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Although our faculty members are involved in their own academic research, Juniata encourages collaboration between students and faculty members. Two ways we do this are through Liberal Arts Symposium and the Senior Honors Thesis opportunity, which can then be used for graduate school applications. During Liberal Arts Symposium, students present their work to the public and the college community. For the Senior Honors Thesis, students work closely with an English professor on a research or creative writing project of their choosing.

Student Research

"How to Publish Your Writing"
John Dubensky '14
This project is about different kinds of publishing and what a writer needs to do in order to get their work published.

"Which Anne Frank to Teach?"
Jessica Mills '14
Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl has been an essential part of many middle school curriculums. Educators have the option of teaching the original edition published in 1952 or the Definitive Editions published in 1995 which was edited by Otto Frank and includes previously omitted entries. This research looks at the similarities and differences between the two editions and the pros and cons of teaching each edition to a middle school classroom.

"Why Use Young Adult Literature?"
Alyssa Becher ‘12
This project explores the usefulness of young adult literature in reaching out to the social and language skill needs of adolescents.  It explores the themes and styles of young adult literature.

"What We Are Teaching Our Young Girls: Female Protagonists in Young Adult Literature"
Anne Mueller ‘12
This project takes a look at the way female sexuality is represented in books for young adults.  It relates sexuality to the needs of the characters within several individual novels, such as The Hunger Games and Anatomy of a Boyfriend.

"The Manufacturing Class in Pride and Prejudice and North and South"
Sarah Davis ‘12
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was published in 1813, nearly 50 years before Elizabeth Gaskell published North and South. The former, in spite of or perhaps because of the fact that it contains few characters who are of the manufacturing class, demonstrates how that class was viewed by the landed gentry during the Regency period. By comparing this with the Victorian novel North and South, we see how quickly the manufacturing class gained power and place in the English class system.

"Mystery in the Old English Advent Lyrics"
Maggie Oldham '12
The Old English Advent Lyrics contain guidelines for the early Christian in Anglo-Saxon England on how to approach the Mysteries of God. They enforce the idea that man cannot understand Mysteries because of man’s corrupt state in a fallen world. Truth can only be revealed to man through God, and the Incarnation of Christ, God’s coming Earth, is this Truth. Because Mysteries are Truth, man should accept them. Mary, the Mother of God, is a role model for how to react to Mystery. When the Incarnation was revealed to her, she accepted and praised God. The Advent Lyrics, as spiritual texts, teach this example as well as actually praising God themselves.

"Redefining Dictionaries in the Internet Age"
Jennifer Rodland '12
Despite the increasing usage of online dictionaries, little has been studied of their content and features. As dictionaries catalog the meaning and significance of language, they serve both as a gauge of the knowledge of their time and the methods of understanding it. The process of translating paper dictionaries into a digital medium has been undertaken in several different ways, leading to a great variation among online dictionaries. This work analyzes the results of these endeavors with an aim to highlight the contrasts to traditional dictionaries in their authorship, resources, scope, organization, and illustration. Significant paper and online dictionaries are compared in order to determine how online dictionaries are challenging fundamental assumptions of what a dictionary is and why.

"Dark Prince Ascendant"
Nicholas Galante ‘11
This project compares the characterizations of demonic characters in classic literary works such as Milton’s Paradise Lost, Goethe’s Faust, and Dante’s Inferno.

"New York City and Northern Cities Dialects: A Study of the Tendencies of Dialectal Changes to Affect Surrounding Dialectal Regions"
Rachel Mongerson ‘08
This study concludes that any changes within a dialect tend to affect the surrounding areas that are geographically close to the origination point of the dialect.  Dialects influence all areas surrounding their origin, with two exceptions that are resistant to change: rural areas and very large metropolitan areas. This is evident in my research comparing two significantly different North American English dialects, the New York City area dialect and the Northern Cities dialect.

Faculty Research 

Dr. Hannah Bellwoar

“’Subtle Connections’: Massage Therapy and the Body Composed.” With Cory Holding. In Moving Ideas: Embodied, Multimodal Learning and Development in Communities and Schools. Ed. by Mira-Lisa Katz. New York: Peter Lang, 2013.

“Everyday matters: Reception and use as productive design of health-related texts.” Technical Communication Quarterly 21.4 (2012): 325-345.  

“Digital Health and Feminist (Re)Visionings of Healing.” In Paul Prior et. al. “Re-situating and Re-mediating the Canons: A Cultural-historical Remapping of Rhetorical Activity, A Collaborative Webtext. Kairos 11.3 (2007):

Dr. Will Dickey

“Islands of Isolation: Representations of Altoona, Pennsylvania in the Works of John Peilmeier." Pennsylvania English. 2009.

"The True Secret Agent: Surveillance, Secrecy, and Spies in Hitchcock’s Film Adaptation of Conrad’s The Secret Agent." Article in progress. 

“'On the Record': Creating Community and Controversy through Campus Newspapers." Conference on College Composition and Communication. Indianapolis, Indiana. March 19, 2014.

Dr. Amanda Page

“Passing for Chicano, Passing for White: Negotiating Filipino American Identity in Brian Ascalon Roley’s American Son.” The Politics of Appearance: Racial Passing in U.S. Fiction, Memoir, Television, and Film, 1990-2010. Ed. Julie Cary Nerad (forthcoming 2014 from SUNY Press).

“Consolidated Colors: Racial Passing and Figurations of the Chinese in Walter White’s Flight and Darryl  Zanuck’s Old San Francisco.” Multi-Ethnic Literature of the United States 37.4 (Winter 2012).

“The Ever-Expanding South: James Weldon Johnson and the Rhetoric of the Global Color Line.”
Southern Quarterly 46.3 (Spring 2009).