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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 […]



Modernizing Les Misérables: Post 2

By • Aug 17th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

Initially, when I discussed choosing a time period for the show with my advisor, she suggested perhaps working with in the 1970s, a time period when student protests were common.  While I do love 70s fashion and find the translation intriguing, I have decided that the idea I am most interested in is doing a […]



Modernizing Les Misérables: Post 1

By • Aug 7th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

Before starting anything else, the most important first step of my research was rereading Les Misérables.  It had been a few years since my first read through of Victor Hugo’s epic novel, and I wanted the whole scope of the work to be clear in my mind as I created my designs.  At 1,194 pages, […]



Post two: Mothers and children

By • Jul 30th, 2015 • Category: Honors Thesis, Literature, Research

The first part of my research involved a lot of reading. I started with the shortest text — Ovid’s Heroides VII. While only a few pages long, this dramatic letter is packed with meaning. In typical Ovid style, what is left unsaid is often just as important as what is stated directly. Since Dido’s character is […]



The Vietnam War™ and Commercial Nonfiction Media in America

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

Hi again everyone! After taking several weeks away from formal research, I am happy to announce that I’m back on track to complete my project this summer. Since I last posted on this blog, I have read countless articles and books related to the Vietnam War, collective American memory, and the intersection of journalism/reporting and […]