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The Caged Bird Still Sings: The Poetics Of Peace, Sofia Diane Skavdahl May 2019

The Caged Bird Still Sings: The Poetics Of Peace, Sofia Diane Skavdahl

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Although poetry has been used as a method of peacemaking since Homer’s Iliad, little research, theory, or analysis has been done evaluating precisely what role poetry holds in the realms of peacemaking and conflict resolution. Poetry, along with other arts-based practices of peacemaking, is beneficial because of its ability to encourage personal autonomy and emotional communication, while offering an open and creative space to heal from violent conflict. In terms of the arts, poetry is especially unique because it holds the ability to transform relationships between adversaries and the relationship with the self. This paper seeks to analyze both ...


Mine, Brooke Stephenson May 2019

Mine, Brooke Stephenson

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Mine is a fiction piece on running, bodies, and reclamation.


Billy's Burg: Investigating Colonial And Capitalist Constructions Through Poetry, Ryan Onders Apr 2019

Billy's Burg: Investigating Colonial And Capitalist Constructions Through Poetry, Ryan Onders

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This book started as an attempt to comprehend the surreal colonial world I’m suspended in in corporate constructed Williamsburg, Virginia. The tool I have to do this is language. Though the English language inscribes a certain linear logic and rational causality that mean it may not be the best tool for the job, especially tricky in narrative or essay forms. In poetry, I found a wider array of possible relations to be depicted less limited by linear time or hierarchical causal relationships and more closely approximating the rhizomatic/relational nature of existence as described by Édouard Glissant, Inger Christensen ...


The Future Of Theatre Is Trans An Exploration Of Transgender Identities In Diasporic Communities Through Performance Writing, Ayla Lecochran, Ayla Xuan Chi Le Sullivan Jan 2019

The Future Of Theatre Is Trans An Exploration Of Transgender Identities In Diasporic Communities Through Performance Writing, Ayla Lecochran, Ayla Xuan Chi Le Sullivan

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The purpose of this thesis is to explore how performance writing about transgender identities in theatre expands upon histories within the Vietnamese and Black American communities, with regards to cultural practises and assimilation into the United States. With a synthesis of autobiographical experiences and queer theory, I will self produce an original play exploring the nature of intersectional identities across race, gender, and citizenship.

Last Stop is an original full length play that will highlight a cast of only people of colour and especially, a cast of majority Asian Americans. As a transgender Vietnamese and Black American undergraduate, I seek ...


Blood Orange, David Kling Jan 2019

Blood Orange, David Kling

Undergraduate Honors Theses

A post-apocalyptic/ environmental horror tale following Tansy, a young girl on a quest to find her best friend and save her village.


Sound Against Sense, Kelmen J. Dindinger Jan 2019

Sound Against Sense, Kelmen J. Dindinger

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Collection of multifarious layers of poems centered around ideas regarding loss, exile, love, wordplay, sound, and the unattainable glory latent in language. Dedicated in part to the memory of Allen Ginsberg and Stan Lee. Rest Easy.


Belief Hydration, Samuel Hebner Jan 2019

Belief Hydration, Samuel Hebner

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This collection splits in several poetic narratives, where each could have its own goals while still folding back on the others, as I wanted more than anything to let this book be about the interconnectedness of life. Giving might be the most common action in these pages, whether that be of knowledge, time or help. When Death gives to the well or presents itself to the world, among others, we are seeing balance. That balance and interconnectedness go hand in hand and is often overlooked in nature or glanced off in a way without importance. By naming this collection belief ...


Sonder: Exploration Of The Relationship Between Digital Media And Graphic Design Through The Creation Of Print And Digital Publications, Elisa Leigh Vandergriff May 2018

Sonder: Exploration Of The Relationship Between Digital Media And Graphic Design Through The Creation Of Print And Digital Publications, Elisa Leigh Vandergriff

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Sonder is an exploration of the relationship between digital media and graphic design through the creation of print and digital publications. At it’s very foundation, Sonder is a travel magazine with both a physical print publication and a digital publication designed for a tablet. It includes photography, articles, poetry, and travel tips. The print and the digital versions contain the same content, but explore different methods of presentation.


