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Recent Dissertations

Amanda Louise Johnson
Chair: Jonathan Lamb
Title: "Romances of the New World"


Beau Yancey Baca
May 20, 2010
Chair: Jonathan Lamb
Title: Situating Pathos in English Drama of the Long Eighteenth Century

Chu-Jiun Alice Chuang
June 18, 2010
Chair: Mark Wollaeger
Title: Re-Imagining the Jewelled Isle: England, Media, and Literature in the World War II Period

Charlotte Amanda Hagood
May 18, 2020
Co-Chairs: Michael Kreyling and Vera M. Kutzinski
Title: The Domestication of Environmentalism: Science, Democracy, and the Ideological Origins of the U.S. Environmental Movement

Justin Haynes
May 18, 2010
Chair: Vera M. Kutzinski
Title: Carnival: Transformation, Performance and Play in Caribbean Festivals.

Sarah Erin Kersh
June 7, 2010
Chair: Carolyn Dever
Title: Naked Novels: Victorian Sonnet Sequences and the Problem of Marriage

Elizabeth Shih Meadows
June 9, 2010
Chair: Carolyn Dever
Title: Morbid Strains: Obsession and Spectacle in Victorian Literature from In Memoriam to The Picture of Dorian Gray

Bethany Martie Packard
May 24, 2010
Chair: Leah S. Marcus
Title: Problem Children: Troping Reproduction and Development in Early Modern England

Sarah M. Passino
June 17, 2010
Chair: Dana D. Nelson
Title: Pirating Human Rights


Rebecca Renee Chapman
May 28, 2009
Co-Chairs: Leah Marcus & Kathryn Schwarz
Title: Rehabilitating Shakespeare: Cultural Appropriation and Queer Subjectivity

Sarah Louise Childress
June 15, 2009
Chair: Dana Nelson
Title: Common Interests, Competing Subjectivities: U.S. and Latin American Avant-Garde Film Theory and Practice

Frances Dianne Henderson
March 27, 2009
Chair: Michael Kreyling
Title: (Re)Claiming Self: Motive Forces Contributing to Migration in African American Literature by Women

Lauren Wood-Hoffer
June 5, 2009
Chair: Carolyn Dever
Title: "That Inevitable Woman": The Paid Female Companion and Sympathy in the Victorian Novel

Jennifer A. Krause
April 29, 2009
Chair: Michael Kreyling
Title: From Classical to Postmodern: Madness in Inter-American Narrative

Donald C. Jellerson
May 15, 2009
Chair: Lynn Enterline
Title: Ghost Complaint: Historiography, Gender, and the Return of the Dead in Elizabethan Literature

Christina Maria Neckles
June 3, 2009
Chair: Jay Clayton
Title: Defensive Adaptation: Managing Social Anxieties in Literature and Film

Miranda Garno Nesler
May 4, 2009
Chair: Leah Marcus
Title: Performing Silence, Performing Speech: Genre and Gender in Stuart Drama

Brian James Rejack
June 24, 2009
Chair: Jonathan Lamb
Title: Gluttons and Gourmands: British Romanticsm and Aesthetics of Gastronomy

Daniel Frederick Spoth
May 4, 2009
Chair: Michael Kreyling
Title: The Wandering Eye: Dreaming the Globe in Faulkner and Walcott

Nafissa D. Thompson-Spires
June 19, 2009
Chair: Paul Young
Title: Thank Canada: Locating the Candaian Presence in U.S. Youth Television


Brian Daniel Deyo
August 25, 2008
Chair: Jonathan Lamb
Title: We Have Never Been Human: J.M. Coetzee, The Enlightenment, and The Lives of Animals

Joshua Benjamin Epstein
August 18, 2008
Chair: Mark A. Wollaeger
Title: "Sublime Noise: Musical Culture and the Modernist Writer"

Katherine A. Fusco
June 19, 2008
Co-Chairs: Paul D. Young and Cecelia Tichi
Title: "Time Material: Temporality, Narration, and Modernity in Silent Films and American Naturalism"

Benjamin Thomas Graydon
August 21, 2008
Chair: Cecelia Tichi
Title: "Marketing Fictions: Product Branding in American Literature and Culture"

Persephone Emily Harbin
July 17, 2008
Chair: Mark A. Wollaeger
Title: "Transforming the Race-Mother: Motherhood and Eugenics in British Modernism"

Christian Bradley Long
August 19, 2008
Chair: Paul D. Young
Title: "The Wages of Sprawl: The Experience of the Suburban Form in American Film and Fiction"

Jeffrey Michael Menne
August 20, 2008
Chair: Paul D. Young
Title: "The Birth of the Auteur: The Counterculture, Individualism, and Hollywood Cinema, 1967-1975"

Nicole E. Seymour
June 24, 2008
Co-Chairs: Carolyn Dever and Paul D.Young
Title: "Foreign Bodies and Anti-Bodies: Queer Bodily Transformations in Post-World War II Literature and Film"


Charles Kinian Cosner, Jr.
May 29, 2007
Chair: John Halperin
Title: "'Neither Lye nor Romance': Narrativity in the Old Bailey Sessions Papers"

