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 will be accepting article submissions for the 2018 issue beginning in December 2017. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2018. The author of the best article in the 2018 issue will receive the Graduate Student Research Prize.

Authors should register with the website, and follow the instructions there for posting their submission. (An author may submit no more than 1 article for consideration.) Those interested in serving as editors and as peer-reviewers should consult the job descriptions posted on the website and then contact the faculty editor-in-chief, John Kurtz ( to volunteer.


Vol 40 (2017)

Table of Contents

Graduate Research Prize (English)

Nothing But a Good Man Feeling Bad: How Toomer Sings the Blues in Cane PDF
Kevin Halleran


"Ship of Fools": Democracy and Religious Performance in Melville's The Confidence-Man* PDF
James Butler
In Her Shape How Lovely: The Habit of Virtue in Paradise Lost* PDF
Christian Leithart
"In thousand Liveries dight:" Contemplating the Landscape in L'Allegro and Il Penseroso* PDF
William Anthony Repetto


United States Propaganda in Iran and the Cold War Paradigm PDF
Christopher Pegg
An Instrument of Gender: Re-evaluating the Role of the Male-Midwife and the Lying-in Chamber in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century England PDF
Guy M. Sechrist

Liberal Studies

Ecological Landmarks in Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God: An Ecocritical and Feminist Reading PDF
Victoria Aquilone
Our Lord Hitler: An Historical Basis for the Theocracy in Swastika Night PDF
Kenneth Mumma


Optimization in Academia* PDF
Justin O'Pella


The Barroom Blitz: Competing Neural Underliers of Impulsive Aggressive Phenotype Have Different Implications in Antisocial Personality Disorder PDF
Katherine Dodson

Public Administration

The Flint Water Crisis: A Narrative with Administrative Recommendations* PDF
Zachary Bowen
* Exclusive on-line content