Honors Program Theses


Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

First Advisor

Vince Gotera


These colors are myth-the nebulae, the novas and the swirls of gas storms on the liquid planets Jupiter and Saturn are really brown or gray. No green, no coppery dustings over bloodpurple clouds, with the exception of Neptune and Uranus. They 're methane, noxious, and therefore beautiful.

Earth is beautiful too, oceans reflecting sky reflecting ocean, its clouds a gradient smear, coquettish fan to seduce us into alighting on terra. Noxious, and therefore beautiful-because Earth is a planet of creatures eating its crust, eating up ice and water, eating each other. These germs breed on the glassy surface of a planet with far more depth than those skin-dwellers can imagine. For they do imagine, but not of above, not of below. Of Earth's skin, that's it.

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Department of English Language and Literature

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors


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