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Queering The Curriculum: A Content Analysis Of Award-Winning Children's Literature Using A Queer Lens, Erika Lozada 2020 Northeastern Illinois University

Queering The Curriculum: A Content Analysis Of Award-Winning Children's Literature Using A Queer Lens, Erika Lozada

University Honors Program Senior Projects

Queering the curriculum is a fairly recent approach teachers are using to implement culturally responsive teaching pedagogy in elementary classrooms. Through this approach, educators incorporate queer theory in their curricular plans as a means to destabilize heteronormativity in education and recognize multiple marginalized groups including people of color, the LGBTQA+ community, people with disabilities, gender nonconforming individuals, and more. In my research, I examine what messages about gender and gender variance are being perpetuated in five award-winning children’s books for middle-grade readers by conducting a content analysis using queer theory as my analytic lens. My research began with a ...


“You Only Have Time To Explode’”: Nathanael West’S Novels, Mass Media, And Illusory Dreams, Edward Millman 2020 William & Mary

“You Only Have Time To Explode’”: Nathanael West’S Novels, Mass Media, And Illusory Dreams, Edward Millman

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis analyzes Nathanael West's novels with a focus on his treatment of commodification and mass media in 1930's American society.

West’s works are situated in the midst of the Market Crash, the Great Depression, the rise of cheap consumer commodities, the transition to sound-film from silent film, the rise of Hollywood studios, and the proliferation of mass mediaall of which influence and historicize his novels.

In West’s work, mechanical reproduction problematizes the act of communication by rendering it anonymous and circular, never satisfying the desire it promises to fulfill, and with an illusion of ...


The Roadmap: Exploring T.S. Eliot’S The Waste Land With World War One Literature, Matthew Bennett 2020 East Tennessee State University

The Roadmap: Exploring T.S. Eliot’S The Waste Land With World War One Literature, Matthew Bennett

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Through careful analysis paired with poetry, war memoirs, and novels from the same period, one can break down T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land to recognize the impact of The Great War on the world's modern memory while pondering the possibility of memory as a tool to overcome trauma.


The Deconstruction Of Patriarchal Narratives In Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls, Caleigh Pope 2020 University of Mary Washington

The Deconstruction Of Patriarchal Narratives In Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls, Caleigh Pope

Student Research Submissions

The concept and criteria of what constitutes the American long poem has been debated by critics for years. Ntozake Shange redefines what is traditionally considered the long poem by experimenting with form and voice in her poem, for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf. The inclusion of stage directions, dancing, and chanting contributes to reimagining the long poem. Shange distinguishes her work from traditional western poetry using these features, all part of her newly christened genre the choreopoem, an art form that does not contain traditional epic features but instead draws inspiration from theatre. Shange ...


Seeing Into The City Of Glass: An Analysis Of The Postmodern Worldview As Displayed By Postmodern Detective Fiction, Katelyn Niehaus 2020 Bowling Green State University

Seeing Into The City Of Glass: An Analysis Of The Postmodern Worldview As Displayed By Postmodern Detective Fiction, Katelyn Niehaus

WRIT: Journal of First-Year Writing

This article looks at postmodern detective fiction, particularly City of Glass by Paul Auster, and analyzes how this genre reveals implications of various aspects of the postmodern worldview. Predominantly, it looks at the aspects of pluralism and creating reality and how postmodern detective fiction portrays numerous implications of these aspects.


The History Of The Plain Language Movement And Legal Language And An Analysis Of Us Nuclear Treaty Language, Hannah Bradford Clauss 2020 University of Tennessee, Knoxville

The History Of The Plain Language Movement And Legal Language And An Analysis Of Us Nuclear Treaty Language, Hannah Bradford Clauss

Chancellor’s Honors Program Projects

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Music And Infrasound In Horror Movies - How They Can Be Used To Enhance Horror Films, Isabella Sills 2020 Chapman University

Music And Infrasound In Horror Movies - How They Can Be Used To Enhance Horror Films, Isabella Sills

Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

The purpose of this project is to research and investigate the effect music and sound effects have on horror films, specifically, the natural phenomena known as infrasound will be explored in depth. Just outside our range of hearing at 20 Hz, infrasound may not be audible, but can still cause physical reactions such as anxiety, uneasiness, and extreme sorrow (Morrow, 2017). I am looking to create a horror comic in the form of a video that heavily relies on musical cues and the incorporation of infrasound to build up parts of the story told in the form of a comic ...


