CONCEPT is an interdisciplinary journal of graduate studies sponsored by the Graduate Division of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Villanova University. CONCEPT accepts submissions from Villanova graduate students in all fields of the arts and sciences. Submissions are reviewed by graduate student editors, faculty editors and peer reviewers, with final decisions made by the editors.

Call For Submissions

CONCEPT is now accepting article submissions. The deadline for submission is Monday, February 3, 2014. The author of the best article in the 2014 issue will receive the Graduate Student Research Prize.

Authors should register with the website, and follow the instructions for posting their submission. (An author may submit no more than 1 article for consideration.) Any questions should be directed to the faculty editor-in-chief, Lisa Sewell (

If you are interested in reading submissions as a peer reviewer, please contact the faculty editor-in-chief, Lisa Sewell.

Vol 36 (2013)

Table of Contents

Graduate Research Prize

“A Stout Heart Crushes Ill-Luck?”: Materialism, British Masculinity, The Western Front, and the Changing Meaning of Luck in the Late-nineteenth and Early-twentieth Century PDF
William L. Gay
Diagnosis of Late-Life Depression: A Critical Review PDF
Shaina Garrison


The Impact Of Climate Change On The Mistiming Of Bird-Resource Phenologies PDF
Joseph Funk


Women in Caskets: Commodities in Shakespeare’s Pericles PDF
Rebecca Hepp


Examining the Mythic Past: 1950 Westerns and Interdisciplinary Interpretation* PDF
Tom Foley
False Patriots: American Mercenaries and the Fight for Independence* PDF
Matthew Landis

Liberal Studies

Warrior, Hero, Mentor: The Influence of Prince Peter Bagration on the Fictional Protagonists of War and Peace* PDF
Kenneth Mumma


A Good Beyond Sanity: Immanuel Kant and Ivan Karamazov on the Justifiability of Human Suffering PDF
Miranda Pilipchuk
Lipstick Signification and Written Flirtation: Gendering Metaphor in Locke’s “The Abuse of Words”* PDF
Summer Renault-Steele


PTSD in Pre-School Children: A Review and Synthesis of Research on the Need for a Separate DSM Category* PDF
Tara Frem
The Legitimacy and Etiology of Dissociative Identity Disorder* PDF
Alexandra M. Henning


“How Are Things in Glocca Morra?”: Vilifying Capitalism and Prejudice through a Socialist Utopia in Finian’s Rainbow* PDF
Rebekah Weagraff


“In His Light See Light”: The Influence of Augustine on Ratzinger’s Perspective on Creation* PDF
Suzanne Wentzel
* Exclusive on-line content