CONCEPT is an interdisciplinary journal of graduate studies sponsored by the Graduate Studies 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 2019 issue beginning in December 2018. The deadline for submission is February 1, 2019. The author of the best article in the 2019 issue will receive the Graduate Student Research Prize.

New authors should register with the website by clicking the ABOUT link above, then the "Online Submissions" link, and then the "Go to registration" link. From there, follow the instructions for registering as a system user before posting an article submission. Be sure to complete all five steps of the user registration process. Please indicate the name of your program of study (not Villanova) in the "Affiliation" field. 

An author may submit one article per year for consideration. Students interested in serving as Peer Reviewers or Graduate Student Editors should contact the Managing Editor, Dr. John Kurtz in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences ( for further information.


Vol 41 (2018)

Table of Contents

Graduate Research Prize (History)

“Marriage is the tomb of trust and love”: Marriage and Divorce in Olympe de Gouges’ Plays PDF
Justine Carre Miller


Back from the Dead: Rediscovering Value in John Okada’s No-No Boy and John Williams’s Stoner PDF
Nicholas Manai
Is Stephen Dedalus a Vampire? Bodily Breath, Creation, and Art in “Proteus” and “Aeolus” PDF
Amelia Mrozinski
“And down now, down…”: the Wildernesses of “Burning Chrome” and Inception PDF
Casey Smedberg
The Incredibly Loud and Uncomfortably Close Narrator of Uncle Tom’s Cabin PDF
Stephen Reaugh
Maxine Hong Kingston’s complex, multi-faceted, and paradoxical postmodernism in The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of A Girlhood Among Ghosts. PDF
Angeline Nies-Berger

Classical Studies

Lyric Messene: Collaborative Ethnogenesis and Historical Narrative PDF
Luke Nathaniel Madson


Reimagining the American Revolution: Jonathan Boucher’s Loyalist Perspective PDF
Andrew Carter Zetts`


An Inappropriate Football “Formation”: Beyoncé’s 2016 Super Bowl Performance, Mystery, and the Narratives of Football and Race in America PDF
Richelle J Hurley

Political Science

From Tribe to Nation: Assessing the Influence of Political Exclusion and Access to Mobilization Resources on Kurdish Ethnonationalism PDF
Joseph Lasky

Mathematics and Statistics

Which On-Base Percentage Shows the Highest True Ability of a Baseball Player? PDF
Edwin Lu