This collection features the Senior Papers of the English Program. Papers include literary criticism, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction.

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Submissions from 2024

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“Don’t Stop Believin’”: Dante’s and Christian’s Journey to Heaven, Austin Cochrane

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Reputation and Reality: Revelations of Monstrosity in Frankenstein and Six of Crows, Jordyn Fortuna

Submissions from 2023

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Adverse Childhood Experiences and Identity Achievement in the Lives of Pip and Heathcliff, Brianna Leigh Blosenski

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Chart Study, Abigail Franklin

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Insomniac - A Collection of Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Non-Fiction, Jason Abishekaraj John

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"Everyone Learns, Nobody Changes": Images and the Ideal in Anna Karenina and Closer, Leah Kiers

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The Pieces That Make the Self: Finding Balance Between Social and Individual Identity in Frances Burney’s Evelina and Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Jenna King

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The Stories Already Written: An Intertextual Analysis of The Book Thief and Belonging, Jenna Kortenhoeven

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Drawing Empathy: The Benefits of Utilizing Graphic Memoirs in Secondary Classrooms, Hailey Simmons

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A Choice to Make: The Portrayal of Female Characters’ Agency and Emotion in Madeline Miller’s Circe and Anaïs Mitchell’s Hadestown, Abby Swartzentruber

Submissions from 2022

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Sanctuary, Abigail G. Chandler

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Stories That Bark for Themselves: The Fall of a Rooster and a Princess from Pride to Repentant Humility as Depicted in The Book of the Dun Cow and The Light Princess, Ella Harris

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The Effects of Trauma on Identity Formation: Pursuing and Obtaining Individual Freedom in Emerson’s Nature and Creech’s Chasing Redbird, McKenzie Hershberger

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Gothic Determinism: The Interplay of Atavism and Hope in "The Old Nurse's Story" and "The Fall of the House of Usher", Madison Howland

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From Renaissance to Robert: the Machiavellian Cycle of Life, Death, and Rebirth, Noah Huseman

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The Paradox of Loss, Abby Pugsley

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Grace, Grace, By the Side of the Road, Hannah Tienvieri

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Note to Self: Don't Forget to Title Your Project!, Abby Wilson

Submissions from 2021

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“Nothing Much Happens”: the Process of Constructing Coherent Selves in A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Laytham

Submissions from 2020

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Purple Paint, Kelly Abraham

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Authenticity in Glimpses: Framing Art and Identity in Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse and Zadie Smith’s Swing Time, Taylor Budzikowski

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Learning or Not Learning to Overcome Trauma: Jane Eyre and A Farewell to Arms, Jessica Cutter

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The End of Art is Peace: Memory, Witness, and Restorative Imagination in Anna Burns’s Milkman and the Poetry of Seamus Heaney, Sarah Davis

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Seeking the Tomato: Encounters with Beauty in Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God and Zadie Smith's On Beauty, Jessica Dundas

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Broadening the Feminist Ideal: Female Expression in Kate Chopin’s The Awakening and Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, Hannah Funk

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Searching for Understanding: How Hamlet and Frankenstein Inform Humanity’s Response to Trauma, Jonathan Knippenberg

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Metaphors of Mental Illness: How Emily Dickinson and Vincent van Gogh Understood and Expressed Their Personal Battles with Depression, Samantha Moss

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The Adventures of Mousy and Jasper, James Schantz

Submissions from 2018

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Hometrees and Roleplaying: How Instability Affects "The Catcher in the Rye's" Holden and "The Flick's" Avery in Their Pursuit of Belonging, Caleb Hoelscher

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Stories to the Remote Reader: Shaping Cultural Narratives in "Do Not Say We Have Nothing" and "Their Eyes Were Watching God", Hannah Perry

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Wilderness, Kendra Smalley