ESP Biography



MARISSA TRANQUILLI, Cornell senior majoring in English and Chemistry.




Major: Chemistry and English

College/Employer: Cornell

Year of Graduation: 2015

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Brief Biographical Sketch:

I have spent the past three and a half years at Cornell studying Chemistry and English. While Chemistry is fun and exciting, English Literature is my greatest passion. I spent last semester studying Literature at the University of Edinburgh. At Cornell, I am a staff writer for the Cornell Daily Sun, the PR representative for the Cornell Western Equestrian Club, and the Vice President of the Professional Chemistry Fraternity.

I read my first Shakespeare play when I was eleven and my first Jane Austen novel when I was twelve. I was captivated and have been an invested scholar of both ever since.



Past Classes

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Jane Austen: Why Care? in Splash Spring 2015
The connotation in our society is that Jane Austen novels are for overly romantic women who sit around reading Twilight in their spare time. People who believe that give me ulcers. We are going to explore the real Jane Austen: the snarky, sarcastic interpreter of the true human condition. From her life and family, to her fantastic characters, all the way to the way she revolutionized literature, we will be answering the question: why care about Jane Austen?


All the World's a Stage: Shakespeare! in Splash Spring 2015
The main problem with Shakespeare in the English classroom is that it comes off as BORING. English teachers pick apart every word until Shakespeare becomes odious. It is my firm opinion that Shakespeare is meant to be lived and seen: not over analyzed. We are going to completely gut a Shakespearean scene. We will start with a tiny bit of painless literature analysis, then move in to watching several interpretations of the scene, and finally act out the scene ourselves!