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Honors Directory

English Honors Recipients (by year):

2009

  • • Elizabeth Di Iulio, "'To be Loved and Chosen By a Good Man':  Dispelling the Feminist Myth:  Little Women as Sentimental-Religious Conduct Literature"  Director: Deborah Burnham
  • • Elaine Ely, "Refracting Race:  Zoe Wicomb's Playing in the Light"  Director: Rita Barnard
  • • Andrew Hines, "The Agrarian Flood:  Decoding the Absence of Race in I'll Take My Stand and the Attempts of Racial Reconciliation in Donald Davidson's Big Ballad Jamboree and Robert Penn Warren's Flood"  Director: Herman Beavers
  • • Jennifer Jackson, "Classical Myth and Gender Politics in J.M. Coetzee's Foe"  Director: David Kazanjian
  • • Aliza Machefsky, "'Not That Kind':  Plants from the New World and the Transformation of European Botanical Knowledge"  Director: Peter Stallybrass
  • • Erica Machulak, "Experiments in Truth-Telling:  Pamela's Shift in Narrative Habit"  Director: Toni Bowers
  • • Nicholas Mayer, "(De/Ef) Facing Shakespeare:  Investigating Joyce's Dramatization of Masochistic Cuckoldry in Exiles and 'Circe'"  Director: Jean-Michel Rabaté
  • • Daniel McIntosh, "Beast with Two Backs:  Shakespeare and Political Theatre in Apartheid South Africa"  Director: Ania Loomba
  • • Brooke Palmieri, "'What the Bees Have Taken Pains For":  Francis Daniel Pastorius, The Beehive, and Commonplacing in Colonial Pennsylvania"  Director: Peter Stallybrass
  • • Alyssa Sclafani, "'Was Ever Audience in this Humour Won?':  Theatricality and Villainy in Othello and Richard III"  Director: Margreta de Grazia
  • • Alexander Ullman, "James Joyce and Jazz Modernism"  Director: James English
  • • Benjamin Wiebracht, "Traces of the Marvelous in Conrad's Nostromo: British Neocolonialism and the Rise of Magical Realism"  Director: Paul Saint-Amour

2008

  • • Matthew Abess, "Treasury of Song for the Home Circle"  Director: Kenneth Goldsmith
  • • St. John Barned-Smith, "Ipsa Scientia Potestas Est;  Cicero and Caesar on 55th Street"  Director: Paul Hendrickson
  • • Gabriel Crane, "The Mississippi Project"   Director: Al Filreis
  • • Meghan Daly, "O curse of marriage": Othello, Race, and the Breakdown of Companionate
  • • Adam Fachler, "Hitboys"   Director: Kathleen DeMarco Van Cleve
  • • Livingston Ferguson, "Event Horizon"   Director: Deborah Burnham
  • • Sheira Feuerstein
  • • Elise Gabriel
  • • Daniel Goldstein, "Break"  Director: Max Apple
  • • Rebecca Kantor, "Enchantment"  Director: Max Apple
  • • Lily Katz
  • • Laura Kerr
  • • Jane Kim
  • • Kevin Kimura
  • • Richard Lee
  • • Stephen McLaughlin
  • • Matthew Mulholland, "What Did Bob Dylan Say?"  Director: Charles Bernstein
  • • Cynthia Padera, "The Spectator as Hero in the Theater of Tom Stoppard"
  • • Jane Raisch
  • • Charles Robinson
  • • Pamela Rook, "Wall Dreams"  Director: Kathleen DeMarco Van Cleve
  • • Aaron Stein
  • • Kristin Williams

2007

  • • Pia Aliperti, "Un-Wintered"
  • • Laura Brookover
  • • Caitlin Charos
  • • Maayan Dauber
  • • Samuel Donsky, "Horoscopes for Horses"
  • • Sara Gorman
  • • Samantha Lazar
  • • Anna Levett, "Chez Moi"  
  • • Kate Liberman
  • • Greer Longer
  • • Rayna Lopyan
  • • Jessica Pfeffer
  • • Lindsey Rosin, "Other People"
  • • Hillary Smith
  • • Claire Stapleton
  • • Amro Suboh
  • • Julia Tamulis
  • • Elaine Wong, "Will Teddy Leave:  Shoeshiners in the Reading Terminal Market"

