|‘'An Art That Nature Makes’?: Shakespeare’s Ambiguous Garden in The Winter’s Tale
||Throughout The Winter’s Tale, Shakespeare incorporates images of the garden to
represent the bodies of female characters in the play. During the Early Modern period, the
garden had a host of connections for readers and audiences; while writers reco...
|“Beauty’s Red and Virtue’s White”: Representations of the Beauty/Virtue Topos in Book III of Edmund Spenser’s Faerie Queene and Aemilia Lanyer’s Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum
||The representation of beauty was a primary focus of the early modern author, and in the Neo-Platonic and Petrarchan traditions, outer beauty was a sign of inner virtue; however, this signification seems to be questioned and manipulated by early moder...
|Helping Hands: Two Seventeenth Century Recipe Books and the Distillation of the Scientific Revolution
||This study looks at two seventeenth-century medicinal recipe books, those of Anne Glyd and Lady Mary Dacres, that provide examples of how medical knowledge was recorded and used domestically after the revival of print recipe collections in the 1650s....
|From Blackface to Bestseller and Back Again: The Influence of Minstrelsy on Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin
||Throughout the antebellum era, white performers would transform themselves into grotesque parodies of African Americans with burnt cork and ragged clothing. Nobody living in America during the time could avoid minstrelsy’s influence, and many contemp...
|“Change the story, change the world”: Gendered Magic and Educational Ideology in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld
||This thesis explores educational ideology in Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series with a continued focus on the ways gendered magic results in gendered knowledge and education. Pratchett’s witches and wizards demonstrate and even consciously uphold dis...
|“Thou Art The Thing Itself”: Early Modern Posthumanism In Shakespeare’s King Lear
||Recent years have seen posthumanism used as a critical term in literary studies, enabling scholars to deconstruct conceptions of anthropocentrism as they appear in humanist thought. Taking the stance that humans have always already been posthuman, th...