• Student Achievements

    The English Department is pleased to announce the winners of its 2012-2013 awards. There were many eligible and competitive submissions for the writing prizes, and a strong field of candidates for all the awards. We congratulate this year's winners, and thank our donors for their generosity.

    Taylor Venice is the recipient of the 2012-2013 Academic Merit Award. This award is given to a student who demonstrates excellence in academic work overall.

    Maria Tirone is the recipient of the 2012-2013 Caryl Sills Teaching Award. This award is given to a student who demonstrates promise for excellence in teaching in either a primary or secondary school.

    Hannah Tichansky is the recipient of the 2012-2013 Graduate Study Award. This award is given to a student who will be attending a graduate program full time, and who demonstrates promise for excellence in graduate study.

    Jennifer vanAlstyne is the recipient of the 2012-2013 Creative Writing Award. This award is given for an individual work of creative writing completed for a class at Monmouth.

    Caroline Anzarouth and Emily Scarano are the recipients of the 2012-2013 Academic Writing Award. This award is given for an individual work of academic writing completed for a class at Monmouth.

      Rachel Fox is the recipient of the 2012-2013 Rising Junior Award. This award is given to a student entering junior year who shows exceptional for achievement in the major.

    VanNess Book Cover

    Sara Van Ness, student in the English Department's MA Program, has written a book titled Watchmen as Literature: A Critical Study of the Graphic Novel, published by McFarland and Company in 2010.

    The study began as a paper for an independent study and grew into her undergraduate thesis project, both under the direction of Dr. Stanley Blair of Monmouth University's English Department. In addition, she completed some of her research and writing of the book during a graduate-level independent study with Dr. Blair in Spring 2009. The book explores the graphic novel's reception in both popular and scholarly arenas, and how the conceptual relationship between images and words affects the reading experience. Other topics include heroism as a stereotype, the hero's journey, the role of the narrator, and the way in which the graphic layout manipulates the reader's perception of time and space.

    Sara graduated summa cum laude in May 2008 from Monmouth University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and secondary education. Her thesis was awarded honors by both the Honors School and the English Department. As an undergraduate, she received the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences Award for Student Excellence and the New Jersey Distinguished Student-Teacher Award. She expects to complete her MA in English in Fall 2011.


    Theses in Progress

    Christopher D. Hankenson, "Long-Eared Epic: Watership Down and Questions of Readership."

    Theses Completed

    Candice Belluscio, "Bound to Marriage: A Critical Analysis of Marriage in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice", July 2013.

     Alessandra Chai, "Writing the Self for Healing in Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and Are You My Mother?", Spring 2013

    Martyna J. Dobkiewicz, "Bite", Spring 2013. Distinction.

    Matthew Hall, "Bear in the Basement", Spring 2013. Distinction.

    Anita Komareth, "Clarissa's Exemplary Morality", Spring 2013.

    Jennifer Lyons, "Of Canons and Cauldrons: Harry Potter, National Culture, and Canon Exclusivity", Spring 2013.

    Amanda Bennett Morey, "No Child Left Behind as a Rhetorical Situation: 'Accountability and Flexibility' Will Leave Schools Behind", Spring 2013.

    Bernadette Sabatini, "The Wife of Bath's Prologue: Domestic Violence and Sexual Abuse in the Middle Ages", Spring 2013.

    Lauren Schmidt, "(Ir)Responsible Rhetoric: Ron Unz and English for Children", Spring 2013.

    Patryk Zielonka, "The War to End All Boys", Spring 2013.

    Christine Bryant, “Lost Daughter,” Spring 2012.

    Nicholas Cariddo, “The Morro Castle” a full length play, Spring 2012.

    Erin Carroll, "Oranges, Lemons, and the Decline of the Traditional Mother Figure in George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four," Fall 2012.

    Matthew Cinnirella, “Sleep With Me,” Spring 2012.

    Nicole Evegan, “The Best American Short Stories: Illustrating the Tension in Race Politics,” Spring 2012.

    Maria Geiger, “Chaucer’s Orthodoxy in the Age of Lollardy: Gentilesse in The Wife of Bath’s Tale, The Parson’s Tale, and “Gentilesse, Moral Balade of Chaucier,” Spring 2012.

    Bruce MacBeth, "Making Me Sick: The Rhetoric of Pharmaceutical Marketing," Fall 2012.

    Audrey Marcu-McGowan, “Small and Large Collaborative Group Work to Promote Learning In Freshman Composition Courses at Community Colleges,” July 2012

    Amy B. Monahan, “How to Polish the “Perfectly Polished Floor” and Write About It, Too: Life, Death, and the Domestic Aesthetic, or Poemesticity, of Linda Pastan," Spring 2012.

    Kimberly Morté, “Jumping the Great White: Kiana Davenport’s Shark Dialogues as American Literature,” Spring 2012. Distinction.

    Linda Johnston Muhlhausen, “MY OUT- CAST STATE, An Elizabethan Tragedy. A play in III acts,” Spring 2012.

    Elizabeth Myers, "Negotiating Between Adult Author and Young Adult Audience: Characterization in House of Many Ways,” Spring 2012

    Pamela Quillamor, “Will the Real Prufrock Please Stand Up? Misogyny in the Poetry of T.S. Eliot and Eminem,” Spring 2012.

    Kristin Dexnis Rosengrant, “Double Duty, A Novel in Progress,” Spring 2012.

    Mariana Sierra, “Isla,” Spring 2012. Distinction.

    John A. Tesauro III, “From the Inside Looking Out: Society’s Fringe,” Spring 2012.

    Frank Gogol, "Broken" and "Weeds": Short Fiction, Fall 2011.

    Sara Van Ness, "Ah Pook is Where? Authorship, Textuality, and Contingency," August 2011. Distinction.

    Alexis Anderson, "Deconstructing Post Race, Reception and Language (Linguistics): Richard Wright's Native Son," Spring 2011.

    Nicole Gough, "Cajun Dialect and Identity in Ernest Gaines' A Gathering of Old Men," Spring 2011.

    Veronica Guevara, "Genre Subversion in Where the Senoritas Are: A Play in Two Acts," Spring 2011.

    Sara Krainski, "Waste," Spring 2011.

    Lois Levine, "Charlotte Temple and the Making of America's First Best Seller," Spring 2011.

    Tracy Lisk, "The Role of Charlotte Lennox's The Female Quixote in the Progression of Female Characters and Writers from Romance to Novel," Spring 2011.

    Sharon Murphy, "Gender Entrapment in George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss and Jane Campion's The Piano," Spring 2011.

    Walter Przybylowski, "Written Screen/Filmed Page," Spring 2011.

    Brianne Sardoni, "Pedagogy of Composition Theory and Synthesis of Methodology," Spring 2011.

    Heather Steimel, "Domestic Disturbances," Spring 2011.

    Matthew Wheeler, "Enchanting Masculinity: Women and Warrior Culture in Malory's Morte Darthur," Spring 2011.

    Shanna Williams, "Postcolonial Feminism," Spring 2011.