2006

  • • April Anderson, "Vampire of Her Time: Reconsidering the Role of Florence Dombey in Charles Dickens's Dombey and Son"  Director: Nina Auerbach
  • • Patrick Dillon, "Dimensions of Erewhon: The Modern Orpheus in Guy Davenport's 'The Dawn in Erewhon'."  Director: Charles Bernstein
  • • Kathryn Fleishman, "Tee-hee! Quod She, My Vulgar Darling: Detecting the Adolescent Female Voice in Nabokov's Lolita and Chaucer's Miller's Tale."  Director: Rebecca Bushnell
  • • Jessica Lahrman, "Metaphorical Illness in Hemingway's Works."  Director: David Espey
  • • Ruth McAdams, "Gallimaufray and hellebore: Edmund Spenser and Ben Jonson in dialogue with the past."  Director: Sean Keilen
  • • Moira Moody, "Significant Use: Examining the aesthetics of feeling in Robert Creeley's later poetry."  Director: Josephine Park
  • • Ekaterina Napalkova, "Martyrs, Mothers, Soldiers: Gender Performativity and Gendered Intent in Thackeray's Vanity Fair."  Director: Jean-Michel Rabaté
  • • Jonathan Passaro, "Reducing the Round Table: Visual and Textual Narrative Redaction in Medieval Arthurian Romance."  Director: Emily Steiner
  • • Renee Pristas, "The Colony of the Victorian Orphan: Imperial Buttress or Debilitating Other?"  Director: Nancy Bentley
  • • Neha Sharma, " 'Colonization in Reverse': Linguistic, Nationalist and Gender Discourse in Louis Bennett's Jamaica Labrish."  Director: Stuart Curran
  • • Joseph Titano, "'A Capital Fellow': Heathcliff and Emily Bronte's Social Criticism."  Director: Sanjay Krishnan
  • • Natalie Ward, "Iser's Aesthetic Response Theory Viewed in the Context of Collaborative Hyperfictions."  Director: James English

2005

  • • Andrew Amodeo, "Pagan Antiquity and Medieval Authorship"
  • • Rachel Balik, "Sight for Sore Eyes: The Redemptive Powers of Genre as Art in The Winter's Tale"
  • • Anne-Marie Bellshot, "Split Personality: Rebecca, Psycho, and Subverting the Feminine Gothic"
  • • Ian Duncan, "Autobiography or Autrebiography: J. M. Coetzee's Memoirs"
  • • Susanne Flood, "If I've Told You Once: Imitating Ovid in Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis"
  • • Sarah Herold, "Artistic Representations of Women in Middlemarch"
  • • Aryn Klich, "Langland's Quest to Redefine Vernacular Authority in Piers Plowman"
  • • Kent Lasnoski, "Measure for Measure: A Parable of Community"
  • • Adam Levin, "An Exhibition of the Internal: The Effects of Perception on Consciousness in Henry James's The Ambassadors"
  • • Rebecca Richman, "Critics and Fans: A Reception History of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings"
  • • Willa Rohrer, "'Stinging Red, Smarting Pink': The Ethics of Representation in Nabokov's Lolita."
  • • Danielle Savitsky, "'Terrible Beauty': Desire, Glamour, and the Aesthetics of Tuberculosis"
  • • Amir Shachmurove, "The Great Truth of Old Ideas: The English Past in Pride and Prejudice, Sybil, and Daniel Deronda."
  • • Tom Zylkin, "The 'Difficult' Text: The Sound and the Fury and the Failure of Language"

