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Winter Progress

By • Jan 15th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

The past few weeks have been a busy one for my thesis! I am coming to the end of working on my chapter on the role of hands in “Janet’s Repentance.” This has been incredibly fun to write since this text is so rich in haptic imagery. I have traced the abusive hand of Robert…
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Dreaming of Hands

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

It has been a while since my last post, so a few updates on my thesis progress are definitely in order. The last few weeks have been rich, challenging, exciting and exhausting. They have also crucially re-angled my thesis. Here are a few essential new details about my project: In October, my advisor recommended that…
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First-Hand Experience: My Research Trip to London

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

First-Hand Experience I’ve just returned from a fantastic research trip to London so a few updates are in order! This trip was dedicated to providing some important historical background context for my honors thesis on the role of touch, arms and hands in Victorian literature. Going into this trip, I had a few central questions…
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What It Feels Like to Be George Eliot

By • Jul 31st, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

It’s another month into my research, and I’m excited to report that it’s been a rich time of growth for my project. The last few weeks have been dedicated to exploring haptic interaction in one of my chosen novels; George Eliot’s The Mill on the Floss. Hands and arms are mentioned in almost every chapter…
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Open Mind, Open Hands

By • Jun 3rd, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This week marks my first official week of Honors Thesis research! It has been a week filled with note-taking, reading, re-reading, questions and excitement as I begin this project. I committed this week to deep diving into Peter Capuano’s Changing Hands, the only book dedicated to exploring the role of hands in Victorian literature. Published…
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Unspeakable Sensations: Decoding the Language of Touch in the Nineteenth-Century English Novel

By • Apr 13th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

From the gentle offer of a firm arm, to the burning touch of an outstretched hand, to the delicate shape of a wrist, with its “unspeakable suggestions of tenderness,” Victorian prose is saturated by haptic language (Eliot 337). While these corporal details are easy to overlook, they provide fascinating insight into the hidden desires, conflicting…
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