Recent BA Projects

2017-2018

  • Julia Aizuss, "Rewrite someone else's writing. Maybe someone formidable": Making and Remaking Catullus in and around the New York School
  • Jeffrey Chin, "Nothing Good Gets Away: Stories"
  • Grace Ellis, Soaring: A Generation Accustomed to Mass Shootings
  • Emma Gardner, Secret Agents and Agency: How Domestic Terrorists’ Living Spaces Promote Ideological Extremism and Radicalization
  • Kushal Haran, Embodied Psychoanalysis through Nightwood
  • Caitlin Hubbard, From Fear-Inspiring Goddess to Drunken Hog: The Devaluing of Hecate by the Seventeeth Century English Stage
  • Fitzwilliam Keenan-Koch, Red and Stranger Colors
  • Athena Kern, The Bloody Kotex and the Stenching Rag: Menstruation in Performance Art and Literature
  • Hanna Kime, Dealing with Stuff
  • Ashford Lanquist, As the Serpent is Reborn: Snakes, Societal Change, and Optimism in the Aeneid and Paradise Lost
  • Rebekah Lippens, A womman trauelynge: Gender, Authority, and Tradition in the Life of Christina mirabilis
  • Charlie Lovejoy, Ineluctable Modality of the Legible: Literary Style and the Gendering of Fictional Characters
  • Sara Maillacheruvu, Home
  • Emma Maltby, Thresholds of Revelation: Harper Pitt and the Ambivalence of Progress at the End of the Cold War
  • Cortney McInerney, Mechanisms of Size-Change in Gulliver’s Travels and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland: The Body in Space and Society
  • Yuri Motoyama, Beckett's Decompositions: How It Is and the Material History of Tenderness
  • Rebecca Naimon, Brain Waves for My Brother
  • Annie Nazzaro, Keepers: A Novel in Progress
  • Isaiah Newman, Scraphaven
  • Puck Orabel, Blessed Faggotry
  • Daniel Ortiz, Anti-Liberal Autobiography: Rhetorical Ventriloquism as a Mode of Reserve in John Henry Newman's Apologia pro Vita Sua
  • Mateo Pomi, Sleep
  • Meghana Rao, The Utility of Cancer Metaphors: A Modern-Day Examination of Illness as Metaphor
  • Morgan Robinson, A Conspicuous Cultivation of the American Dream: The Failure of Production and Reproduction in the Black Community as explored in Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye
  • Eli Rudavsky, Stranger Visions
  • Rachel Scharff, Dumb Blankness, Full of Meaning: Voicing Trauma in Moby-Dick
  • Kelsey Schmitt, Dolly
  • Kathryn Seidewitz, Imperial Infection: Othello's colonial and postcolonial afterlives
  • Tahira Sherwani, Plz Fix
  • Caroline Sudduth, White Whale, Chapter One
  • Kathleen Surhigh, “Perhaps No One Will Notice Them”: Defamiliarizing Feminine Social Roles and Enabling Female Subjectivity in Helen Adam’s Ballads
  • Samantha Zoeller, Waiting for Trains

