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  • 2008-09 Selected Essays

    Date: 2010.04.17 | Category: News, Selected Essays | Response: 0

    The editorial committee of e.g., UW’s online journal of 100-level writing, is pleased to announce the winning essays for 2008-09:

    “Turning the Intrinsic Screw: Henry James and Human Nature”
    Caitlin Harding

    “Christina Rosetti’s Goblin Market: Finding the Middle Ground”
    Jasmine Yeh

    The French Lieutenant’s Woman: The Underscores of ‘Freedom’ within Restriction, Fowles’ Bridge between Realities”
    Prisca Youn

    Selections for the journal were made by members of e.g. editorial committee, chaired by Raj Chetty.  All members present at editorial committee meetings offer an opinion on which essays should be selected for publication, except in cases where an editor happens to be the instructor of one of the student submitters.  In this case, the editor does not read, evaluate, or offer an opinion/vote on work submitted by his or her former student.

    The e.g. editorial committee found the above works to be an exemplary piece of 100-level writing demonstrating excellence in claim and communication and proficiency in the Expository Writing Program’s outcomes.

    Judges: Jessica Campbell, Ed Chang, Raj Chetty, Stevi Costa, Brian Gutierrez, Dave Holmberg, Erik Jaccard, Anthony Manganaro, Jason Morse, Caitlin Palo, Alice Pedersen, Kim Trinh

  • 2008-09 Winner: “Turning the Intrinsic Screw: Henry James and Human Nature” by Caitlin Harding

    Date: 2010.04.17 | Category: Selected Essays | Response: 0

    “Turning the Intrinsic Screw” by Caitlin Harding PDF

    In 1943, psychologist Abraham Maslow revealed to the world his theory of human motivation, what he called the “hierarchy of needs.”  The pyramid-shaped hierarchy’s five levels of human desires start with the most basic drives and end with the most difficult desire to attain: self actualization, the stage which gives rise to such fantastic concepts as gods, deities, purity, and ecstasy.  The ability of humans to conceive such ideas seems to speak tremendously to the unselfishness of human nature.  Yet the truth is quite the opposite; these concepts are merely constructs that humans create in order to seek and idolize an absolute.  Ideas of pure and beautiful absolution are a way to escape the reality that in fact, human beings are innately self-obsessed and corrupt any possibilities for divinity around them.  Such texts as Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw illustrate how these destructive faults in human nature destroy purity and innocence.  Each step in the journey of the novel’s main character represents the screw-turning and deepening of her greed as she descends through Maslow’s stages, until finally only corruption is left in her wake.  Much like the Victorian era’s Walter Pater and his coined term that each person has within them “molten lava” of selfishness that harms others if released, these displays ultimately prove the disastrous consequences when humans act at the expense of others.

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