Graduate School

“Riveder le Stelle”: Translingual Metanoia in Jhumpa Lahiri’s In Altre Parole

I turned eighteen-years-old in Florence, Italy. I was touring the country on a trip that my art history teacher had meticulously organized for about a dozen of recently graduated seniors in high school. We had attended St. Agnes Academy, a Dominican college preparatory for girls in Houston, Texas, which is why the eight weeks that comprised our travel itinerary were dedicated to exploring the country’s many monuments to the Catholic Church. Continue reading ““Riveder le Stelle”: Translingual Metanoia in Jhumpa Lahiri’s In Altre Parole”

Genderlect in The Twelfth Night

I knew that I wanted to write something about “genderlect” in The Twelfth Night, but I struggled to piece together a coherent argument about gender from a linguistic perspective. When I first sat down to analyze the text, I wrote a couple paragraphs on the historical association between theater and prostitution in early modern England. After spending a few hours analyzing that standard metaphor, I realized what I had written was irrelevant to the study of language. Continue reading “Genderlect in The Twelfth Night”

The Jabberwock’s Lexicon

Lewis Carroll includes the poem “Jabberwocky” in Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There, a fantastical novel about an upside-down and inside-out world. Published in 1871, the book is famous in part for Carroll’s imaginative use of nonce-words, or words employed for “one specific occasion or in one specific text or writer’s works” (“nonce, n.1.”). Continue reading “The Jabberwock’s Lexicon”

“Slay, Queen, Slay”: Gender and Authority in Queen Elizabeth I’s Reign

Gender was a constant obstacle for Queen Elizabeth I throughout her reign. She lived during an intensely patriarchal time, and she learned as a child that she was not entirely exempted from the rigid expectations of womanhood. The execution of her mother, Anne Boleyn, would have been Elizabeth’s first traumatizing experience of the perils of femininity. Following this tragedy, Elizabeth felt unessential in the world of her father, King Henry VIII, especially after she was declared a bastard. Continue reading ““Slay, Queen, Slay”: Gender and Authority in Queen Elizabeth I’s Reign”

Straight Down the Barrel: Dramatizing Masculinity in Gun Advertisements

During one of the deadliest mass shootings in American history, Adam Lanza used a military-style Bushmaster .233 rifle to murder twenty-eight children and adults attending the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut (Almasy). Forensic authorities determined that Lanza shot all but two victims multiple times, frequently reloading his weapon as he ambled through the building. The greatest number of fatalities occurred in two classrooms near the school’s entrance, where children between the ages of six and seven attended the first grade (Cox & Scheyder). Continue reading “Straight Down the Barrel: Dramatizing Masculinity in Gun Advertisements”