2016-2017

  • Archit Batlaw, In-Between: Tender Buttons, Cosmos and the Materiality of Signs
  • Sonya Bennett-Brandt, Time to Kill
  • Muriel Bernardi, Surplus Subjectivity: The Mechanization of Value and the Obsolescence of Human Feeling in Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano
  • Nicolle Bertozzi, Hot Water for Tea
  • Sarah Claypoole, “Violations of My Myriad Non-Disclosure Agreements, and Other Stories That Make You Want to Sue”
  • Kathleen Cole, Childish Things
  • Domitille Colin, Until Death Do Us Part: Werewolves, Wives, and Punishment in Arthur and Gorlagon
  • Charles Daston, “By Blacks, about Blacks, to Blacks:” Continuity in the Career of Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Sophie Downes, “Sweetness and Peace:” Silence, Control, and Gendered Expression in Dorothy Parker’s Short Fiction
  • Christian Fincher, Primeval Eden: Identity, Society, and Ecology in Toru Dutt’s “Baugmaree”
  • Margo Fitzpatrick, A Theory of Control in Naked Lunch
  • Jamie Keener, Gower, Chaucer, and the Constance of Race
  • Mark Hassenfratz, Watterson’s Rebellion
  • Patrick McCarthy, An Okonkwo in America: Issues at the Intersection of African Literary Identity and the Global Novel in Americanah
  • Tess McClain, Country Pears, Smoke-Filled Air, and the Project of Industrial Resolution
  • Igolo Obi, “Blaxploitation” in Cinema Redefined: A Three-Part Analysis
  • Jiye Park, A Journey Toward Resurrection in John Donne’s “Hymn to God, My God, in My Sickness”
  • Danielle Plung, Bear-ing our Dæmons: Difference, Development, and the Non-Human Animal in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials
  • Natalie Richardson, Again, the blade
  • Justin Riggs, Trustfall
  • Nathaniel Schmidt, One Way and Another: Modes of Truth in Coetzee’s Autobiographies
  • Leo Schraudenbach, Stéphane Mallarmé and Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Reading of ‘Le Pitre Châtié’ and ‘Spelt From Sibyl’s Leaves’
  • Savannah Smith, From Aeneas to Aslan: Eschatology and Teleology in Aeneid VI and The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
  • Andrew Song, Great Expectations: Finding a Satisfying Ending
  • Skylar Spear, The Villanuevas: A New Village
  • Cassandra Verhaegen, Negatives
  • Charlotte Von de Bur, The Means of (Re)production: Gendered Subjectivity, Biopower, and The Body in 1970s Feminist Science Fiction
  • Ellen Wiese, Snow Stops Falling
  • Sophie Zhuang, Spenser’s Nightmare of History: Vergilian and Ovidian Techne in Book III of The Faerie Queene
  • Sarah Zimmerman, Sex Talk: The Language of Desire in Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Kristin Zodrow, Avant-Garde Detritus, or Everyday Objects: The Black Mountain Poems of M.C. Richards

2015-2016

  • Max Asaf, Seen
  • Kevin Barnum, Completely Subjective: Thoreau's Survey of Walden and his Understanding of Subjectivity
  • Laurie Beckoff, All the Difference in the World: Action, Circumstance, and Genre in Harry Potter and Le Morte D'Arthur
  • Maxine Berman, "Magneto and His Israels:" Marvel Comics' Zionist Half-Allegory
  • Charles Bullock, Guardianship: A Novel
  • Jennifer ChukwuThe Blacker the Berry, the "Madder the Juice:" An Examination of Mental Isolation and Black Consciousness
  • Jessica Covil, "Outdoors is Here to Stay:" The Bluest Eye and the Black Feminist Movement
  • Tayryn Edwards, Writing from Exile: Gestures of Dislocation in Diasporic Texts
  • Elizabeth Ellingboe, Killing the Joke: The Alienation and Reconstruction of the Self Through Images and the Endurance of the Unintelligibility of Women's Trauma in Comics
  • Julia Friedland, Sleep in The Tempest
  • Clair Fuller, Surviving to Speak New Language: Formal & affective rewards of lesbian feminism in Adrienne Rich's Transcendental Etude
  • Erin Fuller, Perceiver of World's Sounds
  • Ellen Goff, Kings of Egypt
  • Joshua Harris, A Pound of Flesh: Directorial Cutting Practices in Performance Texts of Macbeth
  • Erin Hart, Getting Out
  • Joyce Huang, The Greatest Heist - A Choose Your Own Adventure
  • Louise Judge, Make 'Em Laugh: The Failure of Comedy within Friendship in Shakespeare's King Henry IV Part I
  • Erin Kim, "The Fisherman's Wife": The Therapeutic Value of the Fairytale in To the Lighthouse
  • Madison Lands, On Beauty: Dykes and Afros
  • Wesley Mills, A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Adaptation as Translation
  • Brian Ng, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
  • Jonathan Otcasek, The Modern Hero: On Carl Jung, Franco Moretti, Georg Lukács and Ulysses
  • Eden Racket, Ivar the Boneless: Employing Retrospective Diagnosis as a Literary Tool
  • Matthew Schaffer, The Church's Foes to Crush: Anti-Catholic Thought in Colonial New England, 1620-1660
  • Hannah Shea, Keyways
  • Zoë Smith, Black and White Spectacle: Adapting Rape-Revenge and Black Female Suffering in The Walking Dead
  • Robert Sorrell, After Afterwardness: Children, Future, and Hope in James Baldwin's Non-fiction and Richard Avedon's Photographs
  • Sarah Tarabey, "To What Ends?": Representations of Control and Subversion in Chaucer's The Knight's Tale
  • Jasmine Throckmorton, Adrift
  • George Townsend, Loose Change
  • Matthew Veldman, "That's the new Messiah for Ireland!": Leopold Bloom as Joyce's Inauthentic Modern Irishman
  • Kayleigh Voss, Epistolary Consciousness: Unrecognized Complexities in The History of Sir Charles Grandison
  • Jeff Wang, Kanye West and the Intersection of American Identity, Black Art and Hip-Hop
  • Sarah Watanaskul, Unveiling Monstrosity: Frankenstein and Lolita
  • Natalie Wright, "an arch of silence, an interrelation permitting motion in stillness": the architecture of A.R. Ammons' poetics
  • Willa Zhang, Internal Geography


