The full text of Senior Independent Study Theses submitted during and after 2012 are available to download only by College of Wooster users. Unless listed as an exemplar, all other theses are restricted.

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Senior Independent Study Theses from 2017

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"God Only Knows What I'd Be Without You" : Music, Memory and Family Narrative, Kathryn A. Cameron
Department: English

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Giving HerStory A Platform: Why Female Slave and Neo-Slave Narratives Should be Integral Components of Inner City Middle School Curricula, Christina L. Elliott
Department: English

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"Do Not Underestimate Objects": Objectification and Commodification in Infinite Jest, Janel England
Department: English

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“Common Core”: Revising the Common Core Text Selection Process to Change the Literary Canon, Carly A. Eppler
Department: Education; English

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Eden, Katharine M. Everett
Department: English

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Tell Me How You Really Feel: An Analysis of How Black Literature and Pop Culture Reveals the War Between Black Men and Women, Imani A. Ferguson
Department: English

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Microaggressions, Safe Spaces, and Crybullies: A Rhetorical Analysis of Current Racial Protest, Anne Fried
Department: English

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Gays in Space, Emily Gammons
Department: English

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Don't Believe Everything You Hear, Lucy B. Heller
Department: English

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Recipes My Dad Didn't Write: Essays of Food, Memoir, and Elogy, Melody B. Howard
Department: English

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Understanding Shakespeare’s Role In 21st Century High School Education and Curriculum Design, Nate B. Huwar
Department: Education; English

The Actualization of a Path: On Women’s Journeys through Fantastic Literature, Lily Iserson
Department: English

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Collective Memory of the American Civil War in Kentucky Historical Romances, 1890-1915, Jacob D. Kowall
Department: English; History

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Elysium: A Novel, Bridgette L. McBride
Department: English

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Stumbling Through Arcadia: A Collection of Personal Essays, Abigail R. Moller
Department: English

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Contemporary Autobiographical Fiction and its Approach to the Problem of Authenticity in Literature, John G. Murphree
Department: English

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Philosophies of Faith and the Megachurch Phenomenon: A Personal and Academic Encounter with Kierkegaard, Royce, and a Changing Faith, Peter M. Olson
Department: English; Philosophy

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Spatial Stories: Navigating Caverns, Cities, and Highways, Ransom Patterson
Department: English

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Destroying the World to Save It: Nostalgia, Home, and the Apocalypse, Leah J. Prescott
Department: English

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Narrating Reality, Shoshana A. Rice
Department: English

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What the Hell is Happening?: A Critical and Creative Examination of Hell in Pop Culture, Mallory J. Rozakis
Department: English

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The Prince of Labrador, Aaron C. Salzman
Department: English

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The Cycle of Information: Discussing the Language and Culture of Japan Through Narrative, Haley L. Tolle
Department: East Asian Studies; English

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Absurdism and Comics: A Philosophical Exploration of the 'Animal' in Franz Kafka and Grant Morrison, Brendan P. Walsh
Department: English

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"Learning to Live": A Critique of Misrepresentations of Black Women in Toni Morrison's Paradise and Through an Original Screenplay Entitled the Tenth, Jessica Waters
Department: English

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“Reading” Glacier Bay: a landscape of cultural and physical glaciation from the Little Ice Age to the 21st century, Andrew D. Wayrynen
Department: English; Geology

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Instagram and "Natural Femininity": A Version of Femininity Coded as "Natural" Through the Emphasis of The Female Body, Natural Settings and Authentic Moments., Lydia Webster
Department: English

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Finding Salvation Through Pilgrimage: Dante’s Influences on Hell scenes and Chaucer and the Relationship to Salvation, Alexandra Wendt
Department: Art and Art History; English

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How Do You Want to Die? Analyzing the Importance of Humanities, Ethics and Conversation in Healthcare, Jackie White
Department: English

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Seer of Myrn: A Novella of Second Sight, Alisha D. Wies
Department: English

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2016

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Anonymity, Environmental Destruction, and Bearing Witness to a Trauma: A Study of Themes within Emily Dickinson's Poetry in the Context of the American Civil War, Lauren A. Breck
Department: English

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Project SuperNatural, Brittany Brewer
Department: English

