Doctoral Dissertations In English

Recent PhD Dissertations

Hernandez, Aleksandra (July 2017), "Patterns of Experience: Pragmatism, Perception, and Cultural Cognition in Modern American Literature"

Hershman, Emily (July 2017), "The Deadliest Century: Gender and Modernism in the Age of Total Warfare, 1895-1981"

Wharton, Jill (June 2017), "Dislocated Modernities: The Paradox of the Plantation in Twentieth-Century Irish and American Fiction"

Machulak, Erica (April 2017), "Knowing in Context: Distinguishing the Learned for the "Lewed" in Middle English Literature"

McCoul, Melissa (April 2017), "Come Play with Me: Theorizing Child's Play, Narrative World-Building and Imaginative Embodiment in Literature, 1749-1911.

Murphy, Daniel (April 2017), '"The Technics of Realism: Media and Social Reportage in Narrative Art After 1965."

Milberger, Kurt (April 2017), "The Beasts' Progress: Animals in the British Religious Imagination, 1640-1800."

Santin, Bryan (April 2017), "Imagining the American Right: Postwar Fiction, Race, and the Rise of Modern Conservatism, 1945-2005"

Duncan, Joel (August 2016), "The Song in the Machine: Organic Forms of American Poetry"

VanHoozer, Emma (July 2016), "Problems in Poetics: Robert Creeley in Poetry and in Practice"

Khokhlov, Semyon (July 2016), "Marcel Duchamp, Gertrude Stein, and the Modernist Loss of Autonomy"

Murphy, Robinson (July 2016), "Castration Desire: Less Is More in Global Anglophone Literature"

Klein, Andrew (June 2016), " Along English Borders: Imagining Transnational English Identity in the Premodern World, 1200-1500"

Ransom, Emily (June 2016), "Redeeming Complaint in Tudor and Stuart Devotional Lyric"

Matos, Angel (April 2016), "Feeling Infinite: Affect, Genre, and Narrative in Young Adult Queer Literature"

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Dissertations from 2017

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Tragicomic Transpositions: The Influence of Spanish Prose Romance on the Development of Early Modern English Tragicomedy, Josefina Hardman

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“The Blackness of Blackness”: Meta-Black Identity in 20th/21st Century African American Culture, Casey Hayman

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Waiting for Now: Postcolonial Fiction and Colonial Time, Amanda Ruth Waugh Lagji

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Latina Identities, Critical Literacies, and Academic Achievement in Community College, Morgan Lynn

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Demanding Spaces: 1970s U.S. Women's Novels as Sites of Struggle, Kate Marantz

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Novel Buildings: Architectural and Narrative Form in Victorian Fiction, Ashley R. Nadeau

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CATCH FEELINGS: CLASS AFFECT AND PERFORMATIVITY IN TEACHING ASSOCIATES' NARRATIVES, Anna Rita Napoleone

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Dialogue and "Dialect": Character Speech in American Fiction, Carly Overfelt

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Materializing Transfer: Writing Dispositions in a Culture of Standardized Testing, Lisha Daniels Storey

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Theatres of War: Performing Queer Nationalism in Modernist Narratives, Elise Swinford

Dissertations from 2016

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Multimodal Assessment in Action: What We Really Value in New Media Texts, Kathleen M. Baldwin

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Addictive Reading: Nineteenth-Century Drug Literature's Possible Worlds, Adam Colman

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"The Book Can't Teach You That": A Case Study of Place, Writing, and Tutors' Constructions of Writing Center Work, Christopher Joseph DiBiase

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Protest Lyrics at Work: Labor Resistance Poetry of Depression-Era Autoworkers, Rebecca S. Griffin

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From What Remains: The Politics of Aesthetic Mourning and the Poetics of Loss in Contemporary African American Culture, Kajsa K. Henry

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Minor Subjects in America: Everyday Childhoods of the Long Nineteenth Century, Gina M. Ocasion

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Enduring Affective Rhetorics: Transnational Feminist Action in Digital Spaces, Jessica Ouellette

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The School Desk and the Writing Body, Marni M. Presnall

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Sustainable Public Intellectualism: The Rhetorics of Student Scientist-Activists, Jesse Priest

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Prosthetizing the Soul: Reading, Seeing, and Feeling in Seventeenth-Century Devotion, Katey E. Roden

