MORAL EXPLORATIONS

11:00 to 12:00

Moderator: Dr. Kylee-Anne Hingston, Assistant Professor, Department of English

Timothy Nickerson

Comparing Pride in Beowulf to Ofermode in "The Battle of Maldon"

Abstract

This paper explores the theme of pride in the Old English poems Beowulf and “The Battle of Maldon” by comparing the actions of each story’s central character. I argue that both stories present pride as leading to downfall and ruin and will explore how these thematic elements were influenced by both Germanic and Christian culture.

Tierra Bedwell

London, The Pague, Con Artistry, and Alchemy in Ben Jonson's The Alchemist

Tierra is in her fourth year of the honours program. She plans to pursue a law degree after achieving her English Honours degree. 

Abstract

Ben Jonson's play The Alchemist (1610) links the play itself to the city of London, the city to the plague, the plague to con-artistry, and finally con-artistry to alchemy. Through this elaborate series of connections, Jonson criticizes the vices of the city.

Logan Thienes

"Many other questions equally interesting and well-bred": Classes and Subversions of Writing in Evelina

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Logan Thienes is in the final year of an English Honours degree at the U of S, with aspirations to continue on into graduate studies. His academic interests include medieval literature and digital humanities.

Abstract

In the novel Evelina (1778), Frances Burney depicts a subversive dimension to the act of letter writing. Instead of merely recording events, the titular Evelina provides vivid records of conversation which allow her to editorialize the words of those who oppress her, demonstrating the unique power letter-writing presents to both Evelina and Burney.