The items in this collection are the 2013 spring semester senior honors theses. Click on one of the browse buttons above for a complete listing of the works.

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  • Comic relief 

    McCormick, Katie (2013-05)
    This original play focuses on the character of Jaime who goes on a journey of self-discovery as she pursues her dream of being a standup comedian.
  • Broadening the scope: female authors are for more than the 'F-word' 

    Sobelman, Stacey L. (2013-05)
    Though contemporary fiction has evolved significantly alongside the social and political revolutions of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, there remains the tendency to return to the stigmatized classifications of ...
  • These little towns: land, family, and individuality in the Midwest 

    Zawicki, Monica (2013-05)
    I am interested in how current Midwestern writers are continuing to develop the Midwest's literary history, and how they relate to Midwestern artists working in different mediums, but with similar goals. These works stand ...
  • Under skin: a critical essay of gender and the travel narrative 

    Heidorn, Emma (2013-05)
    There is a line between fact and parable, and the greatest writers of travel have unabashedly and purposefully ignored it in search of the subtle poetry just beneath the surface. This collection of non-fiction essays is ...
  • Terrorism and spectacle in White noise and Mao II 

    Clark, Samuel E. (2013-05)
    This essay analyzes Don DeLillo's White Noise and Mao II in order to demonstrate a progression of his view of the role of the critic in postmodern society. In White Noise, DeLillo conveys his view of the postmodern condition ...
  • Greek cuisine on a budget 

    Segrave, Ashley (2013-05)
    Last summer, I spent three weeks on the island of Thassos, Greece discovering, eating, and savoring life. Immersing myself under the cool seawater and climbing out onto the rocky shore I was met not only by great natural ...
  • Evening edition: trauma, journalism and the post-9/11 novel 

    Hart, Edward (2013-05)
    This study will help shape our understanding of the boundaries between journalism and the novel, the ways in which the journalist problematizes our understanding of 9/11 and subverts the traditional trauma narrative ...
  • Sexless faces, abnormal bodies, and white trash girls: grotesque women in southern Gothic literature 

    Lammers, Maura (2013-05)
    By exploring and breaking down traditional gender roles through Miss Amelia's androgyny in The Ballad of the Sad Cafe, McCullers shows the ironclad nature of gender binaries and the inconsistency of gender perception in ...
  • The humanity of inaction: a comparison of Kazuo Ishiguro's Never let me go with Michael Bay's The island 

    Hoffman, Benjamin (2013-05)
    One of the most common reader responses to Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go has been to question the passivity of the clones, claiming that this inaction reveals a lack of humanity in characters who are otherwise presented ...
  • Pulled out of the land: the poetry of Seamus Heaney and its usage of the past 

    Wisch, Stephen (2013-05)
    The culture someone grows up in helps to define that person, for better or for worse. This culture steeps itself into the writer's work, and helps make the writer into who he or she is. For Seamus Heaney, this steeping was ...
  • Revealing Incidents: Harriet Jacobs and the new Black female virtue 

    Cleveland, Sarah (2013-05)
    In her narrative Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Jacobs recounts the intended suppression and destruction of her own virtue by her master Dr. Flint. Rather than submit to Dr. Flint's demands, she subverts not only ...
  • Race, gender, and the limits of physicality in Ourika and Quicksand 

    Alafaireet, Lamia (2013)
    A comparison of Claire de Duras's Ourika and Nella Larsen's Quicksand may at first seem puzzling to those familiar with the differing social and historical contexts of the two works. While it may be tempting to read Ourika ...
  • Deadbeat dad: Victor Frankenstein as the failed father 

    Skinner, Karalyn (2013-05)
    In Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein (1831), protagonist Victor Frankenstein and his relationship to the creature have often been characterized in terms of creator and creation, with Victor trying to usurp women's procreative ...