Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection

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Once upon a time and in a land that is not quite here, a girl and her brother are left in the woods on the cusp of winter and lose their way home. They find, instead, a little house that smells of ginger and cinnamon and the ancient, bent woman who presides over it and calls herself Oma Yaga. Three tasks she sets before the girl, with the promise of food as her reward. She accepts, not knowing that this deep, the woods are a strange and hungry place: you do not make it out the same as when you ...

Contributors
Blitch, Savannah Morgan, Ellis, Lawrence, Cruser, Laura, et al.
Created Date
2016-12

This collection of original short fiction follows the lives of three men, Jess, Charlie, and Anthony, who are linked together by the space of the Arizona Borderlands. Through the three stories, the themes of longing and powerlessness are explored within the context of the unforgiving structure of the Arizona landscape.

Contributors
Guy, Hannah Elise, McNally, T. M., Ball, Sally, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Nobody’s Angel is a fantasy novel that exposes the grey area between good and evil by dissecting the stereotypes associated with angels and Lucifer. The story explores the depths of character and how everyone is made up of good and bad parts. Nobody’s Angel aims at dissecting the complexity of female sexuality. The story explores what it means to be a woman, what sex means, and if enjoying sex really is amoral. It combats the Christian belief that all women are fallen because of Eve. Our current society developed from Judeo-Christian principles, which created some of the stereotypes and misconceptions ...

Contributors
Millar, DiAngelea Lorraine, Catherine, Rezza, Dombrowski, Rosemarie, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Prince Shendi is a novella set in the semi-fictional continent of Great Africa, specifically in a proud and prosperous region called Serengeti. Our story follows the thrilling adventure of Serengeti’s king-to-be, the young and naive Shendi. When Kovalu, the mighty king of Serengeti and Shendi’s father, passes away due to old age, Shendi is thrust into the gauntlet of responsibility in an early and unprepared state. After a short foray as the amateur king heavily assisted by the tenured members of Serengeti’s Plain Council, Shendi encounters disaster that results in the death of an important council representative and the young ...

Contributors
Revelle, Lucas Benjamin, Dove-Viebahn, Aviva, Viles, Rebecca, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

This creative project is a children’s book entitled Sheldon the Shy Tortoise. Accompanying the story is a literature review of the research on childhood shyness. The purpose of the project is to gain a better of understanding of shyness in childhood. Topics covered in the literature review include risk factors and causes, negative social and behavioral effects, impact on academics, and treatment options. Using this information, the children’s book was written. It aims to be fun for children to read while also providing insight and encouragement into some of the problems related to being shy. The story features animal characters ...

Contributors
Ryan, Amanda, Hansen, Cory, Bernstein, Katie, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

There are no words for the trauma of death when it strikes unexpectedly. What to say when a mother dies in childbirth? When a father figure contracts an unknown disease for no apparent cause? When a beloved pet, long mourned, may still be alive and hidden by estranged family? Generations may pass, and children may grow up, but the pain leaves marks that echo across time and the other borders we construct between our past and present. We may find strength on solitude, or prayer, or the words of a song written by someone else. In these four stories, spanning ...

Contributors
Cohen, Michael Lawrence, Bell, Matt, Pearson, Dustin, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Short fiction revolving around the Y2K scare, written from three perspectives. Explores the fear and uncertainty prevalent during the time and how it affected actions and relationships.

Contributors
Moore, Matthew Robert, Dalton, Kevin, Blasingame, James, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

Abstract “Empty Horizons”: A Creative Writing Piece Max Harmon “Empty Horizons” is a creative writing piece composed of two different short stories sharing a common narrator. The first story “Can you dig it?” details a trip the narrator takes to South Dakota to go hunting shortly before starting college. On the trip the narrator contemplates certain aspects of his life and the events of the story serve as a vehicle to explore the narrator’s mindset as an eighteen year old about to start a new phase in his life. The second story “Toads, Sharks and Beautiful Encounters with Uncertainty” takes ...

Contributors
Harmon, Max Doyle, Soares, Rebecca, Popova, Laura, et al.
Created Date
2014-12

Both “After Annie” and “When It All Happens, The End, And She’s in Her Forties” focus on evolving familial relationships characterized by both love and loss. Though told in different styles, different voices, different tenses, both stories triumph the power of memory in relation to love while simultaneously emphasizing the trauma and long-lasting effects of loss. With one, through the relationship between grandfather and granddaughter and the other, through a daughter’s loss of her mother, both stories converge at the intersection of duty and the need for flight (and perhaps self preservation). “After Annie” and “When It All Happens, The ...

Contributors
Arregoces, Christina Marie, McNally, T. M., Ellis, Lawrence, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

The seven interconnected short stories of Miserablists spring from a reality created by its protagonist and ostensible author: Paul Marston, a persistently melancholy undergraduate who tries to exorcise the ghost of a past love by adapting the story into a screenplay for a film entitled Miserablists. What happens to our identity, Paul asks, in post-narrative selfhood—that is, when the meaningful narratives we’ve told ourselves about others and ourselves collapse? In other stories (wherein Paul tries—and often fails—to figure himself a secondary character), the tangled lives of his immediate social circle unravel, overlap, and disintegrate amidst the decaying milieu of the ...

Contributors
Webb, Zachariah Kaylar, Gilfillan, Daniel, Garrison, Gary, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

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.