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UW-Eau Claire Names Winner Of
Distinguished Master's Thesis Competition
MAILED: Dec. 6, 1999|
Tammy Brunette Stone, Cameron, was awarded first place in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Distinguished Master's Thesis Competition.
As the award recipient, Brunette Stone received $100 and had her thesis submitted for competition in the Midwestern Association of Graduate Schools 2000 Distinguished Master's Thesis Award competition, which will be judged in the spring.
Brunette Stone's thesis was titled "The 'Evils' of Emma: Resistance to Conformity in Jane Austen's 'Emma.'" The thesis identifies and analyzes the ways in which Jane Austen's character of Emma resists social conformity throughout the novel, "Emma." Her resistance results in her ability to maintain control of her life and destiny throughout the novel.
"This thesis is significant because it challenges the way that Jane Austen's "Emma" has been viewed by feminist critics for decades," Brunette Stone stated in her thesis abstract. "In so doing, it provides a fresh, unique perspective that fully acknowledges 'Emma's' success as a feminist novel."
Each year, faculty are invited to nominate exceptional quality theses for this annual competition, with judging provided by a graduate council faculty committee. Brunette Stone's faculty adviser, Dr. Martin Wood, professor of English, nominated her paper for the award.
In submitting the thesis to the Midwestern competition, UW-Eau Claire Provost Ronald Satz said the paper is clearly and concisely written, using sound methodology to arrive at an engaging and well-supported conclusion.
"Ms. Brunette Stone's scholarship, research and writing capabilities indicate that she will make substantial contributions as she distinguishes herself in her chosen field," Satz said.
Brunette Stone graduated from UW-Eau Claire in August 1999 with a master's degree in English. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from UW-La Crosse in 1995.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Dec. 6, 1999