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Honors Theses from 2018

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Education in the Novels of Thomas Hardy, Jiayue Jiang

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"Glimmerings, Hints, and Secret Amazements": William Blake, Walt Whitman, and the Spiritual Incantations of Allen Ginsberg's "Howl", Elijah Levine

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"O God Within My Breast": The Religion of Emily Brontë, Christina Danberg

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“Reader, I Did Not Marry Him:” Marriage Proposals, Choice, and Female Desire in the Victorian Era, Elizabeth Rose Flood

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Resistance and Women's Solidarity in The Handmaid's Tale, from 1985 to 2017, Dana S. Florczak

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Stripping the Paint: Uncovering the Self-Made Man in The Rise of Silas Lapham and The Great Gatsby, Emma Elena Johnson

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The Forgotten Beauty of the Feminine: Elena Guro’s The Little Camels of the Sky, Virginia Woolf’s The Waves, and the Holy Grail of the “Woman’s Sentence”, Bailey Orr

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Transparent Sketches: A Field Journal of Silence, Annabel McSpadden

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Virginia Woolf and the 'Objective' Camera: The Relationship Between Text and Image in Three Guineas and Orlando, Meilan Solly

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Winter's Bane: Part One, Jessica Molz

Honors Theses from 2017

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Aphra Behn, One of Churchill’s Top Girls?: Assessing Caryl Churchill’s Lack of Deference to Behn’s Legacy, Hayley A. Hahn

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Defining Ambiguous: Lesbianism and the Vampire in “Christabel” and Carmilla, Holly E. Reynolds

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"If there be such space:" Haunted Landscapes and Crises of Sonhood in Cormac McCarthy's Westerns, Kayla M. Armstrong

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Love on a Blighted Star: Nature and Female Sexuality in the Novels of Thomas Hardy, Emily M. Armstrong

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Patients, Prose, and Poetry: The Medical and Literary World of William Carlos Williams, Sarah Heins

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Rites: Poems, Lydia G. Brown

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Scattered Prizes: Colonial Fantasies and the Material Body in the English Renaissance Blazon, Aidan J. Selmer

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The Northern Novel of Manners: Wuthering Heights & The Invention of a Genre, Cameron I. Menchel

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The Subversion of Wagnerian Gender Dynamics in James Joyce’s Ulysses, Sophia S. Farion

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Working the Garden: Women and Religion in Apocalyptic Fiction, Sarah C. Collier

Honors Theses from 2016

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Catharsis, Shannon Callahan

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“Insane for the destination:” Disrupting the Teleological Impulses of Sylvia Plath’s Ariel and Adrienne Rich’s Diving into the Wreck, Noah Christopher Brooksher

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Our Lady (a novel in progress), Molly Earner

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Renegotiating the Apocalypse: Mary Shelley’s "The Last Man", Kathryn Joan Darling

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Telling the Stories that Can't Be Told: Translating War in Hemingway, Vonnegut, and O'Brien, Emily A. Nye

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The Ludic Life of Things: Explorations in the Vitality of the Ludic Object in Contemporary Narratives, Eamonn deLacy

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The Revolutionary New Woman: Renegotiating her Social Contract through Sex, Nicole Walsh

Honors Theses from 2015

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“A Constant Unfolding of Far-Resonate Action”: George Eliot’s Middlemarch, Spinoza, and the Ethics of Power, Zachary J. Hardy

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"A product of her body as well as soul": Narrative fullness and the feminine body in the work of Julia Ward Howe, Sarah J. Schuster

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Bouts of Brain Fever: Female Rebellion and the Dubiety of Illness in Victorian Fiction, Stephanie R. Mason

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Deconstructing Terror: The Political Theatre of Harold Pinter, Caryl Churchill, and Martin Crimp, Beatrice Loayza

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Eugenides' The Virgin Suicides and Zuzak's The Book Thief: Impossible Narration in Millennial Fiction, Maria Dougherty

