The Importance of Learning Hard History and Gone with the Wind

By Cheyne Plants ’27

America’s past is not a sight for sore eyes, but in fact, is one sight that can cause sore eyes. Our flag of stars and stripes has been stained with blood, torn by strife, and burnt by fury. Our landscape has been marked by the fallen brave plundered by injustices. I believe part of the reason why we Americans remain so proud of our country is that, because of the trials of past mistakes, we have become stronger as a nation.

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La representación visual de la relación madre-hija en Gazpacho agridulce. Una autobiografía chino-andaluza de Quan Zhou Wu

By Cera Stroh ’24

El estilo artístico de Quan de la exageración y el uso de los elementos cómicos proveen una narrativa visual atractiva e íntima de su relación con su madre y el impacto en su vida. El lector puede ver la perspectiva de Quan específicamente a través de la deshumanización del aspecto de Mamá Zhou, las reacciones de Quan acerca de la atención de su madre, y el uso posterior de rasgos realistas y suaves al representar su madre.

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Women’s Soccer in the Middle East and North Africa: Resiliency and Representation

By Emma Garrett ’25

It was August 3, 2023. After a hard-fought win over Columbia in the FIFA World Cup, the Morocco Women’s national soccer team waits on the field, huddled around a few phones here and there. They were watching the closing minutes of the South Korea v. Germany game, which would determine if they moved on to the Round of 16. Suddenly, shouts of excitement can be heard from the field, the Moroccan women are seen embracing each other, and their coach is in tears as he runs around hugging his players. It is moments like these that sports enthusiasts live for, a true underdog story.

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Eating the Rich: The Proletariat and the Aristocracy in The Hound of the Baskervilles

By Carter Piagentini ’25

The phrase “eat the rich” has become a contemporary colloquialism with etymology typically tracing to famous French philosopher Jean Jacques Rousseau’s quote: “When the people shall have nothing more to eat, they will eat the rich.” And, although Rousseau likely used “the rich” to refer to any form of power, many nowadays echo this phrase to denounce capitalistic antagonism between the powerful aristocracy and the poor proletariat. This pervasive enmity between the classes is epitomized in Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel The Hound of the Baskervilles.

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Remedial Poetry

By Carter Piagentini ’25

I’m often haunted by the feeling of being called out of my 2nd-grade class during the middle of a lesson to go practice my reading skills every week. An old lady would quietly peek her head through the door, whisper something to the teacher, and then I would find myself being led down the hall to a different room.

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The Lucky One

By Bria Holthe ’23

We exist in an environment under severe threat. We are swiftly approaching the point of no return in the climate crisis. Eventually, we will be forced to figure out not how to stop it, but how to live through it.

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Beauty and Monstrosity: Race in Early English Literature

By Quinn Deahl ’23

The medieval and renaissance periods of British history mark the point in time when England began developing its national identity. This evolution coincides with the increasing contact between the English and different national groups which allowed them to truly distinguish themselves. Early English literature reflects these developments and the subsequent attitudes that the English began to advance about themselves and their perceived others.

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Queerness and Queens: Queer Analysis of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 14

By Gannon Oberhauser ’23

RuPaul’s Drag Race is a reality competition show where the best queens from across the country compete for a grand prize of $100,000. The queens participate in challenges testing them in areas of fashion, design, comedy, and acting.

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Robert Henri and the Ideal Woman: An Analysis of Ballet Girl in White

By Fynn Wadsworth ’25

In the early 1900s, artists were still largely defining who and what was worth documenting and drawing attention to. The upper classes still dominated the art world and while many artists were frequently depicting the lower classes in their work, they were still largely stigmatized subjects.

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No Se Espera Que Seamos Buenas En Física

By Katie Wang

“No se espera que seamos buenas en física” es un poema que hace un comentario sobre las expectativas de la sociedad sobre las mujeres. Este poema fue escrito al estilo de Alfonsina Storni, una importante escritora de la literatura hispanoamericana.

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Black Panther, Whitewashing: Colonialism and Neocolonialism Ideals in Marvel’s Black Panther

By Matthew Dickinson

In recent years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has provided some of the most popular and influential superhero movies. Starting with Iron Man in 2008, the MCU has generated massive revenue while also pushing the boundaries of the oft-maligned superhero genre and kept up with DC Comics, their main competitors. One such revolutionary film is Black Panther, which was released in 2018.

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A Family Experience?: Familial Roles and Their Impact on Illness Experiences in The Farewell

By Marin Harrington

In the opening credits of writer-director Lulu Wang’s 2019 film The Farewell, a single phrase appears on the screen: “Based on a true lie.” In one of the film’s first scenes, 30-year-old Billi Wang, the first-generation American daughter of Chinese immigrants, learns that her grandmother, Nai Nai, is dying of Stage IV lung cancer.

