Category: PSU Student Works

All I Can Think About When I Watch This Season of American Horror Story Is American Lit I by Shannon Griffiths

I’ve been watching FX’s horror anthology show American Horror Story since its inception and I’ve always tended to view it through an analytical lens. (I am an English major after all; how else would I watch TV?) But with the newest season especially, which is airing right now, I can’t help but think about Robin DeRosa’s American Lit I class...

Word Cloud Analysis for George Orwell’s 1984 by Casey Ouellette

Word Cloud for George Orwell’s 1984 This cloud was made using Wordle, and I chose George Orwell’s 1984 which was banned and challenged in America because it was believed to be pro-communist literature during the Cold War. The book was also banned in the U.S.S.R. for being thought of as anti-communist literature. In the word cloud, I notice some interesting...

Sixty Years of Change for Orwell’s Masterpiece by David MacNeill

Ever since its initial release in 1949, George Orwell’s 1984 has been drawing attention for its dense themes and subtle jabs at censorship, surveillance, and “Stalinism” even to present day. For those unfamiliar with Orwell’s dystopian novel, it tells the story of Winston Smith, a man who goes against the grain by refusing to conform to his dictatorial, oppressive society....

All Are Equal: The History Behind George Orwell’s Controversial Novel, Animal Farm–by Hannah Huckins

Eric Blair, or more commonly known by his pen name George Orwell, originally thought his book Animal Farm: A Fairy Story would not get published because he thought the plot was too bland (Pearce 47). He referred to the story as “a little squib,” something that would peter out and die after making a small pop (Pearce 47). The real...

PSU Student Gives Keynote Address at Annual PSU Connections Dinner

PSU Superstar English major Hannah Hounsell  was invited to give a keynote address at the 2016 Connections dinner for Scholarship recipients, their families, and esteemed Plymouth State guests.  Here is the text of her speech, posted with her permission: Good evening President and Mrs. Birx, honored guests, scholarship donors and fellow scholars, Allow me to start by thanking all the donors...