Elizabeth A. Festa
September 24, 2007
Co-Chairs: Cecelia Tichi and Teresa Goddu
Title: "Precious Specimens: Public Museums, Popular Culture, and American Literary Modernism"

Jeong-Oh Kim
August 22, 2007
Co-Chairs: Jonathan Lamb and Mark Schoefield
Title: "A Sense of Place and the Uncertainty of the Self"

Briana O'Riordan McCoy
March 14, 2007
Co-Chairs: Carolyn Dever and Jay Clayton
Title: "Migrants and Cosmopolitans: Travel and the Reconciliation of England and Ireland in Nineteenth-Century Literature"

David L. Smith
May 4, 2007
Chair: John Halperin
Title: "Under Lock and Key: Securing Privacy and Property in Victorian Fiction and Culture"


Jennifer Clement
December 11, 2006
Co-Chairs: Leah Marcus and Lynn Enterline
Title: "Significant Others: Devotion, Divinity, and Authority in Early Modern England"

Susan Crisafulli
March 13, 2006
Chair: John F. Plummer
Title: " 'Wommen, of kynde': The Construction of the 'Natural' and the Natural World in Medieval Courtly Narrative"

Brian Scott Hicks
March 22, 2006
Chair: Michael Kreyling
Title: "Re-farming the New World Order: Imaginations of Agriculture in Global America"

Melanie Butler Holladay
July 13, 2006
Chair: Cecelia Tichi
Title: "Individualism Possessed: The Supernatural Marriage Plot, 1820 - 1870"

Dean Anthony Masullo
March 29, 2006
Chair: Cecelia Tichi
Title: "The Penumbral Frontier: Landscape, Modernity, and the Subterranean Imagination in New York City Literature and Culture, 1609-2001"

Beccie Randhawa
March 28, 2006
Chair: Jonathan Lamb
Title: "An Elicit Proximity of Geography: Creoles and Colonial Hospitality in 18th-Century Transatlantic Literature"


Andrea Bradley
May 3, 2005
Chair: Jonathan Lamb
Title: "Wanted: Advertising in British Literature, 1700-1830"

Hyeyurn Chung
November 14, 2005
Co-Chairs: Cecelia Tichi and Tina Chen
Title: "The Color of Masculinity: Racialized Masculinities and the Reconfiguration of American Manhood"

Shalyn Claggett
August 16, 2005
Co-Chairs: Jay Clayton and Carolyn Dever
Title: "The Science of Character in Victorian Literature and Culture"

Melissa Hull
August 22, 2005
Co-Chairs: Leah Marcus and Kathryn Schwarz
Title: "Reproducing Texts, Reproducing Bodies: Aberrant Reproduction and Print Culture in Early Modern England"

Michael Karounos
March 28, 2005
Chair: John Halperin
Title: "Tropes of Time and Space in Johnson, Burney, Edgeworth, and Austen"

Lisa A. Niles
August 17, 2005
Co-Chairs: Carolyn Dever and Jay Clayton
Title: "Unproductive Productivity: Aging and Literature in the Nineteenth Century"

Laurel A. Young
November 29, 2005
Chair: John Halperin
Title: "(Re)Inventing a Genre: Legacy in Women's Golden Age Detective Fiction"


Mark Barr
July 23, 2004
Co-Chairs: Mark Schoenfield and Jerome Christensen
Title: "In Search of Justice: Blake, Coleridge and the Romantic Conflict between Legal and Literary Discourse"

Tikenya Foster-Singletary
August 16, 2004
Chair: Michael Kreyling
Title: "Revolutionary Romances: Romantic Love in African American Literature by Women"

Aisha Francis
March 19, 2004
Co-Chairs: Michael Kreyling and Sheila Smith McKoy
Title: "Hometraining and How to Be: Black Conduct Literature and the Politics of Identity in United States Culture"

Ellen Levy
December 2, 2004
Chair: Vereen Bell
Title: "'Poetry was declining/Painting advancing': The Dialectics of Dominance in the Institution of Modern Art"

Karissa McCoy
August 17, 2004
Chair: Michael Kreyling
Title: "Re-writing Region, Reconstructing Whiteness: Appalachia and the 'Place' of Whiteness in American Culture, 1930-2003"


Daniel Turner
August 25, 2003
Chair: Michael Kreyling
Title: "Sustaining Power: The Poetry of the Contemporary American South"


Tommy Anderson
May 29, 2002
Co-Chairs: Leah Marcus and Lynn Enterline
Title: "The Claims of the Past: Traumatic Events, Compensatory Narratives and the Formation of Identities in Early Modern England"

Lisa Barnes
February 20, 2002
Chair: Cecelia Tichi
Title: "Politicians in Print: American Women Writers and the Landscapes of Nationalism, 1839-1894"

Sean Heuston
July 15, 2002
Chair: Mark Jarman
Title: "The Dialect of the Tribe: Ethnography and Modern Poets"

Ashley Trice
July 1, 2002
Chair: John Plummer
Title: "Capturing Christ: Representations of the God-Man in Middle English Religious Lyrics"

Anthony Wilson
July 31, 2002
Chair: Michael Kreyling
Title: "The Shadow and the Shelter:The Swamp and Constructions of Southern Identity"