Jun
12

The Life of the Devotional Object: The History Museum Context

My research began in London for just one week of endless museum visits. My interest in London was two-fold–not only does it have many museums with collections of South Asian art, but it also has an added complexity being the former sovereign nation in India. Furthermore, many of the collections explain the object to the…
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Jun
01

May Update: The Thesis Begins to Take Shape

Having divided the material into seven categories (Austro-Hungarian Empire, Prague Architecture and Urbanism, Prague Social History, Urban Theory, Kafka Interpretations, Kafka’s Biography, and Primary Texts), I am beginning to conceptualize how they interact with each other. I have considered how the social and cultural relations within the multinational empire led to the rise of nationalism,…
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May
31

The Question of Bundanga

As the month of May draws to a close, I can happily say that I have already accomplished quite a bit, immersing myself ever further into the literature surrounding Afro-Caribbean religious traditions. This being said, new dilemmas continue to present themselves to me daily, the most prominent being that of bundanga. Bundanga is a term used within communities…
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Apr
17

Introductory Abstract

Focusing specifically on Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five and William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!, I will analyze how trauma is understood, expressed, and responded to in Faulkner’s era as it compares to Vonnegut’s, using the theory of trauma put forth by Cathy Caruth’s Unclaimed Experience (1996). In my work, I will seek to exhibit the striking change in…
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Apr
17

The Dimetrodon Dilemma

Dimetrodon was the apex terrestrial predator of the early to middle Permian. This genus is a “pelycosaur”-grade synapsid, and a member of Sphenacodontidae the most derived family of basal synapsids. This “sail”-backed ancestor of mammals is conventionally depicted with sprawling posture, but this may be incorrect. Its trackways lack belly-dragging marks and its spine exhibits limited…
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