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Ph.D. Dissertations

english department

Katherine Kim, "Haunted Mind and Matter: The Human Will and Haunting in Nineteenth-Century British Literature" (2014)

Rebecca Troeger, "The Formation of Musical Communities in Twentieth Century Irish Literature" (2014)

Lorenzo Puente, "The Commodification of Everything”: Disneyfication and Filipino American Narratives of Globalization and Diaspora" (2014)

Matthew Heitzman, "Revolutionary Narratives, Imperial Rivalries: Britain and the French Empire in the Nineteenth Century" (2013)

Alex Shakespeare, "Robert Lowell: Lyric and Life" (2013)

Gene Gorman, "'Restricted Movement' and Coordinates of Freedom: Southern Chain Gangs in Twentieth-Century American Literature and Film" (2012)

Nikhil Gupta, "Rough Crossings: Transatlantic Readings and Revisions in American and Irish Modernism" (2012)

Catherine Michna, "Hearing the Hurricane Coming: Storytelling, Second-Line Knowledges, and the Struggle for Democracy in New Orleans" (2011)

Wendy Cannella, "Fireplaces: The Unmaking of the American Male Domestic Poet (Frost, Stevens, Williams, and Stephen Dunn)" (2011)

Jason Kerr,"Loving Liberty: Milton, Scripture, and Society" (2011)

Katherine Kellett, "Disappearing Acts: Performing the Petrarchan Mistress in Early Modern England" (2010)

Colleen Lannon, "Gambling and/on the Exchange: The Victorian Novel and the Legitimization of the Stock Market" (2010)

Thomas Simons, "Being and the Imaginary: An Introduction to Aesthetic Phenomenology and English Literature from the Eighteenth Century to Romanticism" (2010)

Chad Stutz, "Christians, Critics, and Romantics: Aesthetic Discourse Among Anglo-American Evangelicals, 1830-1900" (2009)

Sara Hong, "Moving Imitation: Performing Piety in Early Modern English Literature" (2009)

Amy Witherbee, "New Conceptions of Time and the Making of a Political-Economic Public in Eighteenth-Century Britain" (2009)

Timothy Lindgren, "Place Blogging: Local Economies of Attention in the Network" (2009)

Patrick Moran, "A World of Objects: Materiality and Aesthetics in Joyce, Bowen and Beckett." (2009)

Nirmal Trivedi, "Witnessing Empire: U.S. Imperialism and the Emergence of the War Correspondent" (2009)

Nicholas Parker, "Literary Evasions of the English Nation in the Twentieth Century" (2009)

Jamin Rowan, "Urban Sympathy: Reconstructing an American Literary Tradition" (2008)

Jaime Goodrich, "Early Modern Englishwomen as Translators of Religious Literature
(1524-1641)" (2008)

Matthew Bolinder, "Solid Forests and Fluid Utterances: Reading the Maine Woods" (2008)

Trevor Dodman, ‘Lingering Wounds, Broken Places: Locating Sites of Loss in World War I Fiction’ (2007)

Heather Braun, ‘Fatal Forms: Disruption, Decay, and the Nineteenth-Century Femme Fatale’ (2007)

Matthew VanWinkle, “‘To Reach Through Memory’: The Renovation of the past in Nineteenth-Century British Poetry” (2006)

Margarit Tadevosyan, ‘Strangers in Stranger Tongues: Vladimir Nabokov and the Writing of Exile’ (2006)

Richard Murphy, ‘Minor Formations: The Irish Bildungsroman, Modernity and Canonical Aesthetics’ (2006)

Kristen Corman, ‘Dickens, Cognition, and Cross-modal Vision and Touch: Seeing and Feeling in Dickens's Hand-Eye, Railway Metaphors’ (2005)

Lisabeth Buchelt, ‘Interpreting the Monstrous Word: Reading through Context and Memory in the Compilations’ Junius 11 and "Lebor Na hUidre”’ (2005)

Martha Hincks, ‘Successful Dialogues: Systematic, Written, and Prompted Self-analysis in College Composition’ (2005)

Jeffrey Ousborne, ‘“Preserved in a Lineal Descent”: Genetic Pessimism in Swift, Pope, and Sterne’ (2005)

Katherine Howard, ‘The Psychotic States of America: Power, Representation, and Subjectivity in the United States Today’ (2005)

Sheldon George, ‘Traumatic Attachments: A Lacanian Analysis of African-American Racial Identity’ (2005)

Elizabeth Bradburn, ‘Milton and Theater’ (2004)

Kathleen Costello-Sullivan, ‘Troubling Synonymies: Britishness and the Nineteenth-Century Novel’ (2004)

Matthew Watson, ‘Borderwork: Region and Nation in Bret Harte's West’ (2003)

Maria Brandt, ‘Reading Anxiety: The New Woman and Narrative Strategy in American Literature’ (2003)

Susana Martins, ‘Santos Unnatural Futures: Imagining the High-tech in Contemporary American Culture’ (2003)

