Eight majors to present papers at St. Francis

Eight Illinois Wesleyan students had papers accepted and will share their research at the Undergraduate Conference on English Language and Literature, sponsored by the University of St. Francis. The oldest of its kind, the St. Francis conference in Joliet includes undergraduates from universities as far away as Canada. IWU students have actively participated over the years, but eight is a new record, according to Professor Dan Terkla. He should know. For the past seven years he’s encouraged his students to submit abstracts and coached them after their papers have been accepted—which is why you’ll see a preponderance of medieval literature topics.

Congratulations to the students who will participate in the 19th annual Undergraduate Conference on English Language and Literature on March 19-20:

Maribeth Dahlberg, ’11 (“Literature of Maps? Geographic Versus Literary Pilgrimage in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales”)

Jeffrey Danzinger, ’10 (“Does Death Die?: Donne’s Holy Sonnet and Margaret Edson’s play Wit”)

Amy Fairgrieve, ’12 (“Courtly Love? Fascination with Female Sexuality in Medieval Literature”)

Anne Marquette, ’10 (“Gypons, Foot-Mandles, and Vernicles: Applied Costume Rhetoric in Three Canterbury Tales”)

Linda Martin, ‘10 (“The Dark Places of Psychology: Consciousness in Virginia Woolf’s The Waves”)

Kylie Peters, ’12 (“Sir Gawain and the Benefits and Hazards of ‘Luf-Talkyng’”)

Claire Shoup, ’11 (“Powerful Beauty: Emanation and Utilization in the Canterbury Tales”)

Nathaniel Strauss, ’10 (“American Kitsch in Brautigan’s Trout Fishing in America”)

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