Transparent Sketches: A Field Journal Of Silence, Annabel Mcspadden May 2018

Transparent Sketches: A Field Journal Of Silence, Annabel Mcspadden

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This collection of memoir essays explores expressions and practices of silence. I combined experiential research, literature review, and introspective storytelling to invite the reader into their own exploration of silence and self-transcendence.


Winter's Bane: Part One, Jessica Molz Apr 2018

Winter's Bane: Part One, Jessica Molz

Undergraduate Honors Theses

A thesis in Creative Writing, presenting an original work of fantasy fiction drawing from Anglo-Saxon and Old Norse history, literature, culture, and mythology, with themes of heroism, sacrifice, and prejudice focusing on strong woman characters and feminist restructuring of historical tropes.


Tuscany Yellow And The Thief King: A Queer Fantasy Novel-Part One, Panchali Walford Jan 2018

Tuscany Yellow And The Thief King: A Queer Fantasy Novel-Part One, Panchali Walford

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Elma has spent all her life in Harthshore, the only town in the Thieving District, a Guild Kingdom ruled by a cold and absent king. Just past seventeen, Elma is turned on her head when she’s refused entry into her village’s coven of witches. She’s lazy, heartbroken, and afraid of talking to the girl she likes, but none of this will matter soon. War is looming in the eastern mountains, the Thief King has risen from a year spent in grief, and Aeleth Tor’s high priestess has been murdered. It’s high summer, and deep in ...


Goddess Of Between, Drew Searchinger Jan 2018

Goddess Of Between, Drew Searchinger

Undergraduate Honors Theses

I have great faith in the power of stories. They speak for themselves, lulling us into a state of receptivity, calling us to listen for a teaching we may need to hear. The stories we engage with forge growth within us; shine light on layers of the self we did not know how to see. A lecture stands in front of you, but a story encompasses you: takes you in, asks to be understood. To be heard. When I began writing these stories down, I did not think about how they might fit together, what thread might bind them into ...


Borderlandia And Other Stories, Emily Suazo Jan 2018

Borderlandia And Other Stories, Emily Suazo

Undergraduate Honors Theses

To be mestiza and Latina is to occupy the liminal space between two languages, cultures, and races. This experience of liminality has been exacerbated for me as a result of my parentage: being indigenous New Mexican on my father’s side and white American on my mother’s, I have struggled throughout my life not only to reconcile the history of Spanish colonization in Mexico, but also the intersection of, and tension between, my white American and brown indigenous selves. Therefore, this work is an effort to acknowledge and reconcile the split self that defines the mestizo and Latino identities ...


37 Clauses: Instructions Ignore The Narrative Voice, Jonathan L. Hall May 2017

37 Clauses: Instructions Ignore The Narrative Voice, Jonathan L. Hall

Undergraduate Honors Theses

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A Theoretical Application Of Metaphor Research To The Film Industry, Michael J. Stanton May 2017

A Theoretical Application Of Metaphor Research To The Film Industry, Michael J. Stanton

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This paper explores the value of using metaphor based marketing research methods (most notably Zaltman Metaphor Elicitation Technique) in the development and green-lighting processes of filmmaking. A review of literature reveals that even large blockbuster films lack any marketing research employed in the developmental stage. Audiences are extremely difficult to analyze when considering something as abstract and subjective as what makes a “good” film. Metaphor based marketing research methods (e.g. ZMET) offer a solution by examining the minds of consumers through language markers called metaphors. Using a metaphor based marketing technique early in a film’s development process may ...


Ego: Writing The Psychological Play, Diego, Nathaniel J. Couper May 2017

Ego: Writing The Psychological Play, Diego, Nathaniel J. Couper

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Ego: Writing the Psychological Play, Diego focuses on my analytical research and educational experiences as a Theatre major and Psychology minor as well as my personal journey over a four year period writing the play Diego. Theatre provided background for my writing process, and Psychology provided the basis for the play’s main themes. The play’s major plot as well as many of the characters and relationships came from a notable time in my own life, such that without those dramatic personal events, the inception of the play never would have occurred. I combined my experiences with my knowledge ...