David Thiele, ‘Vulgarians at the Gate: Status, Culture, and Adult Education in Mid-Victorian Literature’  (2003)

Diana Cruz, ‘A Habit of Translation: Race and Aesthetics in the Poetry of Rita Dove, Phillis Wheatley and Melvin B. Tolson’ (2002)

Catherine Eagan, ‘“I did Imagine...We had Ceased to be Whitewashed Negroes:” The Racial Formation of Irish Identity in Nineteenth-century Ireland and America’ (2000)

Michael Faletra, ‘Matters of Britain: Narratives of Colonization in Twelfth-century England’ (2000)

Jeffrey Westover, ‘The Colonial Moment: Discoveries and Settlements in Modern American Poetry’ (2000)

Debra Malina, ‘Breaking the Mold: The Construction of the Subject in Postmodern Narrative’ (1999)

James Smith, ‘Ireland's Architecture of Containment: Contemporary Narratives of the Nation State’ (1999)

Suzanne Smith, ‘Serious Daring: Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton’ (1998)

Linda Lee Revie, ‘The Wilds of Niagara: Constructions of the Falls in Fine Arts, Literary and Scientific Narratives, from Discovery through the Twentieth Century’ (1998)

Patricia Rettew, ‘The Fatal Muse: Romantic Feminizations of Revolutionary Zeal’ (1997)

Mary Elliott, ‘The Intelligence of a Nation: Mark Twain, Willa Cather, and Theodore Dreiser in the Age of Andrew Carnegie’ (1997)

Thomas Lloyd, ‘Coleridge's Daemons: A Romantic Mythopoesis of Evil’ (1995)

Andrew Wilson, ‘Real Tragedy: The "Francoeur" Novels of David Plante’ (1995)

Jorg Drewitz, ‘A New German Translation of "Daniel Deronda" with German Notes, a German Afterword, and an English Preface’ (1994)

Mary Smith, ‘Echoes of the Past, Intimations of the Future: Working through the Tradition of Industrial Fiction in the Novels of Margaret Drabble’ (1994)

John Anderson, ‘Beyond Calliope: Epics by Women Poets of the Romantic Period’ (1993)

Lois Brown, ‘Essential Histories/determined Identities: Images of Race and Origin in the Works of Pauline Hopkins’ (1993)

Sara Lundquist, ‘Local Habitations: Poetic Dwelling in the Work of Robert Frost and James Merrill’ (1993)

Mary Kietzman, ‘“Means to Mourn Some Newer Way”: The role of the complaint in Early-Modern Narrative’ (1993)

Thomas Kaplan-Maxfield, ‘Pan and Nature: Thoreau's Imagination-based Epistemology’ (1993)

Carl Racine, ‘An Everlasting Lie: The Storyteller's Journey to the Past in the Writings of Benedict Kiely’ (1992)

Paula Loscocco, ‘Cavalier Literary Culture in Mid-Seventeenth-century England’ (1992)

Matthew Parfitt, ‘Earth and World: A Hermeneutic Approach to Poems by Robert Frost’ (1992)

Regina Marie Hansen, ‘Gender and Socialism in the Prose Romances of William Morris’ (1992)

Margaret Kelleher, ‘The Feminisation of Famine: Narrative Representations of Irish and Bengali Famines’ (1992)

Robert Alpert, ‘Formal Consolations: Parody, Figure, and Modernity in the Work of Vladimir Nabokov’ (1991)

Susan Kelley, ‘Virginia Woolf's Visual Obsession: The Self Seen and Unseen’ (1991)

Elizabeth Kenney, ‘The Inside Story: Interpolated Narrative in Fielding's Novels’ (1990)

Alan Crowley, ‘John Ezekiel's Wheels: Reading the Performance of Assent in Newman and Coleridge’ (1989)

Marshall Toman, ‘Nonsense and Sensibility: Negation in the Novels of Joseph Heller’ (1988)

Gail Reitenbach, ‘Death and the Observer: American International Novels’ (1987)

Lorraine Liscio, ‘Female Definitions of Self and Community’ (1987)

Eileen Barrett, ‘The Female Artist as 'Outsider' in the Writing of Virginia Woolf’ (1987)

Elizabeth Harvey, ‘“Loues Soft Bands": A Study of Spenser's "Amoretti”’ (1987)

Melinda Ponder, ‘The Role of Eighteenth-century Anglo-Scottish Theorists in Hawthorne's Aesthetic Education and Literary Creation of the Early Tales’ (1987)

Gina Prenowitz, ‘True, and Yet True: A Study of Sonnet Form’ (1987)

William Lee, ‘Linguistic Theories of Metaphor (Literacy, Rhetoric, Semantics, Pragmatics)’ (1986)

Michael Leddy, ‘Origins of Meaning: Utterer, Audience, Speech-Situation’ (1985)

David Klooster, ‘The Art of the Present Moment: Studies in the American Short Story (Theory, Time, Marvelous)’ (1985)

