This past Wednesday we were treated to an annual highlight of the end of the fall semester:  English major Senior Seminar presentations.  Professor Mark Graybill led this year’s seminar focused on Flannery O’Connor.  The work of the seminar kicked off with Professor Graybill’s lecture on disease and disability in O’Connor’s fiction, and

Taylor Brown introduces the seniors
Taylor Brown introduces the seniors

culminated with a panel of short talks from each student representing deep engagement with and original scholarly work on the author.  Class of 2017 English major Taylor Brown introduced the panelists, and each spoke on topics from race in O’Connor to intertextuality with The Sopranos.  See below for a complete list of topics — we are very proud of the range and rigor of work shown here!

Autumn Heisler, O’Connor’s “Complete Fragmentation”:  Characters Searching for Self through their Doubles

Rebecca Gelwan, Decoding O’Connor’s Attitudes on Race

Emily DeFreitas, “Unscathed by the City Interleckchuls”:  O’Connor and Her Intellectual Characters

Paul Madigosky, Satirizing Chronic Naivete:  O’Connor and Voltaire

Maria Klecko, “Torture the Women”:  Alfred Hitchcock and Flannery O’Connor

Graham Gifford, O’Connor Gives Chase:  “The Enduring Chill” and The Sopranos

Seniors field questions on their scholarship
Seniors field questions on their scholarship

Click here for a story on last year’s Senior Seminar presentations on William Wordsworth.