Student Projects


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

Project 2: A graphic novel of Jo Baker’s Longbourn by Lucia Casas

Project 3: A Regency era dress designed and sewn by Alica Garcia

Project 4: A photo essay by Madison Monson

Project 5: A poetry chapbook by Monique Mercado Rodriguez

Project 6: A graphic novel of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s “The Runaway Slave at Pilgrim’s Point” by Sophia Tirado

Project 7: A welded steel birdcage statue by an anonymous student

Project 8: An oil painting of Toru Dutt’s “Our Casuarina Tree” by Monica Santana

Project 9: A travel case of objects with close readings from Mary Seacole by Isabella Garcia

Project 10: A stained class window of Elaine of Astolat/The Lady of Shalott by Jadelyn Pugh

Project 11: A 3′ x 5′ oil painting titled “The Woman Whose Body Was Not Her Own” by Jeniffer Jaquet

*** 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 graphic novel of Jo Baker’s Longbourn, a retelling of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice from the perspective of the serving class.

PROJECT 3: This student researched, designed, and crafted a Regency era dress. She then “cosplayed” as a character from Pride and Prejudice, including a wig styled for Regency day and even colored contact lenses. She said she had to learn many skills to create this dress, including the ruching at the front and the multi-layered sleeves. The project also caused her to research fashion for various socioeconomic classes mentioned in the novel. (Alicia Garcia)

PROJECT 4: 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 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9: This student created a travel case for Mary Seacole, complete with a medical kit, clothing, a compass, and a diary (Isabella Garcia).

PROJECT 10: 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 11: 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)