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Junior Essay titles

April 2015







Matthew Barrieau


A Portrait of the Reader as a Young Man: Epiphany and Irony in Joyce’s Portrait 








Nikki Erlick

Unreadable Books and Inaccessible Lanterns: Examining the Intersection of Flânerie, Fragmentation, and Inaccessibility in Virginia Woolf’s “Street Haunting”








Samantha Heinle


Control versus Creative Genius: A Faustian Bargain







Anastasia Snetkova


Seeking Security in the Womb: A Metaphor for the Postcolonial Environment







Rachel Thompson

The Best Carriage-Makers Didn’t Make the Best Cars: An Analysis of Three Literary Magazines and Their Relation to the Digital








Laura Trosser


A Race Towards Dissatisfaction: Hegel in Anne Carson’s Antigonick







Hannah Umansky-Castro


Social Ties of Soledad: Women as Anchors of Historical Time







Colton Valentine


Haunted Words: The Ghost of Hamlet in Mrs. Dalloway

-Barbara Johnson Prize Winner-









Joy Wang


Transcending the Real: The Hero and Enchantment in Les Misérables








Junior Essay titles

December 2014







Ben Sobel

On Retweeting: Attribution as Metalinguistic Device on Twitter.com and in the Work of Jorge Luis Borges







Victoria Zhuang


Putting the Head Back on: Severance, Social Critique, Redemption, and the Grotesque in European Narratives, Using The Master and Margarita as a Centerpiece Text















Junior Essay titles

April 2014







Opeoluwa Adebanjo

“One Day Your Eyes Will Open”: Relationships and Revolution in Third Generation Nigerian Novels







Reina Gattuso

“Where there is pleasure, there is agency”: Reading for a Political Countertext in Tarun Mansukhani’s Dostana







Jason Hellerstein

Metafiction and Autobiography in Philip Roth's Nonfiction







Louisa Kirk

The Mouvance of the Medieval Woman: Gender and Agency in Das Nibelungenlied and Diu Klage





Julian Lucas


HooDooing the Bodies of History: The Grotesque Aesthetics of Ishmael Reed







Benjamin Rausing Koerner

The Function of Myth in the Vǫlsungasaga







Indiana Seresin


“We are up early and we are up late”: Artistic Production, Autobiographical Experimentation, and Lesbian Experience in Gertrude Stein and Tove Jansson
-Barbara Johnson Prize Winner-








Victoria Tarpley

Éden Éden Éden as Non-Narrative: A Comparative Study of the Montage and Spatio-Temporal Relations in the Novel and Chris Marker’s “La Jetée”







Tian Zeng

Breaking Free from Mao's Rhetoric – the Collapse of Linear History and Universal Identity in Han Shaogong's "Pa Pa Pa"








Junior Essay titles

May 2013







Zach Connerton

The Kernel of the Problem; Addressing the Subaltern in Asturias's Men of Maize.








Michelle Dimino


Shaped by Place: Melancholic Incorporation in the Neapolitan Narratives of Elena Ferrante








Rebecca Elliott

The Political as Work of Art in Roberto Bolaño’s Chilean Narratives.
-Barbara Johnson Prize Winner-







Cassandra Euphrat Weston

Exposing Rifts, Finding Refuge: Poetic Resistance in the Work of Lenelle Moïse, Michelle Tea, and Cherríe Moraga









David Grieder

Bilingualism and Exile: Language and History in the autobiographies of Guillermo Cabrera Infante and Ariel Dorfman. 








Nate Hilgartner

“In dem tönenden Schall”: Paradox and Resolution in Tristan und Isolde







Alice Kenney

Manifesting the Imagined through Discipline and Grace








Didar Kul-Mukhammed

Recreating Child Perspectives in Persepolis 







Ben Lorenz



To Speak a Word for Nature: Language and Landscape in America's National Parks


Nick Rinehart


The Witness and the Participant; Or, Frederick Douglass's Pushmi-Pullyu


Nicolas Schwalbe


Gilles Deleuze's Difference and Repetition or the Noisy Voice of Being


Sofia Tancredi

Self Constructed: Metaphors of Selfhood in Science and Confessional Poetry


Celena Tyler

Female Madness as Dis-ease With Confinement in the Public and Private Sphere

Junior Essay titles

April 2012







Katherine Damm

'The Shattered World': Fragments as Mimetic in Modernity






Michael Feeney



Art and Society in Michel Houellebecq’s Plateforme








Ricky Fegelman

Two Valences of the Politicized Sublime: Preliminary Notes Towards an Investigation







