Eleven candidates for Master of Arts degrees in English will present their master’s essays from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, in the Great Room (Room 100) of McNeely Hall.

A reception follows, and the campus community is invited.  Come and celebrate with friends! If you’re preparing for your own master’s essay, this is a great opportunity to see how it’s done. The spring graduates will give overviews of their essays and discuss their research and writing process. 

The students and their essay titles are:

  • Anna Gajdel: “Transitioning From Tutoring to Teaching: Four Ways of Thinking About Students”
  • Sarah Hayes: “A War of Words: Zitkala-Ša and Richard Henry Pratt’s Rhetorical Battle Over the National Narrative”
  • Emily Johnson: “Inheriting Emerson: The Disfigurement of ‘Self-Reliance’ in Self-Help Literature and Cultural Criticism”
  • Emily Junius: “Murray Krieger’s Theoretical Continuum of Ekphrastic Poetry and the Photographic Referent in Natasha Trethewey’s Bellocq’s Ophelia and Mary Jo Bang’s The Eye Like a Strange Balloon”
  • Brittany Kerschner: “Patriarchal Perception, Sexuality and the New Woman: Richard Marsh’s The Beetle”
  • Stacey Matter: “Defining Positive Fantasy: Otherness as a Reflection of Reality in the Harry Potter Series”
  • Jackson Petsche: “The Importance of Being Autonomous: Toward a Marxist Defense of Art for Art’s Sake”
  • Kerby Pettinelli: “A Responsive Womanist-Tribal Examination of Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony”
  • Fernando Sánchez: “The Fact of Blankness: Allusions to African American Struggles in Delany’s Babel 17
  • Shannon Scott: “Terrifying Transformations: The Werewolf and the New Woman in Clemence Housman’s ‘The Were-Wolf’”
  • Cory Tao, “An Error of Constancy: Subverting Morality Through the Cardinal Virtues in Chaucer’s Clerk’s Tale

For more information or to R.S.V.P., please call Joyce Poley in the English Department, (651) 962-5628.