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Gender in SF: A Summary

By • Aug 12th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I am finishing up my paper and drawing my final conclusions. In my paper, I decided to take out Woman on the Edge of Time. It was just the kind of book I was looking for – a utopian society that uses gender-neutral pronouns. But when I really started digging, there just wasn’t enough. Mattaposett is […]

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Gender Pointers and Binaries

By • Aug 4th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I am almost done with my project. I have a substantial draft completed for my cumulative paper, and I am excited to revise and tweak it until it says the things I really want to say, and the things I think are really important. I’ve decided to use Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr.’s concept of “fictive neologies” as […]

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How Do Formal Elements Ground Conceptions of Gender?

By • Jun 24th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I’ve just about finished my reading list. I read Sphinx (Anne Garréta), Noughts and Crosses (Malorie Blackman), The Argonauts (Maggie Nelson), and Triton (Samuel R. Delany). I’m almost done with The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction (Istvan Csicsery-Ronay Jr.), a critical work that aims to define what makes science fiction science fiction. I purposely steered […]

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Different Linguistic and Societal Conceptions of Gender

By • May 20th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been reading. I finished Octavia Butler’s trilogy (Xenogenesis), as well as Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness, Marge Piercy’s Woman on the Edge of Time, Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice, and James Tiptree Jr.’s The Women Men Don’t See. I’ve come up with a few preliminary observations […]

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Abstract: “Other” Genders and Sexes in Science Fiction

By • Mar 27th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I am interested in science fiction, speculative fiction, and utopian/dystopian fiction. I am especially interested in the portrayal of “other” genders in this genre. This semester, I am completing an independent study on women and gender in science fiction. Through this study, I have narrowed my focus. Two books that have been instrumental in this focus […]

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Blog Post 3: A Summary

By • Jul 17th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Through my research process, I have looked at syllabi; interviewed professors, teachers, and Writing Center directors; and read essays on the teaching of writing. I’ve found that the whole process of teaching writing is a lot more facilitation than actual teaching. To conclude my research on the teaching of writing, I thought I would post […]



Blog Post 2: Reflection

By • Jul 6th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I am currently in the middle of writing a reflection paper, drawing from my own writing experience, the interviews, and the outside sources on the teaching of writing. I’m realizing that this topic, the teaching of writing, is such a huge topic. There is no definite formula to teach writing—only some rough guidelines, hewed from […]



Blog Post 1: Interviews

By • Jun 29th, 2015 • Category: First post, Honors Thesis, Research

I’ve successfully interviewed a community college writing professor, a high school English teacher, a writing instructor for an online college, and the Writing Center Director at the University of Minnesota.They tended to emphasize writing as a relational process, the value of failing, the concept of authentic communication, and the development of an individual voice. I […]



The Writing Process: Continuity Across Form

By • Mar 15th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

How do the processes of writing journalism, essays, fiction, and poetry align? I want to explore the similarities of the writing processes of these diverse forms, in addition to acknowledging their uniqueness, in order to establish writing as a whole form in itself rather than a collection of different genre-forms. Through reading books on the processes of […]