The Coens and Existentialism: The Bleak Worlds of Inside Llewyn Davis and A Serious Man

By: Gabby Blanchard Throughout their filmography, the Coen brothers have garnered a reputation for their skill in subverting genre tropes, the strength of their style, and their repetition of lesser-known character actors in multiple films. However, a significant aspect of their presence as auteurs that is frequently overlooked is the prevalence of themes of death, …

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Creole Culture: How Folklores and Religion Connect Francophone North America

By: Lyndsey Vise Confort inattendu Sachant que mon nom de famille vient De tant de connexions, Comme couture, raccommodage, reliure, Tout ceci le travail d’une femme, et celle-là sans nom. Pourtant, même sans son nom, Son sang coule, Les ressemblances continuent. Duhé, Loupe, Fonseca, Cousu sans couture Dans la couverte piquée de qui je suis. …

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The Romanovs: The Romanticization of Their Legacy 

By: Alexis Dantin When individuals in America today hear about the Romanov family that once ruled Russia, many recall stories of the great legacy they left behind and the grueling deaths they suffered at the hand of the Communist revolutionaries. Others may recall the 1997 20th Century Fox Animated movie of Anastasia Romanov, or the …

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Purveyed Ambivalence: Analysis of Varied Aesthetics and Themes of War and Technology in Hayao Miyazaki’s Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and The Wind Rises

By: Mark Hue Introduction Following the dropping of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Emperor Hirohito finally decided to capitulate to Allied forces, stating The enemy has begun to employ a new and most cruel bomb, the power of which to do damage is, indeed, incalculable […] Should we continue to …

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Zoe Cancienne

Z. Cancienne, graduate from Nicholls State University, has the tendency to write down and expand upon analytical thoughts about films and T.V. shows that she watches. Although this is not something she does in any professional capacity, Z has a minor in Film Studies as a part of her bachelor’s degree, has written several film …

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Mandi Hutchinson

Mandi Hutchinson is a senior at Arizona State University where they are majoring in Religious Studies. Their interest in religious studies sparked while taking elective classes for their degree. Mandi always had a passion for humanity and found people interesting, and religious studies highlighted the most basic parts of being human and how society interacts. …

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Michael Borntreger

Originally from Sarasota, Florida, Michael Borntreger currently resides in Tampa and has successfuly completed his B. A. in Spanish at the University of Tampa in December of 2021 and has been accepted to the University of South Florida to begin his M. A. in Spanish in August of 2022. During his undergraduate studies, in addition …

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Dr. Andrew DeMil

Dr. Andrew DeMil is an Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Tampa. His areas of expertise include classroom language learning and teaching, textbook analysis, and he focuses on second language acquisition studies with his students.