English and Communications seniors to give thesis presentations
Nineteen seniors majoring in English communications, literature and creative writing will give their thesis presentations via Zoom April 9-10. Featured will be students’ examination and in-depth analysis of a variety of cultural topics drawn from popular contemporary novels, classic literature, television shows, movies, journalism, and social media, among others.
Seniors have been working under the supervision of Dr. Madeleine Esch, associate professor of English, and Dr. Matthew Ramsey, chair and associate professor of English. For Zoom links, please contact Dr. Ramsey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, April 9, from 5-7 p.m.
- Michael DeFusco: “‘Will you accept this rose?’: Romantic Reality Television and the Depiction of Gender Relations”
- Allison Orsini: “Gender, Sex, and the Disney Princess”
- Robert Welcome: “ ‘To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim’: Queer Theory and Authorial Intent in Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray”
- Bethany Disanno: “Make Art, Not War: An Exploration of Female Creativity in The House of the Spirits”
- Sarah Salemy: “Breaking the Barriers: The Lady of Shalott’s Commitment to Herself”
Friday, April 9, from 7:30-9:30 p.m.
- Aaron White: “American Sniper: Entertainment or Call to Action? Analyzing American Propaganda”
- Gavin Parent: “Family Narratives of Divorce in Doubtfire: How Does it Affect the Family Dynamic?”
- Emily Grant: “‘Living in the After’: Examining How Grey’s Anatomy Portrays Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder”
- Samantha Tarbox: “Deadly Articles: Analyzing the Relationship Between Mass Shootings and Print Media”
Saturday, April 10, from 10 a.m to 12 p.m.
- Juliana Verrelli: “Gothic Re-imaginings and Postcolonial Interventions in Bram Stoker’s Dracula”
- Isabel Thornton: “‘That is a Huge Wardrobe and Clothing Mistake!’: The Unethical Consumption Habits of YouTube’s Fashion Influencers and the Environmental Consequences of a Disposable Lifestyle”
- Margaret Johnston: “‘Love is Colorblind—or is it?’: Bridgerton’s Utopic Portrayal of Interracial Relationships in Shondaland’s Reconstruction of Regency-Era England”
- Abigail Ransegnola: “Survivor on the Decline? Diversity, Voyeurism, and the Niche”
- Amanda Lumpkins: “Maybe There is a Beast: The Environmental Impacts of Colonialization in Golding’s Lord of the Flies”
Saturday, April 10 from 4-6 p.m.
- Alix Hughes: “Instagram and the Fashion Industry: Instagram Updates Transforming the Way Customers Purchase Items Online”
- Anna Cloherty: “Time to Roast: How Wendy’s Uses Internet Humor and Memes on Twitter to Win Over Customers”
- Caidan Zhuoma: “How Tibetan Women Represent Themselves in the Contemporary World”
- Joseph Morelli: “A Hoppip, Skiploom, and a Jumpluff to Stardom: How Pokémon Became the Most Successful Multimedia Franchise in Just 25 Years”
- Ashley Bunnell: “Candid Camera: Understanding the Evolution of Men’s Pranks”
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