MGA English Majors Present Major Research Projects

Author: News Bureau
Posted: Friday, May 6, 2016 2:49 PM
Categories: Pressroom | College of Arts and Sciences

Macon, GA

With topics ranging from “Neo-Victorian Fiction and the Female Criminal” to “The Automated American Gothic,” 14 graduating Middle Georgia State University seniors finishing up their bachelor's degrees in English made their capstone presentations the week of May 2.

The presentations are designed to demonstrate the analytical, research, writing and rhetorical skills the students honed during their studies. The capstone course is required of candidates in the traditional track of the B.A. in English. The course engages students in advanced critical analysis, leading to an original research project. Students produce an extended critical essay based on the research and make an oral presentation to fellow students and faculty.

Dr. Loretta Clayton teaches the capstone course.

These are the English majors graduating this year and the topics of their capstone presentations:

Katie Gray, Hyacinthine Locks and Wanton Ringlets: The Functions of Hair in Milton’s Paradise Lost

Jalen Durham, Identity and Madness in Bronte's Jane Eyreand Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea and Voyage in the Dark: A Comparative Study of European and Caribbean Literature

Debbie Ealer, The “Third Place” in Modern Literature: An Examination of Mrs.Dalloway and Their Eyes Were Watching God

Taylor Paul, Defining the “Human:” Autism, Nazis, and Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Becca Tharp, Female Characters on the Margins: Logic, Emotion, and the Ethical Community in Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone

Marla Horton,“Dialogically agitated and tension-filled:”Contradicting Languages and Conflicting Worldviews in Short Stories by James Joyce, E.M. Forster, and William Faulkner

Varity Mobley, Qualities of Abjection in the Fiction of Flannery O’Connor

Calabria Turner, War and Gendered Adulthood in the British Children’s Fantasy Novel: Peter Pan and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

Terrie Lewis, What in Godot’s Name Does This Mean? A Deconstruction of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot

Jeff Birdsong, She Meant to Do It: Neo-Victorian Fiction and the Female Criminal

Joshua Dean, Reading Charles Dickens through an Ec0critical Lens

Taylor Kimmons, The Automated American Gothic

Travaris Harpe, Playing Jungle: Western Fascination of “the Wild Man” from The Jungle Book to The Lord of the Flies

Ben Payton, Perks and Park: An Anthropological Analysis of the Use of Music in Adolescent Literature