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Penn English Hosts Honors Thesis Symposium

On April 7, 2023, the Department of English hosted the English Honors Symposium, a special event that featured English majors who produced a substantial scholarly research project in close consultation with a faculty member through the Honors Program. Professor Zachary Lesser (pictured at the podium) was the 2022–23 Director of the Program.

The following students completed Honors Thesis projects and presented at the event:

  • Andrew Basile, “Free Indirect Discourse and Narrative Worlds,” dir: Jean-Michel Rabaté
  • Emily Becker, “A Prescient Defense of Critical Reading: The Narrator’s Perspective in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” dir: Rita Copeland
  • Francesca Davis, “The You You Know: Envisioning the Capitalist’s Idealized Proletariat in Blade Runner and Severance,” dir: Melissa Jensen
  • Haley Nguyen, “Man Vs. Monster: Manga’s Monstrous Protagonists in the Japanese and American Imagination,” dir: Jean-Christophe Cloutier
  • Tiffany Park, “’That Land is Your Dream?’: Denaturalizing the Nature of Belonging in Isaac Lee Chung’s Minari,” dir: David Eng
  • Quinn Robinson, “’The Experience is Dialect’: Narrative and Resistive Possibilities of Pidgin in All I Asking For Is My Body and Rolling the R’s,” dir. Josephine Park
  • Sof Sears, “Unseamly Girlhoods: Restitching Shirley Jackson’s Hangsaman With Shelley Jackson’s Patchwork Girl,” dir: Whitney Trettien
  • Ashna Yakoob, “You’re Not the Boss of Me Now: Analyzing the Neoliberalism and Slackerism in American Situational Comedy,” dir: Rahul Mukherjee