Recent Senior Project Titles: Themes

Film and Literature

  • Destroying Racial Barriers in Glory

Global Literature and Post-Colonialism

  • Literate Arts of the Contact Zone: Four Australian Aboriginal Authors
  • Our Postmodern Identity: Cultural Multiplicity in Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses and Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49
  • (De)Constructing Stephen: The "sexual logic of colonialism" in Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Overcoming Oppositional Constructions of Power Through Mutuality in E.M. Forster's A Passage to India
  • Mission Impossible? English Education in Tanzania

Graphic Arts, Literature and

  • Weathered Bronze, Fading Possibilities; The Shaw Monument and its Message
  • Evolution of Cultural Work in War Films: 1915-1994
  • Native American Mascots: An Issue with More than One Dimension

Humor, Literature of

  • The Remaking of Monarchy: Mark Twain and the Industrialization of America
  • Huck and Tom: The Importance of Tom's Reappearance in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • George Washington Harris: Sut, Satire, and the South

Identity-Personal, Regional, and National

  • Our Postmodern Identity: Cultural Multiplicity in Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses and Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49
  • Emily Dickinson: Reaching Out to a Wider World
  • The Remaking of Monarchy: Mark Twain and the Industrialization of America
  • National Identity: The Internal Divided Force in Anne Devlin's After Easter
  • Roads to Truth: Emerson and Thoreau's Visions of Integrity
  • From Rebellion to Acceptance: Old New York in the Novels of Edith Wharton
  • George Washington Harris: Sut, Satire, and the South
  • Seeking the Self: The Quest for Independence in Jane Eyre and Villette
  • Jane Eyre: A Journey to Self Understanding in a Male Dominated Society
  • Letting Go and Joining In: Jim Burden's Journey Towards Reality In My Antonia

Language, Education, and the Teaching of English

  • Orality v. Textuality: The Use of Dialect in Chaucer's "Reeve's Tale"
  • Mission Impossible? English Education in Tanzania

Love and Sexuality in Literature

  • Chaste Women in the Third Book of Spenser's The Fairie Queene
  • Paying for Sex: Fairplay and Foreplay in The Canterbury Tales
  • The Reconciliation of Art and Love: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Barrett and Browning: Prostitution

Modernism and Postmodernism

  • Our Postmodern Identity: Cultural Multiplicity in Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses and Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49
  • T. S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, and the Shared Modernist Aesthetic

Music and Literature

  • Reading a Drowsy Syncopated Tune: Jazz and Blues Music and Racial Response to Langston Hughes's The Weary Blues
  • T. S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, and the Shared Modernist Aesthetic
  • My Favorite Things: The Jazz Poetry of Amiri Baraka and Sonia Sanchez in the Nineteen Sixties

Narrative and Lyric Strategies and Voices

  • Emily Dickinson: Reaching Out to a Wider World
  • Approaching the Kingdom of Dahomey: Uncovering the Warrior-Poet through Her Prose and Poetry
  • Huck and Tom: The Importance of Tom's Reappearance in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • "It is Everything and Nothing": The Role of the Persona in the Poetry of Keats and Wordsworth
  • Seeking the Self: The Quest for Independence in Jane Eyre and Villette
  • The Real and the Ideal: Contrasting Depictions of Orphan Life in Charles Dickens' David Copperfield and L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables

Political and Social Ideologies

  • "Roses Under My Window": Emerson's Evolving Political and Social Ideologies as Seen in Nature, The American Scholar and Self-Reliance
  • Evolution of Cultural Work in War Films: 1915-1994
  • Native American Mascots: An Issue with More than One Dimension
  • Wright's Black Boy: Hope for Self in Communism
  • The Real and the Ideal: Contrasting Depictions of Orphan Life in Charles Dickens' David Copperfield and L. M. Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables
  • Stephen Jay Gould: Where Science Meets Culture

Psychology, Illness, and Literature

  • Inspired: Pain, Illness, and Poetry in the Life of Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • "Roses Under My Window": Emerson's Evolving Political and Social Ideologies as Seen in Nature, The American Scholar and Self-Reliance
  • from what I can gather: a "normal" person learns to embrace autism
  • Patriarchal Destruction of Women in Song of Solomon and Paradise

Race

  • Literate Arts of the Contact Zone: Four Australian Aboriginal Authors
  • Reading a Drowsy Syncopated Tune: Jazz and Blues Music and Racial Response to Langston Hughes's The Weary Blues
  • Looking into the Eye of a Cyclone: Gender in Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind
  • T. S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, and the Shared Modernist Aesthetic
  • Destroying Racial Barriers in Glory
  • "Entire Faith in Them as Soldiers": Thomas Wentworth Higginson's Army Life in a Black Regiment
  • Huck and Tom: The Importance of Tom's Reappearance in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • Overcoming Oppositional Constructions of Power Through Mutuality in E.M. Forster's A Passage to India
  • Native American Mascots: An Issue with More than One Dimension
  • Wright's Black Boy: Hope for Self in Communism
  • Patriarchal Destruction of Women in Song of Solomon and Paradise
  • My Favorite Things: The Jazz Poetry of Amiri Baraka and Sonia Sanchez in the Nineteen Sixties

Science and Literature

  • Stephen Jay Gould: Where Science Meets Culture

Theology and Literature

  • Chaos and Milton's Law of Mercy in Paradise Lost
  • Chaste Women in the Third Book of Spenser's The Fairie Queene

War in Literature

  • Looking into the Eye of a Cyclone: Gender in Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind
  • How the Civil War Affected Walt Whitman's Writings
  • Approaching the Kingdom of Dahomey: Uncovering the Warrior-Poet through Her Prose and Poetry
  • Masculinity: Scarlett's Savior and Curse in Gone with the Wind
  • Destroying Racial Barriers in Glory
  • "Entire Faith in Them as Soldiers": Thomas Wentworth Higginson's Army Life in a Black Regiment
  • Margaret Mitchell in the 1930s: Hope for a Better Tomorrow
  • Evolution of Cultural Work in War Films: 1915-1994
  • There It Is: Vietnam in American Literature

Women and Gender

  • Emily Dickinson: Reaching Out to a Wider World
  • Looking into the Eye of a Cyclone: Gender in Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind
  • Culhwch and Olwen the Core of Arthurian Romance
  • Approaching the Kingdom of Dahomey: Uncovering the Warrior-Poet through Her Prose and Poetry
  • Masculinity: Scarlett's Savior and Curse in Gone with the Wind
  • From Rebellion to Acceptance: Old New York in the Novels of Edith Wharton
  • (De)Constructing Stephen: The "sexual logic of colonialism" in Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Educating Women? The Differing Perspectives of John Stuart Mill and Charles Dickens
  • Chaste Women in the Third Book of Spenser's The Fairie Queene
  • Margaret Mitchell in the 1930s: Hope for a Better Tomorrow
  • Overcoming Oppositional Constructions of Power Through Mutuality in E.M. Forster's A Passage to India
  • Paying for Sex: Fairplay and Foreplay in The Canterbury Tales
  • Patriarchal Destruction of Women in Song of Solomon and Paradise
  • The Reconciliation of Art and Love: Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Seeking the Self: The Quest for Independence in Jane Eyre and Villette
  • Jane Eyre: A Journey to Self Understanding in a Male Dominated Society
  • Mary Chesnutt's Last Word
  • Barrett and Browning: Prostitution