Department of English

English Studies is a rapidly changing discipline that embraces a number of related fields, from British, U.S. and post-colonial literatures, to literary theory, cultural studies, cinema, electronic texts/media, creative writing and rhetoric. While its focus is increasingly interdisciplinary, English Studies takes as its principal pursuits textual analysis and production. Scholars of English Studies pay precise and sustained attention to language, literature, and culture in their historical, as well as theoretical, contexts; in their aesthetic, as well as practical, dimensions; and in their social, as well as political, significances.

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English Department
Undergraduate Research Conference

Monday, 28 April 2014
8:45am – 4:00 pm
HUM 354

Coffee 8:45am

Session I 9:00-10:00am
Reframing the “Classic”
Joseph Meringolo, 'The Sanity of Furor Poeticus': Romanticism's Demystification of 'Madness' and
Emily Wierzbowski, “The Isolated Self:  A Re-imagining of the Human in Mary Shelley’s
  Frankenstein and Mamoru Oshii’s Ghost in the Shell Films”
Hannah Stahl, “Transitional Objects, Books of Hours, and the Marvels of Ediciones Vigia”
Stephen Hitt:  “Gothic Histories: The Interplay of Narrative and Subjectivity in Austen’s
  Northanger Abbey”
Chair: Patricia Chu

Session II 10:00-10:45am
Scholarship in Wonderland
Samantha Berry, “Pawn to Queen and Back Again: Women’s Agency in the Victorian Wonderland”
Caitlin McDonald, “Repeat After Me: The Power of Poetry as a Means of Social Control in
  Victorian Education”
Nyonsuabeleah Kollue, “The Evolution of Lewis Carroll’s Alice In Art”
Chair: Ineke Murakami

Session III 10:45am-12pm
Critical Issues in Popular Culture
Edwards, “Rupture in Rapture: Exploring Bioshock’s Autocriticism”
Natasha Pooran, “How Sexy is Too Sexy? The Male Gaze and the Performative in K-pop Girl
Albert Rusch, "Disillusionment with a Time-Tested Medium: Censorship and the American Comic
Amanda Pelletier, “The Impact of Social Media and Popular Culture on Creative Writing”
Bridget Flynn, “'It's a Scream, Baby': The ‘Rules’ of Parody and Pastiche in the Horror Genre”
Chair: Wendy Roberts


Lunch 12pm

* Keynote Address *
Professor Paul Stasi
University at Albany, SUNY

 “How Literature Brings ‘The World Within Reach’”

Session IV 1:45pm-2:45pm
Adaptation and Appropriation
Olga Neroni, “The Politics and Poetics of William Byrd’s “Musicke of Great Compasse”
Emily Lange, “The Subtle Irreverence of El Greco’s “The Burial of the Count of Orgaz”
Anna Mondello, “An Underworld Well Traveled: Orpheus and Epic in Gaiman’s Sandman”
Analyssa Shultis, “The Utopia We Thought We Knew”
Chair: Mary Valentis

Session V 2:45pm-4:00pm
Uncommon Rhetorics
Kevin Wheeler, “Riffing on the Past: Jazz and Signifying in Ishmael Reed’s Mumbo Jumbo”
Natalie Wallace, “Ideology and Subversion: Linguistic Registers in The PoisonWood Bible”
Mónica Morales: “The Textual Martyr of “La Revolución”: The use of José Martí’s image for Cuban
Marisa Mazart, “Breaking Bad: on the Western Genre and Audience Reception”
Olivia Popiel, “The Black and the Blue: Comedy, Laughter, and Deformity in Ellison's Invisible Man” Chair: Tamika Carey