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Undergraduate Research and Creative Work

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Opportunities and Resources

As an undergraduate student, you have the opportunity to pursue research and creative work through the English Department’s writing contests and University-sponsored events such as the annual Fall Fest and Academic Spree Day. You also might pursue an honors thesis, allowing you to dive deeper into a topic that interests you.

You’ll benefit from Clark’s prime location, which gives you the chance to work at major research libraries, including the nearby American Antiquarian Society — a world-renowned archive of journals, novels, letters, broadsides, and ephemera. Worcester is home to nine colleges and universities, providing the opportunity for face-to-face collaboration with scholars and writers beyond the Clark campus.

Recent Undergraduate Honors Theses in English

Interested in applying your skills in close reading and critical analysis to a long-term research project? Consider pursuing honors work, where you’ll work closely with an adviser to develop a thesis. Below, check out recent topics and titles.

  • “Gendered (De)constructions of Identity and their Traumatic Effects: Illuminating a History of Brutality Buried Beneath the Beauty of the Caribbean Landscape”
  • “Trapped Within and Without: Representations of Space in Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights
  • “Straying from the Heterosexual Ideal: Gothic Anxieties Regarding Sex and Gender”
  • “ ‘Palpable Verb Tense’: A Feminist Orientation to Readerly and Authorial Position”
  • “Identity in the Zone: Disciplinary Power, Habitus, and Influential Narrative in Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow
  • “ ‘Now I a Fourfold Vision See’: From the Miltonic Trinity to the Blakean Quadrinity”
  • “Gender in Conflict: A History of Iraqi Women from Ba’athism to Occupation”
  • “ ‘In My Ear’: Gender and Claims to Knowledge in The Great Gatsby and Jazz
  • “ ‘Units of a Greater Beast’: The Presence of John Steinbeck’s Phalanx Theory in his Political Fiction and Non-Fiction”
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Fall Fest and Academic Spree Day

Present your research project at Clark’s annual Fall Fest or Academic Spree Day, which provide opportunities for undergraduates from across the University to give talks and poster presentations.

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