Cat Flynn

“Told By An Idiot, Full Of Sound And Fury”: Cognitive Exceptionality And The Politics Of Literary Narrative









Giulio Galliani

Literary and Philosophical Expression







Keir Gogwilt

Performing Musical Writing







Emily Hyman


Tragedies of Marginalization: A Mother’s Path to Destruction for two of Frederico García Lorca’s Tragic Heroines







Nur Ibrahim

A good time for love is also/a good time to place a bomb:” Partition and partitioning in the writing of Manto and Amichai.





Patrick Lauppe



The Dangers and Advantages of Continuous Space: Liminal Spaces in German Expressionist Film and American Film Noir


Kiernan Michau


What We Know: Narrative Voice and Subjectivity in Realism


Sarah McCuskee


Detours from traffic: Materterine relation(s) as alternative to filial systems in Le Livre d’Emma and Cereus Blooms at Night

-Barbara Johnson Prize Winner-





Anna Ondaatje

Raising Lolita: How Readers and Critics Fail to See Nabakov's Heroine


Kevin Stone

Diagnosing Adultery: Adultery and the 'Disease' of Female Consciousness on the Cusp of Modernism


Xanthia Tucker

Mots d’Enfance: Words, Books, and the Representation of Reality in Sartre and Sarraute’s Memoirs

Junior Essay titles

April 2011







John Carpenter


Stéphane Mallarmé: Language and the Death of the French Poetic Tradition





Marina Connelly


Words for God: a study of religious text as psychoanalytic transitional phenomenon.




-Barbara Johnson Prize Winner-


Eva Delappe


"Ecological Poetics: Understanding Heidegger's "What are Poets For?" and Carson's Autobiography of Red"







Lauren Ianni


Literary Technologies: Materiality and Material Design in Kleist, Giedion and Zamyatin







Talia Lavin


Opening the Windows: Micah Yosef Berdyczewski And The Development of Modern Hebrew Literature. A Critical Study







Noah Madoff


Un Ecrivain Original”: Originality and Iteration in the Collage Poetry of Tristan Tzara







Diana McKeage


Angel, Duende, and Dream: Converging Approaches to Reconciliation of Trauma in Rainer Maria Rilke's Duino Elegies and Federico García Lorca's Poema del cante jondo





Joseph Morcos


Cynic's Utopia: Sloterdijk, Zizek, and Two Different Fictions of a Cynical Era







Victoria Palange


The Art of Theatre as “Le Feu Nouveau”: Understanding Apollinaire's Definition of

Surrealism in Les Mamelles de Tirésias"




Betty Rosen

At Home in the Passage of the Sand: Unfolding Possibilities and Reading Nomadically in Ilyās Farkūhs “Secrets of the Hourglass"


Sarah Rosenberg-Wohl

Auden and the Apocalypse in the Everyday


Junior Essay titles

December 2011







Susie Kim


Laughter and the Moment of Ambivalence in The Killing Joke







Kiernan Michau

What We Know: Narrative Voice and Subjectivity in Realism







Lizzie Thompson


Broken Spaces: Fragmentation and Insanity in Fictional Narratives of Incest








Junior Essay titles

April 2010



Christine An


“Today is the Tomorrow for Those Who Died Yesterday”1: Aesthetic and Artificial Representation of History in Younghill Kang‟s The Grass Roof and Hwang Sok-Yong‟s The Guest







Lorenzo Bartouccia

The Importance of Being Ended in

The Portrait of Dorian Gray







Sophie Duvernoy


Negative Existences: Reclaiming Traumatized Identity and Loss through Narration and Imagination in Twentieth-Century German Fiction







Ama Francis


The Torn Web: Overreading Colette’s La Naissance du jour and Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse







Chelsea Glover


Non-Creative and Creative Responses to Race/Gender Oppression in Black and Latina Short Fiction





Nell Hawley


The Game of the Five Nights: Comedy, Renunciation, and the Ironic Perspective in the Mahabharata Story







Pelin Kivrak


The City, His City: Time and Space in Borges’

