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On deafness, acting, and musical theatre: John McGinty and Dino Nicandros [Interview]



“The La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts isn’t afraid to bring deafness to the center stage, and that’s thanks in part to two great actors – John McGinty and Dino Nicandros, who together play the role of Quasimodo in the latest production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This production holds true to Hugo’s novel and makes Quasimodo deaf – his character is then played by McGinty, who also happens to be a deaf actor, and Nicanrdos, acting as his voice.”

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How M.A. Classes Differ From B.A. Classes

Dear English Major


“While getting a master’s degree seems like a logical step to take after graduating with a B.A., there are some major differences between graduate and undergraduate classes that all students should reflect on before making any commitments. I hadn’t really considered these differences until after I joined an M.A. English program, and was in for a big shock when I realized how different M.A. classes can be!”

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The (Mis)Education of Harriet Smith: Confidence, Perception, and Character Development in “Emma”

Jane Austen Society of North America


2016 Essay Contest – Graduate Division 3rd Place Winner

“Emma in Emma is all about Emma, and because she is both heroine and titular character, the reader’s attention often focuses on Emma’s growth and development. While readings of the changes in Emma’s character, such as those done by scholars like R. E. Hughes in “The Education of Emma Woodhouse,” provide valuable insight on the way women of Austen’s time interacted with the world around them, close inspection reveals that other characters, such as Harriet Smith, are written with the same consideration.”

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