English Creative Writing-BA
First Committee Member
Second Committee Member
Conquest, Masculinity, School Shooters, Experimental essay, American mythology, Western empire
Nonfiction | Other Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
This paper tracks the archetypical figure of the conquistador across the historical impressions and canonical depictions left in his wake since European “explorers” like Columbus sailed into an unidentified land mass five hundred years ago and ushered the New World into the Imperial age. Through diverse and disparate set of sources--from pop culture to Columbus' log books--this paper maps conquest across the mythology of the American nation, weaving school shooters manifestos in with fictionalizations of the American West in with personal interviews and memoir to complicate and challenge the American understanding of nation—our gendered mappings of power and identity then and now, raise new questions about how these ideas came to collect within the cumulative American imaginary, shape and determine in very tangible and evidentiary ways the histories we canonize, those we discard, and the myths we continue to live.
Gramling, Amelia R., "The Direction His Eyes Are Facing: An American Geography" (2016). Honors Thesis Projects. 41.