The Undergraduate Research Center (URC) seeks to support Oxy’s mission by providing experiences that encourage the development of higher order thinking skills through faculty-mentored independent research. Find other student works supported by the URC here.


Submissions from 2012

Mind the Gap: An Instance of Grotesquely Defamiliarizing Indeterminacy in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, Gabriel Mathews

Submissions from 2011

The Givenness of Being in Late Plato, Peter Beer

?Love too thick??: Narrative Structure, Reader Response, and Violence in Toni Morrison?s Beloved and Jazz , Mirin Fader

Willa Cather, McClure's Magazine and "The Problems of Suicide", Will Holmes

(Re)Writing, (Re)Reading: Maurice Blanchot and The Space of Literature , Rebecca Miller

Toward a Minor-Minor Literature: Bilingualism in Tato Laviera's Poetry, Danielle Sherman

China in Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations , Joseph Wei

Staging the Sacred: Transformation and Miracle in Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale", Anne Wolfstone

Submissions from 2010

Allergy, Tolerance, and the Problem of Hospitality , Agne Jomantaite

From Joy to Grief: the Community of Ancient Greek 'Charis' , Lisa Kraege

Rationally Insane: An Exploration of the Euripidean Effect, Alyson Melzer

Ecce Homo: A Theory of Nietzsche as Comedian , Sidney Whitten

Nationalism and the Internal Enemy in Raffi's The Fool , Anahid Yahjian

Submissions from 2009

"I Am Not What I am": Iago's Rhetoric of Identity and Anxiety, Chloe Jenkins-Sleczkowski

On Hemingway, Omission, and Nostalgia, Alexander Manthei

He Proclaims ?Uhuru!?: Understanding Caliban as a Speaking Subject, Brenda McNary

"And they will differ, if they do, As Syllable from Sound-": Synaesthesia, Text, and the Poems of Emily Dickinson, Molly Quinn

Foucault's Externalized Interiors: The Concept of the Limit in The History of Madness , Caitlin Warchol

Between Two Ecstacies - Two Senses of Love in Post-Modern Philosophy, Sydney Whitten

Submissions from 2008

Dante's Purgatorio: A Community of Love, Erin L. Conley

"It Ain't Safe No More": Risk, Insurance, and Temporality, Shoshone Johnson

The Value of Form: Tracing the Ode from the Greeks to the Romantics, Safari Ross

Taxis in Absence: Elliptical Logic in Emily Dickinson, Max Weidman

Bitter Wine: Old Comedy and Satyr As Tools of Civic Religion, Mason Wilkes

Submissions from 2007

Historiography and the Ethical: An Inquiry into the U.S. Postcolonial Relationship to its European Colonial Past, Alexa Gould-Kavet

Toward a Theory of Musical Production, Max Read

(I) Murder (You) in the Dark: Atwood?s Pronominal Re-vision of Lacan?s Mirror Stage, Alison Reed

Making Sense of Ancient Greek: An Explanatory Approach, Josh Talbot

Submissions from 2006

The State of Exception and Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Matthew Bonal

The Sound of Silence: The Influence of Mahayana Buddhism on Jack Kerouac's Mexico City Blues, Ian Brown

Being-with: A Heideggerian Reading of Sociality and Becoming in The Odyssey , Zinzi Edmundson

The Joy of Reception, Mele Ihara

Wholly Sonnet: The Implications of Play Between Speech and Writing in John Donne's Poetry, Lee Posthuma

Evading Culpability in Postmodernist Second Person Fiction: To Whom Does the ?You? Refer?, Alison Rose Reed

Preversation of Difference or a Call to Sameness?: Rethinking the Universal in the Letters of St. Paul, Tim Urista

Submissions from 2005

Poetic Duration: A Study of e.e. cummings Sonnets as a Critique of Scientism's Unreality, Tracy Bessette

A House is Not a Home: Searching for Home in the works of Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, and Gish Jen, Erin Lem

The Impossibility of Stepping into the Same Story Twice: Investigating Herodotus as a Presocratic Historian, Anne K. O'Malley

Creative Dissent: A Multidisciplinary Study of the Activist Art of Mexican Women in the Context of Gender Violence on the U.S.-Mexico Border, Aleksander Sedzielarz

Submissions from 2004

Costume in Sex and the City : Outfitting Ideas of Femininity, Rosalba Curiel

So What Does God Have to Do with Anything?William Faulkner and Toni Morrison: Christianity in Their Fictions and Their Lives, Ann Hong

Agonistic Metaphysics: The Homeric Origin of Nietzsche's Philosophy of Active Dionysian Joy, Laura Warner

Submissions from 2003

Climbing Mount Olympus: The Moral, Intellectual, and Spiritual Dimensions of the Heroic Dream, Libby Evans

Louis Althusser, Georges Canguilhem:Ideology and Normality, Spencer Jackson

Colonized Unconscious: A Post-Colonial Exploration of the Incest Narrative in Edna O?Brien?s Down by the River , Anna Noice

The Role of Peaceweaver: Female Sexual Power in Beowulf, Kari Vargas

Submissions from 2002

The Michel Foucault and Jurgen Habermas Debate: What is really at stake?, Spencer Jackson

Willa Cather's The Professor's House and the Socialization of American Law, Leah F. Ordonia

Submissions from 2001

The Philippine Literary Tradition: Exploring the Relationships Between a Colonial and Imperial Past, Literature and Education, Lisa Felipe

An Anti-Existentialist Interpretation of Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit ., Sarah Fones

"Desolate Exclamations": Women as the Embodiment of Nature in Conrad's Heart of Darkness. , Viviana MacManus

The Role of Jupiter's Descentin Shakespeare's Cymbeline ., Heather Manley

Submissions from 2000

Spatial and Place-Consciousness in Urban Nuyorican Literature., Marian Gabra

Mortera's Influence On Spinoza's Philosophy., Axel Montepeque

The Systematic Misreading of Michel Foucault., Sherri Murata

The Emergence of the Invisible Man: Images of Ascent and Descent in Ralph Ellison's Juneteenth., Dawningstar Sikorski

Submissions from 1999

An Application of Vladimir Propp's Morphology of the Folktale to Korean Folktales, Myung H. Choi