• A Fictional Exploration of Breast Cancer

      Norcia, Megan; Cramer, Elizabeth; The College at Brockport (2014-08-27)
      The thesis that follows is made up of two parts. First, there is a reflection paper, which includes a small literature review related to the topic chosen as well as a discussion of the creative process, a plan for the future of my creative work, and some issues and questions that arose during writing. Following the reflection paper is a 40 page excerpt of a young adult novel I plan to finish in the future entitled “Anastasia’s Warrior.” This excerpt follows a female main character that is 16 years of age as her mother is diagnosed with breast cancer and they navigate her treatment.
    • Adventures in the 4th Genre: Creative Nonfiction Essays

      Black, Ralph W.; Vandewater, Caitlin; The College at Brockport (2013-05-04)
      Adventures in the 4th Genre: Creative Nonfiction Essays examines what it means to be a writer and how our surroundings provide a sense of safety. The first of two essays, "Second Floor Lounge" provides an anthropological description of the safe haven created within the author's college library, and her personal relationship to writing and its constant evolution throughout her life. In the second essay, "Milestones", the role of her surroundings and its ability to impart a sense of safety provides the backdrop as she tackles an issue that has been prevalent throughout her entire life—violence in schools and young men with a desire and motive to kill strangers. Throughout both essays, the author strives to fit her work into the greater body of writing that exists, and comes to the realization that good prose does not have to be completely new or innovative. Rather, it requires one to find ways to craft the millions of ideas that came before in creative ways.
    • An Inquiry Into Friendship

      Davis, Rynetta; Kerner, Jonathan A.; The College at Brockport (2007-04-01)
      This 2007 Senior Honor Thesis examines what friendship really is and what it means to our lives. It does so by examining friendship through the eyes of philosophers and scholars throughout many centuries. In addition, it also includes short stories written by the author to illustrate characteristics of different kinds of friendship.
    • Boys, Blood and Bubblegum A Creative Look at the Inequity Faced by Female Identifying Authors

      Proehl, Kristen; Whitehorne, Angelica; The College at Brockport (2019-05-17)
      This thesis outlines the inequities faced by female authors throughout history with specific emphasize on the Brontë sisters and J.K. Rowling. Women authors are still under-published and stigmatized in the literary world, resulting in discrimination and lower chances of success for authors that do not identify with the male majority. By studying the use of pseudonyms, the publishing rates, as well as textual evidence from female writers, this thesis highlights the inequity still present within writing as a profession. By combining this research with my own creative work and expression, this thesis merges in personal perspective to create a holistic view of the realities of being a woman writer.
    • Changing Times: An Analysis of Diversity in Young Adult Literature

      Norcia, Megan; Baumbach, Abagail; The College at Brockport (2016-05-08)
      This paper explores the representation of diversity in young adult novels published since 2000, focusing specifically on the representation of disability and LGBTQA+ characters and issues, in order to illustrate the gaps being filled by the writer's young adult novel. The writer examines several young adult novels, each featuring a protagonist that is disabled, LGBTQA+, or otherwise connected to the protagonists of the writer's novel, Blackjack. Though disabled and LGBTQA+ characters are not new developments in the genre, recent years have seen an increase and improvement in these representations, though there continues to be an absence of intersectionality. The writer argues that progress has been made in the diversity of young adult novels, but still has a long way to go in terms of both diversity among characters and diversity among authors.
    • Cultural Perceptions of Suicide in Western Cultures from Antiquity to the Present

      Proehl, Kristen; Ramsey, Kiri; The College at Brockport (2019-05-15)
      The subject of suicide has been one often removed from or ignored in the historical record. In the rare moment when scholars and popular culture have focused on suicide, it is more due to its promise of death and bloodshed rather than any actual concern to the act and its purposes. As a result, the topic and its cultural connotations have remained largely absent from cultural historiography. However, what little attention that has been paid to the subject of suicide highlights more the perceptions of suicide than the actual act. As with any subject, the manner in which something is perceived by the general population is dependent upon its depictions in cultural documents and vice versa. Specifically, the manner in which cultural documents of a society, such as examples of media, literature, and so on, are reflective of the prevailing attitudes of the period and place. Because of this, the most explicit purpose of this project is to provide a more comprehensive history of perceptions of suicide. Prevailing attitudes regarding suicide have undergone a marked shift between antiquity and now, reflecting fundamental changes in societal perceptions of the act and the relative ethics behind it. Fundamentally, perceptions of suicide have historically fluctuated between complete opposition, wherein the act is regarded as a moral blight, and relative acceptance, where the ethics of the act are pushed aside in favor of sympathy or understanding toward the causes of the act.
    • Dehumanization in Silko’s Ceremony

