Virginia Mason Vaughan Prize for Most Outstanding Honors Thesis in Critical Analysis

**Co-winner of the Virginia Mason Vaughan Prize for Most Outstanding Honors Thesis in Creative Writing

2012-2013

  • Ben Canner, "There Were Never Heroes: Autonomy, Identity, and the Modern Age in the Superhero Genre" (adv. James Elliott)
  • Kulani Dias, "'My People Over Yours': The Panoptic Politicization of the Body in Post-War Sri Lanka" (adv. Lisa Kasmer)
  • Cara Gross, "Restoration, Reform and Rebirth: Imagination as a Healing Response to Environmental Crisis and Uncertainty" (adv. Virginia Vaughan)
  • Josh Joyce, "The Rhetoric of Power" (adv. Betsy Huang)
  • Stephanie Orman, "Cursed, Damned, and Living Happily Ever After?: Intertextuality and the Female Monster in Contemporary Urban Fantasy" (adv. James Elliott)

2011-12

  • Lisa Johnson, "A Return to Linguistics: Morrison's Interpretation of the Song of Songs in Conversation with Song of Solomon" (adv. SunHee Kim Gertz)
  • Naomi Kurtz, "Deciphering the Unknown: Tracing Greek Myth Through Western Literature" (adv. Louis Bastien)
  • Elizabeth Mirabelli, "Shelter Seekers: A Creative Writing Honors Thesis with Process Essay" (adv. James Elliott)
  • Zachary Meager, "Reimaging Visual and Textual Narrative Techniques: Comparative Voices in Paul Auster's City of Glass" (adv. Stephen Levin)
  • Anna Meserve, "Tracing Magical Realism and The Angel's Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafón" (adv. Louis Bastien)
  • Tegan Young, "'Reader, forgive me for telling the plain truth': Narrative Theory in Jane Eyre and Villette" (adv. Lisa Kasmer)

2010-11

  • Leah Carvalho, "Exploring the Language of Urban Naturalism in Joyce Carol Oates's Them and Stephen Crane's Maggie: A Girl of Secrets" (adv. Louis Bastien)
  • Nathan Egan, "To Ourselves and Our Posterity: Fathers, Sons, and the American Dream in William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! and the Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian" (adv. James Elliott)
  • Jeremy Foster, "Patrons and the Pulitzer in American Indian Language" (adv. Meredith Neuman)
  • Rachael Furman, "Em(body)ing Agency: The Trope of Touch in Modern Ethnic Women's Fiction" (adv. James Elliott)
  • Lee Gains, "Disconnections: A Chapbook of Poetry" (adv. James Elliott)
  • Natasha Ochshorn, "The Super and the Secret: How Superhero Comics Define Heroism in the Tension Between Identities" (adv. SunHee Kim Gertz)
  • Camilla Smith, "Other Mother" (adv. Esther Jones)