Marlene Gast, ‘Wordsworth and Milton: Varieties of Connection (Influence, Allusion, Echo)’(1985)

Christopher Woodhouse, ‘The Melting Voice: A Study of Milton’s “L’Allegro” and “Il Penseroso” and Their Setting by Handel’ (1984)

Nancy Lusignan, ‘They Cannot Choose But Hear: Auditors in Modern Literary Tradition (Poetry, Authors, Readers, Dramatic Monologue, English, American)’ (1984)

Ellen Castle, ‘Wittgenstein and Practical Criticism: Readings in Dante Shakespeare, Austen, and Dickens (England, Italy)’ (1984)

John Hampsey, ‘Blake’s Bound Children: A Study of “Tiriel” and Other Works’ (1982)

Emily Meyer, ‘Growing Amid Change: Elizabeth Gaskell’s Vision of Personal Development’ (1982)

Richard Audet, ‘Seeing Into the Life of Things: The Imagination as Theme of Wordsworth’s “Lyrical Ballads” of 1798 and Emily Bronte’s “Wuthering Heights”’ (1982)

William Ellis, ‘The Theory of American Romance: an Episode in American Intellectual History’ (1981)

Daniel Gunn, ‘An Analytical Study of “Realism” as a Critical Concept’ (1980)

Conor Johnston, ‘Anthony Trollope: The Irish Dimension’ (1980)

Ellen Munley, ‘Caught in the Act: Naming in the Novels of Thomas Pynchon and Natalie Sarraute’ (1980)

Priscilla Paton, ‘Saying What Happened: Robert Lowell’s “Day by Day”’ (1979)

Ronald Wendeln, ‘Isaac Watts’s “Horae Lyricae” as Dissenting Conversion Literature’ (1978)

Lynne Spigelmire, ‘Daniel Deronda and The Portrait of a Lady: a Revised Estimate of F. R. Leavis’ View’ (1978)

Anice Heagney, ‘Structure and Characterization in Dickens’s Bleak House’ (1978)

David Anderson, ‘Thomson’s Heavenly Musing: “The Seasons” as Theodicy’ (1978)

Beverly Kienzle, ‘The Flowering of Satire in Medieval Picardy’ (1978)

Carolyn Taylor, ‘“Blend us with thy being”: Jean Toomer’s Mill House Poems’ (1977)

Ilona Bell, ‘“When Faith did change the scene”: Herbert’s Renascence and the Protestant Reformation’ (1977)

Robert Cording, ‘A New Lyricism: David Wagoner and the Instructional Voice’ (1976)

Jane Ritchie, ‘“Mine own true love”: Shakespeare’s Sonnets 100-116’ (1976)

Ruth Anderson, ‘Claude Simon: a Study of His Esthetic Evolution from Gulliver Though Le Palace (1976)

Guy Rotella, ‘“Meditation of the heart”: the Tragic Theme in the Poetry of Robert Penn Warren’ (1976)

Anne Stevenson, ‘Alfred de Vigny: the Art of Correspondence’ (1976)

Paul Kelly, ‘“Hymns to the gods and praises of famous men”: the Revaluation of Poetry in Plato’s Philosophy’ (1976)

Bonnie Stevens, ‘“The White Doe of Rylstone” as an Allegory of Imagination’ (1977)

Steven Abrams, ‘“The Blood Oranges” as a Visionary Fiction’ (1976)

Martha Echols, ‘Subversions of Pastoral: Andrew Marvell’s Uses of Pastoral Tradition’ (1976)

William Bullard, ‘Embodied Semblances: a Comparative Study of William Blake’s “The Four Zoas” and D. H. Lawrence’s “The Rainbow”’ (1976)

Caliri Flavia, ‘Leopardi and Coleridge: A Study in Poetic Theory’ (1975)

Sally Kane, ‘The Inner Life of Albert Samain Nelson’ (1975)

Terence Heagney, "The Conversion of the Editor in Sartor Resartus" (1974)

Michael Jones, ‘All The Past was Gone: Four Heroic Tales of Joseph Conrad’ (1974)

Morris Wee, 'Confronting the Ghost: Quentin Compson’s Struggle with his Heritage in Faulkner’s “Absalom, Absalom”' (1974)

James McCann, ‘The Birth of Philology (in Italy in the Fourteenth-century and Fifteenth-century)’ (1974)

Mary Bluestein, '“The Moment in the Arbour”: Wordworthian Qualities in “Four Quartets”' (1974)

Rosemarie Bodenheimer Weiner, 'The Terrible Algebra: Images of the Self in Henry James’ (1974)

Leslie Wolbarst, ‘Gesture and Posture in the “Merchant’s Tale”: A Study of Chaucer’s Narrative Technique’ (1973)

Malec Myrna, ‘Wordsworth’s “Preface to Lyrical Ballads”: A New Departure for English Poetics’ (1973)

Robbins Mary, ‘Yeats: the Perspective of Style’ (1973)