GraduateDissertation Research

Graduate – Current – Dissertation Research

Biographical Subjects in Mid Nineteenth-Century America
Author: Benjamin Beck
Advisor: Professor Looby

Marvelous Figures: Shamans, Decoloniality, and Contemporary Literature
Author: Kimberly Calder
Advisor: Professor Heise

Narratives and Embodied Strategies of Resilience: Survival, Coping, and Wellness in Representations of Contemporary China
Author: Kathryn Cai
Advisor: Professor Lee

Narrating the Visual: Seeing Race in Contemporary Asian American Literature
Author: Sharon Chon
Advisor: Professor Ling

“Time’s Citizens: Literature and the Temporal Foundations of U.S. Civic Membership, 1885-1929:
Author: William Clark
Advisors: Professor Looby, Professor Yarborough

Literary Adaptation and the Orient, 1660-1837: Indigenizing the East
Author: Angelina Del Balzo
Advisor: Professor Nussbaum

Scenes of Love: Atlantic Romance and the Black Venus Figure
Author: Lauren Dembowitz
Advisor: Professor Goyal

Driven to Succeed: Automobility in American Fiction, 1919-1945
Author: P.J. Emery
Advisor: Professor Yarborough

In the Optative Mood: Unitarian Optimism and the Transcendental Affects of Emerson, Fuller, and Thoreau
Author: Mark Gallagher
Advisor: Prof. Colacurcio

Irritable Bowels: Romantic Discourses of Digestion
Author: Shawn Cailey Hall
Advisor: Prof. Makdisi

J is for Job: The Book of Job in Early Modern England
Author: Kimberly Hedlin
Advisor: Prof. Shuger

Social Reading in the Digital Age
Author: Allison Hegel
Advisor: Prof. Carruth

Metaphors of Science and Theology in Arabic Translations and Early Middle English Lyric
Author: Rebecca Hill
Advisor: Prof. Chism

Fragile Minds: Idiosyncrasy, Representation, and Psychological Disability in U.S. Literature, 1798-1899
Author: Jessica Horvath
Advisors: Prof. Deutsch, Prof. Yarborough

Logics of Scale in Modern and Contemporary Literature
Author: Jay Jin
Advisor: Prof. North

“Except some beautiful prospect appears within sight of my way”: Digression and the Eighteenth-Century Novel
Author: Boram Claire Kim
Advisor: Prof. Deutsch

Reading Stevens: Elizabeth Bishop and James Merrill’s Response to Wallace Stevens
Author: Jacob Lang
Advisor: Prof. Yenser

London-walking and the Dissolution of English National Character in the British Novel, 1840-1910
Author: Ji Eun Lee
Advisor: Prof. Grossman

Deviant Representations: Discourses of Sexuality and Facilitations of Intersectionality in American Film and Literature, 1918-1945
Author: Kirsten Lew
Advisors: Prof. McHugh, Prof. Yarborough

American Late Realism
Author: Gabriel Mehlman
Advisors: Prof. North, Prof. Seltzer

Weather ex Machina: Climatic Determinism and the Fiction of Causality in the Twentieth-Century Novel
Author: Sydney Miller
Advisor: Prof. North

A Dreadful History: Gothic to Science Fiction 1794-1897
Author: Samantha Morse
Advisor: Prof. Kareem

Alien Love: Passing, Race, and the Ethics of the Neighbor in Post-War African American Novels (1945-1956)
Author: Hannah Nahm
Advisor: Prof. Yarborough

The Pathologies of Flesh: Temporalities of Feminine Embodiment in Contemporary Poetry
Author: Sarah Nance
Advisor: Prof. Deutsch

Queer American Modernism: Aesthetics and Politics Across the Color Line
Author: Eric Newman
Advisor: Prof. Goyal

Modernist Women and fin-de-siècle Culture: Lucas Malet, Netta Syrett, Ada Leverson, Dorothy Richarson, and the Development of the English Novel
Author: Crescent Rainwater
Advisor: Prof. Bristow

Time Out of Joint: Counterfactuals, Alternate Histories, and Traumatic Narrative
Author: Taly Ravid
Advisors: Prof. Deutsch, Prof. North

Writing Country: Geography and American Literature in the Nineteenth Century
Author: Grant Rosson
Advisor: Prof. Looby

The Deskilling of Postwar American Poetry
Author: Jeremy Schmidt
Advisor: Prof. North

Imagination and Disciplinary Development: Rethinking the Arts and Sciences in Nineteenth-Century Britain
Author: Kiel Shaub
Advisor: Prof. Makdisi

Perfect Holes: Kenotic Strategies in Early Modern Literature
Author: Megan Smith
Advisor: Prof. Gallagher

Reading Radical Politics in Anglophone Caribbean Literature after Independence
Author: Robert Smith
Advisor: Prof. Sharpe

Reading in Books: Theories of Reading in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction
Author: Samantha Sommers
Advisor: Prof. Looby

Sites, Settings, and Strata: Asian American Literature and the Built Environment
Author: Gregory Toy
Advisor: Prof. Lee

Female Alliance and Utopia in English Society 1401-1668
Author: Alexandra Verini
Advisors: Prof. Chism, Prof. Gallagher

The Transnational Origins of the American Self
Author: Jordan Wingate
Advisors: Prof. Looby, Prof. Yarborough

Keepin’ It Real: The Reform Aesthetic in British Fiction from the Second Reform Act to the First World War
Author: Michael Vignola
Advisor: Prof. Grossman

Novels that Enact: Neoliberal Narrativization and Emerging Forms in 21st Century Fiction 
Author: Sujin Youn
Advisor: Prof. Seltzer

Emergent Realisms: American Crime Fiction across Media
Author: Martin Zirulnik
Advisor: Prof. Heise