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List of Abstracts in the Category of Oral Presentations (Total 6)

Abstract ID:30
Abstract Title:Year of Bone
Student:.Alexis Henderson (alexish@email.uscb.edu)
Faculty Mentor:.Ellen Malphrus (pemalphr@uscb.edu)
Author List: Alexis Henderson
Program: English Theater and Liberal Studies
Abstract Category: Oral Presentations

Abstract:
For as long as Immanuel Moore has been alive, she’s obeyed the sacred laws of her Lord and prophet. She says her prayers before she goes to bed, she pays her tithes to the church, and she shuns the evils that lurk in the woods. But when she discovers a diary left by her dead mother warning of a Satanic curse in the form of six plagues that will blight the only home she’s ever known, Immanuel is willing to break every creed and law in order to stop it. After a terrifying encounter with a supernatural being in the darkness of the wood, known only as “the Beast,” Immanuel joins forces with the prophet’s youngest son and heir, Ezra, whose clairvoyant power helps her on her quest to put an end to the demonic plagues and save her home before it’s destroyed. But as Immanuel’s quest to end the curse deepens—and her involvement with the woods and the beasts that live in it is questioned by members of the church—her allegiance to all that she’s known and believed in is put to the test and she begins to wonder if the cost of defeating the beasts is becoming one herself.

Abstract ID:67
Abstract Title:Disintegration
Student:.Zoe Slingluff (zoe@email.uscb.edu)
Faculty Mentor:.Ellen Malphrus (pemalphr@uscb.edu)
Author List: Zoe Slingluff
Program: English Theater and Liberal Studies
Abstract Category: Oral Presentations

Abstract:
The student will be presenting an excerpt from her short story collection produced for Dr. Ellen Malphrus' creative senior thesis class.

Abstract ID:9
Abstract Title:Work in Progress
Student:.Adam Trawick (trawicka@email.sc.edu)
Faculty Mentor:.Ellen Malphrus (pemalphr@uscb.edu)
Author List: Adam Trawick
Program: English Theater and Liberal Studies
Abstract Category: Oral Presentations

Abstract:
I will be reading an excerpt from my creative senior thesis which, hopefully, will evolve into a novel. The story follows three friends sailing back from a few days out at sea; they decide to anchor down in middle of Cape Hatteras/Ocracoke Harbor, off the North Carolina coast, and spend one more night on the water before heading inland --before heading home. Through a series of conversations and revelations, and as the narrative switches from omniscient to individual perspective, weaving in and out of each character's mind, unifying sentiments are unveiled: a like-mindedness arises from these otherwise vastly different characters: a search for lost fathers, a search for companionship and guidance, and a search for belonging in a world where they are told all things are essentially connected, interlocked, and yet, paradoxically, they are living in the most isolating of times. A trinity is formed through the narrative: mind, body, and soul --and in one catastrophic instant, everything thought, done, and said on this fateful outing culminates, and then cracks. The fate of these three characters spills out into infinity. Interconnectivity, discovery, creation, youth, and loss are the major focuses here: do we discover things, or merely create them. Are we creatures or are we creators? An exploration of humanness, a probing into the nature of communication and thought: how much can we access and communicate? With love? With compassion? With empathy? How much is actually discovered, and how much is simply made up? Do things inherently make sense, or do we just render them somewhat sensible?

Abstract ID:15
Abstract Title:Stumbling in and Crawling Out the Rabbit Hole
Student:.Kaitlyn Trent (ktrent@email.uscb.edu)
Faculty Mentor:.Ellen Malphrus (pemalphr@uscb.edu)
Author List: Kaitlyn Trent
Program: English Theater and Liberal Studies
Abstract Category: Oral Presentations

Abstract:
A collection of poetry that focuses on the effects of depression within the protagonist, and her struggle to overcome it.

Abstract ID:31
Abstract Title:Religious Revisions: A Biblical Examination of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass
Student:.Jacob Woelke (woelkej@email.uscb.edu)
Faculty Mentor:.Mollie Barnes (mbarnes2@uscb.edu)
Author List: Jacob Woelke
Program: English Theater and Liberal Studies
Abstract Category: Oral Presentations

Abstract:
Walt Whitman, who in a letter to Emerson proclaimed himself to be a “man who has perfect faith,” christened his magnum opus, Leaves of Grass, as the “Bible of the New Religion” (qtd. in Harris 172). By characterizing both himself and his poetry in such an ecclesiastical manner, it seems as if Whitman unabashedly invites his readers to investigate his religiosity and the overtones of piety in Leaves of Grass. In fact, in my own close reading of this text (and taking his claims to faith seriously) I have found several moments within that retain biblical influence. These small tastes of spirituality within have sparked a curiosity within me regarding the spiritual workings of Whitman’s piece and have served to necessitate a more thorough religious examination of the text. More specifically, though, I am interested in examining the following questions: In what ways is Whitman revising (or not revising) the Judeo-Christian Bible, and to what end? And how do these revisions speak or respond to existing criticism? And who (readers? scholars? Whitman?) has the final say as to what the ultimate interpretation of the religion within the text is?

Abstract ID:63
Abstract Title:Alphas and Omegas
Student:.Jake Woelke (jacobwoeke@gmail.com)
Faculty Mentor:.Ellen Malphrus (pemalphr@uscb.edu)
Author List: Jacob Woelke
Program: English Theater and Liberal Studies
Abstract Category: Oral Presentations

Abstract:
Alphas and Omegas is a collection of short stories in which I explore the dichotomies, dualities, parallels, and oppositions of the concepts of Beginnings and Ends. Each piece, in a different manner, brings a new perspective to the several divergent aspects of the contrasting Beginnings and Ends. It begins with "Crow's Oak," an excerpt from a larger piece, which sets the tone beautifully, introducing a nostalgic place where these two concepts meet in a small Southern town, and soon moves into other pieces such as "The Revelation," a piece about a mother who desperately seeks out baptism for her child, "The Butterfly," in which a daughter searches for something lost, and several other stories that engage with Alphas and Omegas, Lives and Deaths, Beginnings and Ends.