Comps, honors papers, and prize-winning works of the English Department are featured here. All works have been self-submitted by the student authors. Descriptive information about each work is available to search or browse. Access to the full text of the works is limited to current Carleton affiliates with faculty permission. Learn more about how to submit your work and how to request access to the full text of works.


Submissions from 2020

Lucy Horrell, Lilith, 2020, English (ENGL)

Submissions from 2019

Brynne Diggins, Imagining Indian Womanhood: Identity and Independence in the Novels of Krupabai Satthianadhan, 2019, English (ENGL)

Anne S. Hackman, Searching for a Japanese American Language in Nisei Daughter and No-No Boy, 2019, English (ENGL)

Dylan Harsch, Countercurse: Poems, 2019, English (ENGL)

Julian Hast, Dada and Modernism: How the Great War Changed Fiction, 2019, English (ENGL)

Julian Hast, Dionysian Woolf: Nietzschean Subversion of Truth And the Redemptive Power of Art in Woolf’s Novels, 2019, English (ENGL)

Will Loner, Simple Thoughts on How Best to Lose the World, 2019, English (ENGL)

Kerrin Mulkern, This Temporary Eclipse: Enjambment in H.D.'s Trilogy, 2019, English (ENGL)

Submissions from 2018

Joe Brommel, On Reading Pale Fire, 2018, English (ENGL)

Madison Anne Chambers and Christina Marie Sieben, Fisher, 2018, English (ENGL)

Annmarie Delfino, Silver Witness, 2018, English (ENGL)

Bonnie Mae Lindgren, Uncertain Creatures, 2018, English (ENGL)

Mary Ann Savoye, Islands and Memories, Place and Grief, 2018, English (ENGL)

Submissions from 2017

Annemarie Ruth Eayrs, The Dying Room, 2017, English (ENGL)

Jennifer Kwon, Exploration and Trial of Translation Theory in Korean Literature, 2017, English (ENGL)

Benjamin Azaria Matson, Finding a Sense of Place in a Postmodern World: The Postpostmodernity of Cloud Atlas, 2017, English (ENGL)

Olivia Ruth Williams, The Art of Imitation: Multivalent Narratives and the Question of Culpability in William Blake's Paradise Lost Illustrations, 2017, English (ENGL)

Submissions from 2016

Noah Barak Bunnell, Presidential Sonnets, 2016, English (ENGL)

Noah Barak Bunnell, The Re-Birth of the Critic: Deconstructing Metacriticism in House of Leaves, 2016, English (ENGL)

Claire Edgley, The Power of Social Policing: Internalized Discipline in Victorian Heroines, 2016, English (ENGL)

Grace Liang Johnson, River Representations: Viewing Nature in a Human Context, 2018, English (ENGL)

Madeline Butler King, Disclosure, 2016, English (ENGL)

Sarah Miriam Meister, How May I Compare this Prison ... unto the World? The Interpretive Value of Prison Shakespeare, 2016, English (ENGL)

Sarah Miriam Meister, “Surprised” in William Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus, 2016, English (ENGL)

Samantha Rose Saltzman, Do, Boatman, Do: Christina Rossetti's Case for Granting Power and Autonomy to Girls, 2016, English (ENGL)

Emma Rose Sunog, Secrets, 2016, English (ENGL)

Submissions from 2015

Samantha Chao, Ellen Currier, Grace Fremont, Sarah Meister, and Sarah Olson, Carleton College English Theatre & Literature in London: A Commonplace Book, 2016, English (ENGL)

Claire Marie Ferguson, Crossing Meridians: Conceptualizing Foreignness in Omeros, Invierno, and M. Butterfly and "Dismantling the Angel of the House: Writing Back to Conventional Notions of Victorian Womanhood" (2 papers), 2015, English (ENGL)

Grace Fremont, Of Here and Everywhere: The Poetic Geography of Shakespeare's Travelers, 2015, English (ENGL)

Sarah Drage Olson, Woeful Woman's Tragedy: Sibling Incest, the Family, and Female Agency in Jacobean Drama, 2015, English (ENGL)

Submissions from 2014

Emily A. Boghossian, Slouching Towards Zeitoun: Narrative Nonfiction From Joan Didion and the New Journalists to Dave Eggers and the Millennials, 2014, English (ENGL)

Elizabeth Leona Callen, (Re)imagining History: Memory as a Challenge to Hegemonic Histories in Sandra Cisneros Caramelo and Junot Díaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, 2014, English (ENGL)

Molly Ann Hemes, Children of the Troubles: The Portrayal of Fragmented Identity and Experience in Contemporary Northern Irish Fiction, 2014, English (ENGL)

Ariane Rebecca Mass, Ventriloquated, 2014, English (ENGL)

Madeline Leigh Reynolds, And so my words were seeds of misery: The Efficacy of Political Poetry in Percy Bysshe Shelley's The Triumph of Life, 2014, English (ENGL)

Kailey Gene Schumacher, Strength to speak and act the truth: Social Justice through Christian Community in Elizabeth Gaskell's Ruth, Mary Barton, and North and South, 2014, English (ENGL)

Joe Forrest Steigmeyer, Finding Coherence in a Disjointed Reality: The First-Person Portrayal of Dementia in Contemporary Fiction, 2014, English (ENGL)

