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Vol 8, No 2, Spring 2011


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" 'Hung'ring More to Do My Father's Will': Temperance and the Reader's Education in Paradise Regained"
by Karen Caylor

John Milton's Paradise Regained, though often overshadowed by its famous predecessor, is an important work for its descriptions of virtue, temptation, and the Son of God. This paper examines the nature of the Son's education, Milton's conception of temperance, and the roles they play in determining the kind of education Milton intends for the reader. These observations are followed by an analysis of the demonstrative and rhetorical devices that Milton uses to educate the reader in virtue.

"The Suffering Woman: Hardy's Tess and Euripides's Phaedra"
by Alyssa Leavell

Although many Victorian authors looked to classical Greece for their subject matter and themes, Thomas Hardy is unique in his adoption of the overarching Hellenic worldview. His tragic heroine in Tess of the d'Urbervilles demonstrates Hardy's particular reliance on Hippolytus of Euripides. The plight of Tess mirrors that of Phaedra; both women are caught between battling forces of love and purity, and both are eventually overpowered by the strength of their passions. In a particularly Greek manner, Hardy does not hold his heroine morally responsible for her actions. Tess is a victim, like Phaedra, of a higher power. However, Hardy diverges from the idea of the Greek hero in the conclusion of his novel, in which Tess is neither absolved, nor avenged, but dies in obscurity with no voice to clear her name.

"Barfield contra Lewis on Truth and Imagination"
by Stephen Margheim

In his "Great War" with C. S. Lewis Owen Barfield maintains that the imagination can both perceive and create truth via poetry. Lewis, however, contends that the imagination is incapable of creating truth. Examination of Barfield's Poetic Diction and his correspondence with Lewis elucidates the differences in their theories of the imagination and explains Lewis's argumentative errors.

"Examining the Potential of Metamaterials for the Design of Composite Right/Left-handed Transmission Lines"
By Colin Pardue

Metamaterials are substances that possess unnatural electromagnetic properties. Engineers have harnessed these properties in various electronic devices. This paper discusses the production of one such device, a composite right/left-handed transmission line. A composite right/left-handed transmission line utilizes either split ring resonators or complementary split ring resonators to generate negative permeability and permittivity in a circuit. Consequently, this device can improve conventional circuit components, including lowpass filters and electrical couplers.




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