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    English Department Research

    The English Department offers many research opportunities to students. Each spring, Hamline students are invited to apply for summer collaborative research grants. These grants can help provide the money, resources, and time to allow students to work with a faculty advisor over a ten-week period to research a topic of their choosing. In addition, Hamline students are annually selected from a nationwide pool of applicants to present their work in English at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research

    Other research opportunities include the local ACTC English Majors Conference, where students can present their work in American, British, and World Literature, Media/Theory, and Creative Writing. Students also have the chance to conduct independent studies in specific areas of interest.   

    Recent research experiences and academic papers

    •  Lydia Hansen, "Bodies, Agency, and Female Empowerment in 'Good Hunting'" - An analysis of how gendered oppression structurally undermines the depiction of female power and agency in the 2019 Netflix adaptation of "Good Hunting." Hansen's work uses an intersectional framework that draws on hybridity, identity, colonialism, and the male gaze to understand the influences at work in the text. A revised version was published on PopMatters
    •  Jaxon Renn, "Pym, Poe, and a Legacy of Racism” - This ACTC conference paper uses a close reading approach of Edgar Allan Poe's only full length novel to interrogate a history of critical colorblindness towards his writing and to examine how racist worldviews pervade and mold the psychic lives of those who hold them even in the absence of people of color.  
    •  Kat McCullum, "To be or Not to Be: Identity Formation in David Levithan's Every Day" - Using Foucault's ideas on Nietzsche, Genealogy, and history as a framework, this ACTC conference paper explores the ideas of identity formation and origin throughout adolescent development.