Amy Clark is a graduating senior, and was recently awarded the Charlene Conrad Liebau Library Prize for her English honors thesis, “More than Meets the Eye: Cultural Color Resonances in Old English Literature.”
Samuel Diener is a senior finishing an Honors thesis this year on the General History of the Pyrates and the early seafaring novels of Daniel Defoe. He will go on to a Ph.D. program in English at Harvard this fall, where he hopes to continue to study the novel, the eighteenth century, and voyage narratives in Spanish, Portuguese, and English.
Dennis Velasquez (‘15) was given the opportunity to pursue independent research through the McNair Scholars Program and the Haas Scholars Program (the only student awarded both research fellowships for 2014-15). His project is a comparative study of strategies of literary defiance of English Linguistic Imperialism across disparate temporal and geocultural locations.
Charlotte Hull is a fourth year, double major in English Literature and History. Her academic interests include community building in Colonial New England, the impact of space and environment on society, and the ways in which stories shape and reflect our own histories.
Caitlin Lowe is a current student in the English Department at Cal (class of ’15). This summer, she was given the opportunity to pursue independent research through the Student Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) grant. SURF is a campus-wide award that supports student research under the supervision of a faculty sponsor.
The Lure of the Archive (VI): Christian Durán chases after the elusive author of “the first Chicano novel”
Sixth in the series is Christian Durán (’13), whose senior honors thesis — “Reconciling Daniel Venegas: Las Aventuras de Don Chipote in the Balance of History” — was recently recognized with an honorable mention from the Undergraduate Library Prize, one of Berkeley’s most distinguished awards for undergraduate research.
Fifth in the series is a reflection from Nashilu Mouen-Makoua (’13), who explored three different archives in France, each housing different manuscripts related to the poet and statesman Aimé Césaire.
The Lure of the Archive (IV): Spencer Janssen researches Cormac McCarthy’s papers at the Wittliff Collections
Fourth in the series is a reflection from Spencer Janssen (’12), who visited the Cormac McCarthy papers, which are located in the Wittliff Collections at Texas State University.
The Lure of the Archive (III): Lauren Ballard (’12), Susanna Rowson, and The American Antiquarian Society
Third in the series is an interview with Lauren Ballard (’12), who worked with dozens of surviving original editions of Susanna Rowson’s novel Charlotte Temple housed at the American Antiquarian Society in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Second in the series is a reflection from Kathleen Miller (’13), who visited the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at Indiana University.
The Lure of the Archive (I): Amanda Licato pursues the parallel lives of Georgia O’Keeffe and Jean Toomer
Kicking off a new series of archival reflections by our undergraduates is a short piece from Amanda Licato (’13), who visited the Alfred Stieglitz/Georgia O’Keeffe and the Jean Toomer archives at Yale’s Beinecke Library.