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 2021

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Code War Savior: A Novella, Wyatt H. Brugge
Department: English

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Sunscreen, Zoe Covey
Department: English

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Can Climate Fiction Novels Inspire Social Change? A Literary and Empirical Ecocritical Analysis, Claire Davidson
Department: English; Sociology and Anthropology

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Sinister Cinema: Depictions of Evil in the WWII and Postwar Thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock and Henri-Georges Clouzot, Holly N. Engel
Department: English; French and Francophone Studies

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Representation of African Immigration in Short and Long-Form Media, Abigail E. Everidge
Department: English

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A Re-evaluation of Texts Taught in High School English Classrooms: Why a Need for a Curriculum Reboot is Necessary, Morgan Paige Fields
Department: English

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At the Corner of Two Walls, Sierra A. Foltz
Department: English

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Paradoxical Descriptions of Divine Beings, Tiago Garcia
Department: English; Religious Studies

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Multilingual Literature of the New World: A Literary and Semantic Study of Spanglish in Susana Chávez-Silverman’s Killer Crónicas, Justin Garibotti
Department: English; Spanish

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The Music of the People: Appalachian Ballads and the Search for the Authentic in the 1960s American Folk Music Revival, Anna Halgash
Department: English; History

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This Boat is Obviously Sinking : The Response of 90s Musicians to Neoliberalism, Andrew T. Kilbride
Department: English

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American Dragon: A Story of an Asian American Woman Finding Her Way Home, Hannah Langer
Department: English; Art and Art History

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Haunted Households: Adaptation, Genre, and Gender Politics in Horror and the Gothic During Second Wave Feminism, Eliza C. Letteney
Department: English

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From the Controller to the Television Screen - Adapting Dragon Age: Origins into a Television Drama, Aaron McAllister
Department: English

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Know My Rage: A Novel with Critical Introduction, Alicia Messenger
Department: English

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A Protest Analysis: Examining the Effectiveness of Occupy Wall Street, Standing Rock, Black Lives Matter, and the Civil Rights Movement, Kate Murphy
Department: English; Global Media and Digital Studies

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“The Knight and the Demon”: Intersecting Poetry, Demonology, and the Middle Ages, N Praml
Department: English; History

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Immerse, Sarah Rapacz
Department: English

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Protest or Riot?: The Role of News Media in Characterizing the Unrest in Ferguson, Emma Reiner
Department: English; Political Science

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Eat Your Heart Out: Cannibalism, Incorporation, and Transgression in Contemporary and Traditional Fairy Tales, Kathryn S. Scott
Department: English

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The Apprentice: With Critical Introduction, James P. Shanahan
Department: English

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Is This Music? Poetry, YouTube Memes, and Rap at Commencement, Charlie Smrekar
Department: English; Music

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A Thing Is An Essay Without Words: An Essay Collection, Lillie Therese Soukup
Department: English

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"The Bliss of Solitude": In Search of Fulfilled Single Characters in Seventeenth through Twentieth Century Anglophone and Francophone Literature, Annabelle Vosmeier
Department: English; French and Francophone Studies

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2020

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So Our Children Can Fly Free: Toni Morrison Challenging a Biased American Literary Tradition and Monolithic Portrayals of Blackness Through African American Discourse, Sofia Abdirizak
Department: English

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The Timekeeper's Compass, James M. Alltop
Department: English

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Descendants of Jori, Emily H. Bernstein
Department: English

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East vs. West: A Study of Orientalist Tropes in Sports Journalism, Benjamin R. Blotner
Department: English

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The Dream Machine, Amelia Burke
Department: English

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"Nothing That I Don't Like:" Gwendolen Harleth's Search for Life Outside the Marriage Plot in Daniel Deronda, Imogen Campbell Hendricks
Department: English

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Brew in Advertising: Marketing and the Craft Beer Industry, Ciaran Conway
Department: English

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Out of the Vat: A Collection of Poems, Alexander E. Doone
Department: English

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In Your Orbit, Sara Fikse
Department: English

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Greenbean Comics: An Independent Study!!!, Samantha Green
Department: English

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Awake, Waverly Swan Hart
Department: English

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Write It Slant: Queerness and Form in The Argonauts and Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through, Eleanor Linafelt
Department: English; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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An Exploration of Changes and the Effectiveness of Gendered Marketing in Young Adult Novels, Olivia Maher
Department: Economics; English

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Life, Spilled, Gianmarco A. Martignetti
Department: English

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Cheap Thrills and Moral Guidance: The Limitations of Subversive Themes in Mid-Nineteenth Century Urban Literature Centered on New York City, Victoria McCaslin
Department: English; History

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Almost Heaven: An Aubade to Identity in Central Appalachian Memoir, Emilee McCubbins
Department: English

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Witch's Luck, Claire Montgomery
Department: English

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“In sorrow thou shalt bring forth children”: Victorian Literary Denunciation of the Duties of Motherhood, Ellie Peabody
Department: English

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A Grave New World: A Critical and Creative Study Examining Environmental Decline Within Transnational Dystopian Literature, Andrew Newcomb Peacock
Department: English

