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Stepping Back, but Moving Forward

By • Jan 20th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Middles are hard. Mary Wroth’s Urania is hard. These are my defining discoveries from the past two months of work. My Urania section is the middle section of my thesis, sandwiched between my sections about The Alchemist and The Blazing World.  I’ve always struggled with middles; in my creative writing, I know what will happen in the beginning and end of my pieces,…
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Semester Success!

By • Dec 7th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

After these past few months, I have 20+ pages of my thesis completed! Plenty of work lies ahead for next semester, but I’ll be able to get a head start over winter break. My Alchemist section felt relatively (and oddly?) pain-free. I knew that section would serve as a building block for the rest of my thesis;…
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No One Woke Me Up When September Ended: An August/September/October Research Recap

By • Oct 12th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Hey, Upper East Siders, Gossip Girl here. And I have the biggest news ever. One of my many sources sends us this:   “Spotted: Jackie Keshner, hurriedly recapping two months of research and major life decisions amidst midterm season.”   While Williamsburg is sadly bereft of a local Gossip Girl, everything else is true. Life…
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Currency and Community

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

I can’t sing the praises of the Folger Shakespeare Library loudly enough. I’ve just returned from a weeklong research visit there, and the trip renewed my excitement about my project. How did I love it? Let me count the ways: 1) I found an encouraging, enthusiastic academic community. As we’ve found on this blog, research becomes so…
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Newberry, New Me

By • Jun 21st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The pun is awful, but the experience was great. This week, I had my first day of researching at Chicago’s Newberry Library. The staff was kind and helpful, and the library’s collection is incredible. They have almost every primary and critical literary source I need for my project at this stage, and it’s all accessible.…
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Week One, Getting Things Done

By • May 18th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

“…that much gold, and great store of riches makes them mad, insomuch as they endeavour to destroy each other…” -Margaret Cavendish, The Blazing World  Now that the Spring 2018 semester is in the books, I’ve started to once again hit the books and officially kickstart my summer honors research. As of this morning, I am through Part 6 of…
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“Strengthened by Worth”: Economic and Moral Value in The Blazing World and Pamphilia to Amphilanthus

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

Building a world, whether fictionally or physically, involves defining its systems of value. The utopian themes inherent in Margaret Cavendish’s The Blazing World and Mary Wroth’s Pamphilia to Amphilanthus reflect an English society whose moral and economic principles were fundamentally changing, from the English Civil War’s upheaval of the monarchy to the national economy’s movement…
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