Two of Oklahoma Christian University’s language and literature majors, Wil Norton of Edmond and Cady Haas of Wichita, have had their papers from the Film as Literature course accepted for publication in the National English Honors Society journal, The Sigma Tau Delta Review.
The students submitted their scholarly articles to a blind review process, wherein a board of editors read and accepted their work based solely on the papers’ scholarly and literary qualities. They were two of only 15-20 essays accepted from among thousands of submissions.
“Clearly, Wil and Cady’s papers represent the very highest level of undergraduate research possible in their discipline,” said language and literature professor Cami Agan, who teaches the Film As Literature course.
Cady’s paper was titled “The Pregnancy Problem: Complicating Unique Femininity in Contemporary Romantic Comedies.” It explored the representation of women’s bodies in pregnancy in recent comedic films such as Knocked Up and Juno. She also presented a version of the paper for her project in the class Race, Class, and Gender.
Wil’s paper was titled “The Uncanny, Castration, and Sight as Perceived Remedy in Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, A Clockwork Orange and Full Metal Jacket.” It combined Freudian and Film theories of The Gaze to examine masculinity and violence in the works of director Stanley Kubrick.
Cady and Wil also presented their papers, along with relevant and integrated film clips, as part of the final project for the Film as Literature class.
“As their professor in the course, I am extremely proud of the work Wil and Cady produced, and I encouraged them to submit to the Review,” Agan said. “Their acceptance reveals the strength of the OC English major at the national level. Editors and reviewers recognized the superb level of their writing, their insights and their research. Such a publication is on par with undergraduate research in humanities programs across the nation.”
Agan noted that Wil and Cady are the first OC students to have work from the same course accepted for the same edition of the Review.
Norton and Haas are active leaders in the language and literature program. Cady will serve as president of OC’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta this year and is already making fundraising plans to help the chapter attend the national conference in 2011. Wil serves as one of the club’s chaplains and will organize weekly devotionals.
“They are outstanding examples of intellectual, spiritual and communal leaders on campus and particularly in our department,” Agan said. “Their success helps their peers see what strong critical skills can achieve.”
The Sigma Tau Delta Review is an annual journal that publishes critical essays on literature, essays on rhetoric and composition and essays devoted to pedagogical issues. Sigma Tau Delta is the International English Honor Society, with over 750 active chapters located in Europe, the Caribbean and the United States. There are more than 1,000 faculty sponsors, and approximately 8,500 members inducted annually.