English and Creative Writing

The Senior Program

English majors at Hamilton progress toward a unique senior seminar, a culminating experience in which students work with a professor to define and articulate the critical approach to literary study they have developed over previous semesters. Honors students in English participate in a two-semester project that concludes with a public presentation and a written thesis. Senior creative writing students seeking honors undertake a one-semester work or collection that is presented in a public reading.

Recent senior honors projects in English and Creative Writing include:

  • Janine Barlow, Reaching into the Lumber Room: Christ Symbolism in Light in August and As I Lay Dying
  • “Thy Love to Empire I Prefer!”: The Function of Romantic Love in Nahum Tate’s King Lear
  • The Significance of Drum-Taps to Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass
  • “Colours Intolerably Bright”: The Presence of the Past in Sean O’Faolain’s The Man Who Invented Sin and Frank O’Connor’s Crab Apple Jelly
  • The Manliest of Men: Exploriong Gender and Sovereignty in The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle
  • Jane Austen's Censure of Mercenary Marriage: Who Crosses the Line and How Do We Know?
  • A Cultivated Wildness: How Emotive Animals Symbolize the Relationship between the Wilderness and Civilization in The Bear and The Jungle Books
  • The Male Fantasy of Female Beauty in the Works of John Keats and Mary Robinson
  • Modernism and Cultural Economies: Neo Marxian and Keynesian Anticipations in T.S. Eliot
  • What's All the Hype About?: A Critical Exploration of Hypertext Theory and Authorship
  • Prison Writing and Beckett
  • Once Upon a Time in Victorian England: Translating the Brothers Grimm for a British Audience
  • Emperical Fancy: Anna Barbauld's Proto-Romantic Imagination
  • A Terrible Beauty: The Representation of Violence in the Poetry of W.B. Yeats
  • Gendered Entrapment and Resistance in Harriet Jacob's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and Mary Prince's The History of Mary Prince
  • Children from Another World: The Chronicles of Narnia, His Dark Materials and the Religious Nature of Children's Literature
  • Guiding the Descending Life: Self Creation and Community Change in William Faulkner’s Light in August and Go Down, Moses
  • Beyond a Room of One’s Own: Mona Caird’s Exploration of the Female Artist in Victorian Society
  • The Search for an Alternative Theology: Religion in the Fiction of Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  • Through Darkness Diamonds Spread their Richest Light: The Relationship between Blackness and Whiteness in English Renaissance Drama
  • Full Circle: a Novel