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Across the disciplines every Princeton student undertakes substantial, original research toward the senior thesis. On our undergraduate pages you can find a full description of the options for thesis work in the department, which we divide into three main types: literary and cultural analysis, literary and cultural history, and literary and cultural theory. We also sometimes advise theses that take the form of critical editions, long-form journalism, or hybrids of fiction, poetry, and criticism. The theses below (accessible via the Mudd Manuscript Library from computers on the Princeton network) have been chosen as examples of this range of possibility. Behind them stand hundreds of others, an archive stretching decades back, each a record of curiosity, hard work, and intellectual passion.
NOTE: The senior theses below written up to 2012 must be viewed in the reading room of the Mudd Manuscript Library. The theses written in 2013 are in digital format and can be viewed on computers at the Mudd Manuscript Library. And theses written in 2014 and later are available on computers connected to the Princeton computing network, with a small number restricted for viewing at the Mudd Manuscript Library.
Emily Silk (Class of 2010), Fat and Blood and Ghosts: Women's Supernatural Fiction and the Rest Cure Culture in America, 1880-1920
Samantha Pergadia (Class of 2011), Animal Tales: Anthropomorphism and the Management of Compassion
Alexandra Hay (Class of 2012) Island Cities and the Urban Experience: Venice and Manhattan as Dreamscapes, Escapes, and Timescapes
Tara Knoll (Class of 2012), Reading for Reentry: Literature's Role in Alternative Sentencing
Dixon Li (Class of 2014), Between Mold and Molt: Aesthetics and the Matter of Race
Alexandra Morton (Class of 2015), “A chaos—hollow, half–consumed”: The Performing Woman in Mid–Victorian Novels and Culture
Madeleine Reese (Class of 2016), The Acknowledged Animal: Cavell’s Recognition and Animal Suffering in Shakespeare’s Plays
Elliott Eglash (Class of 2017), To Hope in Hell: Figuration at the Limit in Cormac McCarthy and Walter Benjamin
Mitchell Hammer (Class of 2017), "Two Hours at the Pictures": The Impact of New Media on Virginia Woolf's Narrative Style
Gunnar Rice (Class of 2017), Seeing Globally in Three Plays of Shakespeare
Kevin Cheng (Class of 2017), Burning Paper Money: Collecting Materials for Mourning