Dissertations from 2015

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“As Child in Time”: Childhood, Temporality, and 19th Century U.S. Literary Imaginings of Democracy, Marissa Carrere

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A National Style: A Critical Historiography of the Irish Short Story, Andrew Fox

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Homosexuality is a Poem: How Gay Poets Remodeled the Lyric, Community and the Ideology of Sex to Theorize a Gay Poetic, Christopher M. Hennessy

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Affecting Manhood: Masculinity, Effeminacy, and the Fop Figure in Early Modern English Drama, Jessica Landis

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Who Do You Think You Are?: Recovering the Self in the Working Class Escape Narrative, Christine M. Maksimowicz

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Metabolizing Capital: Writing, Information, and the Biophysical World, Christian J. Pulver

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Audible Voice in Context, Airlie S. Rose

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The Role of Online Reading and Writing in the Literacy Practices of First-Year Writing Students, Casey Burton Soto

Dissertations from 2014

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RESURRECTION: REPRESENTATIONS OF THE BLACK CHURCH IN CONTEMPORARY POPULAR CULTURE, Rachel J. Daniel

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Seeing Blindness: The Visual and the Great War in Literary Modernism, Rachael Dworsky

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HERE, THERE, AND IN BETWEEN: TRAVEL AS METAPHOR IN MIXED RACE NARRATIVES OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE, Colin Enriquez

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Interactive Audience and the Internet, John R. Gallagher

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Down from the Mountain and into the Mill: Literacy Sponsorship and Southern Appalachian Women in the New South, Emma M. Howes

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Transnational Gestures: Rethinking Trauma in U.S. War Fiction, Ruth A.H. Lahti

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"A More Natural Mother": Concepts of Maternity and Queenship in Early Modern England, Anne-Marie Kathleen Strohman

Dissertations from 2013

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Letters to a Dictionary: Competing Views of Language in the Reception of Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Anne Pence Bello

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Staging the Depression: The Federal Theatre Project's Dramas of Poverty, 1935-1939, Amy Brady

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Our Story Has Not Been Told in any Moment: Radical Black Feminist Theatre From The Old Left to Black Power, Julie M Burrell

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Writing for Social Action: Affect, Activism, and the Composition Classroom, Sarah Finn

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Surviving Domestic Tensions: Existential Uncertainty in New World African Diasporic Women's Literature, Denia M Fraser

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From Feathers to Fur: Theatrical Representations of Skin in the Medieval English Cycle Plays, Valerie Anne Gramling

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The Reflexive Scaffold: Metatheatricality, Genre, and Cultural Performance in English Renaissance Drama, Nathaniel C. Leonard

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The World Inscribed: Literary Form, Travel, and the Book in England, 1580-1660, Philip S Palmer

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Shakespearean Signifiers, Marie H Roche

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A Multidirectional Memory Approach to Representations of Colonization, Racism, and Genocide in Literature, Pamela Lagergren Williams

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The Everyday Feast: Recreational Consumption and Social Status in Early Modern English Drama, Timothy W Zajac

Dissertations from 2012

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The Guerilla Tongue": The Politics of Resistance in Puerto Rican Poetry, Natasha Azank

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The poems of Lady Hester Pulter (1605?--1678): An annotated edition, Stefan Graham Christian

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The Poems of Lady Hester Pulter (1605?-1678): An Annotated Edition, Stefan Graham Christian

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Technologies of Racial Formation: Asian-American Online Identities, Linh Dich

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How Should I Act?: Shakespeare and the Theatrical Code of Conduct, Ann E. Garner

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A 'Living Art': Working-Class, Transcultural, and Feminist Aesthetics in the United States, Mexico, and Algeria, 1930s, Tabitha Adams Morgan

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“The Labor We Delight In”: Amateur Dramatists In The London Professional Theaters, 1590-1642, Matteo A Pangallo

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"The labor we delight in": Amateur dramatists in the London professional theaters, 1590--1642, Matteo A Pangallo

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Elizabeth's fruitless crown: Ovidian poetry, the end of Tudor genealogy, and the incomplete past, Kevin Petersen

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Elizabeth’s Fruitless Crown: Ovidian Poetry, The End Of Tudor Genealogy, And The Incomplete Past, Kevin Petersen

