Volume I

  • Le Rôle de la France dans la poudrière caucasienne

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    Author: Beckett et al, Kathleen

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    The following essay was written in response to the events that transpired in August 2008 between the Georgian and Russian governments. After a long history of tension between the two governments concerning the two separatist provinces, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, open conflict erupted causing great pressure on international leaders to find a solution. President Nicholas Sarkozy is under particular scrutiny due to France’s possession of the European Union presidency. In the aftermath of the conflict this essay examines three main concerns in continuing to work with the two governments: energy, economy, and power politics. The dependency of Georgia and Russia has caused a long standing idea of Russian power over the region. Current assessments show that this power Russia holds is important worldwide in the international scene, and leaders are evaluating how to ensure Russian power does not become too strong. Through the history of the relationship between Russia and Georgia and the current actions of international leaders a path for further action is presented.

    • Una cartografía interior: El espacio geográfico y las distancias en la novela Ucrania

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      Author: Mickey, Jett

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      In my essay titled, Una cartografía interior: El espacio geográfico y las distancias en la novela Ucrania, I explore the way the author, Pablo Aranda, uses a geographical discourse to create a metaphor for the interior self.  I also show how he ruptures and collapses different forms of distance, be it geographical, emotional, or temporal throughout the book in an effort to connect not only the characters, but also the reader to the book as well. 

      The first part of my essay looks at the means of communication in the novel, and how they are bridges of geographical space.  I then take a more analytical approach to these various media, and show how they are in fact underlined by tones of emotional distance between the characters.  This would show that though we have been able to breach the gap in a physical distance, emotional and interior gaps or distances still separate us. 

      In the second part of my essay, I show how the book in itself becomes a physical manifestation of what the author characterizes as life, of as he calls it, a travel itinerary.  I show how his use of different points of views, time, and his writing in stream of consciousness, or “interior monologue”, are in themselves different characteristics of life and are all necessary for one to understand the identity of the self.  In this case, these different characteristics make up the book’s own identity.

      • La rebeldía de Lorca contra las normas españolas

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        Author: Plower, Freya

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        This essay examines the oppressive socio-political environment of early twentieth century Spain and its position on homosexuality. Confronted with marginalization and the constraints of the traditionally conservative society in which he lives, the homosexual poet, Federico García Lorca, finds refuge in his poetry. The poems Oficina y Denuncia andOda a Walt Whitman from the collection, Poeta en Nueva York, become the poet’s rebellion against the Spanish cultural norms as he assumes the role of spokesperson of the homosexual culture.

        • La memoria cultural en la poesía de Excilia Saldaña”

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          Author: Rucker, Kendall

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          The works of Excilia Saldaña focus on the idea of cultural memory in her life and also in the lives of other Afro-Cuban women. The idea of cultural memory can be explained as a group of people with a shared history and a shared cultural identification. . To express her ideas about cultural memory, Saldaña uses works that are based in history. In her works La Noche, Mi Nombre y Monologo de la esposa the reader can understand the World of Afro-Cuban women and how the world changes them. The works Excilia Saldaña are autobiographical and because of this she i sable to provoke real feelings about the history of the black women and the Afro-Cuban culture. Saldaña focuses on the idea of cultural memory with the definition of her self-identity in relation to national history, the mystical, the personal and the family with a foundation in the relationships between grandmothers and her grandchildren. In all of her works the reader is able to experience the life of the black women in Cuba because Saldaña uses the concept of cultural memory in order to express her past, the good and the bad.

          • Napoleon in Deutschland

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            Author: Schiemann, Jimmy

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            My paper is a detailed look at the effects of the Napoleonic Invasion of Germany and how the ideas of democracy and liberty from the French Revolution were ‘exported’ to Germany through Napoleon.

            In ‘Napoleon in Deutschland’ I pursued to connect the historic events during the Napoleonic Occupation in Germany and the present of German Unity. Additionally, I explored how the ideals of the French Revolution such as Democracy and Liberty were ironically brought to Germany by Napoleon and his Army.

            Lastly, since most of the time when Napoleon is mentioned he is associated with dictatorship and oppression, I tried to portray Napoleon in this paper as the main contributor for German Unity, which as is discovered through history, was never easy. Thanks to Napoleon, Germans united to fight against his oppression and driven by a growing nationalism finally formed the ground basis for the modern Germany.

            • “Das Leben Johann Wolfgang von Goethes und die Figur des Todes in “Totentanz” und “Erlkönig”: Ein Biographischer Ansatz”

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              Author: Walker, Timothy

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              In this paper, I examine two poems by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: “Totentanz” and “Erlkönig.” Specifically, I want to understand the figure of death, as it appears in these two poems. I also want to reconcile the poetic texts to the life of Goethe. It is evident the lives of writers are wrapped up in their work; therefore, I want to understand Goethe’s perspective on death as he portrays the figure of death in his poems. In Goethe’s poem “Totentanz,” he portrays death as a skeletal figure that has risen from the dead. Goethe, however, did not only have fear for physical death, but, as demonstrated in “Erlkönig,” he also feared death in life, or a life wasted.

              • List of Readers

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                Author: The Kennesaw, Tower

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                List of Readers for Volume I

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