Graduate English students to present master’s essays May 18 Patricia Sirek May 14, 2010 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.