Dissertations from 2011

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“Transformed Oft, And Chaunged Diuerslie”: Shapeshifting And Bodily Change In Spenser, Milton, Donne, And Seventeenth-Century Drama, Youngjin Chung

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"Transformed oft, and chaunged diuerslie": Shapeshifting and bodily change in Spenser, Milton, Donne, and seventeenth-century drama, Youngjin Chung

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To have and to hold: Courting property in law and literature, 1837--1917, Abigail Armstrong Dallmann

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"Whether Writers Themselves Have Been Changed": A Test of the Values Driving Writing Center Work, Michelle Deal

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Following Eshu-Eleggua's codes: A comparative approach to the literatures of the African diaspora, Jacob A Dyer-Spiegel

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Following Eshu-Eleggua’s Codes: A Comparative Approach To The Literatures Of The African Diaspora, Jacob A Dyer-Spiegel

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Writing the Local-Global: An Ethnography of Friction and Negotiation in an English-Using Indonesian Ph.D. Program, Amber Engelson

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The Transparent Mask: American Women's Satire 1900-1933, Julia Boissoneau Hans

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The Writer and The Sentence: A Critical Grammar Pedagogy Valuing the Micro, Sarah Elizabeth Stanley

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Milton's Visionary Obedience, Timothy Irish Watt

Dissertations from 2010

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Gothic Journeys: Imperialist Discourse, the Gothic Novel, and the European Other, Charles Michael Bondhus

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“You Look Very Authentic:” Transgender Representation And The Politics Of The “Real” In Contemporary United States Culture, Michel J Boucher

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"You look very authentic:" Transgender representation and the politics of the "real" in contemporary United States culture, Michel J Boucher

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Raiding the Inarticulate: Postmodernisms, Feminist Theory and Black Female Creativity, C. Margot Hennessy

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From spiritual guides to eager consumers: American girls' series fiction, 1865--1930, Emily A Honey

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'Just Like Hitler': Comparisons To Nazism in American Culture, Brian Scott Johnson

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“Most Brought A Little Of Both”: The Bible As Intertext In Toni Morrison’s Vision Of Ancestry And Community, Diane De Rosier Mackie

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"Most brought a little of both": The "Bible" as intertext in Toni Morrison's vision of ancestry and community, Diane DeRosier Mackie

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Practices of value: A materialist view of going public with student writing, Denise Paster

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Practices Of Value: A Materialist View Of Going Public With Student Writing, Denise Paster

Submissions from 2009

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Reassessing the Theatre of the Absurd: Parabolic drama and the question of absurdity, Michael Y Bennett

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Digital Storytelling At An Educational Nonprofit: A Case Study And Genre-Informed Implementation Analysis, Lisa Dush

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Writing Across the Curriculum Program Development as Ideological and Rhetorical Practice, Carolyn J. Fulford

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Saying "I am" experimentalism and subjectivity in contemporary poetry by Claudia Rankine, M. Nourbese Philip, and Myung Mi Kim, Dawn Lundy Martin

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Saying “I Am” Experimentalism And Subjectivity In Contemporary Poetry By Claudia Rankine, M. Nourbese Philip, And Myung Mi Kim, Dawn Lundy Martin

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First-year students' perception and interpretation of teacher response to their writing: Ten students speak, Missy-Marie Montgomery

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First-Year Students’ Perception And Interpretation Of Teacher Response To Their Writing: Ten Students Speak, Missy-Marie Montgomery

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History And Memory In The Fiction Of Chinua Achebe, John Edgar Wideman, And Zakes Mda, Okey Ndibe

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History and memory in the fiction of Chinua Achebe, John Edgar Wideman, and Zakes Mda, Okey Ndibe

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Literacy and Religious Agency: An Ethnographic Study of an Online LDS Women’s Group, Catherine Matthews Pavia

Submissions from 2007

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Performing fiction: The inward turn of postcolonial discourse in anglophone Caribbean fiction, Carol Y Bailey

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"Foreigners in their own country": The Struldbruggs and the changing language of aging in Swift's world, Cheryl A Groeneveld

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Personal, reflective writing in business communication and management, Pamela H Lawrence

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Opaque words: Arabic importations at the limits of translation, Mazen Naous

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The problem of memory in modernism: Gestures of memory in Virginia Woolf, Wallace Stevens, Marcel Duchamp, and Samuel Beckett, Robert J Reginio

 

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