English 2011
  • Marxism: A Love Story
    Garrett Crane
    Faculty Mentor: Kevin Griffith

    Does a bias against capitalism exist in canonical literature of the 20th Century?  Would alternatives to capitalism be better for the characters in certain works commonly used in literature courses, or is capitalism unfairly portrayed as destructive to a character's interests?  My purpose is to examine these principles in the specific contexts of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and in David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross. My methods are based on my personal experience as a student, analyzing the backgrounds of the characters in the story, and reviewing economic and political research from accredited universities and other academic sources. My goal is to show that capitalism is preferable to Marxism in the two fictional accounts mentioned. I hope that academia will reconsider its potential biases and give my argument a fair shake. This project allowed me to use my skills that I developed over the past four years to analyze what I have studied during that time in an innovative way. 

    Masculinity Redefined: The evolution of People Magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive”
    Ellen Crawford
    Faculty Mentor: Sergey Rybas

    In magazines, males and the traits that are considered masculine are often portrayed differently depending on the magazine’s audience. With R. W. Connell’s view of hegemonic and non-hegemonic masculinity in mind, I examined People Magazine’s annual “Sexiest Man Alive” issue to show that the portrayal of masculinity differs from what is traditionally accepted as masculine in a magazine with a primarily female readership. While some research has been done previously on masculinity in men’s magazines, I focused on a woman’s entertainment weekly by looking at a number of factors often associated with the various types of masculinity. I examined the men featured as the “Sexiest Man Alive” over the past 25 years and compared their traits to those associated with hegemonic and non-hegemonic masculinity. I use my research to look at how the traits of the “Sexiest Man Alive” have changed since the first man was crowned in 1985 and how these findings compare to the research done on masculinity in men’s magazines. 

    Diana in the Media: The Othering of a Princess
    Danielle Hinckley
    Faculty Mentor: Sergey Rybas

     The topic of the newest Royal wedding has been a top media story for months. Ample comparison has been made between Princess Diana and Kate Middleton. With this constant coverage of Kate Middleton’s life, I examine the coverage of Diana’s life to see what made her an icon and why she drew so much media attention. To do this, I analyze the content of People Magazine covers that featured Princess Diana to see what type of information was communicated to readers. Using Lacan’s discussion of the Other and Social Responsibility Theory, I argue that the coverage of Princess Diana was used in othering her to connect her to the public. This research is important to journalists, because it shows how the information being published is dependent on the network between media and society. 

    The ReCap: Capital University's Literary Arts Magazine
    Elizabeth Melick
    Faculty Mentor: Kevin Griffith

    Many Capital students have dedicated many hours to ReCap, through creating the art included in the literary arts magazine and putting the magazine together. This presentation is an opportunity for these students to exhibit their work. During this presentation, the winners of Best Poetry, Best Prose, Best Visual Art, and Best Photography awards present their work, and the magazine is distributed.