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A House Without Doorknobs: and Other Essays, Kyra Perlmutter
Department: English

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The Song of Siros, John-Paul W. Richard
Department: English; Russian Studies

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The City of Goblins, Hope K. Siegel
Department: English

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Chasing Gold Statues: A Study of Kanye West and the Case for Abstract Minimalism in the Digital Age, Sarah Stutler
Department: Art and Art History; English

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Revolutionary Possibilities: Anarchist Philosophy and Its Influence on the Work of Thomas Pynchon, Addison R. Wanner
Department: English

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Who are the Savages?: Racialization of Eating and Appetites in Poe’s The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket, Brown’s Edgar Huntly, and Melville’s Typee, Taylor Wood
Department: English

Senior Independent Study Theses from 2019

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Insurrecting Purity: Creativity as Resistance in Somatic Ambiguity, Margy J. Adams
Department: English; Philosophy

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The Drum Break: Using the Poetics of Hip Hop as a Lens to Observe the Black Freedom Movement Post-Civil Rights & Black Power, Andrew Aldridge
Department: English; History

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Subverting Narratives: Queer Applications of the Comic Form, Emily Anderson
Department: English

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Mind the (gender)Gap: Navigating Space and Movement in Charles Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend, Lydia Barr
Department: English

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Liminal Souls, Liminal Bodies: Michelangelo’s Non Finito and the Poetics of Liberation, Mackenzie Clark
Department: Art and Art History; English

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In the Act of Witnessing Art, Regan Concannon Clark
Department: Art and Art History; English

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Of Sleep and Subversion: Neil Gaiman's Sandman as a Groundbreaking Comic, Will Manning Courtney
Department: English

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Empowered Dolls, Empower Girls: An Analysis of the Contradictory Messages in the Literature and Marketing of the Historical American Girl Doll Collection, Mallory I. Crane
Department: English

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Psychic or Not: Examining the Effects of Psychic Distance on Implicit Attitudes and Empathetic Connections, Nathaniel C. Davis
Department: English; Psychology

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Science Perspectives and Stories: A Journey of Growth and Maturity Through the Multifaceted Machine of Science, Sara Garcia
Department: Biology; English

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Sybil's Travels, Maria Sophia T. Giordano-Scott
Department: English

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Traces of an Unknowable Past: A Literary Investigation of Intergenerational Guilt and Trauma in Southern Identity, Nathaniel A. Harling
Department: English

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“How Do You Make a Body Accountable for Its Language, Its Positioning?”: An Analysis of the Construction of Racial Identity Through Language, Kaitlyn Harrison
Department: English

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Darkness? In My Dungeon? It's More Likely Than You Think: Exploring the Lovecraftian Horror Within Darkest Dungeon, Jason Huggler
Department: English

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This Fool's Heart: A Collection For the Hell of It, Kristopher Johns
Department: English

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‘False Frenchwoman’: William Shakespeare’s Reinterpretation of Powerful Female Historical Figures in the Reign of Elizabeth I, Rebecca Giver Johnston
Department: English; History

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Mark: A Novella and Screenplay Adaptation, Alexandra J. Kangas
Department: English; Film Studies

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"What's Sex Got to Do with It?": Deconstructing Audre Lorde's Theory of the Erotic in the Works of Nella Larsen, Toni Morrison and Zora Neale Hurston, Sally Kershner
Department: English

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Tremble, Haylee Maude
Department: English

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The Waste Land as the Narrative of the Journey to Conversion, Yeeun Min
Department: English

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Contents Under Pressure, Megan Murphy
Department: English

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Staging the (Anthropos)cene: An Exploration of Climate Change and the Human Through Playwrighting, Daniel L. Myers
Department: English; Theatre and Dance

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“She Turned Me Into A Newt!”, an Examination of the Fictionalized Identities of Cunning Folk and Witches During the Witchcraft Trials, Katarina E. Padavick
Department: History; English

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On The Ground, James Rankin
Department: English

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Letters from Heaven, Dylan M. Reynolds
Department: English; Philosophy

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The Knights of Avalon: Origins of the Gateway, Kenzie Rogers
Department: English

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Floating Away on a Slice of Pizza Sounds Like a Good Way to Go, Sam Royer
Department: English

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Gluing the Feathers off My Fascinator, Anum K. Sattar
Department: English

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A Study on the Efficacy of Bacteriophage Therapy and Other Stories, Allison Secard
Department: Biology; English

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Beknighted Romance: An Investigation of 14th-Century Chivalrous Romance as Popular Genre, Ryan Secard
Department: English

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Introductions to Ecology: How Children's Literature Inspires Environmentalism, Claire J. Smrekar
Department: English

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Curious and Courageous Children: Girl Heroism and Spirituality, Sarah Specht
Department: English

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Lost in Translation, Found in Culture: An Academic Inquiry on the Efficacy of Translating Culture in Latin American Magic Realist Genres, William Richard Strohmeyer
Department: English; Spanish

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“Dumb Brutes” or “Fellow-Critters”: Toward a More Virtuous Characterization of Nonhuman Animals, Daniel Sweat
Department: Philosophy; English

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