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March Update: The Final Countdown

By • Mar 19th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

My thesis is due in exactly 24 days, on April 13. I’m definitely not counting the days down, or anything. Actually, I feel uncharacteristically calm about where my work has gone so far. I finished my latest draft on March 16, and I have written 49 complete pages. That’s within the requirements for the English department,…
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February Update: Honors Colloquium Recap

By • Feb 14th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

So I presented at the colloquium yesterday, and overall I think it went pretty well! I went first, but it was a friendly audience and my nerves quickly dissipated. Being forced to explain what I am researching and what I aim to accomplish in only 15 minutes was tough but ultimately really helpful. It helped me concentrate…
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January Update: Actually Writing Chapters and Preparing for the Colloquium

By • Jan 30th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As January ends, I have completed drafts of my introduction, first section (a close examination of the dystopian genre and the novel itself), and am re-watching the Hulu series to start the second section (about the recent adaptation). Once that’s complete, I’ll need to write a “conclusion” or final bridge to come full circle with everything…
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Year-End Update: What’s Next?

By • Dec 30th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

2017 is almost over, and with 2018 comes the end of my time in undergrad and the conclusion of my thesis. It’s scary to think about such big things coming to a close, but I think I’m ready. At the end of last semester, I re-evaluated my thesis thoughts and came up with an outline to…
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November Update

By • Nov 30th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

So far, I have written one chapter as well as a draft introduction. My next step is to write out a more formal outline for my next steps before the end of the semester. To contextualize survivor’s guilt and the struggle to survive during a fascist or dictatorial regime, I am going to do some…
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October Update

By • Oct 31st, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This update will be brief, as I am currently working on the first chapter of my thesis! The draft is due November 2nd, and I’m nervous but also really excited. My thesis has evolved a lot since I last posted. What I realized as I started researching and writing in earnest was that I had set…
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September Update

By • Sep 26th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

After presenting at the Summer Research Showcase two weeks ago and beginning to actually write the first chapter of my thesis, I’m excited to say that my project is in full swing. At the showcase, I was pleasantly surprised to find a lot of people who I didn’t know interested in learning about my research.…
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Margaret Atwood Has Very Spidery Handwriting, and Other Lessons Learned from Archival Research

By • Aug 8th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

After traveling to Toronto and Cambridge to visit archival libraries, I learned the hard way that the archives are not always helpful or relevant to your project, even if they appear to be so in their online descriptions and finding aids. And in a surprising and lucky turn of events, the unhelpfulness of some of…
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July Research & Travel Update – Women’s Solidarity in Contemporary Fiction

By • Jul 22nd, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Tomorrow, I leave to travel first to the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library in Toronto, Ontario, and then to the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America in Cambridge, MA. In Toronto I’ll be exploring Margaret Atwood’s papers, looking into the context of her thoughts while writing The Handmaid’s Tale.…
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Women’s Solidarity in the TV Adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale”

By • Jun 23rd, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The recent Hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s famous novel stays mostly true to its source material, something I was grateful for. But where it departs from the novel is where it is perhaps most helpful to my research about depictions of women’s solidarity. In the TV series, solidarity amongst the handmaids is explicitly realized in…
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