2004

  • • Bindi Bhagat, "Marketing Fascism: Cultural Predispositions to Anti-Democratic Processes in 1930s America"
  • • Robert Blum, "'Seeking Hopelessly to Fill the Void': Remedios Varo's Surrealism and Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49"
  • • Johanna Busch, "Angel in the House, the Darwinian Female, and the New Woman: Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure, Models of Marriage, and the Irreconcilability of the Sexes"
  • • Gregory Cooper, "Joyce and Picasso: Word, Image, and the Paradigm of Audience Perspective"
  • • Ariel Djanikian, "Milan Kundera and the Epistemological Novel: An Essay on The Book of Laughter and Forgetting, The Unbearable Lightness of Being, and Immortality"
  • • Katherine Fox, "The Laughing Antiquary: 'Tam O'Shanter' and Robert Burns's Antiquarian Trade"
  • • Vivian Hsu, "Revolutionary Politics and Philosophical Skepticism in Shelley's Poetry and Prose"
  • • Lynn Huang, "Between Manuscript and Print: George Gascoigne as the Professional Poet."
  • • Christopher McCloskey, "Framing The Portrait of a Lady: Contexts of Revision"
  • • Megan Scanlon, "Just Rewards for an Intimate Teacher: Explaining the Popularity and the Pedagogy of Erica Jong's Fear of Flying"
  • • Megan Seah, "The Monk and the Burden of Virtue: Dissembling Vice"
  • • Nancy Sun, "De Quincey Who 'Boasteth Himself to Be a Philosopher': Reinterpreting Coleridgean Ideals in the Confessions"
  • • Eleanor Tai, "Twilight Sleep: Edith Wharton the Modernist"
  • • Robert Tawse, "Milton Negotiates the Muse: Orpheus, the Hebrew Prophets, and the Miltonic Model"
  • • Sara Zenreich, "'The language she told it in': Multivocality and Dialogization of Gender in Toni Morrison's Beloved"

2003

  • • Matthew Blackstone, "Second-Hand Trauma: Why and How Non-Survivors Must Represent the Holocaust."  Director: Herman Beavers
  • • Julie Brown, "The Expressive Interior in Wallace Stevens's Poetry."  Director: Susan Stewart
  • • Nikki Cyter, "'The Hive Itself Does Speak': The Language of the Commonplace in Pastorius's Beehive Manuscript and Shakespeare'sHamlet."  Director: Peter Stallybrass
  • • Elizabeth Denburg, "Stowe's 'Anti-Patriarchal Operation': Negotiating Race and Gender in Uncle Tom's Cabin."  Director: Eric Cheyfitz
  • • Elizabeth Donaldson, "Janeites and Their Discontent."  Director: John Richetti
  • • Paul Flynn, "The Visual Novel: The Artistic Role of the Printed Text in Prose."  Director: Erin O'Connor
  • • Rachel Friedman, "Staging Silence: Re-Imagining the Women in Shakespeare's Othello."  Director: Cary Mazer
  • • Sharon Fulton, "Compilation as Containment."  Director: David Wallace
  • • Adam Gordon, "Reading in the Dark: Edgar Allan Poe's The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym."  Director: Joan Dayan
  • • Caedmon Haas, "'What whiteness will you add to this whiteness / what candour?': Language and Paradise in the Pisan Cantos."  Director: Susan Stewart
  • • Blake Harrison, "Wandering in the Twilight of the Aura: Robert Walser and Walter Benjamin as Modernist Flaneurs."  Director: Jean-Michel Rabaté
  • • Leah Hooper, "'You're but a pun-y': Hegemony, Resistance, and Play in Joyce's Finnegans Wake."  Director: Vicki Mahaffey
  • • Melanie Kefalidis, "The Ideology of The Bell Jar: Mademoiselle, Mass Culture and Images of Women."  Director: Rita Barnard
  • • Marissa Miley, "Reconsidering Dickens and His Illustrious Affairs with Melodramatists and Realists."  Director: Michael Gamer
  • • Tristan Schweiger, "Samples of the Finest Orientalism: Byron the Anti-Imperialist."  Director: Stuart Curran

