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Aspire

   Lorraina Pinnell PhD

Welcome to Aspire. This forum showcases a selection of student essays produced during ENGL210, our English Literature, Culture and Humanities spring semester 2017 course. Most of the students in this course are second-semester freshmen who are just about to complete their first full year at RITK. For many students, this course is their first exposure to an intellectually-driven literary analysis. Incorporating challenging ideas from Kant, Freud, Sophocles, Aristotle, and Lacan amongst others, the essays demonstrate the writers’ spirit of academic endeavor, their adventurism into the world of ideas, their experimentation, and most of all their potential. I find them truly admirable.

A Beautifully Puzzled Life

These essays emerged from Engl216 as part of a course assignment. As the course revolves around the analytical interface of literature, philosophy,…

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Oblivion, Remorse, and Spirituality

These essays emerged from Engl216 as part of a course assignment. As the course revolves around the analytical interface of literature, philosophy,…

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The Nature of Regret

These essays emerged from Engl216 as part of a course assignment. As the course revolves around the analytical interface of literature, philosophy,…

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Infinite Regression

Introduction by Lorraina Pinnell
Dije’s essay is an outcome of the Literature, Culture, and Media course, ENGL210.  In this essay Dije provides an…

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Freud’s Instinctual Drives and Nietzsche’s Apollo-Dionysus Dichotomy in Vladimir Nabokov’s “Signs and Symbols”

Introduction by Lorraina Pinnell
Intellectual engagement with Freud and Nietzsche can be a daunting enterprise; however, adding Vladimir Nabokov to the encounter can…

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