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  • EWL Insights February 2021

    Wynn, Alice; Department of English and World Languages (Augusta University, 2021-02-15)
    Table of Contents: A Conversation with Kiese Layman and Jesmyn Ward (New Mississippi Project and The African American Read-In), Faculty Spotlight (Guirdex Masse), Upcoming events (EWL Scholarship Workshop, SWCA-GA Spring Forum, Speaking Shakespeare, National Poetry Month Virtual Open Mic, Engendering Emergencies: Gender Polities in Times of Crisis and, Sand Hills Magazine), 5 Questions with EWL's Danielle Wardell, Faculty and Student News, EWL Scholarships and Awards 2021 Deadlines
  • EWL Insights: November 2020

    Williams, Seretha; Department of English and World Languages (Augusta University, 2020-11-20)
    Table of Contents: Upcoming Events (An Evening with Michele Harper and Making Fiction Writing Sustainable), Current Students (Madison Brown, Mary lu Kuhl Scholarship), Alumni Highlights, Faculty Spotlight (Christina Heckman)
  • Delusional Disorder in the Narrator of Maud

    Ravula, Havilah; English and Foreign Languages (Augusta University Libraries, 2020-05-04)
    This item presents the abstract for an oral presentation at the 21st Annual Phi Kappa Phi Student Research and Fine Arts Conference.
  • Portrayal of Mental Illness in Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart”

    Shaikh, Arika; English and Foreign Languages (Augusta University Libraries, 2020-05-04)
    This item presents the abstract for a poster presentation at the 21st Annual Phi Kappa Phi Student Research and Fine Arts Conference.
  • Two Minute Poem

    Department of English and Foreign Languages
    The creation of two poems using techniques of sampling, mixing, transforming, and reinventing lines from previously written poems of others.
  • Sonnets and its History: A Digital Timeline

    Department of English and Foreign Languages
    A class assignment for HUMN 2010 in Spring 2019 presents the growth and shifts of sonnets through an interactive timeline using Timeline JS software and platform.
  • Chicago House Music: A Digital Timeline

    Department of English and Foreign Languages
    A class assignment for HUMN 2010 in Spring 2019 presents the growth and shifts of Chicago House Music through an interactive timeline using Timeline JS software and platform.
  • Berlin Wall: A Reese Library Environmental Scan Infographic

    Department of English and Foreign Languages (Augusta University, Spr. 2019)
  • Reese Library Infographic

    Halder, Bithika; Department of English and Foreign Languages (Spr. 2019)
    A class assignment presents an infographic of Reese Library.
  • Survey and Visualization

    Department of English and Foreign Languages (Augusta University, Spr. 2019)
    A group class assignment presents an investigation on how colors affect mood and mental health.
  • Racial Segregation as a Social Determinant of Health Outcomes: Evidence from Counties in the State of Georgia

    Lee, Divesia; Department of Finance and Economics, Department of English & Foreign Languages (Augusta University, 2019-05)
    Social determinants of health account for about 50 percent of health outcomes- more than any other category, yet is the most understudied, therefore warranting further investigation. We contend that within social determinants of health, analysis of racial segregation is of importance. Racial segregation is a structural form of racism, where people of similar race live in communities apart from people of other races. Prior studies have used a dissimilarity index to measure racial segregation and its impact on health outcomes, and has suggested that racial residential segregation has a negative impact on health outcomes, but none of these studies have focused on county level data or the State of Georgia in particular. Using a dataset from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, supplemented by other public health and demographic data for all counties in Georgia, we use regression analysis to model the relationship between segregation and various health outcomes. A variety of social determinants of health were analyzed ranging from factors of economic stability, neighborhood and physical environment, and education, to aspects of the healthcare system. Initial results suggest that racial segregation relates to health outcomes, but it depends on the health outcomes being measured. Conclusions are pending further quantitative analysis.
  • Racial Dissimilarities as a Social Determinant of Health Outcomes: Evidence from Counties in the State of Georgia