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Authorship, Utterance, and Meaning, Warner S. Brownfield
Department: English; Philosophy

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Heading Home: A Screenplay Adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, Travis H. Burgess
Department: English

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Voices in the Wilderness: Methods and Messages across 200 Years of Environmental Writers, Gregory Butler
Department: English

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Home Is Where…? : A Visual And Textual Exploration Of Home, Nostalgia, And Persona, Dallas K M Dickey
Department: Art and Art History; English

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SO MANY AROUND THE TABLE: THE MULTIPLICITY OF NARRATIVES WITHIN THE MYTH OF “THE POOR”, Danielle D. Gagnon
Department: English

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Muzzled and Mutilated: The Commodification of Black Women in Alice Walker’s In Love and Trouble and Ann Petry’s The Street and their Artful Escape from the Patriarchal System, Seonna Gittens
Department: English

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I Don't Trust Me and Neither Should You: A Collection of Comedic Essays, Michael Hatchett
Department: English

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From Archives to Code: Gladys Fornell’s Montel, Tess A. Henthorne
Department: English

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Treatment in the Waiting Room: A Poetry Collection Exploring Perceptions and Experiences of Chronic Illness, Victoria M. Horvath
Department: English

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Joyce's Musical Doublespeak, James May
Department: English

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Homonyms: A Collection of Short Stories, Kieran Mundy
Department: English

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It’s Not About The X’s and O’s But The Billy’s and Joe’s: An Examination of the Intangible Characteristics Valued Most in Successful Football Teams, Ethan R. Nichol
Department: English

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The Town Near the Moon, Mickey Osthimer
Department: English

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"Don't Read This!": Lemony Snicket and the Control of Youth Reading Autonomy in Late-Nineteenth-Century Britain, Brittany A. Previte
Department: English; History

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Sexuality and Repression in Dracula: a Psychoanalytic Look at Shifting Notions of Gender and Sexuality Within Dracula and Subsequent Adaptations, Lillian Rose Shepherd
Department: English

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Climbing Uphill, Ananya Shrestha
Department: English

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The Somewhere We Wish Were Nowhere: Dystopian Realities and (un)Democratic Imaginaries, Benjamin B. Taylor
Department: English; Political Science

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The Vision of Thomas Malory: The Failure of an Ideal, Mark F. Trankina Jr
Department: English

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“I cannot for an instant recognize that political organization as my government which is the slave’s government also”: Forms of resistance in Antebellum Literature, Jacob D. Vellucci
Department: English

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Fifty-One Shades of Grey: New Readings of the Black Female Body in Literature, Pop Culture and Film, Ashanti Wallace
Department: English

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Pine River Camp: Welcome Home, Griffin A. White
Department: English

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Euskaldunak or Amerikanuak: An Introduction to the Folklore of the Boise Basques and its Contribution to the Basque-American Identity, Leah Zavaleta
Department: English; Sociology and Anthropology

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2015

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The Right Combination: How the Coen Brothers Challenge the Boundaries of Genre and Postmodernism in Film, Olivia Baum
Department: English

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Total Film Nerd: An Exploration of Film Criticism and Film Adaptations, Margot Bruce
Department: English; Film Studies

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Imprisoned Beyond Walls: the Prison Wife Perspective and the Manifestation of Internal Confinement, Cora W. Bucher
Department: English

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The Adulteress and the Patriarchy: The Search for Female Independence and Autonomy in Anna Karenina and The Awakening, Sarah Carracher
Department: English; Russian Studies

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State of Grace: How Grace Kelly Rose to Prominence and Fell to Irrelevance Through Her Sense of Style and Self Preservation, Rachel J. Clark
Department: English

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Your Worst Nightmare: The Uncanny Female Double in 3 Women, Mulholland Drive, and Persona, Clara Cuccaro
Department: English

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Silver Hair and Golden Hearts: Stories of the Residents, Staff, and Caregivers at West View Healthy Living, Anna K. Duke
Department: English

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Mad Dogs, Trent D. Dunn
Department: English

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"I Am 'Is'": Reconciling Grief, Language, and Being in William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, Chelsea Frey
Department: English; Philosophy

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Lovers Without Mentors: The Lover-Mentor Tradition and Counter-Tradition in Eighteenth-Century Women's Epistolary Fiction, Ryan T. Grow
Department: English

