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Fall 2020 Capstone Projects

Jen Davis: “Fine Art of the Honest Heart: The Performance of Vulnerability in Lyric Poetry”

Vulnerability in art is always a performance to some degree, but what differentiates a poor performance from an effective one? This research seeks to understand and implement the nuance of authenticity via concrete theories and techniques.

Nikki Moore: "Smells like Teen Melancholy: Queering Creative Writing through Sensory Memory and The Body"

This project explores what we might learn as creative writers (and teachers of writing) when we queer our writing processes and pedagogies and seek to connect more deeply with ourselves and the communities outside our subjective experiences.  

Lee Richardson: "The Connection Between Film Noir and the Westerns of the 1950s"

This presentation examines how motion picture directors Fritz Lang, Nicholas Ray, and Anthony Mann borrowed characters and themes from their film noir works to create memorable Westerns in the 1950s, adding to the increased maturity of the Western genre.

Megan Sampson: “Doing the Work: Taking Social Justice into My English Classroom”

Using social justice and public writing theory, this capstone provides a rationale for a shift in curriculum for a 9th grade English classroom. The project justification will be used to advocate for actual curriculum changes for a unit taught at the end of the 2020-2021 school year.

Megan Simmermeyer “‘Thought Is Reality. Action Can Be Faked’An Argument for the Three-Dimensional Performance of Female Characters in Fantasy”

In the fantasy genre, female characters often fall short of the three-dimensionality we desire. Through the lens of performance theory, this capstone examines how fantasy fails or succeeds in creating these vibrant, believable female characters.