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Projects from 2015

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How the Ghost Became Reality: The Effects of the Civil War on the Creation and Evolution of Southern Gothic Literature, Victoria Castiglione

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Not to Bring Peace, But a Mirror: A Consideration of Conceptual Poetry, Matthew William Francis Constantino

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Meeting Alphonso Lingis, Joshua Meyer Daube

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Joanne Kyger & "The Rush", Kelsey Ann Davis

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Philip Roth/Nathan Zuckerman/Philip Roth Written/Written/Unwritten, Grayson Gibbs

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Something Rotten in the State of New Jersey: The Tragedy of the Sopranos, Georgia Grace Frances Graham

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On Conversation, Eleni Lara Gray

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The Banality of The Bizarre, Kathryn Gaddis Hallowell

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The Sympathetic Oppressor, Irena Jaffe Goldstein

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Becoming Roald Dahl: The Many Contradictions of a Beloved Children’s Author, Brianne Lynn Kelly

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“You’re going to eat us. You’re going to drink our blood.” Contemporary Native American Identity Within the Prose of Sherman Alexie, Anastasha Nicole Moreno

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Apophatic Movements of the Dead Object Toward a Sadomasochistic Pornography in Samuel Beckett’s Molloy and Georges Bataille’s Story of the Eye, Jaskiran Pandher

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X: “An Exploration of Writing Under Horror”, Tekendrajeet Singh Parmar

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The Transformation of Vier Letzte Lieder, Wei Peng

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Defining (Wo)Manhood: Exploring Gender Roles in James Joyce's Ulysses, Victoria Leigh Prince

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Writing Pathology: Disease as Metaphor in Camus, Mann, and Kushner, Ardis Tennyson-Loiselle

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Carry me Along, oh Roads: Tracing urban landscapes, searching sites of memory with Baudelaire, Flaubert, Proust and Benjamin, Zoe Clair Azulay

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"Be Like Huck Finn": Twain, Education, and the Politics of Language, Jonathan Jorge Bisson

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A Grand Design Revealed! The Form and Function of Conspiracy in Contemporary Literature, Christopher John Buonanno

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There Can Be No More Coincidences: Pynchon and the Invisible Structure, Benjamin J. Conley

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Dismantling the Literary Fallout Shelter: Encounter Magazine and the Creative Ethos of the Cold War Writer, Joshua Parkin Corner

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Violence and Privacy: Inwardness in the Iliad and War Music, Robert Owen Duff

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A Study in Sherlock Holmes and Adaptability: Looking For Clues as to What Makes Watson, Adler, and Moriarty Endure, Molly Panarotti Feibel

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After the Holocaust: Storytelling in the Western Tradition, Andras Janos Ferencz

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Beautiful Women and Their Monstrous Men: An Examination of Gender Politics in “Beauty and the Beast” and “Bluebeard”, Victoria M. Fleisher

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Dissonant Ambitions: Stendhal, Balzac, and the Fluid Nature of Selfhood, Eliel Ford

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Golden City Made of Brass: The Exportation of Myth and the Construction of the Self in the Los Angeles Narrative, Nathan Ezra Gellman

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Elm Blight, Jeffrey M. Giering

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False Histories and Fractures Authors: Philip Roth's American Pastoral and John Edgar Wideman's Philadelphia Fire, Margaret M. Gushue

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Communicative Fragments: Pseudonymity, Subjectivity, & Indirect Communication in the Works of Søren Kierkegaard, Maximillian W. Hamel

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Berlin Was a Woman: Fassbinder's Appropriation and Reconstruction of Fontane's Anti-Heroine Paradigm, Melissa E. Jarrett

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The Epistemological Importance of the Body in Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, Walter James Johnson

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Solving for Nonsense: Mathematics and Lewis Carroll's Linguistic Play in the Alice Books, Kathleen M. Jump

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Queen to Queen: Conceptions of Beauty as a Communicative Force within Japanese Subcultures, Jared Andrew Kershner

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Towards a Poetics of the Notebook: From Dorothy Wordsworth to Philippe Jaccottet, Hannah Phoebe LeClair