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Girls without Faces & Other Stories, Molly E. Greer

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He Do the Police in Different Voices: the Influence of Detection Fiction in T. S. Eliot's Works, Claire Weaver

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"How Do I Know What I Think Till I See What I Say?" William James's and Carl Jung's Ideas on the Unconscious Mind As Applied to Stegner, Diana J. Floegel

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Open wounds, shrunk...but wounds still: Mental Illness in the Life and Literature of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Leah C. Bailey

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Portraits of Strangers, Dana Lotito

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The Pendragon Cycle: Celtic Christianity in the Arthurian Legend through Bards, Prophets, and Historians, Rebecca L. Heine

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Thrown Into America: Existentialism in the New World, William Toler Marsh

Honors Theses from 2014

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"A Density of Meaning": Literary Representations of the British Museum, 1818-1929, Rory E. Sullivan

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“All Persons Living and Dead Are Purely Coincidental:” Unity, Dissolution, and the Humanist Wampeter of Kurt Vonnegut’s Universe, Danielle M. Clarke

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A Love Story, a Tragedy, or Both, Hannah Boes

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A New Wessex: The Influence on Shakespeare on Genre in the Novels of Thomas Hardy, Catherine G. Strycharz

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"As the Work had its origin in love": Masculine Responsibility and the Economy of Sympathy in Anti-Tom Novels, 1852-1854, Eleanor A. Pace

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"Can't They Stop The Guns?" Trauma and Inter-War Detective Fiction, Kyla J. Ainsworth

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Charlotte Bronte's Other Belgian Novel: Sex, the Foreign Body, and the Legacy of Brussels in "Jane Eyre", Rachel M. Watson

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Freedomland, Elyse J. Endick

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Memory Dress: Fiction and Nonfiction Inspired by Fukushima, Jordan Thomas Sutlive

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"See here my show": Providence and The Theatrum Mundi in Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy, Miles S. Drawdy

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Taboos and Primitivism: James Frazer, H.G. Wells, and the Intersection of Anthropology and Science Fiction, Eleanor L. Riesenberg

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"The Art of Questioning": Interrogations of Exceptionalist History and Cultural Mythology in the Novels of Salman Rushdie and William Faulkner, Hannah R. Barnhart

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The Reverie Genre: Rousseau, Dostoevsky, Eliot, and the Roots of Modern Consciousness, Corinne Tucker

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“Things as they are/Are changed upon the blue guitar”: Wallace Stevens and the Visual Arts, Olivia Sweet

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"Wit so rare and grace so peerless": The Collaborative Construction of Frances Sargent Osgood's Public Image, Madeline V. Benjamin

Honors Theses from 2013

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Letters, Desire, and the Novel in the Late Nineteenth Century, Kayla Grant

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Liminal Agency: Texts, Textiles, and Gendered Performance in the Courtship Narrative of The Two Gentlemen of Verona, Emily L. Loney

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Still Lives, Claire Lewis Pittman

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The Aftertaste of Memories: Capturing the Cultural Zeitgeist in Fiction, Arthi Aravind

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The Gaze of the Woman Artist in Novels by the Sisters Bronte, Elaine L. Bevington

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"The vernacular of light": Wallace Stevens' Constructions of Belief, Emma Carter Aylor

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Voyages, Aaron Aubrey Barksdale

Honors Theses from 2012

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'A Counterfeit Presentment': The Duality of Portraiture in the Novels of George Eliot and Thomas Hardy, Sarah Catherine Ross

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Courting Revitalization: Companionate Marriage and the Problem of the Landed Gentry's Reform in Jane Austen, Meredith Paige Luze

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Divine Harmony Amongst Many Spheres: The Relationship Between Literal and Metaphoric Music in Shakespeare, Ann Katherine Allen

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Hit: A Novella, Hannah McCarthy

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Lurch: Short Stories on Revolution, Elizabeth Marie Wallace

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Mirrors in the Sky: A Novel, Brianna Nicole Frentzko

