GraduateDissertation Research

Graduate – Current – Dissertation Research

Seeing Time: Boethius and the Ethics of Perspective in Chaucer’s Dream Visions and Troilus and Criseyde
Author: Gillian Adler
Advisors: Professor Chism, Professor Fisher

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

The Belly and the Beast
Author: Sara Burdorff
Advisor: Professor Nagy

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

Plagiarists, Sodomites, and Cannibals: Authorship and the History of Sexuality, 1740-1820
Author: Julia Callander
Advisor: Professor Deutsch

How to Become an Author: The Art and Business of Literary Advice Handbooks from 1884-1940
Author: John Caughey
Advisors: Professor Grossman, Professor McGurl

The Interpolated Tale in the Early Novel
Author: Katherine Charles
Advisor: Professor Nussbaum

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

“Women, and Nothing But Women”: Literature and Feminine Singularity
Author: Ronjaunee Chatterjee
Advisor: Professor Bristow

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

The Imperfect Form: Literary Fragments and Politics in the Early American Republic
Author: Daniel Couch
Advisor: Professor Looby

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

Leave Nothing to the Imagination: Glimpses of the Ineffable After 1945
Author: Deborah Donig
Advisor: Professor Sharpe

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

Comical Consciousness: Caricature and the Novel, 1726-1837
Author: Leigh-Michil George
Advisors: Professor Grossman, Professor Nussbaum

The Death of Gender: Queer Cadavers on the Early Modern Stage
Author: Christine Gottlieb
Advisors: Prof. Braunmuller, Prof. Gallagher

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

Revolutionary Futures: Romance and the Limits of Transnational Forms 1910-1986
Author: Renee Hudson
Advisor: Prof. Goyal

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

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

Modern Feeling: American Sentimentalism, 1915-1935
Author: Lisa Mendelman
Advisor: Prof. North

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

According to the Book: Tour Groups & English Writing, 1789-1901
Author: Alexandra Milsom
Advisors: Prof. Behdad, Prof. Grossman

Hamlet‘s Petrarchism
Author: Jason Morphew
Advisors: Prof. Deutsch, Prof. Gallagher

The Captive’s Audience: Captive Selfhood and Narrative Authority from Chaucer to Shakespeare
Author: Holly Moyer
Advisors: Prof. Chism, Prof. Gallagher

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

After Time: English Poetry and Anachronism, 1700-1850
Author: Michael Nicholson
Advisors: Prof. Deutsch, Prof. Mellor

The Unseen in the Modern Image World
Author: Brendan O’Kelly
Advisor: Prof. North

Puzzling Modernity
Author: Laura Pierson
Advisor: Prof. North

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

Unbelief: Atheism in the Literary Imagination, 1790-1800
Author: James Reeves
Advisor: Prof. Nussbaum

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

Or Not Growing Up: Resizing Children’s Fantasy, 1865-1952
Author: Alethia Shih
Advisor: Prof. Bristow

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

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

Un/Settling Travelers: The British Novel Set in India, 1760-1820
Author: Samir Soni
Advisor: Prof. Nussbaum

Between Asian Girls: On Female Homosociality/Homoeroticism
Author: Sharon Tran
Advisor: Prof. Lee

Witnessing Violence:  Affect Theory, Crowds, and African American Fiction
Author: Brandy Underwood
Advisor: Prof. Yarborough

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

Viva Voce: The Living Voice in Literature of the Long Eighteenth Century
Author: Taylor Walle
Advisor: Prof. Nussbaum

Evolutionary Aestheticism: Scientific Optimism and Cultural Progress, 1850-1913
Author: Lindsay Wilhelm
Advisor: Prof. Bristow

Theorizing the Pō: Genealogy, Time, and Space in Polynesian Literature
Author: Joyce Warren
Advisor: Prof. DeLoughrey

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