      Garvey, T. Gregory; Weed, Jessica; The College at Brockport (2018-05-02)
      Since European explorers first came into contact with the indigenous people of the New World, they created two opposing images of “The Indian” based on their own white values. Through their very natures these contrary images, the Noble Savage and the barbaric heathen, dehumanize Native Americans through shallow stereotypes. Yet, these images persisted throughout history, lasting even to the modern day. In this essay, I argue that Leslie Marmon Silko responds to these stereotypes in her novel Ceremony by dehumanizing and rehumanizing her characters. The main character, Tayo, struggles to understand what it means to be human, but eventually reclaims his humanity when he immerses himself in Laguna culture. In this way, Silko rejects white expectations and legitimizes Native American definitions of humanity.
    • Examining Diversity in School Stories

      Proehl, Kristen; Pauly, Ellie Lauren; State University of New York College at Brockport (2020-09-15)
      A simple Google search for texts ordinarily studied in a high school English classroom generates a list of works written by, and featuring, white men. Currently, the texts taught in English classrooms in the United States are generally written by white men and feature middle-class white, cisgender, able-bodied, heterosexual men as protagonists. There are of course a few exceptions, such as Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (1960) or Maya Angelou’s I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969), but they are exceptions. Most is protagonists of stories read in schools are not representative of other kinds of students? This lack of diverse texts conflicts with the makeup of the students in the Unites States. According to a 2017 study by the National Center of Education Statistics, only 51% of school-aged children are White (NCES), with 49% of students being Black, Hispanic, Asian, Alaskan Native, Native American, or two or more races. A census of children under 18 from the Kids Count Data Center also confirms that 49% of students are female1 (Kids Count Data Center), and one from The Williams Institute reveals 1% are transgender, and 8% are LGBTQ (The Williams Institute). This means that a large percentage of students are not reading about characters that reflect back to them their own unique identities, experiences, and backgrounds.
    • Feasibility Framing: Media Responses to the 2018 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report

      Black, Ralph W.; Heiss, Mikayla P.; The College at Brockport (2019-05-16)
      With an associated warming of 0.85°C documented between 1880 and 2012, climate change has altered the frequency of extreme weather events, contributed to rising sea level, impacted biodiversity, and has become a growing concern (Allen et al. 53). Created in 1988, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) compiles research on climate change for the use of policymaking. While the IPCC targets policymakers, the public generally learns science through media outlets (Schmidt et al.). On 8 October 2018, the IPCC released a special report titled, “Global Warming at 1.5°C.” Media outlets quickly responded to this report.
    • Gravity and Other Minor Obstructions

      Whorton, James, Jr.; Trask, Jacob; The College at Brockport (2015-05-06)
      This thesis traces the beginnings and growth as a writer, of the author. The following is an excerpt from the thesis, which will serve as an abstract: Inspiration for a particular piece of work, whether it be short fiction, poetry, or something else entirely, usually comes to me in the form of a single or couple lines. Sometimes these lines will come from nowhere, sometimes they will come from conversation, but most often they will come from objects or things I see during the day. For instance, the third story in this collection, titled “Wearing Thin,” begins with the line “The red, cyclopean eye at the top of the radio tower winks at me as I pass, almost furtively.” This came from a night when, while driving home with a friend, I spotted a large wind turbine that was being used to power a factory complex beneath it. As I looked up at it, I noticed the red light blinking at the top, and the line was born. I took out my phone and jotted it into a note, and, once home, I began work on what would become the story, based purely around the light on the top of the turbine. This collection is really about trying to put those moments into words that can’t be. When I started, I didn’t think any of the stories would have a common theme at all, and I was fine with that. I figured that was all right, as long as it displayed my creative ability and all that jazz. But once each story was in varying levels of completion, I noticed that the pieces did, in fact, have a lot in common. Without providing any sort of plot summary or anything of that nature, they all seemed to become about loneliness. Sure, there’s a bit about depression thrown in, a bit about the madness that seems to dwell just beneath the surface of the mind, and other things, but I feel that the three pieces, as a whole, are about being lonely. I felt that this topic, this feeling, is something a lot of people my age contend with, especially in college. It’s a difficult time, figuring out what you’re doing with your life and who else is going to be around in it. I wanted to do my best to capture that in these stories.
    • Nation Nine

