2014 Honors in the Major: Jaclyn Cohen & Samantha Thomson

April 28, 2014
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Two English and World Literatures seniors present their research to faculty, staff and students as the 2014 Honors in the Major. 

WHEN: Wednesday, 30 April at 1:00 pm
WHERE: Faculty Center Multipurpose Room (2nd Floor)

The event is open to the College. Light refreshments will be served.  


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Jaclyn Cohen

Jaclyn’s presentation is based on a paper originally written for Cecilia Feilla’s 18th Century Literature class. She discusses the significance of the metaphor in a variety of contexts, looking at historical developments in literature and ideology (noting that language leads to changes in daily life just as must as life leads to changes in literature), and discussing how, even in the skeptical 21st century (post-modern, post-novel), metaphors are still essential, productive, and beneficial to daily coping.






Samantha Thomson

Samantha’s Honors paper focuses on the role of “resuscitative” writing and explores the idea that writers breathe healing, specifically into relationships of mothers and others, by exploring their pasts, both individual and collective. Her piece focuses on four texts: Kate Chopin’s The Awakening, Clarice Lispector’s The Hour of the Star, Marguerite Duras’s The Lover, and Toni Morrison’s Beloved.

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