Oya Aktas: I am interested in identifying how women were used to mold a Turkish national identity by focusing on two moments: the establishment of the secular Republic in the 1920s and 1930s, and the rise of the Islamic AKP in the 1990s and 2000s. I examine these changes through a focus on cultural productions that were particularly active in shaping the Turkish consciousness at these two moments. Although I have not yet determined which cultural productions best encapsulate the each historical moment, I will be conducting archival research in Ankara and Istanbul to answer this question. With this investigation, I hope to reveal the fluidity of Turkish identity, and how women become essentialized to facilitate shifts in identity.
Leora Baum: I am studying the performance of Spanish Golden Age drama in Chile under Pinochet, 1973-1990. I will examine the resurgence of classical Spanish theatre in this period as both a product of and a response to a political environment in which artistic production and educational structures were thrown into crisis. This research is grounded in the analysis of two productions of Calderón de la Barca's 1635 play La vida es sueño, one in 1974 and one in 1988, as a representation of how classical drama functioned in Chilean society at the beginning and end of the regime.
Riva Desai: "The disease narrative has long been a useful tool for writers to encode social and cultural anxieties via the deterioration of the human body. But how does a disease narrative escape its medical confines and serve as both a social and moral commentary? And how does a certain historical moment specifically construct a disease narrative, or at the very least shape the way in which the disease is understood? My thesis will explore the causative agents, the process, and the consequences of characterizing and contextualizing disease via various forms of representation in a particular time period. By comparing cholera’s representation in both European and South Asian contexts, I hope to reveal the racial and ethical implications associated with the disease and how these came about in relation to the time period’s colonial veneer. Throughout my paper, I would allude to the concept of a disease narrative model and how my analysis of cholera can serve as a case study for the way in which representations of diseases can be specifically constructed to serve as a vehicle for the amplification of pre-existing anxieties and the reinforcement of certain social barriers and hierarchies."
Katie Engsberg: My thesis looks at the ways in which British religious leaders of the 19th century helped to shape the structure of the emerging state school system so that the religious education (RE) in those schools would most benefit non-Anglican religious communities. Specifically, they wanted pluralized and nondenominational RE in locally-directed board schools and denominational and free RE in religious schools. My questions include the following: How did British religious leaders mobilize their communities for or against certain policies? How did Parliament engage with the desires of these communities? How did the finalized laws affect the religious communities that influenced their creation?
Cassie Klosterman: I am investigating the culture of textual manipulation (e.g. the addition of commentary, or excerpting a portion of a text) through Nabokov's Pale Fire. Nabokov’s Pale Fire is a fertile ground for observation of these phenomena first, because Nabokov’s literary criticism and theories are well documented, second, because Nabokov wrote Pale Fire at a point in his career when he was actively contributing to the culture which he was critiquing, and third, because Pale Fire itself is a work deeply invested in how external speculation of completeness functions. I plan to examine Nabokov's criticism, the work of Pale Fire itself, and the life of Pale Fire after Nabokov’s death.
David, Josiah, and Henry VIII: Politics of Reformation Kingship in the Image of the Old Testament, Samantha Rogers.
I studied the development of Old Testament kingship as a political language in the time of Henry VIII, and the role that it played in the emerging discourse on ecclesiastical and secular authority. By examining a range of visual and textual sixteenth century sources, I trace the shift in biblical models throughout the early English Reformation, as the models of David and Solomon slowly gave way to Josiah and Hezekiah. Such an investigation reveals the shifting landscape of biblical hermeneutics in the English Reformation, together with the change in traditional conceptions of kingship.
