International College English Honor Society Lauds Research by Maura Corbett ‘14
Assumption College senior Maura Corbett recently won second place at the 2014 International Sigma Tau Delta Convention in Savannah, Ga. She was recognized for her paper "Doctor Who and Post-Imperial British Identity," in the Isabel Sparks Presidential Awards for Film and Popular Culture category.
More than 2,000 undergraduate students from around the world participated in this year's convention, which was held Feb. 26 to March 1. Only 29 students were selected for awards. Given for the best presentations by active student and alumni members at the event, these awards were established in 1991 by Isabel Sparks, the fifth president of Sigma Tau Delta, the international college English honor society. Assumption English majors have since 1998 been selected to read their papers at the convention.
“Winning second place in the Isabel Sparks Presidential Awards for Film and Popular Culture was something I never expected,” said the Rockland, Mass., native. “I feel honored to have had my paper recognized at an international convention and am especially proud that I could represent both the Assumption College English Department and the Assumption community in this way.
“Assumption College has given me the opportunity to learn from amazing faculty and to make life-long friends,” added Corbett, who is a double major in English Literature and the Classics, with a concentration in Ancient Greek, a double minor in History and Medieval and Modern Studies.
Her paper’s abstract describes the correlation between the popular television show and post-imperialism: “Though one may think BBC’s Doctor Who only relates science fiction to its audience, the series comments on Britain’s struggle to create a post-imperial identity. … Doctor Who’s episodes ‘The Empty Child’ and ‘The Doctor Dances’ … reveal Britain’s success at obtaining a new, post-imperial identity by combining traditional Britishness with multiculturalism.”