Dept. Arts and Sciences

Graduating English Majors Present Capstone Projects

English Graduates from our Cochran Campus

The English department’s senior capstone presentations took place April 24, May 1, and May 2 on the Cochran and Macon campuses. Fourteen students presented their work to the English faculty based on each student’s 20+ page research paper completed over the past semester.  The capstone project represents the culmination of skills mastered by English majors, particularly in content knowledge, writing proficiency, and research. This year, Dr. Chris Cairney taught the capstone seminar in Cochran, and Dr. Chip Rogers taught the capstone seminar in Macon. 


One of the seniors, Lara Persiani, who played tennis for the Knights, is an international student from Italy. Her mother was able to travel to Georgia from Italy to hear her daughter present her capstone project. 

English Graduates from our Macon Campus

Here are the names of the students and their presentations:

Taylor Ayers, Peering Through the Looking-Glass: Ideological Subversion in Lewis Carroll’s Alice Novels

Shekennia Grover, African American Modernism into Postmodernism: Robert Hayden and Amiri Baraka

Tami Mitchell, The Ulster Cycle and the Monomyth: Celtic Mythology’s Uniqueness

Sara Kathryn Smith, The Dysfunctional Bennets of Hertfordshire

William Letson, Norse Mythology in Fire Emblem Heroes: Norse Amorality vs. Christian Evil

Lara Persiani, Dickens’s Sympathy for Italy, Italians, and Italian Unification in Little Dorrit

Erin Byington, Victorian Society and Gender in Richard Marsh’s The Beetle

Zachary Gray, Kamau Brathwaite and Shara McCallum: Voice and Identity in Caribbean Poetry

Sydney Causey, Shackled: English Imperialism and the Past in the Poetry of Yeats and Heaney

Deanna Rivero, Pura Del Prado: Poetic Raft of Refuge from Cuban Communism

Adriana Barnes, Gender Expectations in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Carly Clayton, The Women of Fitzgerald: A Rise to Power

Allison Warren, “All of the Indians Will Be Ghosts”: The Role of Collection and Enforcement in Identity Effacement in Sherman Alexie’s Indian Killer

Jesse Brown, Lancelot as Folk Resistance and Political Satire in the Vulgate Cycle