Archives for the ‘Literature’ Category

“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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Investigations in the Library

By • Jul 30th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

As the month of July draws to a close, I am preparing for an exciting stage in my research on William Carlos Williams and his medical narratives. Throughout the summer, I have been reading Williams’s works and the accompanying scholarship as a means of drawing conclusions about his writing style and views on literature, medicine,…
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“There is No Vulgarity in Revolt” Part 2: The Combative Philosophy of Vorticism

By • Jul 12th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

The aesthetic philosophy of Vorticism, put forward in BLAST magazine, reflects the artistic conflict of the day and emphasizes the importance of this conflict in establishing revolutionary art.  The Vorticist Manifesto comes in two parts: the experimental “Blast/Bless” section and more straightforward “Manifesto.”     The use of “Blast” and “Bless” in the first manifesto […]

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“There is No Vulgarity in Revolt” Part 1: The Role of Conflict in the Formation of Vorticism

By • Jul 12th, 2017 • Category: history, Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

Over the past week or so, I’ve spent my time researching the history and philosophy of the Vorticist movement to gain a more precise theoretical aim for my incoming survey of the art and literature of the movement.  However, for the sake of brevity and clarity, I will refrain from Blasting you all with the […]

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Insights and Ideas from Summer Reading: Autobiography and More

By • May 23rd, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, reading, Research

Since the end of the spring 2017 semester, time has flown by! Over these first two weeks of summer, I have delved into my research project by reading books, poems, and scholarship both by and about my subject: William Carlos Williams. Some of these works include Williams’s own autobiography and many of his poetry volumes,…
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