GraduateDissertation Research

Graduate – Current – Dissertation Research

Virtual Bodies: On Minoritarian Performance and Digital Subculture
Author: Andrea Acosta
Advisors: Prof. Mcmillan, Prof. Snelson

Realism’s Literal Illustration: How Textualized Images Explain Fictionality in the 19th-Century British Novel
Author: Ellen Truxaw Bistline
Advisor: Professor Grossman

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

The Boundaries of Memory: Aberrant Remembering in Nineteenth-Century Literature from Déjà Vu to Ancestral Recall
Author: Jessica Cook
Advisor: Professor Grossman

An Unmet Promise: Aerial Perspective in Modernist Literature
Author: Elizabeth Crawford
Advisor: Professor Hornby

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

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

Affective Transcendentalism: Secularity and Spirit in Emerson, Fuller, and Thoreau
Author: Mark Gallagher
Advisor: Prof. Colacurcio

Mobile Figures and Laboring Travel in American Literature
Author: Thomas Garcia
Advisor: Prof. Pérez-Torres

The Anatomy of Risk: Economies of the Body in the Pre-Modern Period
Author: Rafael Jaime
Advisors: Prof. Fisher, Prof. Fuchs

Performing Displacement: Precarious Encounters, Hospitality Events, and the Theater of Migration
Author: Robin Kello
Advisor: Prof. Fuchs

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

Repairing Absences: The Logic of Unspoken Reference in the Victorian Empire
Author: Yangjung Lee
Advisor: Prof. Grossman

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

Naïveté and the British Novel (1770 – 1830)
Author: Lillian Lu
Advisor: Prof. Deutsch

U.S. Movement Literatures and Circulation Struggles, 1965-1973
Author: Robert Mendoza
Advisor: Richard Yarborough

Race and Abstraction in Contemporary American Media
Author: Dandi Meng
Advisors: Prof. McMillan, Prof. Nersessian

In the Garden: Narrative, Cultivation, and the Environment in British Literature, 1785-1900
Author: Michelle Radnia
Advisors: Prof. Bristow, Prof. Heise

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

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

The Novel and the Transient: Queer Turns in Surrealism
Author: Emma Spies
Advisor: Prof. Hornby

Human Rights and Postcolonial Critique: Narrating Economic and Social Rights in the Contemporary Postcolonial Novel
Author: Arielle Stambler
Advisor: Profs. Goyal and Rothberg

Unimaginable Subjects: Centroamericanos in the Latino Nineteenth Century
Author: Gabriela Valenzuela
Advisor: Prof. López

More or Less Alive: Labor and Race in Comics’ Vital Aesthetics
Author: Tony Wei Ling
Advisor: Prof. R. Lee