    Lee, Divesia; Hull College of Business; Department of English & Foreign Languages; Medcalfe, Simon; Slade, Catherine; Hoffman, Todd; Augusta University (2019-02-13)
    Social determinants of health account for about 50 percent of health outcomes- more than any other category, yet is the most understudied, therefore warranting further investigation. We contend that within social determinants of health, analysis of racial segregation is of importance. Racial segregation is a structural form of racism, where people of similar race live in communities apart from people of other races. Prior studies have used a dissimilarity index to measure racial segregation and its impact on health outcomes, and has suggested that racial residential segregation has a negative impact on health outcomes, but none of these studies have focused on county level data or the State of Georgia in particular. Using a dataset from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, supplemented by other public health and demographic data for all counties in Georgia, we use regression analysis to model the relationship between segregation and various health outcomes. A variety of social determinants of health were analyzed ranging from factors of economic stability, neighborhood and physical environment, and education, to aspects of the healthcare system. Initial results suggest that racial segregation relates to health outcomes, but it depends on the health outcomes being measured. Conclusions are pending further quantitative analysis.
  • The Proficiency-Based Classroom: Building on the Standards

    Watts, Tara; Department of English & Foreign Languages; Sandarg, Jana; Augusta University (2019-02-13)
    Proper communication is the most important element in any classroom, in particular, a foreign language classroom. Foreign language acquisition is essential, with many secondary schools and higher education institutions worldwide requiring foreign language studies in order to receive a degree. Students can learn foreign languages in many ways based on the ACTFL Standards: Communication, Cultures, Connections, Comparisons, and Communities. These standards expand the expectations of teaching methods as the guidelines in which a student is able to use the language outside of the classroom. The most important of these standards is Communication, which is the sending of a message from one individual to another. In this study, I will focus on the Communication standard, in particular, verbal communication in the classroom. Many students in the foreign language classroom struggle with the conversational aspect; therefore, teachers are focusing more on how to aid students in conversational learning. Furthermore, teachers incorporate cultural knowledge as a means to expand language acquisition in the classroom, giving language a context. In this presentation, I will study research on language acquisition and the ACTFL Standards; I will discuss proficiency-based projects I have done in addition to projects I plan on using in the classroom after graduation.
  • You Should Know: Writing about Sexuality as a Woman

    McCarty, Kirsten; Department of English & Foreign Languages; Minick, Jim; Maynard, Lee Anna; Augusta University (2019-02-13)
    This thesis is a culmination of both my research on the topic of female sexuality in writing and a sampling of my own creative work based on this research. I begin with an exploration of how the past has influenced the current landscape for women's writing, especially related to female sexuality. While women today are afforded many opportunities in the field of writing, certain topics still remain taboo for these writers. Sexuality as a whole is one such topic - from a woman's relationship with her body to her sexual desire to her experience with sexual abuse. While many modern movements are encouraging women to discuss their experiences with sexual abuse, many other aspects of female sexuality remain hidden behind shame. Realizing this has inspired me to write a series of letters to my younger sister on several aspects of femininity. My creative work consists of personal experiences with abuse, desire, and the female body. By writing about these experiences openly, without denying the details that make them distinctly feminine, I hope to further the discussion of female sexuality in more serious literature.
  • You Should Know: Writing about Sexuality as a Woman

    McCarty, Kirsten; Department of English and Foreign Languages (Augusta University, 2018-12)
    This thesis is a culmination of both my research on the topic of female sexuality in writing and a sampling of my own creative work based on this research. I begin with an exploration of how the past has influenced the current landscape for women’s writing, especially related to female sexuality. While women today are afforded many opportunities in the field of writing, certain topics still remain taboo for these writers. Sexuality as a whole is one such topic – from a woman’s relationship with her body to her sexual desire to her experience with sexual abuse. While many modern movements are encouraging women to discuss their experiences with sexual abuse, many other aspects of female sexuality remain hidden behind shame. Realizing this has inspired me to write a series of letters to my younger sister on several aspects of femininity. My creative work consists of personal experiences with abuse, desire, and the female body. By writing about these experiences openly, without denying the details that make them distinctly feminine, I hope to further the discussion of female sexuality in more serious literature.
  • Christianity as a Coping Method for Post-Traumatic Stress Demonstrated Through 19th - and 20th -Century Literature

