My name is Clara Davis and I am excited to be interning at the Paragon Press this summer. I am a rising senior at the University of Virginia, majoring in English and Art History and minoring in French.
As a double-major I’ve had the opportunity to cultivate several areas of academic interest. In the English department, I’ve largely focused on 20th century American literature. In fact, I am currently working on an undergraduate Distinguished Majors thesis on Walker Percy’s The Moviegoer and on Richard Yates’ Revolutionary Road. In Art History, I often focus on a study of photography and have written about 19th century travel frontispieces by Francis Frith (among others) as well as about Edward Steichen’s photographs of dancers. Lastly, I am interested in film and have examined, for instance, the role of Yves Saint Laurent clothing in Luis Buñuel’s Belle de Jour and the portrayal of urban spaces in Pedro Almodóvar’s Women on the Verge of A Nervous Breakdown (Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios).
Outside of studying, I enjoy running (non-competitively and preferably outdoors), talking with family and friends, watching films, reading, drawing and traveling. I am a dual US-EU citizen (Spain) and have enjoyed the opportunity to travel to Spain, France, the UK, Belgium, as well as a variety of other countries. In the future, I hope to continue to explore Western Europe and also hope to have the opportunity to travel further and to new continents.
Finally, I think that the best way to introduce oneself to an audience interested in cultural consumption is through perhaps a discussion of my own. The best book that I’ve read recently was Jhumpa Lahiri’s 1999 Pulitzer-Prize Interpreter of Maladies, which includes some of the most beautifully written and captivating short stories I have ever read. The best TV show I have seen recently is Big Little Lies, and the best film that the best film I’ve seen in the past few weeks is (in preparation for my paper) Revolutionary Road, directed by Sam Mendes and starring the iconic American duo, Leonardo di Caprio and Kate Winslet.