The Criterion is designed to exhibit the top literary analysis work of the year from the English department at College of the Holy Cross.
Current Volume: 2023 (2023)
The Criterion is a small journal, open to all English majors and published during the spring semester of each Academic year. This year, we are excited to feature a wide range of essays. This edition of The Criterion presents papers written during Spring 2022 and Fall 2023. This year, we also opened submissions up to any student in any literature course, including English and Studies in World Literatures. The editorial board is staffed by English students who are members of the Nu Chi chapter of the Sigma Tau Delta honor society. We extend our thanks not only to this year’s editorial board but to those who staffed the journal last year. But, as with most endeavors, publishing this journal would have been impossible without the help of many people. In particular, we extend our thanks to Professor Reed and Professor Stefan for ensuring that the journal continued this year. We also thank all the professors of the English Department, who not only continually foster an environment of excellence and academic inquiry, but who encourage students to submit their essays to The Criterion as well. Their tireless guidance and support ensured that English students could produce works of quality, which consequently made the process of selecting entries such a hard task. We are grateful for Elise Saad, who advertised the publication within the department. We extend our thanks to all the students who submitted work this year, without whom, this journal would not exist. Finally, we thank Lisa Villa of Dinand Library for all her help in uploading the journal onto CrossWorks, allowing the journal to be published online.
The (Ir)Reverent Social Roles of Religion in the Work of James and Wharton