GraduateDissertation Research

Graduate – Current – Dissertation Research

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

Becoming Dead in Early Modern England
Author: Katherine Bonnici
Advisor: Professor Gallagher

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

‘The Eternal Now’: Suicide Notes in Fact, Fiction, and Species
Author: Kristen Cardon
Advisor: Professor DeLoughrey

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

Late-Nineteenth-Century Anglophone Ballads from Canada, India, and the United States: Generic Traditions of Race, Nationalism, and Imperialism
Author: Vanessa Febo
Advisors: Prof. McHugh, Prof. Yarborough

Queer Magic: Sin and the Supernatural, 1150-1650
Author: Kersti Francis
Advisors: Prof. Chism, Prof. Gallagher

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

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

Reading the Machine: Digital Reading Practices and the Contemporary Novel
Author: Chelsea Kern
Advisor: Professor Carruth

Reaching Readers: An Analysis of Identification in the Writings of Christine de Pizan and Geoffrey Chaucer
Author: Lauren Rebecca King
Advisor: Prof. Chism

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

Arrested Solidarities: Resistance and Racial Contact Zones in the U.S. 19th Century
Author: Efren Lopez
Advisors: Prof. Lopez

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

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

In the Garden: Horticulture and the Aesthetics of Sustainability in British Literature, 1785-1900
Author: Michelle Radnia
Advisors: Prof. Bristow, Prof. Nersessian

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

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

Racial Prosthesis: Properties of Whiteness in Early Modern English Drama
Author: Andrew Wagner
Advisor: Professor Little

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