Editor’s Note

New semesters bring new adventures and challenges from which we learn and move through. As I moved into the Editor-in-Chief position, after Erica Quinones announced her departure from WCR to concentrate on guiding The Elm, I knew I was entering a place where excellence was a daily mantra.  I now begin a new journey to…

Faculty in Focus

Dr. Rachel Rodriguez, New Director of the Writing Center Director of the Writing Center Dr. Rachel Rodriguez is delighted to be able to provide guidance to Washington College students interested in developing their academic writing skills. Dr. Rodriguez oversees a team of peer writing consultants. The consultants “have one-on-one, hour-long writing tutorials with students in…

Zentangle

By Morgan Carlson ’25 Artist Statement: This work is a mushroom themed Zentangle made with fine pen. I created this Zentangle through a meditative reflection on my connection to mushrooms. The following was created for Environmental Art course (ART 241).

The Figure and the Liminal

By: Vee Sharp ’24 English and Art majors with Art History concentration and Creative Writing minor The following was written for History of Western Art (ART 200). The body, though the vehicle through which humans explore the world, is also one of the most constricted objects in Western culture. It is defined through a binary…

The Beginning of the End: Possibilities of the Posthuman in Frankenstein

By: Erica Quinones ’22 English and German Studies majors, Political Science and European Studies minors Abstract: This essay will explore Frankenstein as the stillbirth of a posthuman society, revealing insights into the social norms that Mary Shelley uses to define “human” and the structures therein. These insights arise by reading the Creature in Tandem with…

Voices of the Past

By Alaina Perdon ’22 Environmental Studies major, Anthropology and Chesapeake Regional Studies minors Brief Description: Both within and outside of the linguistic community, many consider modern humans to be the only beings in the evolutionary line capable of speech. This essay examines the biological and cultural evidence suggesting Neanderthals were capable of complex vocal communication…

Illegal Pangolin Trade in Sub-Saharan Africa and Its Reflection on the International Political Economy

What a “Scaly Anteater” Can Teach Us About International Relations and Informal Economic Sectors By Julianna Sterling ’23 International Studies, French and Economics majors Brief Description: An analysis on illegal trading and poaching of the African pangolin in the face of increasing Asian enterprise presence in Sub-Saharan Africa, and how these interactions can overshadow localized…

Magnifying Meaning: Making Sense of Annie Dillard’s Methods

By Analiese Bush ’22 Environmental Studies Brief Description: A review of writer Annie Dillard’s techniques and methods in Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. The following was written for American Environmental Writing (ENG 347). Magnifying Meaning: Making Sense of Annie Dillard’s Methods Have you ever gone herping? Herping is the act of going out and finding slippery…

Breaking Bad Blanket

By Aryanna Horan Art and Art History majors with Studio Art concentration, Psychology minor Artist Statement: In Breaking Bad, the main character’s couch has a blanket on it, and it is visible in several episodes. I came across the pattern online and decided to crochet it. Now it is laying on my couch at home,…

British Abolition Movements and Romanticism

By: Liz Hay ’22 Economics and Humanities majors, Public Health minor Brief Description: This paper focuses on the connections between British Romanticism and abolition, particularly regarding how each movement influenced the characteristics and trajectory of the other. The paper analyzes specific Romantic representations of slavery and their relevance to the abolition movement. The argument concludes…

Virginia Woolf’s Unrecognized Female Shakespeare: Margaret Cavendish

By: Megan Loock ’22 English major, Journalism Publishing and Editing minor Brief Description: This research paper is an extension of a presentation on philosopher and scientist Margaret Cavendish, her play Convent of Pleasure, and the play’s muti-disciplinary outreach. This paper dives deeper into the University College of Ripon and York St. John’s 1995 performance—the only…

Writers Together Essay: Sappho and Jahan Khatun

By: Emma Russell ’23 English and Theatre majors, Journalism Publishing and Editing minor Brief Description: This piece is about the similarities between the Greek poet Sappho and the Injuid poet Jahan Khatun’s work. Sappho is famous for being regarded as a lesbian due to how she writes her poetry. Jahan Khatun writes similarly to Sappho,…

Inversion of the Serpent and a Queer Reading of Coleridge

By: Vee Sharp ’24 English and Art Majors with Art History concentration and Creative Writing minor Brief Description: Animals hold a very specific weight as symbols, a weight that shifts and changes depending on what culture one looks at them from. Living in a culture very much influenced by Christian symbolism, we tend to associate…

Hearty Harvests for Healthy Communities: A Look at Urban Agriculture and Community Gardening in America

By: Analiese Bush ’22 Environmental Studies major Brief Description: An overview of community gardens, food insecurity and the rise of agriculture within city limits. The following was written for Environmental Communication (ENV 294). Urban farming is capable not only of conserving precious green space but cultivating personal connections with neighbors and nature, too. A deep…

Editor’s Note

Fall 2021 WCR Editor’s Farewell As our former Editor-in-Chief prepares to graduate, WCR wishes her every success. Dear Washington College Review readers, Two years later and I finally logged out of the WordPress. Unpinning the Outlook mailbox, uploading my desktop folder, and forwarding the final few emails addressed to “Editor-in-Chief of WCR,” it’s all so…

Self-Portraits as Various Relatives

Senior Capstone Experience by Liane Beckley ’21 Submitted to the Department of Art & Art History: Studio Art Concentration Description:  My work is formally rooted in composition and color. It plays with conceptual boundaries within the genre of self-portraiture. . . The collection of film vignettes and their corresponding scripts, Self-Portraits as Various Relatives, are an alternative approach to…

Predicting Domestic Violence: Risk Factors and Clinical Assessments

Senior Capstone Experience by Brooke Brown ’21 Submitted to the Departments of Psychology and Biology Advised by Dr. Lauren Littlefield and Dr. Robin Van Meter Description: Due to the high prevalence of domestic violence (DV) in the United States and across the world, as well as the significant psychological and mental health issues that arise in both victims and perpetrators,…

“Unsex me here”: The Inordinate Criminalization of Female Violent Offenders in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, King Lear, and Titus Andronicus

Senior Capstone Experience by Annalie Buscarino ’21 Submitted to the Departments of English and Sociology Advised by Dr. Rachel Durso and Dr. Courtney Rydel Description: Shakespeare’s female violent offenders suffer from punishments that occur offstage, threaten their femininities, and double as criminal acts. However, interdisciplinary scholarship situates their identities in a liminal position between female embodied criminality (criminality resulting from…

On Newton Polygons

Senior Capstone Experience by Brenda Clark ’21 Submitted to the Department of Mathematics Advised by Dr. Emerald Stacy Description: In school, we are taught that there is an absolute value function, but in fact, there are an infinite number of absolute value functions. If we complete the rational numbers under the traditional absolute value function,…

A Discussion of the Ecological Impacts of Trout Stocking and a Cost-Benefit Analysis of Stocking Trout in Pennsylvania’s Class A Wild Trout Streams

Senior Capstone Experience by Willie Cosner ’21 Submitted to the Departments of Economics and Environmental Science Advised by Dr. Brian Scott Description: Trout stocking has been a means to supplement ailing freshwater systems and provide greater recreational opportunities for anglers. From this practice of stocking, non-native brown and rainbow trout have reproduced and spread throughout the many freshwater streams of…