Arthur Clennam’S Navigation Of Social And Physical Setting In Little Dorrit, Danielle Jochums 2020 Portland State University

Arthur Clennam’S Navigation Of Social And Physical Setting In Little Dorrit, Danielle Jochums

Anthós

While Charles Dickens is most often noted for his portrayal of squalid urban conditions, he is also able to design and describe a wide variety of settings related to every echelon of the social hierarchy. This literary inquiry delves into Dickens’ world of Little Dorrit. In particular, it investigates how Dickens implements the reciprocal development between setting and character. Focusing on the character of Arthur Clennam, the protagonist of the story and the reader’s guide through the world of Little Dorrit, this query evaluates how Dickens introduces and teaches the reader about the classed and value-laden settings featured within ...


Resurrecting The Women Of The Waste Land, Angela Rose Granados West 2020 William & Mary

Resurrecting The Women Of The Waste Land, Angela Rose Granados West

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis argues that T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land is Eliot's version of a modern fertility ritual with women as the principal drivers of the narrative. Women show both the depth of desolation that spiritual bankruptcy brings, but ironically contain within them the hope and possibility for redemption. Through figures such as the Sybil, Madame Sosostris, Lil, Philomela, and Ganga, Eliot shows the full range of emotion and possibilities to be found in The Waste Land. Ultimately, women are the catalysts in the poem - they make up the steps of the fertility rituals set out by Jessie ...


Speaker Into Specimen: The Representation Of Dialect In Victorian Fiction, Hunter Hall 2020 William & Mary

Speaker Into Specimen: The Representation Of Dialect In Victorian Fiction, Hunter Hall

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis uses linguistic and historical context to analyze the speech in Victorian fiction. Studying the novels The Heart of Midlothian by Walter Scott, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, and Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy, the thesis makes use of nineteenth-century texts to demonstrate ideologies and social forces at work during this time.


Charlotte Brontë'S Victorian Women: A Psychological Analysis In Light Of Jungian Theory, Virginia Elam 2020 William & Mary

Charlotte Brontë'S Victorian Women: A Psychological Analysis In Light Of Jungian Theory, Virginia Elam

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis examines Charlotte Brontë's two major works, Jane Eyre and Villette, and uses these as the primary texts from which a psychological analysis of repressed memory and creative expression is produced. Using Carl Jung's work as a model to analyze these two works, this thesis provides a comprehensive study of the Victorian female psyche and demonstrates to what extent Bronte's portrayal of the female mind is a reflection of her own psychological state.


The Commodification Of Helen: Tracing The Phallic Economy Of Shakespeare’S Troilus And Cressida, Quinn Arnone 2020 William & Mary

The Commodification Of Helen: Tracing The Phallic Economy Of Shakespeare’S Troilus And Cressida, Quinn Arnone

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In one of her earliest appearances in Homer’s Iliad, Helen stands atop a parapet with the Trojan elders. She looks down on the battlefields where the men of Greece, her homeland, have been fighting those of Troy, her adoptive country, for nine years—fighting, ostensibly, to possess her. Wrapped up in this conflict are countless other desires. The soldiers below Helen fight for their own renown, for the honor of their countries, and for the symbolic value that possessing Helen confers upon not only an individual man, but upon a nation of them. In all of this, Helen remains ...


The Homoerotic Architectures Of Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde, Samuel McIntyre 2020 William & Mary

The Homoerotic Architectures Of Strange Case Of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde, Samuel Mcintyre

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis examines how architectures (both literal and metaphorical) in Robert Louis Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) serve to mediate or express homoerotic desire in late-Victorian London. Through an examination of the novel's urban setting, its formal structures, and Stevenson's own architectural history, the thesis tracks an emergence in the fin de siècle of the homosexual as an identity category in an iconic literary work that predates the Oscar Wilde trials (1895). The novel's queer coterie of professional men and Dr. Jekyll's carefully structured home are explored as failed strategies ...


"Boo" A Short Film On Jump Scares, Tatum McGovern 2020 Chapman University

"Boo" A Short Film On Jump Scares, Tatum Mcgovern

Student Scholar Symposium Abstracts and Posters

The purpose of the short film “Boo” is to utilize cinematic techniques and psychological fears to create an effective jump scare. The goal is to create suspense through the use of sound, a dark setting, numerous camera angles, and video editing. Christian Gillion, a psychophysiologist points out that “when I make subjects anxious and then I startle them, the startle reflex can be increased by 100 to 300 percent.” By building the scene and focusing on the small details of the film, whether you are expecting the scare or not, it will be effective. Incorporating jump scares shines light into ...