The Use of Indigenous Lenses: Using Traditional Chinese Medicine to Determine the Health of
the One-Child Policy in China, Ben Chu
A Presidency in Perspective: Richard M. Nixon’s Oratory, Will Dobbs-Allsopp
Personal Responsibility and Agency: Franz Kafka’s Answer to Marxist Alienation, Taylor Docking
Manipulative Education: The Role of the Jesuits in the Sino-French Cultural-Political Encounter, Sarah Haik
Waking Up from the American Dream: An Exploration of a Government’s Obligation to Ensure Equality of Opportunity and the Empirical Effect of Socioeconomic Segregation on Economic Mobility in Contemporary Urban America, Sean Janda
Doubly Conscious: Understanding Gender in Virginia Woolf and Nella Larsen, Anna Applebaum
"Breaking" News: How New Media Dismantled Broadcast Television News, Julia Kellman
Active, Disorienting, and Transitional: The Aesthetic of Boredom in the Multimedia Works of Nam June Paik (1932-2006), Eugene Kwon
Confining the Cosmos: State Sovereignty in Near Space, Daniel Michon
Reading the Real Biblioteca del Escorial: Dangerous Books, Readers, and Populations, Sophia Nunez
Futurism and the Feminine: Understanding Futurist Gender Dynamics between Rhetoric and Theory, Donald Steinburk
W.B. Yeats at the Fin de Siècle: The Construction of a National Symbolic and the Historical Imagination of Decay, Natalie Amleshi
Acting Out the Rabbinic Script: The Legal Position of the Androgynos in Rabbinic Literature, Philip Gibbs
Causality As Explanation and Experience in Illness Memoirs, Gabrielle Surick
Wagner in England: Literary Modernism and British Musical Culture, Stuart Fraser
Flaubert and DuCamp in Egypt: the Signs of Exoticism, Laura Jensen
Agency in Psychoanalysis, Zac Levine
The Emergence of Entrepreneurship: Economic Heroism in Weber, Schumpeter, and their Contemporary Heirs, Dan Merriam
On the Town: Sartorial Class Struggles of the Marlborough House Set, Stephen Pulvirent
The Ethics of Inability: Akrasia in America, Eric Rosenbaum
Meat Art: Carnality and Coagulation in the Paintings of Soutine, Marc, Nitsch, and Bacon, Nathan Stobaugh
Alchemizing the Past: The Historikerstreit and the Future of German Identity, by Tom Butcher, 2010
The Case of Moll and Portia: Cross-Dressing and Desire in Early Modern City Comedy, by Shelby Carpenter, 2010
German Nationalism Through Berhold Auerbach's Deutscher Volks-Kalender, by Erika Deal, 2010
Guess Who's Coming to Shabbas Dinner?: Changes in the American Jewish Family and the Implications of Jewish Sustainability, by Deva Estin, 2010
Obesity in the United States, by Whitney Howland, 2010
From Principe to Duce, by Andrew Hiltzik, 2010
The Second Essay in the Genealogy of Morals, by Evan Kuhn, 2010
Maman: Three Contexts, by Emily Silber, 2010
Which Real? by Dennis Sweeney, 2010
Subversive Song: Operatic and Literary Portrayals of Music and Marriage by Nell Cloutier, 2009
Libidinal Learning: Understanding Power, Desire and Transference in Student-Faculty Consensual Relationships by Emma Cohen, 2009
The Politics of Patronage: Context, Contradictions and Motive in Machiavelli by Ben Sales, 2009
History of Rhetoric: Merlin in the Historiographic Tradition of the Twelfth Century by Ami Mehta, 2008
Affect, Subjectivity, Critique: A Reading of David Lynch's Mulholland Drive by James Duesterberg, 2008
"Obligations to the Their New Homeland": 48ers, Tejanos, and the American Slavery Debate by Emma Eschenfeldt, 2008
Individualism, Economics & Revolution: Socioeconomic Ideology in Revolutionary France and America by Andrew Paul Schupanitz, 2007
Expanding the Membership of the Revolutionary Nation: Germaine de Stael's Considerations on the French Revolution and Helen Maria Williams's Letters from France by Christina Skelley, 2007
"Sweet Songs Among the Flowers": Gender and Religion in Aztec Literature, 1500-1585 by Lindsay Christina Stanley, 2007
She's Always a Woman to Me: Determining Woman's Existential Situation throught Memoir by Emily Schultheis, 2007
Understanding Varthema: Islam and Travel Narrative in Early Modern Italy by Jessica Pryde, 2007
The Crosscurrents Between Vandalism and Art: The Social and Aesthetic Functions of Graffiti by Deena Atkinson, 2006
Consequences of Philosophy: John Dewey and the Progressive School Superintendent by Robert Gross, 2006
Risk Regulation: A Mixed-Government Proposal by Austin L.C. Thompson, 2006