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Buried Before, Devan Herbert Jan 2019

Buried Before, Devan Herbert

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Buried Before is a twelve-minute concert dance work which was performed February 7-10, 2019, in the Charlotte York Irey Theatre by Sasha Alcott, Sara Varra, Olivia Hodnett, and Adia Banks. This essay is a roadmap to understanding the piece as well as the research process that accompanied it. The piece challenges the way war stories are told, particularly the themes of glorification, masculinity, and heroism. It centralizes the body in the telling of women’s war stories which provides a level of complexity and abstraction which are not present in linear, traditional war narratives. Throughout both the essay and the ...


The Devil's Café Au Lait: The Métis Question In Colonial French West Africa, 1870-1940, Rose Olwell Apr 2018

The Devil's Café Au Lait: The Métis Question In Colonial French West Africa, 1870-1940, Rose Olwell

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Over the course of the French Third Republic (1870-1940), a period of roughly seventy years, public opinion and colonial policy oscillated widely between a range of approaches to the so-called the métis question. The métis question, put simply, was the debate over what should be done about the thousands of mixed-race children fathered by French soldiers, administrators, and merchants in colonies around the world. This thesis examines four facets of the métis question in West Africa: imperial policy, paternity, motherhood, and the lives of métis individuals. The first section will deals with the relationship between métis and the French imperial ...


Linguistic Feminism & The Body In 20th-Century French Feminist Texts, Lauren Hammett Apr 2018

Linguistic Feminism & The Body In 20th-Century French Feminist Texts, Lauren Hammett

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis examines the use of linguistic feminism and references to the body in 20th-century French feminist texts, and particularly in the work of Luce Irigaray. This involves an investigation into the nature of French feminism and the validity of the accusations of essentialism that have been leveled against it by many critics. The thesis argues for French feminists' place in feminist scholarship and for an anti-essentialist, more figurative reading of their discussions of the body, in addition to examining their discussions of language, including écriture féminine. Finally, the implications of French feminist ideology for feminism today, as well as ...


Wendy Red Star: Challenging Colonial Histories And Foregrounding The Impacts Of Violence Against Indigenous Women, Virginia Hellmann Jan 2018

Wendy Red Star: Challenging Colonial Histories And Foregrounding The Impacts Of Violence Against Indigenous Women, Virginia Hellmann

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In my thesis, Wendy Red Star: Challenging Colonial Histories and Foregrounding the Impact of Violence Against Indigenous Women, I analyze two of Red Star’s photographic series, Four Seasons and White Squaw. I argue that Red Star uses irony, humor, parody, and erasure to challenge stereotypes and misrepresentations of Indigenous lives. In Four Seasons, Red Star uses irony and humor to critique historically marginalized images in museum exhibitions, and the stereotypes created as a result of visions of empty land, ethnographic photography, and commercialization of Indigenous cultures. In White Squaw, Red Star uses parody and erasure to reveal the negative ...


Prostitutes, Prophylactics, And Propaganda: The Venereal Disease Campaign And The Fight For Control Of Female Sexuality During Wwii, Adrienne Mueller Jan 2018

Prostitutes, Prophylactics, And Propaganda: The Venereal Disease Campaign And The Fight For Control Of Female Sexuality During Wwii, Adrienne Mueller

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This study examines the link between the venereal disease campaign and the regulation of female sexuality during WWII. The various tactics that the government used in the name of preventing VD in servicemen revealed their fear of female sexuality, and the uneven burden placed on women for the spread of disease. Intentionally vague policies with ill-defined language allowed for a great deal of interpretation so that officials could police women’s behavior at will. Included in this work is a selection of VD propaganda posters used during the war.


Defining Ambiguous: Lesbianism And The Vampire In “Christabel” And Carmilla, Holly E. Reynolds May 2017

Defining Ambiguous: Lesbianism And The Vampire In “Christabel” And Carmilla, Holly E. Reynolds

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Within vampire fiction, there exists a common narrative of a wide-eyed, innocent victim being pursued and then corrupted by a mysterious figure. At first glance, Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem "Christabel" (1816) and Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's novella Carmilla (1872) seem to adhere to this narrative. Both works feature young women, Christabel in "Christabel" and Laura in Carmilla, being pursued by vampires: specifically, female vampires. However, it can be argued that the young women in Coleridge's and Le Fanu's works are not victims; rather, they are liberated agents acting independently in their sexual lives. An analysis of ...


Grassroots Women: The Key To Sustainable Societies, Derya Niccole Marie Senol Jan 2017

Grassroots Women: The Key To Sustainable Societies, Derya Niccole Marie Senol

Undergraduate Honors Theses

“Because women have always played significant roles in the traditional methods of food production, raising domesticated animals, and disease control in local livestock, it behooves policy makers, researchers, and planners to include women in all development processes” - Valentine Udoh James

Women are important influencers on the overall quality of life and well-being of their families and communities; their overall responsibilities allow them a unique platform to improve human well-being and promote the conservation of the natural environment. The development of Women's Grassroots Organizations in sub-Saharan Africa are not only providing a voice to rural women, but are major contributors ...


