Current Issue Volume 1, Issue 1
Letter from the Editor

September 7, 2015 It is a great privilege and honor to welcome you to the inaugural issue of the Ashford Humanities Review (AHR). The AHR is the first of two foundational projects of the Publications Committee in the College of Liberal Arts at Ashford University. Under the leadership of Dr. J. Gabriel Scala, the Committee was formed in October 2013 with the express intent of creating venues to showcase the critical and creative work of Ashford students. The AHR was created to offer Ashford students the opportunity to present high quality, original, critical essays in the humanist disciplines in a Read More »

“Normative Society and the Monstrous Female Transgressor”
By Chelsea Picken

Monsters are the pith of all that is abject. That which is depicted as monstrous simply cannot inhabit the tangible, real-life societies in which it is produced, but instead, in order to be deemed monstrous in the first place, it must be cast off in disgust from all that is viewed by society as "normal." This results in an extreme "othering" of anything regarded as monstrous into an entirely separate representational space where it is essentially incapable of coexisting with the way in which society makes sense of itself. Monsters therefore embody abjection because they temporarily disrupt the established norms of any given society. Julia Kristeva reminds us Read More »

“Man or Beast? Cognition or Instinct?”
By Joseph Webb Sr.

In Book I of his well-known work The Wealth of Nations, Adam Smith, the Scottish moral philosopher, describes the propensity of man to have an ability above all other species of beings. Smith describes this ability as man’s inclination to truck, barter, and exchange for profit through the use of reason and speech. Smith claims this is a trait unique to man and says: “It is common to all men, and to be found in no other race of animals, which seem to know neither this, nor any other species of contracts.” In essence, Smith argues that men have a Read More »

“The Birth of American Imperialism”
By Paul Odom

American imperialism is a term that is foreign to the ears of most Americans. If they are familiar with the term, it is likely to be only from speeches they have heard on TV given by America’s many detractors in the Middle East. The fact is, though, that American imperialism was a very real, powerful, and dangerous movement that most historians would say began with America’s defeat of Spain in the Spanish-American War. However, I argue that this movement began much earlier with the systematic invasion of native territories by white settlers, and was cemented with President James K. Polk’s Read More »

“Political and Social Impact of the Beat Generation”
By Eddy Wilson

Throughout history there have been those that have defied the normal and accepted ideals of their society. Socrates, Galileo, da Vinci, Martin Luther King Jr., and Thoreau are only a few examples of the individuals throughout history who questioned authority and humanity’s purpose, and who thought outside the box. These social dissenters have significantly impacted the world. Art, in all its forms, provides a means for nonconformists to express their ideas. The modernism movement that started in England at the end of the nineteenth century and migrated to America less than 20 years later (most notably the Armory Show of Read More »

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