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Contents: Editors’ Introduction; Featured Faculty Interview with Dr. Geoffrey Barstow, Assistant Professor of Religion, Otterbein University; Essays: The Nag Hammadi Library—Heresy or Homage to the Christ?—Brianne Buletko; “I Will Give Them an Everlasting Name”: Bearing Witness through Survivor Literature—Meghan Crawford; Symbolism and Cultural Meaning in Karel Husa’s Music for Prague 1968—Paul Faulkner; Still on the Road: A Comparison of Eighteenth Century North American Travel Writing and Kerouac’s On the Road—Beth Gier; Essayist Examination: Lauren Slater—Rachel Scherzer; Freedom to Die: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Tolsoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilych—Rebecca Whitney; Book Reviews: The Bonobo and the Athiest by Frans de Waal—Taylor Bailey; Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison by Piper Kerman—Samantha Birri; Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis—Meghan Crawford; Political Emotions: Why Love Matters for Justice by Martha C. Nussbaum—Kevin Gebura; Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon—Beth Gier; Leaping: Revelations & Epiphanies by Brian Doyle—Megan Gray; The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman—Gretchen Heisler; Murals of New York City by Glenn Palmer-Smith—Brie Lovensheimer; Night Film by Marisha Pessl—Katy Major; Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays by Eula Biss—Carly Marburger; And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini—Rachel Scherzer; Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain—Karly Smith; Contributors, etc.

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Spring 2014


Otterbein University




Dr. Geoffrey Barstow, Gnosticism, Survivor Literature, Karel Husa’s Music for Prague, Eighteenth Century North American Travel Writing, Kerouac’s On the Road


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