Graduation Year

Spring 2014

Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Reader 1

Susan Rankaitis

Reader 2

Liat Yossifor

Rights Information

© 2013 Meridith Burchiel


My thesis focuses primarily on child portraiture and attempting to express the imaginative quality of young thought that has the potential of being forgotten with age. While my concept originated with the idea of children affected by the Holocaust and World War II, I have broadened my scope to examine the ways in which imagination is seen while children are sharing thoughts through storytelling. Using ink and pen, the quality of line will vary to depict different stages of a particular fragment of emotion. My research concerns children’s worldview and understanding of internally perceived reality as it to their environment. I also investigate the opera Bründibár written by Hans Krása during World War II as a historically contextualized example of children’s narratives and their outcomes. The transcending theme of my cumulative work is regarding the moments of intersection between outside stimulus and children’s imagined reality.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.