URECA Researcher of the Month to Present Thesis Project in April

Miranda Argyros — the URECA researcher of the month for March — is a senior in the University Scholars honors program, majoring in English and psychology. She is completing an English departmental honors thesis under the mentorship of Associate Professor Susan Scheckel that draws on feminist literature, visual culture and gaze theory, titled “Wicked Wallpaper: Resistance, Subversion and the Male Gaze in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Fiction and Advertising Art.” 

This project developed from a paper that she wrote for Scheckel’s EGL 492 honors seminar course, Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Visual Culture, in which she analyzed Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s famous short story “The Yellow Paper” and made connections from the text to the design principles exhibited in Gilman’s commercial art.

“The process of making discoveries that I wasn’t expecting to find and having them become a really important aspect of my research has been an interesting part of my thesis writing experience,” she said.

Argyros further investigated this topic by doing archival research and scholarship at the Hagley Museum, the Radcliffe Institute for Research and the Brooklyn Museum with the support of a 2023 URECA Summer Award. She will be presenting her senior thesis project at the upcoming Department of English honors symposium and graduate student conference and at the URECA Celebration in April. Argyros is planning to pursue graduate studies in English literature.

On campus, Argyros has explored her passion for public humanities projects as an intern for the Humanities Institute’s “Writing Beyond the Prison.” Through this program, she published an academic blog piece analyzing work by incarcerated authors, titled “The Prison Panopticon: Foucault, the Carceral Eye, and the Incarcerated Author.”

Argyros is also active in the HerStory Writers Network, in which she attends writing workshops, contributes to discussions, and serves as the first Outreach, Arts and Sciences Dean’s Student Advisory Council. In this role, she is one of 20 student-leaders who are designing and implementing programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, ranging from peer mentoring to alumni outreach. In addition, Argyros is president of the English Honor Society Alpha Nu Zeta, serves as a resident assistant and is a volunteer for Project Sunshine.

Read the full interview with URECA Director Karen Kernan.

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