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SAMPLE STUDENT ESSAYS
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The links below lead to student essays written for English 4300: Recent British and American Writers (Prof. Luke Whisnant).  Click on the links below to go to the paper; use your browser "back" button to return to this page.

Essay guidelines handout gives details on the assignment and helpful formatting advice. 

NEW: Rachael Higdon's essay analyzes the concept of arbitrary blindness in Raymond Carver's story "Cathedral."

NEW: Ryan Johnson's essay examines the theme of reality and illusion in Steven Millhauser's "Eisenheim the Illusionist." 

NEW: Sam Williams's essay traces the ambivalent feminism of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.

NEW: Aaron Brock's essay discusses the parodic effects of mixing genres in Steven Millhauser's "Klassic Komix #1." 

Heather Dail's essay examines the women characters in Kurt Vonnegut's Breakfast of Champions.

Michele Friedlander's essay  explicates the metafictional elements in Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried. This essay was the winner of the department's 2000 Paul Farr Memorial Essay Contest. 

Rob Kidd's essay analyzes the use of dialogue in Cormac McCarthy's All The Pretty Horses.

Jennifer Bannon's essay  focuses on romantic love in Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale.




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