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 2021

Cara Meyer, English (ENGL) 2021, “The terrors of direct experience”: Resolving Trauma in “The Machine Stops” and My Year of Rest and Relaxation; The Role of the Community in Enduring Racial Oppression in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and The Island

Elwood Olson, English (ENGL) 2021, Constructions of Closeted Authorship in Dorian Gray and Dracula

Octavia Washington, English (ENGL) 2022, For My Dad

Octavia Washington, English (ENGL) 2022, Maggot

Submissions from 2020

Evan Allgood, English (ENGL) 2020, This Body, Unbound

Alleana Austin, English (ENGL) 2020, Freedom, Sexuality, and Rebellion in the Coquette and “We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?” And Pretended Purity and Mixed Heritage in A Man of the People and “The True Born Englishman”

Madeline Birnbaum, English (ENGL) 2020, “The Most Unexpected of Interpretations”: Expanding Narrative Possibilities of the Northern Irish Troubles in Anna Burns’ Milkman

Kathleen Danielson, English (ENGL) 2020, At This Time a Queen Shall Be Burned

Erica Helgerud, English (ENGL) 2020, Creating Community: Synthesizing the Black Experience of America Through Literature AND Pieces of Skin or Palm Tree Heartbeats: Immigrants and Sex in The Lonely Londoners and “We Came All the Way from Cuba So You Could Dress Like This?”

Lucy Horrell, English (ENGL) 2020, Lilith

Jacob Isaacs, English (ENGL) 2020, The Kings of Nowhere: Challenging Place and Identity Boundaries in NW and There There

Cece Lasley, English (ENGL) 2020, “Double, Double, toil and trouble?” The Multiplicitous Nature of the Weird Sisters and its Effects on Culpability in Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Luke Webb, English (ENGL) 2020, Chinua Achebe’s A Man of the People and William Shakespeare’s Henry V as Political Critiques of Unrestrained Self Interest

Luke Webb, English (ENGL) 2020, Transversalism in Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and The Lonely Londoners by Samuel Selvon: Writing to Right Misconceptions

Submissions from 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Octavia Washington, English (ENGL) 2022, On Love

Submissions from 2018

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

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

Annmarie Delfino, English (ENGL) 2018, Silver Witness

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

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

Submissions from 2017

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

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

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

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

Submissions from 2016

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

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

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

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

Madeline Butler King, English (ENGL) 2016, Disclosure

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

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

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

Emma Rose Sunog, English (ENGL) 2016, Secrets

Submissions from 2015

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

Claire Marie Ferguson, English (ENGL) 2015, 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)

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

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

Submissions from 2014

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

Elizabeth Leona Callen, English (ENGL) 2014, (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

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

Ariane Rebecca Mass, English (ENGL) 2014, Ventriloquated

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

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

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

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

Sarah Ann Walz, English (ENGL) 2014, Pauses

Submissions from 2013

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

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

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

Ellen Claire Levine, English (ENGL) 2013, 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

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

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

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

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

Submissions from 2012

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submissions from 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submissions from 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Submissions from 2009

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

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