I Think I’ve Got It…Now I Don’t: Sherman Alexie’s Attempt to Work Through Human Unhappiness and the Joycean Epiphany

By Megan Clements

Epiphanies are supposed to be rare moments in which a person uncovers some great realization about their lives, and this realization is life-altering. Sherman Alexie is not the first author to use epiphany in his stories, but he is perhaps one of the few to use it in such a new, and perhaps more genuine … Continue reading →

English And Modern Languages, Research, Volume 6

Caught Between Folklore and the Cold War: The Americanization of Russian Children’s Literature

By Kirsten Gaines

The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain is Peter Sís’s autobiographical account of his childhood in Soviet-occupied Czechoslovakia. Illustrated by Sís and marketed as a children’s book, The Wall blends its simple surface narrative, which details the rise and fall of the U.S.S.R. chronologically across his boyhood, with historical facts, personal journal entries, and … Continue reading →

English And Modern Languages, Research, Volume 6

The Tallis House as an Extension of Emily Tallis in McEwan’s Atonement

By Ian Karamarkovich

Homes speak volumes about their occupants.  Individuals bleed their qualities into their homes through conscious or subliminal choices: architectural style and location “symbolically suggest […] social class, personality, […] and personal background” (Aragonés et al).  The same osmotic process occurs in reverse, however, the house rubbing off on its inhabitants just as noticeably.  In Ian McEwan’s … Continue reading →

English And Modern Languages, Research, Volume 5

The Internal Other: Transculturation and Postcolonial Magical Realism in Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children

By Matt Szemborski, Dr. Van Ness

Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children chronicles India’s struggle for cultural unification after independence through the personal events of Saleem Sinai’s life, beginning with his birth at the exact moment of India’s partition from Pakistan in 1947.  As England leaves the crown jewel of its colonial empire, India strives to somehow meld its spiritual ancient past with … Continue reading →

English And Modern Languages, Research, Volume 4

Romancing the Bite: Statistical Analysis of Young Adult Vampire Novels

By Sarah Mayfield, Leigh Lunsford, Rhonda Brock-Servais

Abstract For the past twenty years, young adult vampire literature has become increasingly popular.  In this study, we analyzed novels from this genre to determine current trends in the depiction of vampires.  Historically, vampires have been portrayed as evil, blood-sucking creatures but more recently, as our analysis shows, they are being portrayed in a positive … Continue reading →

English And Modern Languages, Math, Research, Volume 4