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 2018

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“Everybody Worships”: Religious and Para-Religious Presences and Interactions in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, Nan Denette
Department: Religious Studies; English

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Being Sixty: Aging, Agency, and Personal Narrative in Simone de Beauvoir's La Vieillesse and Doris Lessing's The Diary of a Good Neighbour, Ashley R. Ferguson
Department: English; French and Francophone Studies

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The Role of Travel Memoir in the Production of Orientalist on Japan, Christopher Fried
Department: English

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Folktales From Origin Valley, Elen-Kalliopi Halimou
Department: English; Philosophy

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Children of the Empire, Jack Healy
Department: English

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Writing the Carceral Divide: Representations of Imprisonment in American Culture, Timothy Herring
Department: English

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The Lord of Summer, Bird Jackson
Department: English

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Unfair Journalism: An Investigation into Stereotypes That Emerged from Recent College Sports Scandals and Surrounding Media Accounts, Sam Kuhn
Department: English

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“Discourse Begins in a Book Club”: An Analysis of Online Book Club Literary Discussion of Race and Gender in The Handmaid’s Tale and The Underground Railroad, Catherine Lockwood
Department: English; Sociology and Anthropology

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Walden, Wilderness, and Wrenches: The Radical Environmentalism of Henry David Thoreau and Edward Abbey, Alex Moore
Department: English; Philosophy

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Surface Tension: A Collection of Poetry, Kat Neis
Department: English

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"The Kids Are All Right”: Exploring the Therapeutic Potential of the Gothic in Children’s Literature., Sara Noakes
Department: English

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2-D Boys, 3-D Desires: A Critical Fan’s Primer to Romance, Sexuality & Gender in Shoujo Manga, Anime & Otome Video Games, Katherine M. Randazzo
Department: Interdepartmental; Comparative Literature; English

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The Banned Books Project 2.0: A Study of The Motivations Behind Challenges and Bannings of Children’s and Young Adult Literature in Public Schools, Alice Rietz
Department: English

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The Richmondian Invasion of the Late Ordovician of Cincinnati with a Focus on Trepostome Bryozoans, or the Ekphrastic Geologist and Other Essays, Matthew Shearer
Department: English; Geology

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An Abridged History of Hip-Hop and Me: A Suburban Account of Urban Art, Jonah Singer
Department: English

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The Road Death Traveled: The Representation of Romani Deaths in Nineteenth-Century British and French Literature, Haley Skeens
Department: English; French and Francophone Studies

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"The Snake King" and Other Stories, Autumn Smith
Department: English

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The Future is Female: Reproduction in Female-Centric Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Texts, Dana Smith
Department: English

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Toward a Metagraphic Theory: Examining the Reflexive Graphic Novels of Daniel Clowes, Harry Todd
Department: English

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Revelations: A Collection of Short Stories, Channler Twyman
Department: English

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A Bear that Close: Stories Involving Guiding Others into the Wilderness, Carl Vaughan
Department: English

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Field Notes, Joseph Vickers
Department: English

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Cosmopolitan Love: Contextualizing and Reimagining Race in America, Vy Vu
Department: Art and Art History; English

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Loving Him was Red Riding Hood: Using Freudian Analysis to Discuss Sexuality and Gender Expectations in Modern Adaptations of "Little Red Riding Hood", Elise Waltzer
Department: English

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Aliminal: An Album presented by Kevante Weakley, Kevante D. Weakley
Department: English

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"I'd Rather Be a Tomboy Than a Sissy": Gender Variance in Children's Literature Civil Rights Era - Present, Jennifer Whitehall
Department: English

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Drowning on Dry Land: Landscapes of Depression and Suicide in the Literature of William Styron, Lindsey Beth Zelvin
Department: English

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