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Robinson Crusoe: A Commentary on Man and Commonwealth Society

February 26th, 2015

Written by Bernard Barbara for Prof. Rebecca Million   In the novel Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe demonstrates various journalistic, political, philosophical, and moral traits that, at the time of writing his work, were part of his perspectives — as a journalist and propagandist — on colonial society. He demonstrates the damaging impact of self-interest on […]

The Tale of Peter’s Self-Inflicted Pain

February 25th, 2015

Written by Valeria Cori-Manocchio for Prof. Gina Granter “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” by Beatrix Potter is set in the genteel English countryside and follows the mischievous adventures of Peter, an anthropomorphized rabbit.  This rabbit protagonist resonates with children due to his innocence and adorability.  Nevertheless, Peter Rabbit personifies the non-human, but childish, archetype used […]

Hunger and Gender: Attitudes towards Performativity

February 25th, 2015

Written by Matthew Iakov Liberman for Prof. Kristopher Woofter Hunger and Gender: Attitudes towards Performativity And I eat men like air. —“Lady Lazarus” Poststructuralism has long been concerned with the alluring failure of representation, as succinctly vocalized by Faulkner’s Addie Bundren: “words are no good,” she plainly states; “[they don’t] ever fit even what they […]

Indulging Escapism

February 25th, 2015

Written by Sahib Al-shemeri for Prof.  Bassel Atallah When individuals are stuck in a life of monotony and desperation, then their imaginations begin to wander because they are seeking escape from the daily routine that deprives them of adventure. In most instances, people have a healthy understanding of reality and can function normally. The Wingfield […]

Home Is Where the Ocean Is

February 25th, 2015

Written by Austin Barbosa for Prof. Rebecca Million In Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, the author tells the unfortunate and compelling tale of a very ordinary man living much of his life under extraordinary circumstances. Through the interpretation of the symbolism presented in the novel, this essay will argue that the character of Robinson Crusoe […]

Duality and Humanity

February 24th, 2015

Written by Simone Steadman-Gantous for Prof. Kristopher Woofter In both The Strange Case of Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, by Robert Stevenson, and The Confusions of Young Törless, by Robert Musil, the main characters feel split between the rational side of themselves and the side that is the more impulsive and desire driven. Dr.Jekyll is a […]


February 24th, 2015

Written by Ian Fenner for Prof. Roy Cartlidge The Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said “The only constant is change”. While I can’t comment on the circumstances under which he spoke or wrote those words, I can say that it is perhaps the most simplistically true group of words ever to be assembled. It is applicable […]

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