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Recent Dissertations

Russell Joseph Boutelle
Chair: Vera Kutzinski
  Title: "The Race for America: Blackness, Belonging, and Empire in the Transamerican 19th-Century"
Petal Kimberly Samuel
Chair: Colin Dayan
  Title: "Timing to Descant: Sonic Temporalities of Slavery Caribbean Literature"
Faith Elizabeth Barter
Chair: Colin Dayan
  Title: "Human Rights: Deciphering Legal and Literary Personhood, 1830-18960"
Killian Colm Quigley
Chair: Jonathan Lamb
  Title: "Nature's Spectacles: Ornament, Performance, and Natural History in the Long Eighteenth Century"
Lucy Kwabah Mensah
Chair: Vera Kutzinski
  Title: "Designing Cities and Men: Urban Renewal, Black Masculinity and the 20th Century African American
Anne Margaret Castro
Chair: Vera Kutzinski
  Title: "The Sacred Act of Reading: Spirituality, Performance, and Power in Afro-Diasporic Literature"
Stephanie Erin Higgs
Chair: Jay Clayton
  Title: "Invisible Threads: Fictions of Cotton in the Atlantic Triangle, 1833-1863"
Andrew Joseph Hines
Chair: Michael Kreyling
  Title: "Understanding Criticism: An Institutional Ecology of US American Literary Criticism"
Kathleen Rose DeGuzman
Chair: Colin Dayan
  Title: "Economies of Entanglement: Reading Radical Cultural Work in the Anglophone Caribbean and
  Victorian Britain"
Dan Fang
Chair: Jay Clayton
  Title: "The Enchantment of Victorian Things: Magical Objects as Elements of Fictionality"
Megan Lynn Minarich
  Chair: Paul Young
  Title: "Hollywood's Reproduction Code: Regulating Contraception and Abortion in American Cinema,
Adam Jason Miller
Chair: Jonathan Lamb
  Title: "Enframing & Enlightenment: A Phenomenological History of Literature, Science, and Technology in
  Eighteenth-Century Britain"
Aubrey Kimball Porterfield
Chair: Vera Kutzinski
  Title: "Modernism's Choreographies of Stillness: How American, British, and Japanese Authors Politicized the
  Inert Body, 1897-1937"
Emily Maude August
Chair: Jay Clayton
  Title: "Cadaver Poetics: Surgical Medicine and the reinvention of the Body in the Nineteenth Century"
Nicole Adeyinka Spigner
Chair: Hortense Spillers
  Title: "Niobe Repeating: Black New Women Rewrite Ovid's Metamprphoses"
Amanda Louise Johnson
  Chair: Jonathan Lamb
  Title: "Romances of the New World: Race and Creole Identity in British America, 1689-1840"
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, 2010
  Co-Chairs: Michael Kreyling and Vera 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 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 Marie Packard
  May 24, 2010
  Chair: Leah Marcus
  Title: "Problem Children: Troping Reproduction and Development in Early Modern England"
Sarah M. Passino
  June 17, 2010
  Chair: Dana Nelson
  Title: "Pirating Human Rights"
Rebecca Renee Chapman 
  May 28, 2009
  Co-Chairs: Leah Marcus and 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    
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. Jefferson
  May 15, 2009
  Chair: Lynn Enterline
  Title: "The Ghost Complaint: Historiography, Gender, and the Return of the Dead in Elizabethan  
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 Romanticism 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: "Think Canada: Locating the Canadian 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 Wollager
  Title: "Sublime Noise: Musical Culture and the Modernist Writer"
Katherine A. Fusco
  June 19, 2008
  Co-Chairs: Paul 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 Wollaeger
  Title: "Transforming the Race-Mother: Motherhood and Eugenics in British Modernism"
Christian Bradley Long
  August 19, 2008
  Chair: Paul 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 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 Young
  Title: "Foreign Bodies and Anti-Bodies: Queer Bodily Transformations in Post-World War II Literature and
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 Schoenfield
  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 Plummer
  Title: "Women of Kynde: The Construction of the 'Natural' and the Natural World in Medieval Courtly
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 Eighteenth-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
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
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
Ellen Levy
  December 2, 2004
  Chair: Vereen Bell
  Title: "Poetry was Declining / Painting Advancing: The Dialects of Dominance in the Institution of Modern
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
  June 31, 2002
  Chair: Michael Kreyling
  Title: "The Shadow and the Shelter: The Swamp and Constructions of Southern Identity"