Labor Of Love: Prostitutes And Civic Engagement In Leadville, Colorado, 1870 - 1915, Darby G. Simmons Jan 2017

Labor Of Love: Prostitutes And Civic Engagement In Leadville, Colorado, 1870 - 1915, Darby G. Simmons

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Prostitutes occupy a special place in Western mythology and are often romanticized and vilified alongside the cowboy, outlaw, and miner when imagining old western boomtowns. In actuality, prostitutes were a fixture to almost every Colorado boomtown during the flush years, perhaps most notably in the town of Leadville. However, when the "horizontal fun" had passed and the "heart of gold" had lost its shine, what impact had the ladies of the night truly made on their society? Exploring the subject by way of a tri­partite chronology tracing prostitution in Leadville through the stages of initial toleration, growing challenge and ...


Through Their Own Eyes: The History Of Slavery And The United States Civil War From Black Women's Perspectives, Alexander Buck Jan 2017

Through Their Own Eyes: The History Of Slavery And The United States Civil War From Black Women's Perspectives, Alexander Buck

Undergraduate Honors Theses

Within the history of slavery in the United States, a new black feminist historiography has emerged that seeks to give more space to how the lives of black women fit into this history. This thesis contributes to this historiography by reading the diaries and memoirs of seven black women who were alive during the early to mid 1800s. These women, named Emilie Davis, Charlotte Forten Grimké, Harriet Jacobs, Elizabeth Keckley, Susie King Taylor, Sojourner Truth, and Bethany Veney, lived varied lives across the country. The thesis is divided into six chapters that explores various themes and commonalities between their lives ...


Group Discipleship And Individual Spirituality: Challenging Models Of False Sanctity In Early Modern Italy And Spain, Mary Andino Apr 2016

Group Discipleship And Individual Spirituality: Challenging Models Of False Sanctity In Early Modern Italy And Spain, Mary Andino

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This honors thesis examines men and women tried by the Inquisition in Italy and Spain for the crime of false sanctity, or feigning holiness. This paper relies on these trials to explore discipleship, confession, personal spirituality, and visionary experience in early modern Europe.


Bouts Of Brain Fever: Female Rebellion And The Dubiety Of Illness In Victorian Fiction, Stephanie R. Mason May 2015

Bouts Of Brain Fever: Female Rebellion And The Dubiety Of Illness In Victorian Fiction, Stephanie R. Mason

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In several Victorian novels, a character becomes incapacitated—and bedridden—for a period of time due to an elusive ailment known as brain fever; these mental alterations usually occur in female characters after an unexpected event or a stress-ridden situation. However, the sources of and meanings behind these fits of brain fever are limited to generic descriptions (if the author provides any explanation at all). This apparently intentional absence of information suggests that the illnesses act as symbols, alluding to or attempting to understand relevant social issues of the time. Through an in-depth study of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton ...


From The Holy Land To The Cloister: The Decline Of Female Ascetic Pilgrimages In The Early Medieval West (C. 350-615), Manon Williams Jan 2015

From The Holy Land To The Cloister: The Decline Of Female Ascetic Pilgrimages In The Early Medieval West (C. 350-615), Manon Williams

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This paper will focus on the mobility of ascetic women from late antiquity through to the early Middle Ages with a particular emphasis on the practice of pilgrimage. As seen in multiple primary source documents, religious women from the West were journeying to the Holy Land and beyond from the fourth through to the early fifth centuries. This practice, however, is mentioned remarkably less in accounts of religious women north of the Alps in the late fifth century onwards. Evidence of women undertaking pilgrimages to the Holy Land is sparse while their male counterparts continued to make such journeys. Although ...


The Fight For Industrial Democracy And Domestic Prosperity: Working Class And Prominent Women's Participation In The Colorado Coal Field Strike, 1913-15, Taylor Martin Jan 2015

The Fight For Industrial Democracy And Domestic Prosperity: Working Class And Prominent Women's Participation In The Colorado Coal Field Strike, 1913-15, Taylor Martin

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis examines the involvement of women, both working and upper class, in the Colorado Coal Field Strike, 1913-15. First, I will provide a background for the strike including the Industrial Revolution, the rise of big business, and the influx of immigration which shaped the mining towns. Second, I investigate the participation of mining town women and their complex social and political identities. These women fought to improve their domestic goals, not challenge them. Despite this, they understood the need to utilize Colorado’s womens’ suffrage to get the working class into office. Third, there will be a discussion on ...


Men Cry: Embodiments Of Masculinity In Western Cinema Circa 1999, Forrest Hamrick Lotterhos Jan 2015

Men Cry: Embodiments Of Masculinity In Western Cinema Circa 1999, Forrest Hamrick Lotterhos

Undergraduate Honors Theses

This thesis examines two films released in 1999, Fight Club (Fincher 1999) and Boys Don’t Cry (Pierce 1999), through the theoretical framework of queer theory, gender theory, and feminist theory to analyze systemic structures and cultural notions of masculinity. Mainstream cinema depicts gender identity and gender roles to promote bigenderism and maintain patriarchal hierarchy. Rarely films and the characters within them break out of this ideological norm. By depicting masculine identified characters who cry, Fight Club and Boys Don’t Cry expose the characters’ vulnerabilities and flaws and challenge the “perfect masculine ideal.” These films question what it means ...