Fervor de Buenos Aires







Liz Krane


Beginning to Mean Something: The Derivation of Purpose from Relationships and Love in the Works of Arthur Miller and Samuel Beckett







Charleton Lamb


The Reality Series: Television and its Reflection of Reality


Hannah Lincoln

William Blake and the Shamanic Tradition: Aspects of Shared Spiritual Experience




Christopher Magliozzi

Effectual Truth: Classifying How Fraud Shapes Narrative


Molly O’Laughlin

Novel Forms of Commentary


Julianne Ross

A Comparative Study of Metonymy and Female Desire in Federico García Lorca’s La casa de Bernarda Alba and Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire



Matt Stone

The Body Problem: Divorcing Gender from Character in Contemporary Theater




Oliver Strand


Which Remains?: the Abstract and the Concrete in John Ashbery’s “Definition of Blue”


Luzi Yang

Negotiating the Self, Cultivating the Self, or Denying the Self: The encounter of existentialism with the ideal of Bildung in Camus’ Caligula



Junior Essay titles

April 2009







Sophie Alexander


The theoretical martyrdom of Luce Irigaray: a return to feminine suffering







Anna Barnet

Off the Grid: Art Spiegelman's Maus and W.G. Sebald's Austerlitz







Elizabeth Brook


How does Nuvorican Poetry relate to the American Canon?







Andres Camacho

Literary Technologies: Materiality and Material Design in Kleist, Giedion and Zamyatin








Sylvia Castello


The Child World and the Adult World: An Exploration Through Alice in Wonderland and Pan’s Labyrinth







Rebecca Cooper


“What it is to be a Fucking Human Being”: A New Look at David Foster Wallace’s Nonfiction







Victoria Crutchfield


Perhaps I will reveal nothing, even to myself”: The Ethics of Interpretation in Susan Sontag’s Diaries and Early Works







Lily Kass


“Exaltation of a Voice”: Singing Characters and Barthes’ Grain







Clemence Kavanaugh


Holderlin, Nietzsche, Empedocles

Sally Morrell

Foreignizing Fiction: Authenticity in James Morier’s The Adventures of Hajji Baba Ispahani and its Persian Translation


Olga Moskvina

The Poetry of Aleksandr Blok as a Shared Psychic Space

Robert Niles


Shades of Gray: Towards a Poetics of Aging in Nabokov and Markson



Dan Normandin

The Seed of Death and the Glass of Eternity: Mythological and Religious Conceptions of the Poetic Task in Mandelstam’s Early Verse


Annie Stone

Hélène Cixous’ Active Writing and Female Yearning: Narrating the Self in The Awakening, Their Eyes Were Watching God, and Rubyfruit Jungle




Maria Vassileva

Shovels and Smoke: An Introduction to Miljenko Jergovic’s Sarajevo Marlboro





Junior Essay titles

Spring 2008







Richard Beck

Writing in a Crowd: Serialization in the Works of Ėmile Zola and David Simon







Kameron Collins

Violence-ing the Gaze: Queerness, Masculinity and Victimhood in Gus Van Sant’s Elephant and Gerry







James Goldschmidt

Teaching For a Lifetime: Towards a Definition of Education in the Bildungsroman








James Hirshfeld

The Partial Presence of Hellenicity







John Kapusta

Something to Listen For: Towards a Modern Practice of Program Notes







Lucy MacKinnon

Character and Women’s Reality: Three Cases by Woolf, Glaspell, and Cixous







Kyle McAuley

Lines of Beauty: Ethics and Aesthetics in Anna Karenina







Emmet McDermott

The Legacy of Satire: An Investigation of the Residual Satirical Purpose in The Master and Margarita







Julie Min

Being and Time through Virginia Woolf








Jon-Mark Overvold

“The Shadow” and His Shadows: The Role of Medium in Narrative Reception



Anna Resnick

On the Threshold: Woolf’s Portrayal of the Self in Mrs. Dalloway


Jessica Righthand

From Eve to the Machi: Eroticism and Spirituality in the Poetry of Two Contemporary Mapuche Women



