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Graduate – Publications – Recent Dissertations



Sharon Chon
Narrating the Visual: Seeing Race in Asian American Literature
Advisor: Prof. Ling

William Clark
Time’s Citizens: American Fiction and the Sexual Politics of U.S. Civic Membership, 1886-1929
Advisors: Prof. Looby, Prof. Yarborough

Kimberly Hedlin
The Book of Job in Early Modern England
Advisor: Prof. Shuger

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

Boram Claire Kim
“A Little Out of Its Due Course”: The Appeal of the Digressive Chronotope in the Early English Novel
Advisor: Prof. Deutsch

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

Eric Newman
Queer Orientations: Desire, Race and Belonging in Queer American Literature 1900-1940
Advisor: Prof. Goyal

Erica Onugha
Abberant Time: The Peculiar Temporalities of Black Women’s Labors in Nineteenth-Century African American Autobiographies
Advisor: Prof. Yarborough

Megan Smith
In the Likeness of: Christology, Gender, and the Self-Emptying Subject in Early Modern Literature
Advisor: Prof. Gallagher

Alexandra Verini
“A New Kingdom of Femininity”: Women’s Utopias in Early English Culture and Imagination
Advisor: Prof. Chism, Prof. Gallagher




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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

Sara Burdorff
The Belly and the Beast
Advisor: Professor Nagy

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

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

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

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

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

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

Laura Pierson Lorhan
Puzzling Modernity
Advisor: Prof. North

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




Jacqueline Ardam
Reading from A to Z: The Alphabetic Sequence in Experimental Literature and Visual Art
Advisor: Prof. North

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

Matthew Dubord
The Organization of Organizations: Bureaucratic Administration and Domestic Comfort in the Victorian Sequence Novel
Advisor: Prof. Grossman

Christina Richieri Griffin
Omniscience Incarnate: Being In and Of the World in Nineteenth-Century Fiction
Advisor: Prof. Grossman

Amanda Hollander
The FabianChild: English and American Literature and Socialist Reform, 1884-1915
Advisor: Prof. Bristow

Kimberly Mack
The Fictional Black Blues Figure: Blues Music and the Art of Narrative Self-Invention 
Advisor: Prof. Yarborough

Francesca Marx
Transformation and Medieval Aristocracy: Werewolves, Lepers and the King’s Body
Advisors: Prof. Baswell, Prof. Chism

Lisa Mendelman
Modern Sentimentalism: Feeling, Femininity, and Female Authorship in Interwar America
Advisor: Prof. North

Christian Reed
Genre and Belonging in the Nineteenth-Century Novel
Advisor: Prof. Looby

Shirley Tung
A Self-Reflexive Journey: Imagining Identity in the Eighteenth-Century Travel Narrative 
Shirley Tung
Advisor: Prof. Nussbaum

Amanda Waldo
The Ethical Consumer: Narratives of Social and Environmental Change in Contempoarary American Literature
Advisor: Allison Carruth

Daniel Williford
The Aesthetic Book of Decadent Literature, 1870-1914
Advisor: Prof. Bristow

Amy Wong
Victorian Talk: Human Media and Literary Writing in the Age of Mass Print
Advisor: Prof. Bristow




Stacie Cassarino
American Food Culture, the Language of Taste, and the Edible Image in Twentieth-Century Literature
Advisor: Prof. North

David Chase
Homing Desires/Desiring Homes: The Construction of Queer Domestic Space in Contemporary American Literature
Advisor: Prof. Little

Guadalupe Escobar
Arms of Amnerica: Latina Literary Re-Interventions & Reinventions
Advisor: Prof. Pérez-Torres

Tara Fickle
Serious Play : Race, Game, Asian American Literature
Advisors: Prof. Lee, Prof. McGurl

Daniel Gardner
Urban Frontiers, Ethnic Fictions: Revising the Frontier Myth in the Writings of Mike Gold, James T. Farrell, and John Fante
Advisors: Prof. Allmendinger, Prof. Cooper (CSU Long Beach)

Aaron Gorelik
The AIDS Poets, 1985-1995: From Anti-Elegy to Lyric Queerness
Advisor: Prof. Little

Alice Henton
Spectral Evidence of an Invisible World: Gender and the Puritan Supernatural in American Fiction, 1798-1856
Advisor: Prof. Colacurcio

Alex Hernandez
Modernity and Affliction: The Making of British Bourgeois Tragedy
Advisor: Prof. Nussbaum

Katherine Isokawa
The Surprising Times of the Modernist Novel
Advisor: Prof. North

Susan Lewak
Sustainable Gardens of the Mind: Beat Ecopoetry and Prose in Stewart Brand’s Whole Earth Publications
Advisor: Prof. North

Justine Pizzo
Solid Air: Victorian Atmosphere and Female Character in British Fiction 1847-1891
Advisor: Prof. Bristow, Prof. Grossman

Emily Runde
Ways of Reading and Framing Collection In Late Medieval England
Advisors: Prof. Fisher, Prof. Minkova

Sara Torres
Marvelous Generations: Lancastrian Geneologies and Translation Late Medieval England and Iberia”
Advisors: Prof. Fisher, Prof. Minkova

Fuson Wang
The Immune Response: Romanticism and the Radical Literary History of Smallpox Inoculation”, Fuson Wang,
Advisors: Prof. Mellor, Prof. Makdisi

Katherine Webster
Novels of the Nation: Literary Theory, Post-Revolutionary Republicanism, and the Rise of the Novel in America, 1789-1812
Advisors: Prof. Colacurcio, Prof. Rowe




Katherine Bergren
After Wordsworth:  Global Revisions of the English Poet
Advisor: Prof. Makdisi

Anthony Camara
Dark Matter: British Weird Fiction and the Substance of Horror, 1880-1927
Advisor: Prof. Bristow

Donal Harris
On Company Time: American Modernism and the Big Magazines
Advisors: Prof. McGurl, Prof. North

Allison Johnson
The Scars We Carve: Disruptive Bodies in Civil War Literature
Advisor: Prof. Colacurcio

Kevin Moore
The Myth of Writer’s Block: Imagining American Moral Realism
Advisor: Prof. Sundquist

Ian Newman
Tavern Talk: Literature, Politics & Conviviality
Advisor: Prof. Makdisi

Elizabeth Raisanen
Literary Gestations: Giving Birth to Writing, 1720-1831
Advisor: Prof. Mellor




Vivian Davis
Mongrel Forms: Tragedy, Comedy, and Mixed Genres in Britian, 1680-1760

Advisor: Prof. Nussbaum

Lana Finley
Occult Americans: Invisible Culture and the Literary Imagination
Advisor: Prof. Looby

Dustin Friedman
Erotic Negativity and Victorian Aestheticism, 1864-1896
Advisor: Prof. Bristow

Valerie Popp
The Art of the Modernist Body
Advisor: Prof. North

James Pulizzi
Literature, Technical Media, and Cognition in the Twentieth Century
Advisors: Prof. Hayles, Prof. Reinhard

Josephine Richstad
Fashionable Form: The Narrative Strategies of Silver-Fork Fiction, 1824-1848
Advisor: Prof. Grossman

David Shepard
Parsing Fiction: Humanistic Computing and the Postmodern Novel
Advisor: Prof. Hayles

Jennifer Smith
Reginald Pecock and Vernacular Pedagogy in Pre-Reformation England
Advisor: Prof. Kelly, 2012