• Being me in Trump's America

      Khan, Shahnoor (2020-05)
    • Black youth identity development: using the Black Lives Matter movement as a wake-up call for improved cultural attunement for non-black human service workers

      Rodriguez, Tiana (2021-05)
      When considering youth development, it is essential to differentiate between non-Black youth and Black youth. Black youth may be struggling in other departments with family, addictions, homelessness, etc. but it is also essential to keep in mind that they are also Black which instantly puts targets on their back literally and figuratively due to institutionalized racism and the white supremacy so deeply rooted in our society. This is why using a human rights framework is significant to understanding and aiding Black youth development. Human service workers are historically human rights advocates, so this is a part of the work that they do.
    • HBO’s Euphoria: how do you understand love and identity through media ?

      Martinez, Mya (2022-05)
      Adolescents and emerging adults are constantly bombarded with media which ultimately shapes the individuals they end up being, how they see themselves and how they see others. The purpose of the current qualitative study is to see how media, and HBO’s Euphoria specifically has affected people’s self-identity and narrative development as well as their love life narratives. Participants were interviewed and asked open ended questions related to the research questions to answer. The interviews were transcribed and analyzed using inductive qualitative analysis. Through the research, five themes emerged which were relating to and seeing themselves in characters, increased open mindedness, relationship lessons, wants in relationships and increased closeness in relationships. The research supported the idea that Euphoria and fandom involvement has influenced fans’ real life. And that in a broader sense, media has the power to affect people’s identity and their relationships.
    • How film and literature influence the ways in which East Asian American identity is formed

      Macci, Allyson (2018-05)
      This paper looks at the ways in which East Asian Americans sense of identity is formed through the representations of them and their culture in American film and literature. I will discuss through an analysis of rhetoric, theory, and criticism by East Asian authors, how the portrayal of a culture and people impact and influence their sense of identity. For example, I will answer questions such as what does it mean to be both Asian and American, especially when growing up in a Western society and culture? How does the portrayal of East Asians in popular American film and literature mold and shape their understanding of their sense of self? What are some East Asians stereotyped? How do these stereotypes fit into the ideas that popular Western culture perceives? My primary novels are examples of Asian American authors writing about the Asian American experience and how they perceive what it means to be Asian American. The films I chose look at white American directors and producers and how they interpret Asian culture in their films. My primary and secondary research will further examine how film and literature impacts the ways in which Asian Americans view their identity, heritage, and culture. This will be done through an analyses of rhetoric and history, both Asian and American.
    • Metamorphosing subjectivities and fairytale conventions: how Angela Carter reinvents womanhood

      Couch-Tellefsen, Skylar (2022-05)
      The following thesis explores how Angela Carter’s re-writings and adaptations of fairytales transgress the confinements of womanhood told in original folktales. Angela Carter’s The Bloody Chamber is a collection of fairytales that challenges traditional fairytale narratives and rewrites characters’ identities that break down constraining boundaries women must uphold. The transformative nature of Carter’s literary works transcends more than the elements of fiction, rather the entire identity of women by challenging the status quo and incorporating ambiguous identities throughout her stories. This thesis is broken down into three interrelated sections; the first section discusses how Carter deconstructs the traditional narrative form of fairytales in an innovative fashion. The second section investigates the ambiguous identities of Carter’s characters as means to liberate women from the constraints of womanhood, with a specific focus on Donna Haraway’s theoretical work in “A Cyborg Manifesto.” The third and final section captures how the grotesque and catastrophes function in Carter’s fairytales. Overall, this thesis is defined by its exploration of Carter’s reworking of fairytales, as well as womanhood at large.
    • Understanding how definitions of identity are established and altered when literary works are translated to film

      Carter-Huffman, Christine (2019-12)
      This paper analyzes the translation of two different stories from their original story in the form of literature to their corresponding adaptation in film. The poem “The Man from Snowy River” translates to film, The Man from Snowy River ; and the novella, Story of Your Life translates to the film, Arrival. Australian identity and human identity, respectively, are altered once translated across the different genres of a poem to film and a novella to film. These genres have intrinsic components specific to each type, which shape how the story is told and perceived. The medium of literature creates an intimate connection between the text and the reader, but the intimacy ranges between poem and novella. A film shifts its storytelling as we now see and hear the story in dramatic ways through a Hollywood style narrative. Parts of each story is lost once translated, but there is information gained when they are compared. Furthermore, the two stories differ in their more specific genres of fiction and science-fiction. By analyzing form, genre, and the components native to each piece of work, there is an understanding of what life was like when each work was created and what values, perspectives, and intentions are important for the author to show to the reader. This paper will show how the audience’s expectations, the details delivered, and the ultimate messages are shaped and altered throughout each piece of work.
    • Why there are no black Dominicans: how anti-Haitian sentiment in the era of Trujillo and the deeply rooted black history of the island of Hispaniola affects how Dominicans racially identify in New York today

      Frasco, Melissa (2020-12)
      Within the island of Hispaniola are two countries: the Dominican Republic and Haiti. In 1808 the island was split into two distinct areas and today remains segregated geographically and culturally. Haiti is often associated with poverty, corrupt governments, and blackness, while the Dominican Republic is associated with tropical vacations, baseball, and the Caribbean. By considering the role of socio-political, historical, and ethno-cultural factors in Dominicans’ racial self-identification, this study examines why some Dominicans may not identify as “Black” despite the history of the African slave trade across the island. Using a snowball sampling method to identify study participants, I interviewed Dominican individuals about their racial self- identification and the cultural factors that influenced them. The view of race will be recognized as both a construct and as a significant factor in one’s identity. My research provides insights into how Dominicans in New York identify ethnically, racially, and culturally. Dominicans have a complicated relationship with race, partially due to the thirty-year reign of General Rafael Trujillo, whose promotion of a racial ideology associates blackness with Haitians rather than Dominicans, the historical colonization of the island, post-coloniality, and migration. Dominicans have a notoriously complicated relationship with blackness, when referred to as Black (in the United States) some Dominicans are quick to retort back phrases such as “I’m not Black, I’m Dominican!”. The Dominican racial identity and its relationship with the country of Haiti cannot be explained by the simplicity of the United States racial binary of Black or white. However, Dominicans have historically migrated to states such as New York, New Jersey, and Florida and continue to straddle racial imaginaries spanning from Latin America and the Caribbean to the receiving country.