COLLIER, SARAHName: Sarah Collier
Title of Project: 
Working the Garden: Women and Religion in Apocalyptic Fiction
Advisor: Melanie Dawson
Honors Department: English

My project focuses specifically on Margaret Atwood’s trilogy “MaddAddam” and Octavia Butler’s two novels “Parable of the Sower” and “Parable of the Talents.” I will examine their depiction of religion in the structures of societies before and after their fall, and its influence on the women in this environment. Environmentally conscious literature scrutinizes failures of institutions of power, environmental management, and gender equality, which are on-going, real-world problems. A major question that I hope to answer is what Atwood and Butler’s solutions look like to these problems, and whether or not they are really sustainable.

Hometown: Midlothian, Virginia
Hobbies: I work on ROCKET magazine, dance in Orchesis Modern Dance Company, DJ for the WCWM radio station, and volunteer through APO service fraternity. I love to read, hammock at the river, visit art museums, discover new restaurants, and attend local concerts.
Fun Fact: I am the oldest of 7 siblings!


Follow Sarah’s research on the W&M Honors Fellowships blog!