ELMIRA, NY (12/17/2018)-- "Mashups and Other Collisions in Art and Literature," a print-on-demand book, features a collection of essays, poems, and artwork created by Elmira College students in the 2018 First Year Seminar class this fall. Students featured includes:
Brianna Haviland of Wall Township, NJ
Mary McCafferty of Wall Township, NJ
The students considered the perennial topics of gender stereotypes, love, and war, by reading and comparing literature such as Thornton Wilder's play The Skin of Our Teeth and Mark Twain's writings based on his Diaries of Adam and Eve. Both of these authors relied on biblical stories from Genesis for inspiration, creating "mashups" of the future colliding with the past. Additionally, students viewed and wrote about art from the Elmira College collection and from exhibitions in the campus's George Waters Gallery. Their own artwork includes magazine collages inspired by the Surrealists as well as re-imagined scenes from Shakespeare's The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, using a variation of the graphic novel form.
The complete book can be previewed through Blurb.com, and is available for purchase and digital download.
Founded in 1855, Elmira College is a private, residential, liberal arts college offering 30-plus majors, an honors program, 17 academic societies, and 20 Division III varsity teams. Located in the Southern Finger Lakes Region of New York, Elmira's undergraduate and graduate student population hails from more than 20 states and nine countries. Elmira is a Phi Beta Kappa College and has been ranked a top college, nationally, for student internships. The College is also home to the Center for Mark Twain Studies, one of four historically significant Twain heritage sites in the U.S., which attracts Twain scholars and educators from around the world for research on the famous literary icon. Proud of its history and tradition, the College is committed to the ideals of community service, and intellectual and individual growth.