Kayla Yuen Yee Tam, Women as Satellites: Androcentrism and Misogyny in Huxley and Orwell's Dystopias, 2014, English (ENGL)

Sarah Ann Walz, Pauses, 2014, English (ENGL)

Submissions from 2013

Pedro J. Fernandez, Melville's 'livid hieroglyph': the exhaustions of "Pierre", 2013, English (ENGL)

Monica Lee Fleisher, It's Perfectly Normal: Surveillance, Authority, and Virginity Loss Narratives in Young Adult Fiction, 2013, English (ENGL)

Joshua Nathan Kirschenbaum, Freak Show Stories, 2013, English (ENGL)

Ellen Claire Levine, What's the Point? The Purpose of Storytelling in Plato, Milton, Douglass, and Rushdie and Madness! Physical and Emotional Readings in The Blindfold and The Master and Margarita, 2013, English (ENGL)

Katie Stevenson Neher, Incorporate in Rome: Political Embodiment and Weaponized Femininity in Shakespeare, 2013, English (ENGL)

Sarah Drage Olson, Truth in Lies, 2013, English (ENGL)

Sarah Frances Price, The Lord of the Sagas: Tolkien's Tom Bombadil and his relation to the Icelandic Sagas, 2013, English (ENGL)

Jacob Jordan Styburski, Lacking the Will to Repent: Bedeviled Freedom in the Satanic Soliloquy, 2013, English (ENGL)

Submissions from 2012

Taylor JoAnn Even Ffitch, This country will rot a man like a corpse: Local place in Ken Kesey's Sometimes a Great Notion, 2012, English (ENGL)

Emily Steen Foster, From the Inside Out: A Tavelogue in Poems, 2012, English (ENGL)

Emily Jo Hartley, I Saw and Do Not Believe: Perspective and the Changing Role of Objectivity in John Steinbeck's Nonfiction, 2012, English (ENGL)

Camille Monika Hommeyer, Language and Representation in Patricia Grace's Novels, 2012, English (ENGL)

Jonathan Sol Isaac, Not only what is, but what is possible: Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun as a Site of Debate, 2012, English (ENGL)

Katarina Diehl Lazo, Adaptation/Interpretation: Lois Lowry's The Giver on Stage, 2012, English (ENGL)

Casey Tova Markenson, Fall, Falling, Fallen: Suspending 9/11 Through Literature, 2012, English (ENGL)

Anne Edith Metcalf, “Threat’ning the World:” The Achievement of Subversion through Speech and Structure in Three Plays by Christopher Marlowe, 2012, English (ENGL)

Melissa M. Terrien, Blinded by Prejudice and Unpardonable Arrogance: The Culpable Readers of Pride and Prejudice and Emma, 2012, English (ENGL)

Submissions from 2011

Todd S. Anderson, Just Because There's Pieces Doesn't Mean It's a Puzzle, 2011, English (ENGL)

James Michael Dreese, The Incandescent Nooks and Crannies of the Bound or Completely Infinite Universe, 2011, English (ENGL)

Sally Joan Larkins, Bogged Down: Intersections of Past and Present Violence in the Bog Poetry of Seamus Heaney, 2011, English (ENGL)

Lauren Joy Millikan, Curiouser and Curiouser: The Internet as a Medium for Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (Chapters 5, 6, and 7), 2011, English (ENGL)

Lingerr Marie Senghor, Trapped: Inequality and Imprisonment in the Bronte Canon, 2011, English (ENGL)

Gabriel Perri Silberblatt, Revising, Re-visioning: Italo Calvino and the Politics of Play, 2011, English (ENGL)

Amy Gin Sun, The Man Who Shot Down the Sun, 2011, English (ENGL)

Courtney Elizabeth Wipf, Never Break the Chain, 2011, English (ENGL)

Submissions from 2010

Christopher Daniel Burke, Shakespeare's Wise Fools, 2010, English (ENGL)

Elizabeth Anne Sheridan Camlin, All the Single Ladies: Christina Rossetti's Radical Revisions of "Goblin Market", 2010, English (ENGL)

Alexander Edward Gibson, Owning Up to the Past: Identity and Ownership in Select Works of Toni Morrison and Gloria Naylor, 2010, English (ENGL)

Julia Elise Gold, How Shall I Live?: Reading The Portrait of a Lady Through the Lens of Emerson's Self Reliance, 2010, English (ENGL)

Clare Kirkpatrick Jones, This Precarious City: The Construction of a Colonial Urban Landscape in the Poetry of Joy Harjo, 2010, English (ENGL)

Heather Anne McPherson, Making Terrors of Trifles: Violence in "The Rape of the Lock" and Othello, 2010, English (ENGL)

Heather Anne McPherson, Women as Objects of Exchange in the "Man of Law's Tale" and Venus, 2010, English (ENGL)

Charlotte Grace Muzzi, Poems from the North and West, 2010, English (ENGL)

Stephanie Lauren Strother, The Colonization of Representation / The Violence of Self-Deception, 2010, English (ENGL)

Amanda Sue Zoch, With mirth in funeral and with dirge in marriage: The comitragic nature of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, and Othello, 2010, English (ENGL)

Submissions from 2009

Laura Bramley, Nonsensical stories : morality, imagination and empowerment in Victorian fairy tales, 2009, English (ENGL)

Rebecca Hahn, Beastly desires, rational souls: women writers transforming femininity, 2009, English (ENGL)