“Life Swarms With Innocent Monsters” : The Monstrosity Of Gender Inversion In Bram Stoker’S Dracula, Natalie Diane Cottrill 2020 Montclair State University

“Life Swarms With Innocent Monsters” : The Monstrosity Of Gender Inversion In Bram Stoker’S Dracula, Natalie Diane Cottrill

Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1897) has elicited a range of different interpretations from critics over the years. Readings range from covering issues of race and colonization to science and religion, and everything in between. These interpretations all feature different anxieties relevant to fin de siecle culture, a title given to the period of transition at the end of the nineteenth century wrought with anxiety and conspiracy about what might come next. One of the sources of this unease stemmed from the rapid change in what constituted women's social roles, as well as developing definitions of gender and sexuality. This ...


Politically Correct Language In George Carlin, Alan Schultz 2020 Montclair State University

Politically Correct Language In George Carlin, Alan Schultz

Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects

American stand-up comedian George Carlin is notable for his long-standing popularity from the early 60s up until his death in 2008. In this paper, I examine George Carlin’s stance on politically correct language. Focusing on his three books Brain Droppings, Napalm and Silly Putty, and When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, I show how his attempts to remove himself from a politically correct system ultimately fail as he adheres to his own ideals of language and morality. Using his texts and various work from Stanley Fish to support these claims, I show how Carlin ridicules the redundancies and ...


Anti-Semitism In American Realist Literature: Edith Wharton’S Sim Rosedale - A Thorn In American Identity, Elizabeth Pantirer 2020 Montclair State University

Anti-Semitism In American Realist Literature: Edith Wharton’S Sim Rosedale - A Thorn In American Identity, Elizabeth Pantirer

Theses, Dissertations and Culminating Projects

How does canonical American literature from the early twentieth century reflect the American Jew and anti-Semitic sentiments? How do these novels portray the American Jew as a threat to American identity? In this thesis, I answer these questions and argue how American literature is a product of its culture demonstrating and reproducing fears and accepted ideologies. These fears perpetuated and solidified anti-Semitic stereotypes and alienated Jews from society. In my research, I examine how literature acts as a cultural product specifically homing in on particular anti-Semitic stereotypes which represent a white Anglo-Saxon Protestant fear of "otherness." This analysis will draw ...


Girls In Wonderland: The Male Gaze, Disordered Eating, And Bad Women In Alice’S Adventures In Wonderland & Spirited Away, Arielle Westscott 2020 University at Albany, State University of New York

Girls In Wonderland: The Male Gaze, Disordered Eating, And Bad Women In Alice’S Adventures In Wonderland & Spirited Away, Arielle Westscott

English

This project aims to examine gender as perpetuated in the “Wonderland” trope, paying specific attention to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away. At the surface level, these works seem like they don’t have much in common—they come from different cultures, different time periods, and different social contexts. However, to say that these stories are too dissimilar to compare is simply incorrect as both deal with the transitional periods of young girls who are approaching adolescence. Because both stories contain an alternate world in which the main little girl character wanders ...


William Livingston And The Stamp Act Crisis Of 1765, Nicole Skalenko 2020 Kean University

William Livingston And The Stamp Act Crisis Of 1765, Nicole Skalenko

2020 JHU Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium

The Stamp Act was passed by British Parliament on March 22, 1765. The first direct tax on the colonies, it resulted in widespread resistance throughout New York, New Jersey and all of Britain's North American colonies. William Livingston, at the time an established lawyer, essayist, and political propagandist, led the colony's opposition. Livingston utilized The New-York Gazette or Weekly Post- Boy as a vehicle to reach a broader audience to present his arguments against the tax and to highlight Parliament's subversion to trial by jury, a violation of American liberties. His legal career was directly affected by ...


Perfecting Blackness: An Analysis Of Respectability And Security In Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give, Precious Thompson 2020 Tougaloo College

Perfecting Blackness: An Analysis Of Respectability And Security In Angie Thomas' The Hate U Give, Precious Thompson

2020 JHU Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium

Respectability politics are a set of codes that were created by many late 19th and early 20th century black thinkers and philosophers such as W.E.B. Dubois and Nannie Helen Burroughs. This idea garnered support from prominent members of the black community in the hopes of proving black humanity to a racist majority American culture. Author Angie Thomas critiques respectability politics and police brutality in her 2017 young adult novel The Hate U Give. Though Starr Carter, the novel's protagonist, experiences police brutality first hand, the novel is about how she navigates between her school Williamson Prep and ...


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