Aukland, Tobah Joy (Tobah Joy Aukland) (Author), (Ethan Kleinberg) (Thesis advisor)
An exploration of the development of the French Jewish art collector and dealer in Paris from the mid 19th century through World War II analyzing ideas of cultural identity, the place of the foreigner or "other," and collective national patrimony., 2013, Old URL: https://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/etd_hon_theses/985, In Copyright – Non-Commercial Use Permitted (InC-NC)
The Narrenschiff, a collection of witty and erudite satirical-allegorical caricatures, is one of the first secular European ?bestsellers? following the invention of the printing press. In Wesleyan University?s Davison Rare Books room sits a copy of the book, which is an authorized Latin translation by Brant?s favorite pupil, Jakob Locher and was printed in 1497 in Brant?s native Strasbourg by the Catholic master printer Johann Gr?ninger. It is richly annotated, colored-in, and includes a handwritten list of French revolutionary figures in the first pages, presumably the product of a reader?s desire to ?update? Brant?s encyclopedia of fools to his/her present day.
In my thesis, I explore the kinds of questions this artifact evokes, and I do so with special attention to various theories of history that play a role in developing stories we tell about objects of the past. My inquiries revolve around the theoretical conditions of making an object of a past that is far gone and unreachable into an object with presence for our contemporary consideration and meaning making. I discuss Brant?s book as an example of allegory, and I discuss allegory as a means of writing and viewing history; I tell the story of the book?s printing in Strasbourg, and I investigate the implications of certain historiographic choices with regards to source material and evidence; I contextualize the book?s entrance into Wesleyan?s collection from the acquired library of past Wesleyan professor of Greek James Cook van Benschoten, and I examine the kind of enchantment, what I call archivization, we give to otherwise mundane objects by archiving them in ?special? collections; finally, I talk about various uses of books, such as interpretation, adaptation, manipulation, annotation, and coloring-in, and I reflect on the conceptual difficulties of pinning down particular readers to particular times through their respective uses of the book.
This thesis is a call to attention to readers and writers of history to be conscious of the philosophical significance of certain choices we make as historical beings. I propose we consider an allegorical perspective on the past that is dedicated to making meaning out of the past even in the face of the fact that the past always demands that those meanings are in some way deferred. The thesis is always grounded, one might even say anchored, by the artifact of the Ship of Fools in Wesleyan?s collection., 2018, Old URL: https://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/etd_hon_theses/2042, In Copyright – Non-Commercial Use Permitted (InC-NC)
de Recat, Meg Palmer (Meg Palmer de Recat) (Author), (Joseph Fitzpatrick, Harris Friedberg) (Thesis advisor)
A literary analysis focusing on the presentation of the female body in regards to reproduction and marriage in Milton’s Paradise Lost. Through this analysis, I highlight the submissive role of the female, the commodification of her body as a vessel for reproduction, and the alluring nature of female sexuality., 2017, Old URL: https://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/etd_hon_theses/1897, In Copyright – Non-Commercial Use Permitted (InC-NC)
Myers, Peter Orin (Peter Orin Myers) (Author), (Javier Castro-Ibaseta) (Thesis advisor)
The following Parts present a close analysis of canonical works of environmental writing. My analysis centers on how the manifestation of "crisis" within each of these works implies a certain historical consciousness (Part II). Once these modes of environmental historical consciousness are made explicit, I engage in a political critique, focusing on how ways of conceiving of time and history legitimate certain kinds of political action at the expense of others, demonstrating how this manifests itself in environmental writing (Part III). I close with a speculative reworking of environmentalism's temporal consciousness which searches for potential solutions to the issues raised in the previous two sections (Part IV). And so, with explanations and qualifications out of the way, we may commence our analysis of environmental crisis., 2013, Old URL: https://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/etd_hon_theses/1074, In Copyright – Non-Commercial Use Permitted (InC-NC)
An Infinity of Falsehoods (a novella), by Emily Weinstock-Collins. A brilliant young book editor in New York acquires a manipulative and obsessive client with an unnerving past. The novella follows her as she races to piece together his motives and unravel his schemes before anyone can get hurt., 2016, Old URL: https://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/etd_hon_theses/1621, In Copyright – Non-Commercial Use Permitted (InC-NC)
Isabel Sara Steckel (author), (Joseph Fitzpatrick) (Thesis advisor)
This thesis attends to the life and afterlives of the archive of polymath Ulisse Aldrovandi (1522-1605) – an early modern Italian naturalist, the first professor of natural history appointed in Italy, and the so-called Father of natural history studies. I turn to the past as a way to get a clearer view of the social and political forces that gather around the promise of an objective knowledge of nature – forces that are effectively obscured in contemporary discourses, representations, and practices of science. By particularizing the characterizations of early modern science through closer attention to context as well as content, to the connections between social status, intellectual identity, and colonial power, I offer ways to rethink what counts as reliable knowledge of nature. My project strikes neither an optimistic nor pessimistic note. Rather, it is rooted in the belief that there are infinite amounts of hope that we have yet to apprehend if we recognize how power and knowledge have always been intermingled both productively and violently in the study of nature., 2019, old WesScholar URL: https://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/etd_hon_theses/2255/
BARZAKH is an original dramatic work that follows an Egyptian family of six as they prepare to pack up their belongings and leave the coastal village of Kawthar. Written in the style and tradition of Absurdism, specifically that of the Theatre of the Absurd, the play attempts to communicate the psychological violence Egyptians often experience, due to the oppression of the Egyptian state. An essay, On Writing BARZAKH, outlines the development of the play and the influence postcolonial work had on its writing process., 2017, Old URL: https://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/etd_hon_theses/1844, In Copyright – Non-Commercial Use Permitted (InC-NC)