Actaeon, Artichokes, and Audrey II: Fear and Food in Popular Narratives

This manuscript is available for download here Abstract Food has a dual physical and sociocultural relationship to human life. This duality positions images of food as uniquely powerful when subverted in literary or aesthetic representations for the purpose of evoking what Joyce Carol Oates (1998) calls “aesthetic fear.” Drawing on symbolism primarily from Classical mythology, Western […]

Correlation Between Music and Preliteracy Skills in Preschool Age Children

This communication piece is available for download here Abstract  Is there a relationship between music and knowledge? If there is evidence that music is influential for processing complex cognitive information, it is reasonable to consider that if children are exposed to music early, it will help them develop literary skills. In the last decade, researchers have […]

Holocaust Education in Worcester Schools: An Evaluation

This manuscript is available for download here Abstract This paper seeks to understand how, and why, understandings of lesbianism shifted in Germany over the course of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Through close readings of both popular cultural productions and medical and psychological texts produced within the context of Imperial and Weimar Germany, this […]

Un Objeto de Deseo

This manuscript is available for download here Abstract This article evaluates and compares the ways in which women are dehumanized and limited to the role of “objects of desire”. The concept of the male gaze is used to depict how women are objectified in La invención de Morel by Adolfo Bioy Casares and Rosario Tijeras by Jorge Franco, including it’s […]

Inhabiting the Discourses of Belonging; Franz Kafka and Yoko Tawada

This manuscript is available for download here Abstract Inhabiting the Discourses of Belonging; Franz Kafka and Yoko Tawada examines the role of language in creating the identity of the foreigner in German prose. Writing at opposite ends of the 20th century, Kafka and Tawada serve as harbingers for a broader sense of alienation that comes with writing as […]

Shifting Understandings of Lesbianism in Imperial and Weimar Germany

This manuscript is available for download here Abstract This paper seeks to understand how, and why, understandings of lesbianism shifted in Germany over the course of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Through close readings of both popular cultural productions and medical and psychological texts produced within the context of Imperial and Weimar Germany, this […]

Metafiction as Genre Fiction

This manuscript is available for download here Abstract Realism, the genre in which literature is expected to reflect reality, tends to act as the default setting for establish- ing the worth of a given piece. This paper contends that metafiction, a post-modern genre characterized by a work’s awareness of its own fictional nature, has been […]

Manzanar Murakami As Radical Mathematician

This manuscript is available for download here Abstract In Karen Tei Yamashita’s Tropic of Orange, characters attempt to make meaning of the many complex structures in which they are situated. In his unique meaning-making process, Manzanar Murakami, a homeless Sansei, “conducts” the Los Angeles traffic with a silver baton from atop a highway overpass. In […]