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 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 Timekeerp'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

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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