This collection includes Senior Integrated Projects (SIP's, formerly known as Senior Individualized Projects) completed in the English Department.
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Introducing this collection of poems and prose, the author writes “I have come to see my project not only as a capstone of what I have learned throughout my time as an English major at Kalamazoo College, but also as the product of what I have learned about myself and further internal reflection. Hence the primary title of my project being “Novísimo,” to emphasize just how new and fresh these feelings always are whenever I find myself living between two worlds. These two communities, however, both foster different senses of belonging and isolation at the same time. When I’m back home in California, I find myself being comforted by the place where I grew up, where I have known the people there my entire life who have also known me for as long as they can remember. When these people who I have spent decades with know so much about me, it is difficult to show and tell them about a change that they might not understand. In that sense, that is where community in Kalamazoo also becomes a comfort as well, where I have peers who have similar experiences and are able to express themselves much more freely and away from home, much like I have. The heart of my works reflects on the feelings that come from being split between two places, such as: homesickness, lovesickness, anger, and a sadness that yearns for the way things used to be. These sentiments are often universal, but through these shared experiences I hope they reach and resonate with many.”
One way that mathematics and literary studies may combine is through stylometrics. IGI Global defines stylometrics as “The application of the study of linguistic style of written language; the statistical analysis of style.” (IGI Global, https://www.igi-global.com/). It is a field of study which seems positioned between mathematics and English, using statistical analysis to study style and, often, analyzing authorship through the analysis of style.
Introducing her collection of poems, the author writes “My SIP came around as a critical analysis of societal structure through the feminist theory lens while using my religious background and Greek Gods & Goddesses’ myths and character to express my own experiences and who I possibly am. I wanted this collection to almost act like a manifesto against the societal structure women are put under and I want to drive apart the patriarchy structure that we put ourselves into.”