Archives for the ‘Literature’ Category

This Summer’s Research: Blog Post 2

By • Oct 10th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

Hello to any readers: I will be posting blogs from the research I did this summer, as for my thesis, I am now in the “writing” stage. Blog Post 2: Starting out with the literature This summer, since my research combines literary criticism, gender (Ecofeminist) theory, and scientific information, I started by looking into a…
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Blog Post 2: A Lot of Opinions

By • Aug 8th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Jane Austen, Literature, Research

Today marks the official end of the second phase of my research: secondary source week. Seven books from Swem and countless online articles later, I can now confidently and definitively say that people have a lot of opinions. Furthermore, these opinions are all so contradictory that I have to wonder if they’ve all read the […]

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Blog Post 1: Austenomics, Slavery, and Silence

By • Jul 30th, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Jane Austen, Literature, Research

In my proposal, I dedicated my first week of research to going over primary sources: specifically, the Jane Austen novel Mansfield Park and a couple film adaptations. In reality, there was so much more to read about Mansfield Park, one of Austen’s only works that mentions slavery, than I thought. “Primary sources” ended up including criticisms of […]

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Weeks #2-4 – Literature Review and Simulator Construction

By • Jun 21st, 2019 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

Literature Review: I spent much of my second week conducting a literature review of the topic area to make sure my other topic options were not already studied like with the Didi Chuxing case. These could be just self-driving cars, just ride-hailing, ridesharing and other automated transit, or any combination. I even read several survey-based papers…
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“If We Do Not Know Ourselves, How Can We Know Other People?’: A Study of the Isolated Self and Communal Consciousness in Four Novels of Virginia Woolf” (Project Summary)

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

After about one hundred hours of research, I have completed my paper. This research process was a wonderful learning experience, and it helped me learn how to narrow down my topic and write on several novels at once. My essay is titled, “If We Do Not Know Ourselves, How Can We Know Other People?’: A […]

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What the Dickens?! Unearthing Victorian Domestic Troubles and Social Decay

By • Jul 27th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

The decision has been made; its consequence has yet to be realized. That seems like an appropriate tone of melodrama in which to state that, after some consideration and reading, I have decided to replace Thomas Hardy’s Far From the Madding Crowd with Wilkie Collins’ The Woman in White. The Woman in White begins, This…
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Re-turning the pages: beginning literary research

By • Jul 7th, 2018 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

First of all, many thanks to the generous people whose donations have helped fund my summer research! These excellent books are currently piling up in front of my already packed-full bookshelves thanks to your kindness, and they are sure to be very helpful. How is my research going so far? Well, it is going well.…
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There is No Vulgarity in Revolt Part 7: Conclusion and Final Thoughts

By • Aug 18th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

Well one and half months, seven books, two magazines, thousands of words (sorry about that), and a countless number of poems and works of art later, I’ve finally reached a point in my research where I had to stop things.  That being said, I can hardly call my research complete.  While Vorticism wasn’t a tremendous […]

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There is No Vulgarity in Revolt Part 6: The Life and Art of Vorticist Prose

By • Aug 17th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

*Note: this blog post covers brief discussions of rape and suicide* My last blog post examined a selection of Vorticist poems, examining how the topic, language, and structure of these poems underscored various conflicts championed by the movement, even if such poems were not perfectly reflective of the Vorticist aesthetic.  This post will similarly analyze […]

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There is No Vulgarity in Revolt Part 5: The Satirical, Robotic, Disruptive Poetics of Vorticism

By • Aug 9th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

In the past two blog posts, I examined a selection of Vorticist paintings, woodcuts, and sculptures, tracing the presence of various conflicts highlighted within the aesthetic philosophy of Vorticism.  Moving away from visual arts and into the literary arts, I will continue to trace similar conflicts.  In this post, I will analyze the poetry of […]

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