Sarah Elawad

bibliography & acknowledgements


WE ARE ALL DYING: Bibliography & acknowledgements




Abu Madhi, Elia, “The Clay”

Ghadamyari, Mohammad, “The purport approach to thinking about death in Arabic contemporary poets language”

Gibran, Khalil, “The Beauty Of Death”

Gibran, Khalil, “On Death”


Firstly I would like to thank my main thesis supervisors/advisors, Professor Denielle Emans and Professor Basma Hamdy. Without their assistance and dedicated involvement in every step throughout the process, this project would not have been possible. You are both women that, I not only receive advice and critique from but that I also look up to, respect and admire.  I would like to thank you both for your support, understanding, advising, critique and “tough love” that you implemented to help me reach my potential and communicate my thesis research in a way that I appreciate and am proud to call my own. Thank you for all the time you have dedicated, for always checking up on me constantly and for always being willing to help with whatever I may have needed help with. 

I would also like to express my gratitude to my expert committee: Professor Levi Hammett, Ms. Sara Shabaan, Professor Nathan Davis, Professor Michael Hershrud and Professor Simone Muscolino, thank you all for your time and effort spent towards assisting me, advising me and motivating me along the way. It would not be right to mention all of you without thanking you for the very specific roles you played in my journey to reach the end result. 

Levi witnessed the very first spark of my interest in this project during an elective class of his the year beforehand, and encouraged me to push it further and think much deeper about it, which is what eventually led to me choosing it as my thesis topic. Thank you for the constant dialogue and for always challenging me in my conceptual thinking to help me get to the core of what I am trying to say or achieve. Thank you for everything. 

Sara has provided me with many references relating to Arabic poetry and the local ideology of death which really helped in my research and which led me to almost all of the poetry that I ended up using within my work for the final exhibition. I know it may not have seemed like a lot, and I know you have been extremely busy, but everything you contributed, as well as being present whenever it has been asked of you and even when it was not mandatory, means a lot to me. Thank you for all of your support and also for pointing out those spelling mistakes recently! 

Nathan is someone I have worked for and with for a while now and he has been a huge help, not only in giving me honest feedback but also in assisting me in developing my ideas, guiding me through solving the visual execution of my concept. Thank you for easing this process for me whilst also managing to constantly increase the challenge. 

I would like to thank both Michael and Simone for the amazing elective class they held this semester titled Sonic Jeel. The three tracks I produced were an outcome of this class and would not have been something I even considered had the class not been available. Thank you both for motivating me and encouraging me to base my tracks on this thesis topic, it was definitely not something I went into with ease but I am so pleased with the results. Both of you have also been advisors and supporters of my thesis journey throughout and I thank you both a lot for all of your advice, thoughts, input, and presence. It has not gone unnoticed. 

Others I would like to thank:

Professor Leland Hill, thank you for your input and for giving me some core knowledge regarding the set up and construction of my space, and also for willing to come in on your day off just to help me! I know that's a rarity. 

Eman Makki, who worked alongside me on the receipt printer project. That project really would not have happened at all if it wasn’t for you. Thank you for going through the stressful coding journey with me and for helping set up everything for the exhibition, you have been a huge help and I wish you all the best in completing your side of that project and hope I can also be as much of a help as you were to me.  

I would also like to thank Professor Giovanni Innella for being so excited about my thesis topic once I shared it with him, and throwing multiple ideas and thoughts at me within the space of a few days.

Last but certainly not least, I would like to thank my friends and family who have been supportive of me from the beginning till the end.