Senior Thesis Projects in Literature

Each academic experience builds toward your senior thesis project. It’s required for graduation, and our students tell us that while it’s demanding, it’s also one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives. Here are some thesis projects in Literature:

“In Search of Lost Caregivers: Gender, Sexuality and the Body in Proust's Recherche” by Emily Adams

“'You Always See Something, But You Never See All': Narative Devices and the Reader's Role in James Joyce's A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and Andrei Bely's Kotik Letaev” by Jacqueline Aldrich

“The Adaptation and Appropriation of Shakespeare in Neil Gaiman's Graphic Novel The Sandman” by Bianca Beebe

“Voicing Trauma: Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea and Djuna Barnes's Nightwood in Esistance of a Masculinist Modernism” by Alex Fixler

“Bilingual Bliss, Bilingual Blues: A Look at Cuban-American Tongue Ties” by Gabriela Portilla

“A Translation of Juan Carlos Onetti's La Muerte Y La Niña” by Antonella Pagani

“Facebook Sluts: Transcoding between Voyeuristic Media and Figure Painting” by Dinah Juergens

“To Flatten Time & Give Blood to Ghosts: Ezra Pound's Homage to Sextus Propertius” by David Belew

“Beyond Trembling Manhood and Heaving Bosoms: Gender and Sexuality in the Historical Romance Novel” by Lucy Maddox

“Artistic Partnerships: Intimacy and Inequality” by Natale Van Dine

“Translating the Past, Writing the Self: The Language of the Exile Experience through Text and Film” by Natalie Catasus

“Public Lies and Private Truths: Images of Dictatorial Power in La Fiesta del Chivo and El Otoño del Chivo” by Sarah Thompson

“Hans Baldung Grien's Witches' Sabbath and Fall of Man: Intersection of the Secular and the Sacred” by Eleanor A. Cecconi

“Traumatic Re-Visionings of Classic Fairy Tales: Robin McKinley's Deerskin and Jane Yolen's Briar Rose” by Anastasia Greene

“Canada, the Transnational, and the Self: Cultural Identities and Triangular Relationships in Michael Ondaatje's The Collected Works of Billy the Kid and Coming Through Slaughter” by Emily-Rose Guillebeau

“Why a Duck? Self, Locality, Community, and Relevance in the Work of Charles Bernstein and Susan Howe” by John Witte

“Shifting Borders, Shifting Selves: The Construction of the Russian Emigre's Identity in the Autobiographical Fictions of Henri Troyat and Andrei Makine” by Marilee Pray

“Searching for the Author's Hand: Narrators, Readers, and the Fictive World In Vladimir Nabokov's Short Fiction” by Laura Hampton

“Not a Man, But a Miracle: Escape(s) from Heteronormativity in Dorothy L. Sayers's Gaudy” by Kateland Harte

“Telling Secrets: Alternative Paths to Truth in Alice Munro's Open Secrets” by Caitlin Kindervatter-Clark

“Eulogy for Apollo: Synesthesia and Musicality in Andrei Bely's Petersburg and James Joyce's Ulysses” by David Rodriguez

““the boys i mean are not refined”: The Search for Identity in Contemporary American Novels” by Jamie Valentine

“God's Lonely Men: Violence in Service of Masculine Identity Construction in Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver and Raging Bull” by Cameron Worden

“Representations of Women in the Work of Gustave Flaubert and Leo Tolstoy” by Jillian Horowitz

“Language as Prosthesis: The Re-embodiment of Four Disabled Authors” by Dorothy Dubrule

“More than Heavenly Power Permits: The Faust Myth and Man's Striving in Marlowe's Doctor Faustus, Goethe's Faust and Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita” by Carlos Guzman-Verdugo

“Between Two Worlds: Internalized Anti-Semitism in Isaac Babel's Short Fiction” by Melissa Yael Jacobowitz

“Representations of Racial Identity in Aphra Behn's Oroonoko and Olaudah Equiano's The Interesting Narrative” by Patrick Geraghty

“Illustration as Interpretation: Illustrations of John Milton's Paradise Lost” by Brittany Hill

“Fearing the Future: The Uncanny Child and Modern Children's Literature” by Sean Marlow

“The Quest to Find Utopia: From Thomas More to Aldous Huxley” by Caitlin Riopel

“Addressing Oppression: Black Women's Roles and Relationships in Toni Morrison's Sula, Nella Larsen's Passing, and Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God” by Claudia Schwartz

“Fortune, Providence, and Pity in the Works of Boccaccio, Chaucer, Lydgate, and Baldwin” by Marjorie Wagner

“The Fiction of Choice: Abortion Plots, Gender and Patriarchy in Four Twentieth-Century Texts” by Merode "Mem" Ward-Lichterman

“Deconstructing Gothic Identity” by Amy Paterson

“On the Nature of the Puppet: An Exploration of Four Puppet-Plays” by Erin Boggs

“Travelers in Transformation: Three British Writers and Their Interpretations of France in the Late Eighteenth Century” by Dana Lynn Trejo

“Cunning Odysseus” by Robert Amstutz

“Invisible Author/Visible Predator: Literary Representations of Filipinos in the United States” by Jessica Cardott

“Marginalized Voices: The Oral Storyteller in Two Francophone Novels” by Nikolaus Drellow

“Reading Women in the Works of Austen and Flaubert: In Which Three Heroines Learn How to Read, or Die Trying” by Mary Lancaster

Los Rios Profundos by Jose Maria Arguedas: An Interpretive Introduction to the Author and the Work” by Jamie Louque

“Aesthetics and Engagement: New Novel / New Wave Treatments of Independence-Era North Africa” by Katelyn MacKenzie

“The Greatest Possible Effect: Defamiliarization in Brecht, Handke and Snow” by Matthew Vincent Preira

Hijo de Hombre by Augusto Roa Bastos: The Way of Man” by Andres Manuel Sanchez

“Thinking about 'Things': Human and Object Interaction in Eighteenth Century British Literature and Contemporary Art” by Helen Meacock

“El Canto: La Voz del Pueblo Como el Arma de la Reivindicacion en el Misticismo Telurico de Canto General” by Sylvia Beato

“Rethinking Brecht: The Reinvention of Contemporary Politics and Political Theater” by Lauren Nash


According to the Washington Post, New College has more Fulbright Scholars per capita in recent years than Harvard, Stanford or Yale. (2010)

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