Davidson Fellows - 2013 Fellow Kailee Pedersen


Kailee Pedersen

$25,000 Scholarship Recipient

Age: 17
Lincoln, NE
Category: Literature
Project Title: “The Transliteration of Flesh”______ _______ ________ ____ _______


The Transliteration of Flesh challenges the metanarrative, a totalizing literary device that seeks to universalize human experience, which in turn legitimizes a hierarchy of sociocultural power. In presenting the narratives of the powerless, this portfolio explores the interdisciplinary interactions between critical theory, postmodernism, third wave feminism and postcolonial theory. Through these theoretical frameworks, Kailee deconstructs the mechanics of literary domination, resolving the tension between an oppressive society and the individual self.

By discussing the myriad ways systematic oppression manifests in the lives of both fictional and nonfictional personas, The Transliteration of Flesh will hopefully incite an empathetic response and inspire self-reflection in those who occupy both the positions of oppressor and oppressed, colonizer and colonized.

Kailee is a freshman at Columbia University and enjoys playing the piano and video games in her spare time. She maintains a blog dedicated to Japanese artwork, and enjoys reading about Asian and Russian history. For two years, she played violin and piano in the Lincoln East high school orchestra, and was a member of the Lincoln Youth Symphony. Kailee participated in competitive public speaking with the reigning state champion Lincoln East speech team for four years, and was a semifinalist in dramatic interpretation at the 2013 National Individual Events Tournament of Champions. She volunteered for a summer at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo and with the Bright Lights enrichment program of Nebraska.

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