Junior Essay titles

Spring 2007







Aliza Aufrichtig “It Sounded Wonderful in Spanish”: Feigned Translation and Hemingway’s Authorial Hand
Alexandra Bell Odd Couple: The Socio-Political Goals of Flaubert and Zola in Salammbô and Germinal
Lisa Bloomberg Charming Creatues and Professional Ladies: Women Doctors in Late Nineteenth Century American Novels
Alwa Cooper Mutata servat: The Problem of Metamorphosis Pre- and Post-Atomic Bomb in Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Ted Hughes

Eike Exner Train Man: Critical Translation Commentary
Arielle Fridson Discovering Interruption: Inger Christensen’s Sommerflugledalen and Rainer Maria Rilke Duineser Elegien
Chelsea Grate The Woman, Destroyed: Representations of Femininity in Two Melancholic Works

Arlo Hill The Double and Dialectics: Metaphysical Theater in Artaud, Beckett, Hegel
Dan Howell On Etymological Play in James Joyce’s Ulysses
Carmen James In the Footsteps of Borges and Cavafy: The Real and Imagined Cities of Modernist Poetry
Olga Kamensky The Many Lolitas: Translation and Character Creation in Nabokov’s Novels
Kara Kaufman Narration and Invention in To the Lighthouse
Henry Lichtblau

Aslihan Ece Manisali Writing “I” in Another Tongue: Answering the Question of Identity in Multilingual Language Memoir

Miguel Morcuende Il/lisible: Sade and Klossowski
Alexandra Pape “What Do You Do About Death?”: Judaism, Assimilation, and Identity in 20th Century Anglo-American Literature
Tony Qian The Uncanny “Re-vision”: Derridean Hauntology in Lianhuantao and Changhenge
Jack Rasmus-Vorrath THE THE
Aileen Robinson A Doll’s House: Dramatic Essence and Production
Gabriel Rocha “Pássaro Pássaro”: Modes of Repetition in Gullar’s “O Trabalho das Nuvens”
Gregory Scruggs Banlieue Zéro: Filling the Images of Parisian Empty Space
Sarah Tseng Parallel Narratives of Awakening: E.B. White and Annie Dillard
Christopher Van Buren In Res Ipsas: Theological Allegory in the Commedia
Ximena Vengoechea What the Weather Brings: Clouding Reality and Fogging the Mind in Julio Cortázar’s “Las Babas del Diablo” and Maria Luisa Bombal’s “La Ưltima Niebla”
Yoshi Yamamoto DÉJÀ VU: REPETITION AND LOSS AT A DOME BY THE RIVER


Junior Essay titles

Spring 2006



Alexandra Bush Analyzying Dada: Invitation, Resistance, Perpetuation
Cara Eisenpress Pulsating Space: The Gap Between in Paul Valery’s “Poesie et Pensee Abstraite”
Andrew Esensten Conflicts Between Fathers and Sons in Kafka and Wright
Ionita Casiana Flags of Every Nation: Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality in the Ring and in the Novel
Brendan Linn This document isn’t about you: Heiliger Text and the compulsion to interpret in The Interpretation of Dreams

Dan Mach Sauntering Towards Bethlehem: Pursuing Natural Symbolism in Post-Thoreauvian American Nature Writing

Jeff Nagy Desire and Drive in Classical Detective Fiction, Noir Film and Fiction, Brian De Palma’s Scarface, and Rap Music Videos: Attempt at a Psychoanalytic Genre Definition
Robert Nelson To Rival Infinity: History, Narrative, and Human Comprehension in Tolstoy’s War and Peace
Katherine Plotnick Gestures of Possession: Conquest and Violation in Los pasos perdidos and La muerte de Artemio Cruz
Michael Sanchez The Unhappy Monsieur Teste: Valery and Hegel
Lara Schweller Color As Diction: A Construction of Similarities in Parisian Modernist Art
Benjamin Tarnoff “Mir wird so licht!”: Light and Desire in Goethe’s Faust
Emily Vasiliauskas “Ohne/Sprache”: Ineffability, Negative Theology, and Lyric in Paul Celan

Sarah Watson Saint Theresa and the Mummies: The Shape of History in Middlemarch


Ariel Westerman Understanding a Story about Understanding. Marguerite Duras’s Moderato Cantabile (the novel and the film): Relationships between the Reader/Viewer and a Story about a Woman’s Desperate Attempts to Relate to Her Life

Arie Zakaryan Gay Male Relationships in Twentieth-Century Latin American Literature: Who’s Got the Power?


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