      Whorton, James, Jr.; Bryant, Madeleine; The College at Brockport (2012-12-10)
      This senior honors thesis is an excerpt from a young adult science fiction novel. The story revolves around a group of nine survivors in a post-apocalyptic Earth, as they struggle to cope with the dangers of a corrupt government, radiation poisoning, unknown viruses, and a species of ever-evolving monsters known as “lamia.” Themes explored within the story include personal identity, tyranny and freewill. The story is prefaced with the author’s own thoughts on fiction’s purpose for both authors and readers.
    • Oscillating Boundaries Between Binaries: Narrative Tools for Understanding Judges 4 & 19

      Busch, Austin M.; Thomas, Mary E.; The College at Brockport (2011-08-01)
      This paper will show that dichotomies in Judges are used as narrative tools to express anxiety about the ever-changing world of Ancient Israel. In the Deborah narrative of Judges 4, the binaries of masculine/feminine and male/female criss-cross, and in the concubine's narrative, the binaries of out/in and public/domestic become confused as the narrative—along with the events themselves—crumble out of control and lead to civil war, rape, and pandemonium on a grand scale. The narrators of Judges oscillate between these binaries in order to convey the sense of moral upheaval and social confusion wrought from the changing political landscape of Ancient Israel. A deeper understanding of the text is gained from this reading, such that the commonly-made presumption that these tales are simply reflections of a misogynist society is replaced with a proto-feminist reading; rather, these stories display the danger of a world where too much unchecked power is left in the wrong hands. The finite message of these stories is this: a civilized society needs a centralized government, or the types of heinous acts described in the book of Judges will never end.
    • Seize the Revision: A Critical Introduction to a Collection of Poetry Titled “Fill in the Blank”

      Whorton, James, Jr.; DeRose, Allison; The College at Brockport (2016-12-05)
      Poetry is all about having a passion for language and its fluidity. It is also about constantly reworking language until it flows just as it needs to flow. The process of revision is not about making something better or even about making something complete. It is about playing around with words and erasing and discovering and crossing out and replacing. This introduction to my collection of poems is going to be talking about the process of revision. First, I will talk about other poets that I have read and their different revising processes in the section titled “Revising Poems.” Then, I will reflect on poets that have been an inspiration to me and directly influenced my writing or revision process in the section titled “Inspirations.” Last, I will point out specific examples in my collection of poems, Fill in the Blank, and in the subsequent drafts of my revisions. I will explore which techniques I personally found worked best for my writing process. It is in this last section, titled “Personal Techniques,” where I will incorporate my own poems and compare their numerous included drafts side-by-side.
    • The Emotional Effects of Weight Issues on Adolescents in Young Adult Literature

      Norcia, Megan; Barthel, Danielle; The College at Brockport (2011-05-01)
      This thesis is going to delve into the areas surrounding weight problems in four chapters. The first will cover physical health problems that stem from being both overweight and underweight, and will also touch on different ways teenagers in fiction deal with unhappiness concerning their weight. The second chapter discusses the effects of peer relationships on children?s ideas about their self-image, specifically how peers can be some of the most negatively influential factors in a child?s life. It is also true that peers can be some of the most important people for a child with a weight problem, because friends make life more bearable and do not focus on taunting children with weight issues like bullies do. The third chapter brings up the importance of the child?s relationships with his parents and also non-parent adults. In literature, the parents tend to be painted as the problem, whereas the non-parent adult is the outsider who gives the child positive and healthy advice. In general, these novels do follow that pattern quite closely. The final chapter wraps the novels up, showing how each story ends in a way that will bring hope and confidence to any reader who can relate to it. It is something that young adult readers need in order to realize that if they are going through a difficult time, it will not last forever.
    • The Human Condition: Stories on Love and Loss

