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Honors Theses from 2021

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Flipping the Castle: Evolution of Gothic Spaces in the Domestic Sphere, Kate Lucas

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“Garden-Magic”: Conceptions of Nature in Edith Wharton’s Fiction, Jonathan Malks

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Laurence Sterne: A Different Way of Approaching the Notion of Life in the Early Novel, Robert Metaxatos

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mo(u)rning person, Kate Dragonetti

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Purple Magpie Terrace: A Story of His and Hers, Zheng Yu

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The Humorous Tradition in Arthurian Grail Literature, Benjamin Woessner

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Whole and Hybrid: Resisting Essentialism in The Satanic Verses and The Impressionist, Louise Strange

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With Inviolable Voice, We Melt into Each Other with Phrases: The Construction and Deconstruction of Heteroglossia in T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land and Virginia Woolf's The Waves, Alexa Kelly

Honors Theses from 2020

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Blue Cathedral, Jessica Urgo

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Charlotte Brontë's Victorian Women: A Psychological Analysis in Light of Jungian Theory, Virginia Elam

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Confronting Toxicity from the Beehive: Ecofeminist Alternatives to Capitalism, Bianca Bowman

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Emergency Contact, Sophia Shealy

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Inherited Reproduction of Violence and Trauma in 1990’s Literary Immigrant Families: An Exploration of Lucy; Breath, Eyes, Memory; and Drown, Kelsey Vita

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J.G. Ballard and the Anthropocene, Noah Terrell

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Resurrecting the Women of The Waste Land, Angela Rose Granados West

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Speaker into Specimen: The Representation of Dialect in Victorian Fiction, Hunter Hall

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Tell Me What You Really Think (A Novel), Marriya Schwarz

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The Commodification of Helen: Tracing the Phallic Economy of Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida, Quinn Arnone

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The Homoerotic Architectures of Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Samuel McIntyre

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The Sun Sets on Chinchontepec: (Re)productions of Salvadoran Memory, Aida Campos

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“You Only Have Time to Explode’”: Nathanael West’s Novels, Mass Media, and Illusory Dreams, Edward Millman

Honors Theses from 2019

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An Incongruous Present: Identifying the Absurd Aesthetic in William Faulkner’s "Requiem for a Nun" (1951), Blake Hani

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A Portrait of Women’s Property: An Analysis of Married Women’s Property Rights in The Portrait of a Lady, The Spoils of Poynton and Howards End, Kelsey Llewellyn

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Billy's Burg: Investigating Colonial and Capitalist Constructions through Poetry, Ryan Onders

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Creative Currencies: Circulation and Sovereignty in The Alchemist, Urania, and The Blazing World, Jacqueline Keshner

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Haunted Housewives: Shirley Jackson’s Domestic Gothic, Caroline Kessler

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(In)Human Anatomies: Constructions of Whiteness and Otherness in the Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft, Katherine Avery

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'I walk pure before God!': Narrative Structure and Reimagined Negotiations in the Victorian Female Bildungsroman, Devon Boyers

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Mine, Brooke Stephenson

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Recovering Affiliates: Reclassifying Emily Dickinson's Variant Poems, Anna McAnnally

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Sensational Investigations: Social decay and reform in the Victorian sensation novel, Colleen Wilson

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The Sacred Touch of Hallowed Hands: Tracing the Holy through the Haptic in George Eliot’s Early Work, Katharine Isabel Williams

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"This Great Theatre of Nature": Henry Fielding and the Ancient Comic Stage, Stephen Ryan

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Thoughtful Books and Thoughtful Lives: Androgyny and Gender Dynamics in the Works of Sherwood Anderson, Rick Stevenson

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Wordsworth's British Empire: Property, Liberty, and the Slave Question, Anna Wingfield

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