Sample Thesis Topics

Majors wishing to consult recent theses may contact the Program Director for copies.

  • Marie-Camille Negrin (2012) “Imagism and Surrealism: The Literary Avant Garde Challenges Tradition with Technique.” (French/English)
  • Lisa Oberst (2012): "Oscar Wilde’s use of Ekphrasis in The Picture of Dorian Gray; A Struggle Against Literal Boundaries to Achieve Artistic Supremacy over Nature.” (Honors; French/English)
  • William Tamplin (2012): “Means of Deception: Iskandari’s Tricks in the Maqamat of Badi‘ al-Zaman al-Hamadhani” (Honors; Arabic/English)
  • Adam Díaz (2011): Lo real maravilloso: Baroque Representations of Latin America in Junot Díaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and Alejo Carpenter's El reino de este mundo. (Spanish/English)
  • Rebecca Gessler (2011): From Wandering to Writing: Jewish Literature in Mexico and Argentina. (Honors; Spanish/English)
  • Eleanor Warnock (2011): Collective Autobiography in Hayashi Fumiko's Hōrōki and Annie Ernaux's La Place. (Honors with Distinction; Japanese/French)
  • Anna Melyakova, Writing Without Borders, Rediscovering Creative Identity after Soviet Dissolution and German Re-unification: Chingiz Aitmatov and Christa Wolf, Honors Thesis with distinction, Spring 2008.
  • Leonora Stevens, Representations of Subalternity and Indigenous Identity In the Films of Jorge Sanjines and Prose of Jose Maria Arguedas, Honors Thesis with distinction, Spring 2007.
  • Kate Bohinc, Representations of Totalitarianism: Victor Serge's _L'affaire Toulaev_ and George Orwell's _1984_, Honors Thesis with distinction, Spring 2007.
  • Oxana Miliaeva, The Problem of Subject Recognition in Alexander Bely's Peterburg as Conditioned by an E.T.A. Hoffmann Intertext, Honors Thesis with distinction, Spring 2007.
  • Sara M. Lewis, Express Yourself: The Literary Search for Identity Under Fascist Regimes, Honors Thesis with distinction, Spring 2006.
  • Cora Weissbourd, “That Within Which Passes Show”: The Threat of Individual Consciousness in Hamlet and Phèdre, Honors Thesis with distinction, Spring 2006.
  • Shauna Maher, Oulipo and Oplepo: Potential Literature in France and Italy, Honors Thesis with distinction, Spring 2006.
  • Eléonore Paule Veillet, Transculturation in Latin America and North Africa : The Repercussions of Colonization in Carpentier, Fanon, and Yacine, Honors Thesis with distinction, Spring 2005.
  • Anne Popolizio, Immigrant Narratives and the Education of Integration: When I Was Puerto Rican and Le Gone du Chaaba, Honors Thesis with distinction, Spring 2005.
  • Ashley Bishop Ahearn, Time and Character in Virginia Woolf and Marguerite Duras, Honors Thesis with distinction, Spring 2005.
  • Leah Price, The Naked Masks Come Out to Play: Contradiction of Technique in Questa Sera si Recita a Soggetto, Honors Thesis with distinction, Spring 2005.
  • Katrine Lvovskaya, The Eternal Outcast. Queer Directions from Wilde to Haynes, Honors thesis with distinction, Spring 2004.
  • Glen Goodman, Residences or Residencias: Refraction, Domestication, and Foreignization in English-Language Translations of Pablo Neruda, senior thesis, Summer 2004.
  • Tom Genova, Redefining ‘You’: Messianism, the Other, and the Irrational in Les Fleurs du Mal and La casa de Bernarda Alba, senior thesis, Spring 2004.
  • Kim Gravette, Domesticity and Creative Self-Expression: Like Water for Chocolate: A Novel in Monthly Installments with Recipes, Romances, and Home Remedies by Laura Esquivel and The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan, Senior Thesis, Spring 2003.
  • Christina Montero, Discovering the Epic in Early 20th Century Modernism: T.S. Eliot and Pablo Neruda, a Comparative Journey of Poetic Purpose within The Waste Land and Canto General, Senior Thesis, Spring 2003.
  • Caroline Von Althann, Film Adaptations of Jane Austen’s Novels, Senior Thesis, Spring 2003.
  • Briana Komar, A Marxist Reading of Le Père Goriot by Honoré de Balzac and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Senior Thesis, Spring 2003.