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Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection


Barrett, the Honors College accepts high performing, academically engaged students and works with them in collaboration with all of the other academic units at Arizona State University. All Barrett students complete a thesis or creative project, supervised and defended in front of a faculty committee. The thesis or creative project allows students to explore an intellectual interest and produce an original piece of scholarly research. The thesis or creative project is a student’s opportunity to explore areas of academic interest with greater intensity than is possible in a single course. It is also an opportunity to engage with professors, nationally recognized in their fields and specifically interested and committed to working with honors students. This work provides tangible evidence of a student’s research, writing and creative skills to graduate schools and/or prospective employers.


Date Range
2013 2018


The magazine industry plays an important role in shaping how women speak, act, and perceive themselves and others. This industry presents pleasure, consumerism, and a cult of femininity to its largely female readers. The purpose of the literature review was to understand the culture of women’s magazines and find a method of examination that would fit best with the intent of this thesis project. Based on this research, the project involved reconstructing a series of Glamour magazine articles from a feminist perspective. This study looked at the degree to which Glamour’s editorial content and graphics matched its editorial policy. By ...

Contributors
Affelt, Stacia Emily, Barrett, Marianne, Hawken-Collins, Denise, et al.
Created Date
2015-12

This thesis examines contemporary cinematic adaptations of the Ovidian Pygmalion story. The films Blade Runner (1981), Lars and the Real Girl (2007), Ruby Sparks (2012), and Her (2013) are analyzed. This thesis seeks to understand why this particular myth is so resonant in today’s popular culture and what this relevance reveals about modern society. The roles of female subjugation, sexualization, and relationship with technology will be major areas of concern. Research includes film criticism, Ovidian scholarship, and new advances in computer technology.

Contributors
Story, Sara Katherine, Corse, Taylor, Ellis, Lawrence, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

9/11 is a suspended moment in history that changed the lives of everyone alive in that moment forevermore. Some became zealous patriots, others despised the United States more, and I was utterly scared. I was scared for many reasons: For starters bombs, violence and hatred visited my country’s doorstep. Not only that, but I was a victim of a crime I couldn’t logically comprehend. I was unaware of the ongoing tension between the west and the Middle East. I was unaware of the Twin Towers, and I was fully unaware of my vulnerabilities. These emotions triggered a zeal and inspired ...

Contributors
Morris, Brittany Elena, Ali, Souad, Ali, Sarah, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Bhairavi is a solo performance that investigates belonging and dis-belonging in diaspora communities, especially as it relates to the female body. Specifically, through my experience as a second-generation Indian-American woman - I expose and challenge the notion of ‘tradition,’ as it is forced into women’s bodies, and displaces them in their own homes. Bhairavi is a story told through movement and theatrical narrative composition with research and material collected through structured and unstructured observation of my family, cultural community, and myself. Note: This work of creative scholarship is rooted in collaboration between three female artist-scholars: Carly Bates, Raji Ganesan, and ...

Contributors
Ganesan, Raji J, Underiner, Tamara, Stephens, Mary, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

African American females must endure the distinct intersection of anti-black racism and misogyny, or misogynoir, which persists through the perpetuation of stereotypical images. The endurance of these controlling images adversely impacts young black girls in unique ways that often go unnoticed. Black and Pink: The Intersection of Blackness and Girlhood in America examines the historical origins of misogynoir in America and its continued impact on modern black girls using the lens of bell hooks’ literature. This includes how black females are masculinized, sexualized, and impacted by Eurocentric beauty standards in America. and These themes are further explored through a series ...

Contributors
Hayman, Adanna Michelle, Kim, Linda, Meders, Jacob, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

Fairy tale retellings have permeated literature, film, and media ever since the original stories emerged. New adaptations are constantly being released, and therefore new research must constantly be published. In this study, I analyze “Aschenputtel” by the Brothers Grimm, as well as various retellings of “Cinderella,” including Andy Tennant’s Ever After (1998), Mark Rosman’s A Cinderella Story (2004), and Marissa Meyer’s Cinder (2012). This selection includes a live-action historical film, a live-action contemporary film, and a science fiction novel, all with an intended audience of young adults. While the Brothers Grimm story and Ever After have already been analyzed in ...

Contributors
Brown, Nichol R., Barca, Lisa, Alcantara, Christiane Fontinha de, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

Several different queer feminist zines, along with the author’s experiences in queer feminist zine making, are examined using the lens of J. Jack Halberstam’s The Queer Art of Failure. Particular attention is paid to zines’ unique composition from a variety of unexpected sources, and their subsequent ability to act as counterhegemonic documents. Queer feminist zine makers’ critical engagement with the concept of community is also discussed.

Contributors
Pruett, Jessica Lynn, Switzer, Heather, Dove-Viebahn, Aviva, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

In the midst of our nation’s heightened political climate, it seems as if politics is polarized more than ever. Voters witnessed the impact of identity politics in the previous national election. As Facebook and Twitter are flooded with political debate, it seems as if the ability to engage in civil discourse has been lost. In the past election cycle, women’s issues were a major focal point. Firstly, the country was presented with the potential to elect its first female president. Discussions of workplace diversity, the gender pay gap, and racial divide brought up serious concerns of inequality. Women were infuriated ...

Contributors
De Gravina, Aundrea Marie, Lennon, Tara, Herrera, Richard, et al.
Created Date
2018-05

Mainstream women’s magazines today pride themselves on promoting women and female empowerment but continue to show majority thin, attractive, and usually wealthy, white women in the pages and on the covers. This narrow view of what it looks like to be a woman puts minority groups on the peripheral. Women of color, low-income women, homosexual or transgender women are also women, but they have these “of color” and “low-income” title add-ons because when one thinks “woman,” they are not what comes to mind. This begs the question: are these magazines pro all women, or only pro some women? This paper ...

Contributors
Seely, Taylor Breigh, Hill, Retha, Werner, Karen, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

The Walt Disney Company has been a worldwide phenomenon for over half a century. Disney’s animated films in particular impact a large number of individuals around the world. The fact that they rerelease popular films every few years lends to the lasting influence these movies will hold in the lives of children to come. It is important to examine the messages Disney animated films can teach children in regards to women’s roles, United States history, and racial difference. This essay examines these topics as they appear in Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, The Little Mermaid, Pocahontas, and The ...

Contributors
Monnig, Elizabeth Ann, Baker, Aaron, Sandlin, Jennifer, et al.
Created Date
2014-12