Between the Lines: Race versus Gender in American Studies and Black Women’s Writing

By: Pauline Bewermeier ’19, an American Studies major. The following work was created for AMS 400: Race, Gender, and History of American Studies. Brief description: “Between the Lines: Race Versus Gender in American Studies and Black Women’s Writing” explores the interplay of race and gender throughout the politically charged and historically chauvinistic field of American…

Dismantling Performativity in The Country Wife and The Belle’s Stragatem

By: Erin Caine ’19, an English major. The following work was created for ENG 394: Restoration Comedy. Brief description: “Following the end of the Puritan regime in England in 1660, English theater experienced a renaissance, a restoration. This essay examines two Restoration Comedy plays and the ways in which female characters gain social knowledge and…

The Impact of Conservatism, Union Membership, Age, Urbanization, and Education on Statewide Voter Turnout

By: Mai Do, a Political Science major. The following work was created for POL 401: Empirical Research Methods. There are myriad influences on voter turnout: education, party identification, income. As American society changes over time, this list only grows. Decades of surveying Americans has revealed some patterns in Americans’ voting behaviors, but societal, cultural, economic,…

Thoreau’s Dilling?

By: Julia Manaraze, a Humanities major. The following work was created for ENG 347: American Environmental Writing. Brief description: “In this essay, I sought to rectify the common misconception that Annie Dillard’s book Pilgrim at Tinker Creek is merely a “new-and-improved” Walden.  Though Dillard greatly admired Henry David Thoreau’s work and even wrote her senior…

From the Theoretical to the Practical: Tracing the Synthesis of Valentine de Saint-Point’s Artistic Theories in her Performance La Métachorie (1913)

By: Shannon Neal, an English major. The following work was created for ART 394: Women Artists. Brief description: “As is the case with most futurist women artists, little scholarship has been written on the multimedia performance art of Valentine de Saint-Point. When she is mentioned, the focus is on her two notable manifestos published in…

Coexistence of Creeds

By: Eman Simms ’19, an English and German Studies double major. The following work was created for ENG 336: Postcolonial Literature. Brief description: ” ‘Coexistence of Creeds’ examines the beneficial and adverse effects of Catholicism in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel Purple Hibiscus. The essay argues that the outcome of following a religion depends on one’s…

The Ineffable Self and Memory in “Mrs. Dalloway”

By: Emily Holt. Literature has the ability to act as a vehicle through which the effects of consciousness can be explored. The limitations and influences of individual consciousness inherently prove to be obstructions in the pursuit of a true connection with another being; sharing thought and experience within the context of what it means to…

The Inspiration for Social Change

By: Eman Simms. Written as part of the course “Renaissance Drama” For centuries, theatre has been a centerpiece for expression. Whether used as a means of conveying religious ideology, moral character, novel ideas, or just pure entertainment, theatre has become an antique artform that has gained exceptional appreciation as well as numerous amounts of criticism….

Reinventing Feminism: Black Women’s Theatre on the Modern British Stage

By: Rosalea Alger Featured artwork: “Qualia of Anxious Hands” by Alicia Legard   How does mainstream culture in Britain and across western society view Black women? Are their stories being told on a mass level? Despite the fact that representation of racial minorities, especially women within those minorities, is seriously lacking across many mass media…

The Divine as Seen by Man

By: Picabo French Featured artwork: “Even on a Cloudy Day” by Anna Zastrow   Giovanni Bellini’s St. Francis in Ecstasy (c. 1475-80), Frick Collection, New York, shows St. Francis receiving the stigmata in the middle of the wilderness where a large cityscape lies in the distance. St. Francis makes up a small portion of the…

Seeing is Caring

By: Daniel Teano Featured artwork: “Fatal Isolation” by Rachel Rahm   No one can deny nature’s beauty. When the morning sun overcomes the night, fortunate spectators are stunned in amazement. Amidst nature’s canvas, they stand convinced that the morning sky strikes an equally powerful sensation to everyone around the world. Certainly, images such as the sunrise…