Day: May 20, 2021

Academic Accomplishments as a Coping Mechanism in Wit

By: María Lucía Carrillo “Academic Accomplishments as a Coping Mechanism in Wit” Wit, by Margaret Edson, is a play with a particular capacity to touch its audience. The main character, Vivian Bearing, is diagnosed with stage-four ovarian cancer and has to undergo an exceptionally aggressive treatment. However, this is not the reason the play is …

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A Clear and Present Danger: Robespierre’s “On the Trial of the King”

By: Vrixton Phillips “A Clear and Present Danger: Robespierre’s “On the Trial of the King” After the attack on August 10th on the Palais des Tuileries (the building which closed off the open courtyard of the Palais du Louvre until it was burned down during the Paris Commune) the Royal Family of France was imprisoned, …

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Innocence and Imagination: Joseph Addison’s “Pleasures of the Imagination” and Alexander Pope’s “Eloisa to Abelard”

By: Rebecca Beyer and Victoria Battaglia Innocence and Imagination: Joseph Addison’s “Pleasures of the Imagination” and Alexander Pope’s “Eloisa to Abelard” Joseph Addison’s philosophical essay “Pleasures of the Imagination,” published in The Spectator (1712), takes a wary approach to the imagination. According to Addison, if employed properly, the imagination can be a means for one …

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Disability Studies Possibilities in Burton’s Edward Scissorhands

By: Lillian LeCompte “Disability Studies Possibilities in Burton’s Edward Scissorhands” Weird bone structure, exaggerated body features, and dark imagery all permeate the work—live-action or animated—of one of today’s most prolific filmmakers: Tim Burton. In every full length and short film he creates, the man’s obsession with depicting the body in as strange a way as …

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Unlearning “Compulsory Heterosexuality”: The Evolution of Adrienne Rich’s Poetry

Angel Chaisson Unlearning “Compulsory Heterosexuality”: The Evolution of Adrienne Rich’s Poetry             Adrienne Rich (1929-2012) was an American poet and essayist, best known for her contributions to the radical feminist movement. She notably popularized the term “compulsory heterosexuality” in the 1980’s through her essay “Compulsory Heterosexuality and the Lesbian Experience,” which brought her to the …

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Oh, She’s a Gold Digger

Sadie Andras “Oh, She’s a Gold Digger”:  The Objectification and Commodification of Black Women in Contemporary Culture             Black women in the United States have continually been objectified and commodified because their skin color and gender. Both darker skin tones and women are considered “subordinate” in our society that notoriously “categorizes people, things, and ideas …

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