Hanover, New Hampshire
Literary Advocacy: Constructing the Human in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein
In my senior fellowship project on Frankenstein and the human, I propose to address the grand challenges of personhood, human rights, and environmental destruction. Using a variety of research methods including archival research, travel, journalistic interviews, and textual analysis, I will build on long critical and artistic traditions of revising and returning to the novel.
The enduring narrative of Frankenstein addresses many of the political and philosophical questions that confront humanity today, and this project is my chance to really drill deep into romantic history, literature and politics in search of fresh insights for the present. I am not sure of exactly what I will eventually have to say about all of this, but I love the process of trying to synthesize literature, history, political science, environmental science and women, gender and sexuality, all within the crudely stitched together frames of advocacy and the human.
On campus I am an active member of the parliamentary debate team. I work as a lifeguard, and I enjoy long runs, iced coffee, and reading the Guardian.
I am in the process of applying to graduate school to study literature and human rights. Eventually, I hope to become a human rights lawyer.