Congratulations to Brittany Ann Long upon the successful defense of her thesis “ALIENATION AND ETHNIC IDENTITIES IN GROWING UP ETHNIC IN AMERICA, BORDERLANDS/LA FRONTERA, AND THE DAY NINA SIMONE STOPPED SINGING.” Her focus on literary representations of adolescence and its connection to ethnic identity formation was original and fascinating.
Congratulations to Emily Kilpatrick upon successfully completing her CAPS project, “Appalachian Literature in the Secondary Classroom: Teaching Appalachian Literature as a Valuable Part of Multicultural and Transnational Literature” directed by Dr. Deena.
Congratulations are in order to Kevin Nosalek upon his successful defense of his thesis “Imagining the Homeland: Myth, Movement, and Migration in Three Novels by Women from the African Diaspora,” directed by Dr. Gueye.
Congratulations to Lena Greer upon successfully defending her thesis “JEWISH WOMEN AND THE SPECTER OF THE OLD WORLD IN JEWISH IMMIGRANT FICTION.”
Congratulations to Coley Summerlin upon successfully defending her thesis “A Shift in the Perception of Native American and Asian American and the Emergence of the Trickster Figure in Graphic Books: A Comparison of Political Cartoons from the 1800’s to Trickster, American Born Chinese, and Level Up,” directed by Dr. Huang. Keep in touch, Coley!
Our first successful thesis defense of the semester: Bryan McMillan’s “The Tonic of Wildness”: Thoreau’s Critique of Industrial Capitalism,” directed by Dr. Helena Feder. We wish Bryan well as he pursues doctoral studies in English.
Patti May Parsons successfully defended her thesis “Dramatic Historicizing of Hawaii: The Juxtaposition of Indigenous Culture Colonization/Americanization, and 21st- Century Issues in the Island Plays and Writings of Victoria Nālani Kneubuhl,” directed by Dr. Bardill.
Congratulations on behalf of the MTL faculty to Kellie French upon her successful defense of her thesis, “Remembering, Eating, Cooking, and Sharing: Identity-Shaping Activities in Ethnic American First-Person Food Writings,” directed by Dr. Huang.
I would like to congratulate Anne Benenhaley upon the successful defense of her thesis “’Darkness, Dirt, Deviance’—and Daddy: Patrilineal Relationships and the Negotiation of Womanhood in the Literature of Middle Eastern and Arab-American Women.”
We just just got word from the grad school that Jennifer Burcham’s thesis “An Appetite for Metaphor : Food Imagery and Cultural Identity in Indian Fiction” has been “viewed or downloaded more than 1000 times through ECU’s online repository, The Scholarship.” It’s one of the most Viewed theses in the repository: http://thescholarship.ecu.edu/handle/10342/3535.