2014-2015

  • Joseph Archer, On Person and Profession
  • Isabelle Barany, Cosmic
  • Ajay Kumar Batra, Marx, Melville, and the Secret of Social Products: Symbolization, History, and Critical Method
  • Alexandra Belzley, Dramatizing Early Modern Anxiety: The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and Gender in Elizabethan England
  • Andréanne Breton, Franglais
  • Luke Bretscher, The Lord’s thegns: lordly and heroic ideals in the Old English Beowulf and Andreas
  • Ella Brown, “Ordinary Acts of Bravery”: Self-Esteem and Self-Identification in Veronica Roth’s Divergent Series
  • Nicola Brown, Lost Hymns
  • Sonia Chakrabarty, “An Immense Leap of An Attempt”: Words, Narrative, and Equilibrium in Zusak’s The Book Thief
  • Dan Cronin, On Drag
  • Lilian Dube, Body the Baroque
  • Jenzo DuQue, Wherever and Whatever These Clouds Were Before
  • Alex Filipowicz, Bedtime Stories for Insomniacs
  • Eleanor Gamble, Love as Madness in Brontë’s Wuthering Heights
  • Josh Greenberg, Heroes’ Journey
  • Jack Hamm, Investigating the Soul: Genre and Religion in the Detective Fiction of G.K. Chesteron
  • Amy Harlowe, A City and a Hazard: Media and the Impact of Chicago’s Meatpacking Industry on the Back of the Yards Community
  • Naomi Harris, The Freedom of Taste: Cultural Literacy in Jean Rhys’ Voyage in the Dark
  • JanaShaan Heng-Devan, Surrogates in Scene: Our Modern Mythology
  • Christine Huang, Cocooned in Paradise
  • Minna Jaffery, How American Trauma Theory Fails Middle Eastern Fiction, and Why the Heroines of Arab Novels Suffer
  • Ashlyn Kershner, Nelly Dean the Servant Narrator: Emily Brontë and the Connection between Narrative and Authority in Wuthering Heights
  • Tyler Kolle, A Summer Love Story
  • Justin Krivda, L'Art pour L'Arthur: Brief Thoughts on Japanese Aesthetics and the Arthurian Legend
  • Liam Matsumoto Lee, Plan and Elevation
  • Andrew Mitchell, Finis Origine Pendet
  • Madeline Newquist,The Wrath of the Janeites: The Intimate Experience of Reading Austen and How to Share it in the Modern Age
  • Hannah O’Grady, A Crippling Hunger: Food, Gender, and White Southern Community in Good Country People and The Ballad of the Sad Café
  • Maayan Olshan, Blue
  • Margeaux Perkins, Are You My Mother? A Fairytale Life in Search of Friendship
  • Angela Qian, The “I” In Nation: Building Individual Narrators in Times of Political Transition & Little Bones
  • Margaret Schurr, Death as Metaphor
  • Max Snyder, Listening to Alterity in the Prose of Paul Bowles
  • Rebecca Stoner, Safe Neighborhoods
  • Carol Ann Tan, Apartment Complex
  • Brianna Tong, The Civil Rights Movement in Chicago and Black Women’s Poetry, 1940-1970
  • Ashley Tran, Dictating the Self: The Postmonolingual Subject in Multilingual Asian American Poetry & Yellow
  • Derek Tsang, Family and the Kierkegaardian dialectic in Rabbit, Run
  • Elise Wander, Spaces of Selfhood: Lesbian Illegibility and Graphic Narrative