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"No Order Save That Which Death Has Put There": Identity Formation In Cormac McCarthy's Border Trilogy, Matthew Miles Chaney

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The Courage to Write, Caroline Noël Winter

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The (Re)Production Craze: Taylorism, the Modern American Family, and Non-Progressive Narratives in Edith Wharton's Late Fiction, Katelyn Durkin

Honors Theses from 2011

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An American Troubadour: The Career and Life of Alfred Kreymborg as a Modernist and Beyond, Benjamin Dwight Norris

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Between Waste and Efficiency: Reading Virginia Woolf's Orlando as Co-Operative Text, Cassandra C. Adair

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Black Brides: Examining the Eastern Threat to Victorian Womanhood in Fiction, Virginia Lynn Butler

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I Am No Man; J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings as Gender-Progressive Text, Justine A. di Giovanni

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Marginal Man: An Exploration of Hypermasculinity in Black Male Protagonists in Light in August, Native Son, and Invisible Man, Kathryn Susan Ikeler

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On the Margins of Cool: Women Poets of the Beat Generation, Megan R. Keeling

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"Our voices will not be silenced": Edwidge Danticat, Haiti, and the Silences of History, Victoria Paige Pinkston

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Scottish Chaucerians: Transforming and Reclaiming a Discarded Category, Christina Mitchell

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"That Thing that Ends All Other Deeds": Silence as a Literary Device in the Suicides of Shakespeare's Female Characters, Amanda Guiliano

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The Leningrad Symphony: A Screenplay, Maria K. Moy

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The Sublime Uniting Romanticism and Feminism in Jane Austen, Elizabeth Brooke Powell

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Translation, Criticism, and/or Politics: Assessing and Contextualizing Ezra Pound's "Homage to Sextus Propertius", Brendan Ross Higgins

Honors Theses from 2010

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Between Two Truths: Herman Melville's New Patriotism, Leah Fry

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Dangerous Sanctity: John Capgrave's The Life of St. Norbert and its Literary and Cultural Significance, James C. Staples

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"For ne'er was a story of such wit" Nostalgic Tragicomedy in Chinese Romeo and Juliets, Megan Ammirati

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"I refuse these givens:" Reintegrating the Split Self in the Poetry of H.D. and Adrienne Rich, Jennifer Lynn MacLure

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Open Water: A Collection, Emily Newhook

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Paralysis: A Collection of Short Stories, Sarah English

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Skunk Ape: Stories and Poems, Aaron Fallon

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"The Cast-Off Mistress;" The changing face of seafaring in Conrad's Middle-fiction, Margaret Hutchison

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The "silent dialogue": Parallel Trajectories of H.D.'s and Adrienne Rich's Poetic Treatment of Patriarchal Violence, Katherine E. Merk

Honors Theses from 2009

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Consuming Fictions: Trauma and Ideology in Irish Famine Literature, Sean O'Mealia

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Hill House, Not Sane: Shirley Jackson's Subversion of Conventions and Conventionality in The Haunting of Hill House, Ryen Christopher Rasmus

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Revealing the Wizard Behind the Curtain: Deconstructivist Fairytale Politics in the Works of Margaret Atwood, Anne Sexton, and Angela Carter, James Devin Hood

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The History, Printing, and Editing of The Returne from Pernassus, Christopher A. Adams

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Voicing the Mutilated Woman's Story: The Intertextual Relationship Between Katherine Anne Porter and William Faulkner, Ashley Hockensmith

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Wordsworth and the Odic Tradition, Lindsay Gail Gibson

Honors Theses from 2008

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"Beauty, Enlightenment, and Comfort at Top Speed" : Cognitive spaces and blending in the fictional universes of Kurt Vonnegut and Gabriel García Márquez, James Michael Gertzog

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Damned Woman, Christopher Lamont Chaulk

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From Maiden to Matron: Victorian Heroines and the Creation of Domestic Identity, Margaret Patricia Harvey