    Smith, Allyson; Department of English and Foreign Languages (Augusta University, 2019-05)
    This project explores the validity of faith, specifically Christianity, as a coping mechanism for those suffering from PTSD. Rather than solely looking at the scientific side of this topic, I will use two works of fiction to represent the cultural attitudes toward Christianity as it relates to PTSD.The selected works are Les Misérables by Victor Hugo and The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.I chose to approach the topic this way because works of art, including fictional writings, tend to reflect the state of society in which the author lived. By incorporating context from the cultural and medical knowledge of PTSD at the time the books were written, events in the author's lives, and events in the world at the time the authors were writing their books, I will explorewhether a return to faith as a coping mechanism can be an effective strategy for the modernindividual struggling with PTSD.
  • The Relationship Between Christianity and PTSD Shown Through 19th- and 20th-Century Literature

    Smith, Allyson; Department of English and Foreign Languages; Dr. Lee Anna Maynard; Department of English and Foreign Languages; Augusta University (2018-02-12)
    This project explores the validity of faith, specifically Christianity, as a coping mechanism for those suffering from PTSD. Rather than solely looking at the scientific side of this topic, I will use two works of fiction to represent the cultural attitudes toward Christianity as it relates to PTSD.The selected works are Les Misérables by Victor Hugo and The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.I chose to approach the topic this way because works of art, including fictional writings, tend to reflect the state of society in which the author lived. By incorporating context from the cultural and medical knowledge of PTSD at the time the books were written, events in the author's lives, and events in the world at the time the authors were writing their books, I will explorewhether a return to faith as a coping mechanism can be an effective strategy for the modernindividual struggling with PTSD.
  • Rebecca Harding Davis: Spatial, Gender, and Labor Roles in Literary Realism

    Humphrey, Katie; Department of English and Foreign Languages (Augusta University, 2017-05)
    Rebecca Harding Davis, a West Virginia writer, explores how conceptions of gender shifted in the United States, especially during the Industrial Revolution. Davis published her novel in six separate issues of The Atlantic literary magazine from October of 1861 until March of 1862 in monthly installments. These pieces were eventually published as a novel entitled Margret Howth in 1862. This story explores the life of the young woman after whom the book is named. Davis’s approach emphasizes the recording of daily life as it is happening, commenting especially on the relationship between women and labor during the early Civil War period in the United States. Davis’s focus on the daily details of life allows her to bring attention to gender and labor inequalities in the nineteenth century Midwest. Davis’s female characters depict how women felt unable to make decisions, especially if their decisions brought them out of their home and away from the family. She also brings light to women’s treatment from both men and the upper class, who marked them as unable to do work outside the home because they believed they were physically and emotionally built only for domestic life. [Introduction]
  • Techniques Used to Establish the First Person Narrator and Perspective in Double Indemnity and Murder, My Sweet

    Walton, Breana; Department of English and Foreign Languages (Augusta University Libraries, 2017-05-11)
    Directed by Billy Wilder and Edward Dmytryk respectively, the films noir Double Indemnity (1944) and Murder, My Sweet (1944) each have a storyline that unfolds from a first person perspective as told by a narrator. The techniques used in the films establish this first person perspective through which the films are understood. Both films include voice over as a technique, which determines who the narrator is and the amount of information withheld or disclosed to the audience. Establishing the visual perspective of the narrator is portrayed through differently for each film. While, Double Indemnity utilizes camera angle, Murder, My Sweet uses camera filters and special effects. Lastly, to achieve the first person narration, the character narrating in each film must be present in every scene or give explanation of events that occur in his absence. The various techniques used in each film function cohesively to establish the narrator and achieve his perspective through which the plot is understood by the audience.
  • Postmodernism & the Sexual Awakening of E.L. Doctorow's Ragtime

    Rosier, Melanie (2017-03-06)
    This analysis utilizes both a Postmodernist and Feminist approach to E.L. Doctorow's novel Ragtime in order to provide a social commentary on the hardships of women and minorities in Pre-WWI America. Historically, the patriarchal system has contributed to the sociopolitical oppression of women on an international level. The sexual repression of women, in particular, has lead to a system of hierarchy that has been permanently instilled in society. However, with the turn of the nineteenth century, the dissolution of familial roles for women began taking place. In this analysis, Doctorow's narration of the lives of five different female characters is defined as an illumination of the socioeconomic hardships of women in the height of immigration and labor exploitation within the United States. This historiographical commentary continues by recognizing the inability to acquire liberation from oppression for minority women.

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