Some Recent Theses

As a result of the wide range of both concentration options and student interests in the department, and because of the equally wide range of faculty research and interests to support them, our seniors' honors essays address an unusually wide variety of topics -- from literature to philology, from medieval to modern, from narrative to lyric, from strictly German to comparative, from thematic to gender-oriented, from literature and film to politics and philosophy. Following is a sampling of recent senior thesis titles:

Maxwell Phillips, "Formphantasien: Composing the Echoes of Adorno’s Musical Thought Today"

Michael Raleigh, “'Nänie'”: Poetry and Setting"

Michael Ardeljan, "On the Cutting Edge: Prussian Battlefield Medicine and the Wars of German Unification, 1864-1871"

Daniel Asher Reichert, "Brinkmann's Vision: The Aesthetic Fabrication of Rome" [on Rolf Dieter Brinkmann's Rom, Blicke]

Preston Scott Copeland, "Toxi Grows Up: A Changing Appraisal of the Afro-German Cinematic Image in Post-Reunification German through Branwen Okpako's Dreckfresser"

Caroline Lillian Schopp, "Monument and Counter-Monument: the Sculptural Libraries of Anselm Kiefer, Micha Ullmann and Rachel Whiteread"

Nicole E. Rosner, "The Network of (Image)ination: A Framework for Navigating the Literature of the Berliner U-Bahn"

Moira Gallagher Weigel, "Holding the Hohlspiegel up to nature: Crises of reading, reflections, and inheritance in Shakespear and Kleist"

Joshua Henry Billings, "Misreadings the Chorus: Nietzsche's Geburt der Tragödie as Methodological Critique"

Shaun Patrick Hughes, "Germany's Achtundsechziger Generation and the Rise of the Rote Armee Fraktion: Burned Children returning to the Fire as seen through Die Bleierne Zeit"

Sharon Doku, “Johann Eberlin von Günzburg's Lutheran Utopia Wolfaria (1521): Laws for a New German State”

DoanNhi Dona Le, “The Sound of Silence, as Written by Paul Celan and Composed by Harrison Birtwistle: A Contemporary Setting of ‘Tenebrae’”

Alison Giordano, “The Crisis of Identity in Schiele's Self-Portraits”

Ruth Mirsky, “Anxiety on the Silver Screen: Society and the Outsider in Paul Leni's Das Wachsfiguren-kabinett & The Man Who Laughs”

Anicia Chung Timberlake, “Turning Inwards: Musical Tradition and German Identity in the Weimar Republic”

Margareta Ingrid Christian, “Uncertain Topographies: Language and Perception in Herta Müller's Niederungen and Herztier”

Mattias Frey, “Irgendwo in Berlin and the Trümmerfilm Revisited”

Max Hirsh, “Fictive Cartography: The Illusion of Unity, Continuity, and Normality in the Maps of the Berlin Subway System”

Gregory C. Walker, “Snapshots of Modernity: Kafka and Simmel”

Michael Weller, “Imitating Truth: Mimesis in Adorno's Ästhetische Theorie”

John Zilcosky, “The Literary and Cinematic Anticipation of the Führer Figure”

Leslie Wilson, “Gender Specificity in Contemporary East German Poetry”

Matthew Eichner, “The Evolution of Marxist Historiography in the German Democratic Republic since 1976”

Jefferson Chase, “The Hermit's Mistake: The History of Friedrich Nietzsche's Concept of ‘Übermensch’”

Kevin Moriarty, “S-Passives in Early Swedish Bible Translations”

Darius Zoroufy, “Unreliable Narration in Katz und Maus by Günter Grass”

Kristin Langworthy, “Development of the Female Protagonist in the Work of Victoria Bendictsson”

Elizabeth Hunnewell, “Bridging the Unbridgeable Gap: Memory and Self in Christa Wolf”

Luisa Ezpeleta, “Poetic License: Rilke's Response to Baudelaire”

Elisa Clumpner, “The Relevance of Goethe's Faust on the Modern Stage”