Rites: Poems, Lydia G. Brown May 2017

Rites: Poems, Lydia G. Brown

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This project, entitled Rites, focuses to a large extent on realms of the spiritual and sacred, examining in what ways we seek a sense of peace. This writing also centers on ideas of womanhood, myth, metamorphosis, imagination, perception, and art and artistic representation, especially artistic representations of women. Writing after an Imagist tradition which stems from ancient Greek and Japanese roots, I additionally write, like women Imagist poets H.D. and Louise Gluck, to challenge traditional assumptions perpetuated by such methods. Any art tradition which distills its narratives into images must be questioned: in crystallizing some narratives it effaces others ...


Fresh Air, Claire B. Kooyman Jan 2017

Fresh Air, Claire B. Kooyman

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In this “Subterranean fiction” novella, a young woman named Ena Henders is faced with taking over the leadership of her underground civilization early, due to the unexpected death of her father. She is forced to take drastic measures to save her people when their subterranean city begins to collapse. She faces vocal opponents within her community who underestimate her and how dangerous the Underground can get. There is something mysterious, though, that lurks in her city and threatens to destroy them all, which Ena has yet to discover.

This project was inspired by my previous goal to spend a full ...


Ambrose, Elise Nardi Jan 2017

Ambrose, Elise Nardi

Undergraduate Honors Theses

“Ambrose” was composed over the course of three very cold months in the winter of 2016, in response to Barth’s short fiction collection, “Lost in the Funhouse”. Many texts played some role in the influence and inspiration of this novella, though, it is Barth’s protagonist who is borrowed, and represented in the post-adolescent form. Likewise, it is Barth’s exploration of the funhouse, Barth’s complications of the journey, from which this project sought its

‘foundations’.

The foundations being something of loose irony here, in terms of the work’s architecture and design. Often, it is the very ...


Unpacking The Psychosocial Effects Of Institutional Racism, Ebony A. Lambert May 2016

Unpacking The Psychosocial Effects Of Institutional Racism, Ebony A. Lambert

Undergraduate Honors Theses

My project investigated the effects of institutional racism on Black students at the College of William and Mary. I interviewed twenty Black William and Mary students and analyzed existing data from the Stand Up and Be Counted survey created by Dr. Anne Charity Hudley and Dr. Cheryl Dickter between June 2015 and April 2016. The purpose of this study centered on evaluating the extent to which exposure to institutional racism at the college affects the psychological, social, and academic realities of Black students who walk the college’s campus today. I also explored the relationship between institutional racism, stereotype threat ...


Catharsis, Shannon Callahan May 2016

Catharsis, Shannon Callahan

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This creative nonfiction essay collection provides a nuanced portrait of mental illness. The collection reveals the effect of a sibling's mental illness on the narrator's life and explores the central question: "What does it mean to be good?"


The Effect Of Fiction On Marginalized And Disenfranchised Peoples, Sayoni W. Nyakoon Jan 2016

The Effect Of Fiction On Marginalized And Disenfranchised Peoples, Sayoni W. Nyakoon

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Fiction is proposed as an answer to how marginalized and disenfranchised people, as well as non-dominant and empowered people, can reach true emancipation and empowerment within a United States context. Works of cinema are discussed in brief while the literary works Giovanni’s Room, Americanah, Dreaming in Cuban and the musical genre of Hip-Hop are discussed at depth for their potential power to emancipate and empower the aforementioned peoples. Literary analysis and critical musical examination are combined with sociological and anthropological research to provide a foundation for the thesis. The limitations of fiction are explored in the same manner, whilst ...


Volcanic Winter, Super Blooming, Kathleen B. Ross Jan 2016

Volcanic Winter, Super Blooming, Kathleen B. Ross

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This is a body of poems written under the transition into and out of a taxing and tumultuous writer’s block. It’s the discovery of how anger, isolation, depression, exhaustion, anxiety or feeling insignificant simply boils down to confusion and how that confusion is the root cause of a block. To attain clarity is to feel weightless, unbound and free. The fueling process of the work was the observation of a mind closing in that confusion and then unfolding through clarity, as a Nyctinastic flower closes to the approach of darkness and reopens to sunlight.

The collection is built ...


Approximately Men, Daniel N. Jackson Jan 2016

Approximately Men, Daniel N. Jackson

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Approximately Men is the first section of a novel. It explores queer masculinities, femininities, and the liminal spaces that foster self-actualization. The voice in this piece attempts to reconcile the individual with the expectations of that individual, and does its best to not intervene. The following is an excerpt:

“You know,” Andrew said before letting out a breath of smoke. “I really do like Kerouac. He spends pages just listing the things he sees, like rotting peanut butter and empty boxes of Tide detergent. I can’t imagine those were fun bits to read at the time he wrote them ...


