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Spring 2009 Publication, Volume 4

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Preface

When reviewing the selected articles for publication in the Amalgam, a similar purpose appeared throughout the variety of topics and subjects covered by the student authors.  From ethnography to literary analysis, these writers were examining the many ways in which we interact with each other, within groups and larger realms of society.  The opportunities for these students to propose their thoughts and works to the community, however, would not have been possible without the guidance and assistance of many people within the USI College of Liberal Arts.  Thanks and recognition is extended to the faculty advisors—Dr. Kearns, Dr. Aley, and Dr. Hitchcock—for reviewing and revising this year’s submissions.  Our gratitude also includes Dean Glassman and the Liberal Arts Council for supporting and funding the Amalgam for the fourth consecutive year.           

The fourth issue presents a diverse collection of ideas and research from many different areas of study within the College of Liberal Arts.  Christopher Westfall examines the themes of short stories published in Harper’s Weekly during the Civil War and how the rhetoric of these narratives influenced the reader’s perception of the war.  From the first essay we move on to Sarah Matlock’s analysis of women’s health as well as how this influenced societal views of women in the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Madeline Heine discusses her research and observations of a USI men’s fraternity and the hierarchies that shape these social groups.  Matt Hotz weaves the texts of T.S. Eliot, Alfred Tennyson, and Robert Browning together in the authors’ varying portrayals of King Arthur and the legend of the Fisher King.  Ashley Mewes explores how the female characters in Jane Eyre, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, and Tess of the D’Urbervilles interact with the religious and education circumstances of the Victorian era.  Kayla Roark investigates the ways in which advertisements influence and leave a lasting impact on one’s memories.  In the journal’s final selection, Elizabeth Richardson questions how faculties interact outside of their specialization by describing and critiquing current research in the field of rhetoric.

We would also like to thank the students who submitted their essays for publication.  Throughout this current volume of the Amalgam, academic excellence is displayed through the study of interactions between individuals and society as well as texts and their historical influence.  Their motivation and endeavors published in this volume will encourage others to explore interactions in the future.

Leah Weinzapfel

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