Émilie to Emily

Reviving the Salon and Talking Science in the 21st Century



Masters student in the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at the University of Oklahoma. Graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with degrees in Mathematics and English

Master’s Thesis: Kurt Vonnegut Biography

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 11, 1922, Armistice day.[1] Descended from wealthy and proud German-Americans, by the end of the 1920s, the Vonnegut family was faced with multiple crises of identity. The First World War... Continue Reading →

Master’s Thesis: A Reluctant Luddite?

“We are here on Earth to fart around. Don’t let anybody tell you any different.”[1] The humor and nonchalance that Kurt Vonnegut brought to his writing was infectious, so much so that he was often compared with Mark Twain.[2] Known... Continue Reading →

Master’s Thesis: Bibliography

Before I post the rest of my thesis, for further study, here is the bibliography from my work, for those of you interested in the source work which I used. Abele, Elizabeth. “The Journey Home in Kurt Vonnegut’s World War... Continue Reading →

Master’s Thesis: Abstract

Kurt Vonnegut’s writing helped to push the boundaries of our conventional understanding of twentieth-century American literature through his inclusion of science fiction themes in many of his works and his poignant discussions of the perils of war. However, it is... Continue Reading →

Masters Thesis Progress

As I am drawing near the end of my masters program at the University of Oklahoma, I thought would update on the progress I have made this semester on my writing. I have a solid 70 page draft that has... Continue Reading →

Justified and Unjustified Fears

Vonnegut came to General Electric on the heels of the success of his older brother, Bernard, taking a job in the public relations department. Bernard’s work at GE will be discussed in more depth later, especially his close proximity to... Continue Reading →

Kurt Vonnegut and World-Ending Technologies

I am titling this section World Ending Technologies, rather than the Bomb, because there is a level of importance to the way which Vonnegut chooses to end the world in Cat’s Cradle, and yes, he does end the world. There... Continue Reading →

Kurt Vonnegut and Relevant Scholarship

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on November 11, 1922, Armistice day, a fact that, as an adult, he was quite proud of, being born on a day associated with peace.[1] Descended from wealth and proud German-Americans, by... Continue Reading →

Mass Producing an “American” Identity

Much of what is presently understood as the “American” identity can be traced back to a rather pivotal period of the immediate postwar and early Cold War. It is not surprising that many of these values which we deem to... Continue Reading →

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