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The School of Humanities and Fine Arts
A big congratulations to Joseph Carroll, SVC English major who graduated 2014.
His paper, “Screw-turn-izing the Governess’s Touching Story: Pedophilia in Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw” was published this month in Sigma Tau Delta’s yearly journal The Review. This prestigious undergraduate journal received more than 1000 submissions!Carroll’s essay is much more than witty wordplay. He digests a mass of scholarship on Henry James’s most famous story to make sense of the lacuna, narration, and social critique of this puzzling novella. Departing from its frame as a ghost story, Carroll argues that the embedded narrator, the Governess, is viciously deceptive. He explains, “this essay argues that the Governess can be reasonably read as a child molester who hopes to either conceal her abuse of the children with her deceptive manuscript or convince herself that she did not commit such atrocities. In providing this disturbing interpretive possibility, I show that James’s psychological thriller locates evil neither in the paranormal nor in the corruptibility of innocence but in the tangible, dreadful reality of deviant human behavior and adult perversions.” Carroll shows James moving beyond representing childhood in Victorian splendor by critiquing adult investments in childhood purity at the cost of corruption.
Alison Macomber, a 2013 graduate studying Literary Translation at Queens College, interviews 2012 grad Meg Matich in this article in Words Without Borders. The interview was centered on Matich's work in the translation of Icelandic poetry as well as the literary translation theories that she practices. She currently works primarily with the poems of Magnús Sigurðsson, a highly accomplished, young Icelandic poet, whose works typically offer still-life images of the natural world. However, she has also been working on the translation of other Icelandic poets, some of whom are in the June 2015 feature of Words without Borders.To read the entire interview, click here: http://www.wordswithoutborders.org/dispatches/article/interview-with-the-translator-meg-matich-talks-to-alison-macomber
2012 graduate Meg Matich has published five
new poems in the Alice Blue Review. Each of these poems relate to the subject
of cold, whether it is the feeling of being cold, descriptions of animals that
live in cold climates, or the scenery associated with cold weather. Here is one
of her poems entitled "Cold":
"Imagine the moon
coated in snow
from its surface.
to the earth, midnight
to the sea."
You can see the rest of the poems
Last Tuesday, December 8, 2015, our senior
English majors presented their senior projects in the Coverlet Gallery. The
presenters included Bridget Synan, Ashley Likar, Jessica Kissel, Kathryn
Klawinski, Morgan Stout, Jordan Frodente, Kathryn Ordiway, and Alexis
Zawelensky. Each presenter summarized their senior theses in an 8-10 minute
presentation in which they choose to utilize PowerPoint’s or to read a passage
of their papers. The theses dug deep into popular works in order to contemplate
interesting arguments about a particular novel.
Both Bridget Synan and Alexis
Zawelensky argued a rethinking of the love plot in the American classic The Great Gatsby. Some of
the topics that our presenters explored in this broad analysis of the novels
were: Is novel really a story about love? Or is it a commercial enterprise, an
elaborate advertisement for a lavish and glorious American project that
relishes breaking the rules in sexy indulgence? Does Daisy believe in Gatsby?
Do you? Or, is The Great Gatsby a war novel more like Hemingway's universe of
tortured impotent men and frisky manly women than some jazzed up Horatio Alger?
Our seniors with a creative writing
concentration produced a compilation of short stories as their senior theses
with a similar theme throughout the work. We heard from Jordan Frodente about
the parallel universe Laborte where magical objects reveal how charmed or
damned our lives can be.
Ashley Likar wrote her thesis on how
Faulkner imagines a religious struggle in his atheistic world where ordinary
characters attempt to work the promise of Easter's resurrection. Jessica Kissel
considered how Homer pits his conventional hero, Odysseus, against the divine
Athena, pointing toward a moral rectitude that reinvisions power. The other
theses covered topics of attaching buttons over children's eyes, mutilating
mermaids, and beetles eating out pianos, trees, and, well, basically, brains.
The night was filled with literary
contemplation and criticism that can only be found in the English Department.
Congratulations to all of our seniors who presented their theses last