2013-2014

  • Megan Anderluh: "Baffled, Bang'd, Bruis'd" : Otherness, Anthropocentrism, and Water in Walt Whitman
  • Taylor Brogan: Gannon
  • Maia Brown-Jackson: The Fragmentation of Identity in Modern Japan: Reinvention of the Oedipal Myth
  • Michael Coffer: Thrilling to Nothing: Abjection in Getrude Stein's Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights
  • Ben Constantino: Writing the American I: An Investigation into the American Short Story
  • Cindy Dapogny: Distance: Three Stories
  • Grace Fauquet: Making Queer History: Shame, Reading the Past, and Notions of Futurity in Audre Lorde's Zami and Alison Bechdel's Fun Home
  • Gabe Friedman: A Challenge to Trauma Theory: Reading and Writing War Trauma in Post-World War II Literature
  • Hannah Fullmer: Children Under 14 Free: Gift Exchange in Vladimir Nabokov'a Lolita
  • Karen Gu: Angora
  • Anna Gustafson: Catching Meaning in Their Nets: Two New American Translations of the Dao De Jing
  • Amelia Hawkins: Polly
  • Anna Hill: Towards a Heterocosmic Literary Landscape: Reimagining the "World" in World Literature
  • Anna Hill: Tickseeds on the Tile
  • Brian Hoey: From Swerve of Shore
  • Alison Hung: My Place in History: Japanese Fascism, Nostalgia Reconstruction, and the Reader's Responsibility in Zazuo Ishiguro's The Artist of the Floating World
  • Eve Hupert: Rewriting "Happily Ever After" : The Influence of Community on the Harlequin Romance Novel Formula
  • Lauren Kelly-Jones: Lost Boys and Magpies: Performance Narratives
  • Ellen Kladky: I'm Trying to Reach You: Inconvience and Distance in Digitally Mediated Intimacy
  • Da Hei Ku: How Do We Read: J.M.W. Turner's The Slave Ship
  • Chris Kubik: The New Curators - Chapter Seven: Going Yard
  • Michelle Lee: Free Monsters: Examining the Failure of National Identification in the Postcolonial Gothic
  • Elysia Liang: A Ticket to the Smart Set: John Cheever, The New Yorker, and Communities of Sophisticated Travel
  • Haley Markbreiter: Happiness
  • Miranda Means: Through the Space-Man's Helmet: Reading Nabokov's Pnin
  • Alida Miranda-Wolff: Trauma: Essays
  • Gwen Muren: Glitch
  • Kathleen O'Shea: Out of the Realm of Possibility: The Politics of Genre and Classification in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
  • Rebecca Pierce: Lost in the Holy Land: Melville and Twain's Search for Interiority
  • Michael Reinhard: Unities of Pleasure and Pain: Clueless, Barbie, and Camp Strategies
  • Chelsey Rice-Davis: On the Surface: The Aesthetics of Same-Sex Desire in The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Theo Rossi: Space and Subjectivity in Out of Place and A Border Passage
  • Kate Rouhandeh: "I'd be more open that a book" : Experiments of Confession in Maidenhead, I Love Dick, and Coeur de Lion
  • Harrison Smith: Averted Vision: Two Personal Essays
  • Rebecca Stromberg: Harnessing the Generative Powers of Exile and Discontinuity: Case Studies in Aharon Appelfeld's Tzili and Philip Roth's Operation Shylock
  • Emily Wang: From Kino-eye to Pen-eye: The Connective Poetics of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha and Susan How
  • Claire Wilson: Across Worlds
  • Sara Wolovick: "A pacient creature": The Location of Gender in Chaucer's Clerk's Tale