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By • Apr 27th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Last Wednesday, I had my defense and officially finished my honors thesis. I was rather nervous for the defense, but it went better than I had anticipated. I enjoyed being able to talk with my favorite professors about something I had invested so much time and knew so well. It was interesting to get my…
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Almost there!

By • Mar 29th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

As March draws to a close, I’m in the final stages of revision. I spent the month writing my conclusion and changing my introduction. I didn’t realize how much the trajectory of the project and grown and changed until I read the thesis as a whole. I re-wrote my introduction to reflect the new scope…
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By • Feb 26th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I  am in the process of revising my third chapter, which centers on confessors and penitents in false saints’ lives. After editing a few drafts, I have strengthened my main argument of the chapter, which is that it is necessary to expand our notion of what spiritual influence could be in Catholics’ lives. I have…
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Chapter Three

By • Jan 20th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

Now that I’m back on campus, I am working on finishing up chapter three of my thesis. For this chapter, I am focusing on how the confessor-penitent relationship factored into false sanctity. The secondary scholarship I am responding to, Anne Schutte’s Aspiring Saints, fails to really address this topic. This is all the more interesting,…
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An Honors Fellow Abroad

By • Jan 19th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I just got back from two weeks in Siena, Italy. I studied Italian in an intensive language program. Although I was not doing research in Siena, the trip did immensely strengthen my Italian, which will be helpful as I continue to translate Inquisition trials. I was taking five hours of Italian a day, which paid…
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Halfway done!

By • Nov 28th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

This past week, I finished my second chapter, which explored the relationships false saints had with their disciples. I really enjoyed the process of writing; I think this is the best work I have done so far as an undergraduate. I actually used the second chapter as my writing sample for graduate school applications. Since…
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Making Progress

By • Oct 24th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I have been making a good amount of progress with my thesis this month. I wrote and revised my introduction. It feels good to have fifteen pages done! I am now working on outlining my second chapter, which will focus on the relationships false saints had with their disciples. In Aspiring Saints, Schutte does not…
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The first chapter

By • Sep 28th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I have spent the past month reorienting my topic and researching.  The base of my thesis is a critique of Anne Schutte’s description of false sanctity in her influential work Aspiring Saints. I have carefully read Schutte’s work and have identified several weaknesses in her argument, such as her dismissal of these false saints’ agency,…
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An exciting turn of topic

By • Aug 25th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

I have finally chosen my new topic! My focus is people who were tried by the Inquisition for feigning holiness. The centerpiece of my thesis will be Giulia di Marco, a woman from Naples who was tried by the Inquisition in 1615 for false sanctity. I will study several other men and women from Italy…
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A New Direction

By • Jul 31st, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Research

In my focus on the Corpus Domini convent, I hit a rather large roadblock. The chronicle of the convent itself gives me many things to investigate, like noble families and religious figures. Unfortunately, I do not have the ability to research these items further, as I lack access to archives. As I did more secondary…
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