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Congratulations to our undergraduate thesis prize winner, Annalee Sweet, and honorable mention, Sophia Kwong

Posted: May 25, 2007
Annalee's thesis, entitled “Oh, my sisters!”: Femininity in the Chekhov Theatre, argues that the Chekhov theatre—comprising both his major plays and their original and subsequent performances—is a kind of “théâtre féminin” roughly corresponding to the “écriture féminine” described by French feminist critics Hélène Cixous and Julia Kristeva. Annalee undertakes detailed readings of the four major plays, examining gender dynamics in each. She argues that Chekhov not only highlights female characters, but also challenges traditional notions of masculinity in his male characters. Her discussions of The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard all support her major claim that “the Chekhov theatre is dominated by the power of the feminine.” Her thesis supervisor, Professor James Loehlin, has called her thesis ''a model of interdisciplinary study, and a most impressive achievement for an undergraduate student.''Sophia's thesis, entitled Post-Modern Pop: Reinventing Comic Book Literacy In Selected Works by Grant Morrison, analyzes the ''semiotic components that comprise the ''language'' of comic books, that is, the symbols and iconography that must be decoded in the reading process'' and examines the world of comic book literacy. Sophia focuses on the works of Scottish writer Grant Morrison, who she believes has ''laid the groundwork for a new literary age of comic book culture.'' Her thesis supervisor, Prof. Adam Newton, has written that Sophia's thesis is ''among the best work by an undergraduate I've seen at UT.''
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