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Environmental Minimalism and Inspirational Wonder in Paradise Lost

By Emma Chervek

Paradise Lost tells the story of the creation of the universe based on the Biblical account in the book of Genesis, focusing on Adam and Eve’s early life in Eden: earth’s ultimate paradise. This story is influenced by the natural characteristics of its setting and is therefore inseparable from the physical environment in which this story is set.

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The Realm of Faeries: Queerness and Neurodivergence in Jane Eyre

By Grace Patrick-West

During the Victorian era, interest in faeries began to peak. With the Brontë family connection to Ireland, Charlotte Brontë’s inclusion of faery lore in her novel Jane Eyre is quite useful in understanding her connection to both the time period she lived in and to her Irish lineage.

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Bridging Cultural Difference in Albert Camus’s “The Guest”

By Marin Harrington '21

Differences between cultures are frequently the root of conflict, and these types of conflicts are often well-documented. Less discussed are the instances when people unify despite their cultural differences, or, even more profoundly, expand their own worldview by understanding someone else’s cultural perspective.

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Race Perceptions in “Recitatif”

By Allison Stuenkel '20

The short story “Recitatif” by Toni Morrison truly challenged the unconscious stereotypes I did not know I believed.

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Blurred Boundaries: Soldiers/Terrorists, War/Peace

By Barbara Engleheart

In modern societies, violence is typically categorized into justified violence, or violence necessary for “the greater good,” versus violence as evil, criminal and unjustified. There are two constructs for which this differentiation has been naturalized so strongly that we usually would not even consider drawing parallels between them: soldiers and terrorists.

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Young… Love?

By Madaline Hucks '20

Adolescence is a time when both boys and girls are discovering themselves and interacting with their peers in new ways. First kisses and hand-holding are hallmarks of this time, and one’s first “puppy love” may take over their hormonal and dramatic selves. But what happens when this lovesick admiration goes wrong?

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Literary Style in Nervous Conditions

By Brandon Rosas '20

Tsitsi Dangarembga writes her debut novel, Nervous Conditions, with a liberatingly dense style. Unlike that of many other African writers, Dangarembga’s periphrastic, prolix prose harkens back more to that of Charles Dickens than to that of Chinua Achebe.

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Dionysian and Apollonian Elements in David’s The Tennis Court Oath

By Christian Warner '20

Jacques-Louis David’s Le Serment du Jeu de Paume, or The Tennis Court Oath presents us with a chaotic scene. In this unfinished painting, there are hundreds of people clustered together, seemingly in a frenzy. Yet, there is no physical violence in the painting. Although there is a sense of chaos from the sheer volume of people crammed in the tennis court, there is also a sense of communion—communion in the sense that all the people in the painting are together and regard each other as brothers or allies.

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Last Refuge: The Escape from Violence in Kafka on the Shore

By Bailey Anderson '18

Postmodernist novels famously defy convention and resist unifying theories or ideologies. They lack conclusionary details and the most bizarre occurrences are often left “up in the air.” Even in the novels themselves, readers are sometimes advised against trying to make too much out of the stories they tell.

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La casa y la identidad en La casa en Mango Street

By Molly Timmerman '18

La Casa en Mango Street de Sandra Cisneros es narrada por una joven chicana llamada Esperanza. Durante la historia, Esperanza tiene doce o trece años y vive en Chicago, en un barrio pobre con muchos otros latinos.

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The Bohemian Problem: A Sociological and Literary Examination of Willa Cather’s Fraught Relationship with Czech Culture

By K.E. Daft '19

Willa Cather has been hailed, for decades, as an advocate for Bohemian culture.

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Machiavelli’s Politics and A Game of Thrones: The Board Game

By Matthew Wells '18

A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (GOT) is a laudable effort to put in players’ hands the chance to exercise their inner Machiavellian in a (hopefully) nonviolent fashion.

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El feminismo disimulado en “La indiferencia de Eva” de Soledad Puértolas

By Katie Haffenden '18

En el libro de relatos Una enfermedad moral, publicado en 1982 y escrito por Soledad Puértolas, hay un cuento llamado “La indiferencia de Eva.” Para el lector ocasional es posible que el cuento parezca como si nada significante ocurriera.

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The Business of Love in The Good Woman of Setzuan

By Bailey Anderson '18

Ask anyone what the most important factor in a successful relationship is, and they will likely tell you it is love. However, even people who love each other face challenges which may jeopardize the relationship.

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Restoration Through Brave Narration

By Peyton Gray '18

In the popular Middle Eastern piece of literature entitled The Thousand and One Nights (The Nights), a frame-tale narrative is used to tell various stories that revolve around King Shahrayar and his relationship with women.

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Flash of Lightning, Sprig of Lilac: Representations of Nature in Whitman’s War Poetry

By Hannah Marcum '18

Aroused and angry, I thought to beat the alarum, and urge relentless war; But soon my fingers fail’d me, my face droop’d, and I resign’d myself. To sit by the wounded and sooth them, or silently watch the dead.

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