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Big Results at Big Night Competition

A total of nine English majors participated in this year's Big Night competition, which showcases undergraduate research at West Georgia. In the Humanities section of the competition, Rebecca Schwab won first place for her presentation, "I'd Rather Be Drunk on My Island," which performs a deconstructive reading of binary oppositions in Elizabeth Bishop's poem "Crusoe in England." Phillip Fowler received first runner-up honors for his study entitled "Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness: A Paradox of Human Behavior." English and Political Science double major Erica Rohlfs won in the Social Sciences category. Her project explores feminist questions in the international political arena.

Erica Rohlfs, winner, Social Sciences Category
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Additional presenters included Stephanie Henderson Hollenbeck ("Gothic Elements of the Subversive Fairy Tale in Gail Godwin's A Mother and Two Daughters"), Jason Bearden ("Ann Silsbee's Orioling: A Narrative of Lyrics"), Jesse Bishop ("Mirrors, Dreams, and Desire: Fragmentation and the Gaze in Cormac McCarthy's Child of God"), Rod McRae ("Voices of Domestic Emasculation: The Effects of Suburbia on James Dickey and David Bottoms"), Sara Snow ("Expressionism in Holocaust Art"), and Carl Jordan ("Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland by Samuel Johnson").

Schwab and Rohlfs will give revised versions of their presentations to a university-wide audience on Big Night, April 8. All participants will develop a visual display of their research for exhibition at this annual campus celebration.

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Last updated April 17, 2004