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January Update

By • Feb 1st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Building off my update last month, I did read Pedagogy of the Oppressed over break and it, along with Young’s “Five Faces of Oppression,” have become very important both to my literature review and my personal research ethic. One side effect of my research is that I have begun to apply the analytical framework I’ve…
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Fall Update

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

The progress I’ve been able to make over the last few months has been limited by major capstone projects, graduate applications and finals and I’m very excited to be able to devote more energy to my project over break. Over the past few months I’ve been meeting with my advisor and professor about the future…
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Belated September Update

By • Oct 13th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hello everyone! I apologize for the belatedness of this September update (it’s hard to believe it’s already October!). I thought I would give a brief update on what I did last month. I presented at the Summer Research Showcase and got some really great questions about my project’s methodology and theory. I found the presentation…
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Imagining Oppression: Final Summer Update

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

It’s hard to believe that it’s already the first day of the semester! I spent the last month of summer reviewing the data I have collected so far, re-reading the relevant literature, and figuring out my next steps. While I didn’t quite achieve the level of productivity I’d been hoping for, I did make some…
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July Update: Refining Codes & Fan Activism

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

With my time on campus coming to an end, I’ve been using the past week to take stock of what I’ve accomplished so far and what I still need to do. I’ve finished data collection and am now in the process of narrowing down and refining my codes. As I recorded almost 800 codes, this…
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June Update: The Odds Are Not in Everyone’s Favor

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

Over the past month, I read and coded 4 of my 7 case study texts. I would be lying if I did not say that I am somewhat overwhelmed by the amount of data collected so far. The Hunger Games alone generated 132 codes. For clarification, that’s the novel The Hunger Games, not The Hunger…
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First Day Back and The Cultural Diamond

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

Hello everyone! This is my first day back in Williamsburg and I’m ready to hit the ground running. As I mentioned in my abstract post, I will be conducting a qualitative case study of seven young adult novels with dystopian themes for their depictions of oppression, focusing on how these texts draw from contemporary and…
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Abstract: Imaging Oppression in Young Adult Dystopian Novels

By • Apr 13th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

For my Honors project, I will conduct a qualitative case study of seven young adult novels with dystopian themes for their depictions of oppression, focusing on how these texts draw from contemporary and historical racial issues. These novels are The Hunger Games trilogy, Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix and The Deathly Hallows,…
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Final Update: Representation of the Intersection of Race and Gender in Young Adult and Children’s Fiction

By • Aug 26th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

These past few weeks I spent drafting and editing my final write-up of my research. Seeing all the pieces come together after all these weeks of research is a wonderful experience, and has allowed me to view my project with a fresh, new perspective. Just as a refresher, my project sought to answer two questions: […]



Representation of Race and Gender in YA and Children’s Lit: Update 3

By • Jul 21st, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

These past two weeks I finished analyzing my data and have started writing my final paper. Last Wednesday, I skyped with the  wonderful Professor Anne Charity Hudley and we had a very productive conversation about data analysis. On Professor Charity Hudley’s advice I also read David E. Gray’s Doing Research in the Real World, which […]