On Friday, May 8, 2015, students from Union Department of English presented their work to students, faculty, staff and family.

The majority of the presentations came from Senior Thesis Students, all of whom were sponsored by Professor Jillmarie Murphy.

There were three sessions of English presentations, the first was moderated Professor Patricia Wareh, and the second and third were moderated by Murphy.

In the first session, the first student of the day to present her English Honors Thesis was Melissa Harvey ’15.

Harvey’s thesis, “The Multiple Configurations of the Heteronormative Family in Early Modernist Literature,” discussed traditional concepts of family structure using Edith Wharton novella “The Old Maid,” John Steinbeck’s novel “East of Eden” and William Faulkner’s novel “As I Lay Dying.”

Harvey focused on novels that were known for narratives that focus on complex families that challenge customary notions of heteronormativity.

Following Harvey was Henry Clayton ’15 presenting his Senior Honors Thesis, “What’s Really Real: Irony and Sincerity in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest.”

Clayton explained that the enormous 1996 novel, commonly referred to as Post post-modernist, explored how irony and sincerity are used in a new and innovative way.

Other thesis projects included Thomas Arcuri ’15’s theis, “The Somewhat Less than Super Adventures of the Gargoyle and the Sparrow, including the Pseudo-comical Incident of the Fan Fiction and What Transpired After.” Meghan Hill ’15 followed with her thesis, “Heroes, Heroines, and Villains: A Comparative Analysis of Characters of Depiction in the Grimm Brothers’ Fairytale Collections and Modern Adaptations.”

Caitlin Lentlie ’15 finished the session with her thesis, “Coleridge and Davy: New Materialism and Poetry and Sceience.”

During the third English session, Anna Flores ’15 and Ethan Pearce ’15 presented their theses, “‘Listen to Many’: Intersectionality, Tragedy, and Shakespeare” and “The World Is Yours: Hip-hop and Minor Literature.”

The Union English thesis students offered us a diverse array of projects.



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