Student Projects


Project 1: A series of oil painting collages on full-size LPs by Tatiana Gomez.

Project 2: A photo essay by Madison Monson

Project 3: A poetry chapbook by Monique Mercado Rodriguez

Project 4: A graphic novel of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point” by Sophia Tirado

Project 5: A welded steel birdcage statue by an anonymous student

Project 6: An oil painting of Toru Dutt’s “Our Casuarina Tree” by Monica Santana

Project 7: A travel case of objects with close readings from Mary Seacole by Isabella Garcia

Project 8: A stained class window of Elaine of Astolat/The Lady of Shalott by Jadelyn Pugh

Project 9: A 3′ x 5′ oil painting titled “The Woman Whose Body Was Not Her Own” by Jeniffer Jaquet

Project 10: An oil painting of Jonathan Harker’s carriage ride through the woods toward Dracula’s castle by a student who preferred to remain anonymous.

*** All models used with students’ written permission; please do not duplicate or disseminate without express permission of this website’s owner and creator. Students retain copyright to their work.

PROJECT 1: Of this series of collage LP’s Tatiana Gomez writes: “Each vinyl features an assortment of queer historical and artistic pieces. These may be artistic interpretations of picket signs from protests, ancient art, screen grabs from films, clippings from newspapers and magazines, queer photographs, photographs from magazines, and book covers. Each of the collage pieces on each vinyl are deliberately chosen with specific meanings in mind. In addition, since my medium is a vinyl LP, each one has an album cover on the centerpiece. These album covers represent specific songs from the album that add an additional layer of significance to their respective vinyl. These songs and some extra queer songs have been compiled in a playlist welcome for you to enjoy.”

PROJECT 2: This student created a photo essay, which she explained as follows: “By juxtaposing the quotes of 19th-century women with photos of 21st-century women, I aim to showcase how women today are still carrying the weight of their words. This juxtaposition poses the question: How are the words of 19th-century women reflected in the bodies of 21-st century women?” (Madison Monzon)

PROJECT 3: This student created a poetry chapbook/scrapbook in which the poems responded to Victorian women poets writing about empire. The poems were found poems taken from the student’s close reading of the texts we read during the term. (Monique Mercado Rodriguez)


PROJECT 4: This student drew an entire graphic novel for Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s poem “The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point.” I only include a few of the images here because it was a full book of approximately 50 pages. (Sophia Tirado)

PROJECT 5: This student created a welded steel statue of Jane Eyre as a bird cage to express the forms of imprisonment the novel explores (student chose to remain anonymous).

PROJECT 6: This student created an oil painting of Toru Dutt’s “Our Casuarina Tree” through which she explores animality as a figure for death in this poem (Monica Santana). If you look carefully at the lake image at the bottom, the student included a momento mori in the form of a half skull face (middle image).

PROJECT 7: This student created a travel case for Mary Seacole, complete with a medical kit, clothing, a compass, and a diary (Isabella Garcia).

PROJECT 8: This student a stained glass window representing an aggregate of descriptions for Elaine of Astolat/The Lady of Shalott. She drew upon descriptions from Thomas Malory, Tennyson, Letitia Elizabeth Landon (L.E.L.) and visual representations from the 19th century. She also researched iconography of stained glass and Victorian medievalism to include the figure’s hand gesture, body posture, and the weaving rope around the border. (Jadelyn Pugh)

PROJECT 9: This 3’x5’ oil painting by Jeniffer Jaquet is titled, “The Woman Whose Body Was Not Her Own” (again, shared with permission). Jeniffer has created an aggregate of descriptions of women’s bodies from medieval texts, such as saints whose breasts leaked oil, women knights and women who had knights fight over them, saints with stigmata and honey dripping from their tongues, and queens who were dismembered for infidelity. The artist explained she was imitating a painting she loves by Frida Khalo, and she was aiming for abstraction but also visual interpretation of gender from several texts. A picture doesn’t do this work justice for its intensity or its size. It’s a huge canvas. (Jeniffer Jaquet)

Project 10: An oil painting of Jonathan Harker’s ride to Dracula’s castle, part of a series the student created where each image was in a different medium: written, typed, collaged, digital. The artist’s intention was to interpret the text through the same sort of multimodality used by Stoker in his novel. Shared with permission (student chose to remain anonymous).