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For Aspiring Artivists, Sydney R. Jones
Department: English

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"Do You Know Who I Am?": My Two Years of Serving Suburban Socialites and Stuck-Up Stock Brokers, Dakota Alling Judy
Department: English

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"On my honour as a Tully, on my honour as a Stark": An Analysis of Catelyn Stark in George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire, Nicole Marton
Department: English

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That Hat Makes You Look like a Lesbian, Megan McGinley
Department: English

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Mainland, Patrick McGowan
Department: English

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Memsahibs at Work: British Women's Political Participation in the Raj, 1858-1914, Laura Y. Merrell
Department: English; History

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Finding Vlad: A Historical Fiction Novella, Caroline M. Mount
Department: English; History

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Literature of Imprisonment: Creativity and Constraint, Charlotte B. Papp
Department: English

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Foxes and Hounds, Sam Patch
Department: English

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Blicero, Pointsman, and the Domination of Differance: Deconstruction of Villainy in Gravity's Rainbow, Jacob Gideon Pine
Department: English

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Narrative Agency in Native America: Overcoming the Myth of "Native American Fiction", Audrey G. Platt
Department: English

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Imagining Spaces: Representations of Gender and Social Space in Modern to Contemporary Fiction, Colleen Robinson
Department: English

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"I'm neither man nor beast, I'm something new entirely": The Evolution of the Contemporary Hero and the Justification of Violence in the Sons of Anarchy and Dexter Television Series, Bianca A. Rocco
Department: English

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Blood Status, "Wizard-Washing," and Heirarchy: A Study of Racism and Racial Relations Between the Wizard and "The Other" in J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter Series, Ellen M. Skonce
Department: English

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“The Gang of Virtue”: Colonial South Africa, Congo and Kenya in British Imperial Literature and Media, 1870-1970, William Swank
Department: English; History

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Root Cause, Shannon M. Thanasiu
Department: English

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Melville in the Anthropocene: The Ecological Ethics of Moby-Dick, Jesse H. Tiffen
Department: English; Environmental Studies; Sociology and Anthropology

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How Do We Get There From Here, Emily Watt
Department: English

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"The Living Tree": a Conservationist Journey Through J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth, Robert C. Worrell
Department: English

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The Mind, Body, and Identity through Trauma in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon: A Psychoanalytic and Poetic Reflection on Healing, Juan Wynn
Department: English

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2014

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The Dogeater, Nicholas J. Barrow
Department: English

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Goodbye to All of That: 104 Days of Cancer, Ian T. Benson
Department: English

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Words of Silence, Morgan H. Blake
Department: English

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Pieces of Petersburg, Alexandra Boyer
Department: English

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A Comparative Analysis of Contemporary Spanish and American Journalism Using El País and The New York Times, Anya Cohen
Department: English; Spanish

The Life and Times of the Aspiring Professional Athlete, William M. Farrow IV
Department: English

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Windy City Radicals: Sister Carrie, Organized Labor, and the Problem of Chicago, Ben Fuqua
Department: English; History

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Our Father Who Art in Georgia: Case Studies of the Family and Christian Mythology in Southern Gothic Short Fiction, Eleanor K. Godbey
Department: English; Religious Studies

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The Quest for an Inclusive Understanding of Heroism: A Feminist Analysis of the Hero's Journey in Young Adult Fantasy Literature, Julia A. Hart
Department: English

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Internalized Racism, The Nadir, and Lynching: A study of George Schuyler’s Black No More and Countee Cullen’s “Heritage”, Randie D. Henderson
Department: Africana Studies; English

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Belonging(s): A Short Story Cycle and Artworks, Maria Janasz
Department: Art and Art History; English

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Who is the Who: Lost Boys of Sudan in Language and Narrative, Devin Johns
Department: English; Sociology and Anthropology

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Under Construction, Kara Johnson
Department: English

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"Jezephied": Re-Telling Black Women's Stories in the Quest for Self-Definition, Ashley T. Jones
Department: English

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Gypsy Girl: A Criticial Examination of the Female Gypsy Masquerade in British Literature, Zoe Kopp-Weber
Department: English

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YUMA, Delia A. Loughrey
Department: English