Archives for the ‘Literature’ Category

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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Make it New: An Exploration of Vorticist Literature and Design

By • Mar 29th, 2017 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

  The purpose of this project is to explore the unifying themes within the art and literature of Vorticism, a little-known, early 20th century Modernist movement in avant-garde art, sculpture, and literature which began and ended with the First World War.  Furthermore, I plan to investigate the historical and artistic context surrounding the movement to […]

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Final Update: Representation of the Intersection of Race and Gender in Young Adult and Children’s Fiction

By • Aug 26th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

These past few weeks I spent drafting and editing my final write-up of my research. Seeing all the pieces come together after all these weeks of research is a wonderful experience, and has allowed me to view my project with a fresh, new perspective. Just as a refresher, my project sought to answer two questions: […]



Representation of Race in Gender in YA and Children’s Lit: Update 1

By • Jun 17th, 2016 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

I arrived back in balmy Williamsburg on May 30th, ready for my first week of research on my project Representation of Race and Gender in YA and Children’s Fiction. I used the first week to review literature relevant to my research. Primarily, I reviewed Patricia Hill Collins’ Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics […]



Post 4: summary

By • Aug 24th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

At the end of a long project that has involved writing, research, and a lot of reading, I am very happy with my results. I started with three literary women who have always fascinated me: Dido, Anna Karenina, and Scarlett O’Hara. These women are all strong, passionate, and incredibly unlucky. When I started looking for connections […]



Modernizing Les Misérables: Post 3

By • Aug 20th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

Before I started on my final renderings, I did some character sketches for the characters I felt changed the most over the course of the novel.  Those characters were Valjean (whom I did three sketches for: one of him when he was imprisoned, one when he becomes mayor, and one shortly after the climax) and […]