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Congratulations to the students who completed honors theses during Spring 2021! This past year and a half have come with a lot of challenges. We are so proud of all ECL students, and especially those who were able to complete an honors thesis, an already difficult and monumental task! Meet two of the honors students who recently defended their work: 

Macy Meyer (pictured left)

Thesis Title: “The Provocative Screen: Surrealist Documentary as a Mode of Confrontation”

Meyer’s Favorite Line: “Surrealism is a universal and timeless tool that can assist in confronting and working through conflict, whether that confrontation is for sociopolitical justice, a fight against colonialism or resolving personal trauma.”

Catherine Ransom (pictured right)

Thesis Title: “KEEPING IT COUNTRY: Authenticity and Commodification of Country Music in Lee Smith’s The Devil’s Dream

Ransom’s Favorite Line: “The multi-generational narrative passes through dirt floor homes and leads right up to the Opryland Hotel, but above all else, the family remains tied to their music, the cornerstone of their lives. It is an acknowledgment of the Appalachian family and art that remains forever in their blood.”


Read more about these students and see the previous Honors student features here.  


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