2002

  • • Suzy Berger, "Who is on the cover of this book?": Interpreting Othello in an Urban Classroom."  Director: Jean Howard
  • • Laura Sieh Chu, "An Infusion of Architecture: Renovating a Symbolic Reading of Chaucer's The Knight's Tale."  Director: Emily Steiner
  • • Akiva Fox, "'The Fruit of that Forbidden Tree': The Many Meanings of a Central Object of Paradise Lost."  Director: Sean Keilen
  • • Elizabeth Ketels, "Sanctifying American 'Individualism': Franklin's Autobiography in Emerson's 'Self-Reliance'."  Director: Eric Cheyfitz
  • • Sara Murphy, "A Poet's Progress: Bunyanesque Walking in Blake's Milton."  Director: Daniel Traister
  • • Yaran Noti, "Pieces of Poetry and Poetry in Pieces: A Print History of Spenser's Faerie Queene."  Director: Peter Stallybrass
  • • Afia Ofori-Mensa, "'A Way to Fly between Them': First-Generation American Literature and Identity.  Director: Michael Awkward
  • • Jonathan Petts, "Of Mentors and Malays: Thomas De Quincey and the Exorcism of Wordsworthian Aesthetics."  Director: Susan Stewart
  • • Rudy Ramirez, "Rock Stars! Celebrities! James Joyce!: Pop Novels and Ulysses."  Director: Vicki Mahaffey
  • • Brenner Thomas, "Arts and Letters: Epistolarity in Pamela."  Director: Toni Bowers
  • • Melissa Torres, "Communities without Boundaries: Redefining Language in Ulysses."  Director: Vicki Mahaffey
  • • Alex Wong, "Outside the Love Triangle: Empire, Aesthetics and Sexuality in the Novels of Willa Cather."  Director: Max Cavitch

2001

  • • Kate Alex, "The Conception of British Women's Literary Authority: Authorship, Motherhood, and the English Reformation."  Director: Rita Copeland
  • • Katherine Ambrogi, "Expressive Nations: Music in the National Tale."  Director: Michael Gamer
  • • Meghan Bilton, "DIDACTIC SENSATIONALISM: Evidence of Social Critique within Wilkie Collins' 1860s Fiction."  Director: Erin O'Connor
  • • Rachel Burton, "Unrealized Claims of a So-Called 'Revolutionary' Movement: An Examination of Robert Kendall's Hypertext Poetry."  Director: Bob Perelman
  • • Melissa Duclos, "The Black Mountain Poets: Individuals Forced into a School."  Director: Al Filreis
  • • Susanna Goldfinger, "Mining the Colonial Imagination: Desire and Possession in John Donne's Elegy 19."  Director: Sean Keilen
  • • Jack Guinn, "Visionary Perspectives from Errant Children."  Director: Gregory Flaxman
  • • Pamela Kuklinski, "Oppressed Race and Repressed Desires: The Homophobic Reception of James Baldwin."  Director: Herman Beavers
  • • Rumela Mitra, "Oscar Wilde: Life and Art as Intertwined Texts."  Director: Erin O'Connor
  • • Jasmine Park, "The Plastic Sublime: A Cultural History of the iMac."  Director: Jean-Michel Rabaté
  • • Elizabeth Radin, "To the Beat of a Different Drum: Reading the American Beat Generation through French Surrealism."  Director: Bob Perelman
  • • Robin Rolewicz, "Creating Identities: Criticism, Authorship, and the Nation in Novels."  Director: Michael Gamer
  • • Greg Steirer, "Cooper's __________: Narrating Absence in Safe."  Director: Nancy Bentley
  • • Elysa Voshell, "'Smile Please, Not Quite So Serious': Humor and Subversion in Jean Rhys's Good Morning, Midnight."  Director: Max Cavitch
  • • Kristen Webster, "'Dear Diary': The Defense and Affirmation of Identity in the Early Journals of Frances Burney and James Boswell."  Director: John Richetti