Date of Defense



Gender and Women's Studies


My earliest loves were music and poetry, and the initial experiences that led me to value each were not unusual. I remember reading in elementary school from a well-loved family anthology—I especially admired the rhythmic persistence of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven," a poem that I would later learn falls into the Romantic narrative tradition and mourns an absent love, or, more specifically, the death of a lost lover: this absent object is the "lost Lenore." Similarly, as a young student of classical guitar (my first instrument), the compositions I initially experienced through performance were the Renaissance lute works of John Dowland, such as "If My Complaints Could Passions Move," the text of which tells the composer's love object "I live and die in thee."

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Honors Thesis-Campus Only