      Black, Ralph W.; Watkins, Sarah; State University of New York College at Brockport (2020-09-16)
      As both a reader and a writer, I’ve always been interested in the idea that all stories in literature have been told in one way or another before. Yet, authors find a way to engage their audiences and make these stories new by incorporating new and personal factors within the human connections within stories. For my thesis, I chose to explore this idea and focus on one-on-one human connections as the connecting thread within my short story collection.
    • The Impact of the Gospel of Matthew on the Treatment of Violence and Self-Defense in the Medieval English and Modern American Legal Systems

      Busch, Austin M.; Koch, Caitlyn; The College at Brockport (2019-05-24)
      There is no doubt that the Bible is filled with the concept of violence, especially in the New Testament, where Jesus faces the violence of persecution in his own life. There is also no doubt that the synoptic gospels each has its own way of addressing this violence: Mark responds to the violence with Jesus’s passivity, while Matthew, Luke, and John, each to their own extent, teach about non-retaliation and doing good to those who wrong you through their depictions of Jesus’s response to violence. Significantly, Matthew depicts Jesus’s response to violence in two different ways: first, Jesus teaches submission and peacemaking on earth, but when he speaks of his post-resurrection return to the earth, he promises vengeance in the eschatological setting. These two different positions on violence create two contradictory versions of Jesus in Matthew: the peaceful, earthly Jesus, and the vengeful and violent eschatological Jesus.
    • The Lack of Snug Spaces and Loss of Innocence in The Sorcerer’s Stone and The Golden Compass

      Proehl, Kristen; D'Arcangelis, Nicole; The College at Brockport (2015-05-10)
      Jerry Griswold claims in his text on children’s literature Feeling Like a Kid that young protagonists seek to occupy snug spaces. In order to describe snugness Griswold explains that the space should possess a litany of characteristics including enclosed, tight, small, simple, welldesigned, remote, safe, guarded, self-sufficient, owned, and hidden. But tight does not always mean snug—sometimes it means claustrophobic. This essay examines young protagonists’ interactions with spaces in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and The Golden Compass and groups the spaces for analysis according to the manner in which the protagonist occupies them (assigned, chosen, natural, invited, and forbidden) so as to demonstrate that the manner in which a space is occupied can influence its characterization as snug. Particular spaces in the novels are analyzed in relation to Griswold’s attributes of snugness in order to argue that a lack of snug space threatens and ultimately corrupts the innocence of a young protagonist. Further, a discussion of the transitional spaces which Harry and Lyra must pass through in order to enter other instances of space provides a distinction between the innate innocence of the children and its steady corruption as they fail to experience snug space over the course of their novels. The particular spaces chosen for this project are the cupboard under the stairs, the Wizarding World, Gryffindor House, Hagrid’s hut, the Mirror of Erised, Lyra’s Jordan, Bolvangar, the daemon space, the gyptians’ boat, and the retiring room. The transitional spaces through which Harry and Lyra move are the barrier at Platform 9 ¾ and the hole in the sky created by Lord Asriel at the end of The Golden Compass.
    • Young Adult Trauma: Representation, Intersectionality, and Friendship in Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows

      Proehl, Kristen; Esposito, Catherine; State University of New York College at Brockport (2020-09-14)
      The trauma represented in YA Literature is relevant to young adult readers. The texts Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo, Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games and Angie Thomas’ The Hate U Give (dir. George Tillman, Jr.) represent fantasy YA, dystopian YA, and contemporary YA, and give different contexts for the multitudinous nature of trauma. Outlining the history of trauma in the world and in literature before delving into its representations into these texts will provide context for the intricate ways they are used. The examples from these texts will provide proof of the popularity of trauma as a method of reaching viewers, who may have experienced similar traumas or post-traumatic symptoms. This is all to draw conclusions about the way and the reasons that young adult readers are impacted by reading about trauma in texts. Between race, gender, and sexuality, marginalized groups are often left out. Without these fictional representations, children who do not see themselves represented can feel like their experiences are not valid. The intersection of gender, race, and class is important to each of these texts, especially Six of Crows and The Hate U Give. Bardugo crafts her world utilizing these contexts to create a diverse cast of characters, all of whom come with their own form of trauma.