"A Spark" With Critical Introduction "Ore And Lore: Mining, Literature, And Loss", Andrea J. Warren Dec 2015

"A Spark" With Critical Introduction "Ore And Lore: Mining, Literature, And Loss", Andrea J. Warren

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis explores the emotional, physical, and familial repercussions of coal mining in the Appalachian region, especially in regards to relationships within the community. The thesis is divided into two parts; a critical essay in which the objective facts, statistics, and histories of coal mining are addressed, and a short story which shares the subjective experience of the Hicks family.


Pathologized Peculiarities: A Collection Of Short Stories, Kasey Jones May 2015

Pathologized Peculiarities: A Collection Of Short Stories, Kasey Jones

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis is comprised of three short stories that explore the pathologization of perceived social abnormalities and the isolation that often follows. "The Firmament" focuses on ostracization due to social difference, while "Shards" and "A Box of Rocks" focus on a specific 'abnormality'—schizoid personality disorder and high-functioning autism, respectively. These stories are not exact representations of a specific disorder, but my interpretation of the materials that I encountered during my research.


“The Bedroom And The Barnyard: Zoomorphic Lust Through Territory, Procedure, And Shelter In ‘The Miller’S Tale’” & Haunchebones, Danielle N. Byington May 2015

“The Bedroom And The Barnyard: Zoomorphic Lust Through Territory, Procedure, And Shelter In ‘The Miller’S Tale’” & Haunchebones, Danielle N. Byington

Undergraduate Honors Theses

“The Bedroom and the Barnyard: Zoomorphic Lust Through Territory, Procedure, and Shelter in ‘The Miller’s Tale’” is an academic endeavor that takes Chaucer’s zoomorphic metaphors and similes and analyzes them in a sense that reveals the chaos of what is human and what is animal tendency. The academic work is expressed in the adjunct creative project, Haunchebones, a 10-minute drama that echoes the tale and its zoomorphic influences, while presenting the content in a stylized play influenced by Theatre of the Absurd and artwork from the medieval and early renaissance period.


The Recognition Of Micro Poetry As A Literary Art Form Across Time And Culture, Kaitlyn M. Dahle May 2015

The Recognition Of Micro Poetry As A Literary Art Form Across Time And Culture, Kaitlyn M. Dahle

Undergraduate Honors Theses

My creative thesis, titled, The Recognition of Micro Poetry as a Literary Art Form across Time and Culture, is on micro poetry and its prevalence in the literary world of today and throughout history with examples of writings from past authors, like Emily Dickinson and William Carlos Williams and even as far back as Ancient Greece’s Sappho. Examples of my own micro poetry are included in the thesis. The period followed by two dashes, or .//, mark the beginning of each micro poem I have written. The poems end with one single dash, or /, and each poem is separated by ...


The Rebuff Of Discovery: A Collection Of Poems, Kayla M. Ireson May 2015

The Rebuff Of Discovery: A Collection Of Poems, Kayla M. Ireson

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This creative thesis is a retelling of events as a collection of poems. Struggling with mental illness most of my life, I base most of my writing in this odd juxtaposition—the struggle for life alternating with my delight in its splendor. I find myself writing about the most challenging times in my life along with the most magnificent.

The critical introduction explores and elaborates on the context and influences of my writing. Every line of poetry on every page has been a journey of reconciliation with my past and present—a journey deciphering who I am among all the ...


Testing An Original Story In Multiple Artistic Mediums, Alexander F. Morton May 2015

Testing An Original Story In Multiple Artistic Mediums, Alexander F. Morton

Undergraduate Honors Theses

The Story is one of the oldest forms of communication between humans. Various methods have enhanced and updated the Art in a variety of ways since the concept was created. In modern times, a story can exist in multiple mediums because of the variations that humans use today to tell stories. I present an artistic project that will show my development of an original universe, plot, and characters into a storyline introduction for enjoyable purposes. The belief was that these ideas I created could succeed in multiple formats, but I would need to narrow it down and test what I ...