Monthly Archives: September 2011

Love = Need for Connection + Need for Survival + Bullshit

By Chelsea Lenoble Love is one of the most intricate and baffling concepts that humans have attempted to tackle for as long as we could communicate. Although recent studies have attributed its potency to simply neurotransmitters fired in the brain, … Continue reading

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Presidency

By Thomas Lutz Ronald Wilson Reagan, nicknamed ‘Dutch’ by his father, was the fortieth President of the United States of America and the thirty-third Governor of California. Serving two terms in the White House, from 1981-1989, President Reagan saw his … Continue reading

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Pulling the wings off M. Butterfly: Dramatic Irony, Performance and the Third Space in Hwang’s dramatic script and film adaptation

By Leah Knapp M. Butterfly is, by nature, “deconstructivist” (95), at least as Hwang describes it. Of course, authorial intent factors into an interpretation of a work, however it ultimately comes down to whether or not he accomplished his goal. … Continue reading

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Failing to Cope

By Suzanne Reffel One traumatic event can shape the course of an entire life. On the whole, humans are adept in their ability to cope with painful, taxing experiences; however, sometimes an experience is too traumatic and people fail to … Continue reading

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The Two Oroonokos

By Suzanne Reffel It is fascinating how the same story, told differently, can achieve two completely different purposes. One perfect example of this the tale of Oroonoko as told by Aphra Behn in her romantic novel Oroonoko, The Royal Slave … Continue reading

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Inventing Identities: Becoming a Mestiza in Julia Alvarez’s How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents and Esmeralda Santiago’s When I Was Puerto Rican

By Shauna Maragh In the first chapter of Julia Alvarez’s novel, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Yolanda Garcia struggles to resolve a dilemma she faces her entire life: “What language […] did she love in?” (Alvarez 13).  Alvarez … Continue reading

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An Investigation of Langston Hughes’ “Third Degree”

By Sarah Starchak In Langston Hughes’ poem “Third Degree,” the short lines, visual imagery, and repetition of sounds help create the defiant tone and dark atmosphere. The elements express the theme of abuse, and their effect on the reader is … Continue reading

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Irony and Immortality: An Explication of A. E. Stallings’ “Arachne Gives Thanks to Athena”

By Claire Stubblefield Irony and Immortality: An Explication of A. E. Stallings’ “Arachne Gives Thanks to Athena” It is no punishment. They are mistaken – The brothers, the father. My prayers were answered. I was all fingertips. Nothing was perfect: … Continue reading

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The Duty of Man in Austen’s Mansfield Park and Emma

By Claire Stubblefield A first reading of any of Jane Austen’s novels will often leave the reader with a strong impression of the leading female, along with perhaps a lingering tingle of romance sparked by her hero, dashing or otherwise. … Continue reading

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Critique of Last Child in the Woods

By Eli Witek Author Richard Louv provides a heartfelt if flawed case for the necessary existence of what we refer to as ‘nature’ for the healthy growth of a child in the United States in his book Last Child In … Continue reading

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