Amy Jackson is a graduate student in the Publishing program at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. She has a B.A. in English/Theatre with a minor in Philosophy from Morningside College, 2019. She has been named a Dean's List Scholar, Trustee Scholar, and Roadman Scholar for outstanding academic achievement.
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November 8, 2018
The Fallacy of Tragic Heroes Among the Marginalized in "Lappin and Lapinova" and The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (Notes Toward a Definition of Tragedy)
Taken alongside Edward Albee’s The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia? (Notes Toward a Definition of Tragedy), Virginia Woolf’s “Lappin and Lapinova” is placed in a new frame of reference: tragedy. Tragedy is a literary convention that has, in the modern day, been broadened to include the everyman, as opposed to the Aristotelian Greek in which tragic protagonists included the likes of heroes, princes, kings, nobles, and demigods. Despite this, marginalized individuals still fail to align with the criteria outlined by Aristotle. Rosalind, Woolf’s protagonist, is parallel to Albee’s Martin, yet the introduction of gender prevents Rosalind from serving as an Aristotelian protagonist as Martin does. This bears the question: can the marginalized ever be considered tragic heroes? A close reading of both works and a philosophical approach through G. W. F. Hegel’s concept of the “Self” and the “Other”, combined with French philosopher Simone Beauvoir’s feminist perspective, imply that the two are incompatible, bearing the conclusion that characters whose tragedy and suffering come as a result of their own marginalization, who are not complicit in said marginalization, cannot be counted as Aristotelian tragic heroes.
Awarded the B.G. Knepper Research Award and the First Place Award in the qualitative session of the 16th Annual Palmer Research Symposium. Presented at the 2019 International Virginia Woolf Conference.
November 28th, 2017
Millennial Sociolinguistics: My Observations
Communication through CMC (computer-mediated conversation) is hazardous. The commonality of CMC misunderstandings suggests this conclusion: proper grammar is not always adequate for expressing meaning. Many attempts have been made to bridge the gap between CMC and speech, but while academics were inventing fanciful additions to the keyboard, millennials were
developing their own tactics for inserting nuance into CMC. Although some observers are quick to accuse millennials of illiteracy or laziness, dissection of these trends reveals that, since millennials engage in CMC at far higher rates than older generations, they have subsequently developed a number of grammatical quirks intended to mimic the nuances of face-to-face conversation in CMC. Through examining millennials’ treatments of sarcasm and emphasis as examples, the purposes behind these linguistic trends will be revealed, hopefully explaining if not
outright justifying the phenomena.
Awarded the First Place Award in the qualitative session of the 15th Annual Palmer Research Symposium.
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March 23, 2019
Gastronomy and Material Culture: Food in Hemingway's "Big Two-Hearted River"
An interdisciplinary analysis of the sociological, psychological, and historical implications of Hemingway's use of food in his short story "Big Two-Hearted River."
March 9, 2018
Comparison/Contrast of "Happy Endings" and "The Littoral Zone"
A concise comparison of Margaret Atwood's "Happy Endings" and Andrea Barrett's "The Littoral Zone."
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August 22, 2018 - December 13, 2018
Editor-in-Chief's Logs for the Kiosk
November 11, 2016
Kiosk Short Story Editing
In ENGL 444: Editing and Publishing, students were assigned pieces that had been rejected from the previous issue of the Kiosk, Morningside College's literary magazine, and instructed to edit rigorously for flow, concision, grammar, and quality.
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Fiction and Nonfiction
Lovers in the Great Collapse
Humanity succeeded in eradicating disease—until an injection meant to kill sunburn killed the world. Gillian and Jacqueline, among the few immune to the resulting virus, will be put into cryosleep to carry on the human race. Their dreams are filled with each other, but will those dreams come true when—and if—they awaken to a new world?
This LGBT apocalyptic science fiction novella was published in 2017 by Dreamspinner Press in their Harmonious Hearts Anthology.
Two illegal hunters encounter something supernatural in the Pennsylvanian woods—but the true monster is much more human.
First Place Award winner in the 2017 edition of the Kiosk.
Review of Jason Brennan and Peter M. Jaworski’s Markets without limits: moral virtues and commercial interests
Co-written with Dr. J. Alden Stout, this book review was published in the Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 2016.
February 12, 2018
Morningside College Student-Produced Production Manual
Commissioned by the Morningside College Performing Arts Department, this comprehensive guidebook details the steps and requirements for proposing and producing a student-run play on the Morningside College campus.