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The Secret Life of Literary Texts: Reading Emile Habiby’s The Pessoptimist, Harrison Clinton Liddle

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“Here was One Room; There Another:” The Tension between Subjectivity and Connection in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and To The Lighthouse, Rebecca L. Lipnick

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Poppies, Panthers, and Paisanos: Nature and Work in the Literature of the Industrial Age, Donald R. Long

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The Tragedy of Fame: Reclaiming the Legacy of L.E.L., Samuel David McGaffin

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Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream: Voice, Reality, and Imagination in Works by Joan Didion, Lucy K. Meilus

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The Conjuror Waits in the Wings: Theatre in Nabokov's Fiction, Henry Louis Rabinowitz

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Prometheus Unbound: Atheism, Supernaturalism, and Their Union in Love, Harry David Rose

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Family and Familiarity: The Relation of the Self to the Family In Faulkner, Fiona Steacy

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The Moral Landscape of Truth and Lies in 20th Century Fantasy, and the Lies Used to Tell It, Michael Scott Sullivan

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Human Eclipse, Elizabeth Macdonald von Klemperer

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Deconstructing the Trujillo Theater and Moving Beyond Silences, Amanda Tess Whitney

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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"Who Is Speaking, and to Whom?": Narrators and Narratees in Twentieth Century British Children's Literature, Zoe Vija Ames

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A beginning, a middle, and an end, but not exactly in that order: History, Language, and Love in some of the Later Films of Jean-Luc Godard, Michael Jonathan Blum

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“Silence Is of Different Kinds”: Gender, Narration, and Social Power in Charlotte Brontë’s Villette, Anne Louise Boylan

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Status Rerum: A Reflection on Literary History and the Late Emergence of a Regional Northwestern Voice, Lauren Elizabeth Brown

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Dueling with the Canon: Reading Remnants of the Duel in Julio Cortázar's Hopscotch, Sarah Elisabeth Coolidge

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Fashioning the Unfashionable: Toni Morrison's Smashing Good Beauty Care Products, Francis Christian Dougherty

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The Fictionality of History: The Role of Literature in the Twentieth Century Egyptian Historical Archive, Nolan Gregory English

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A Wound too Deep: Hemingway's Broken Sentimental Heroes, Bryant Estrella

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Writing the City: The Flaneur and the Poetics of the Modern Metropolis, Jonathan Peter Goodman

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"Ghost, Fiend, and Angel": The Middle-Class Crises of Rape and Chasity in the Victorian Gender Text, Christopher Jordan Guarisco

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Journeys into the Unknown: Fairy Figures as Catalysts of Mortal Motion, Leon Isaac Husock

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All Worlds Are My Kin: Melville and the Cartographic Imagination, Nikolas Prescott Jaeger

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Ash, Hannah Kristie Jay

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Time, Distance, and Epic Memory in The Tempest, Andrew Nathan Kaplan

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Transformation in Fantastic Fiction: Violence, Trauma, and Catharsis in Selected Works by Elizabeth Hand, Mark Stephen Kaufmann

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Architectural Anxiety: The Implications of Italian Architecture in the Short Fiction of Henry James, Coralie Hannah Kraft

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Essentially, an Act, Alex Krasovsky

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"I am Dracula": Building a Myth for the Modern Age, Olivia Anne Madden

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Rugged Gastronomy: Taste, Cooking and Appetite in Jim Harrison's Novellas, Tess Ryan Mahoney

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Life Below the Sash: Desire, Power, and Sexuality in Toni Morrison, Sarah Jane Mellett

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Euripides' BAKKHAI: A New Version with an Interpretive Essay, Edward McKendree Moore

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La Monterrisa: A Translation of Fables, Short Stories, and Essays by Augusto Monterroso, Matthew Isaac Needleman

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Force of Gesture, Amy Jane Pedulla

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Force of Gesture, Amy Jane Pedulla

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Affiliation, Nationalism, and Resistance: A Close Reading of Sahar Khalifeh’s Wild Thorns, Hannah Elizabeth Rigg

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Gender Performance in Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, A Farewell to Arms, and The Garden of Eden, Lily Grace Schroedel

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Italo Calvino: Six Memos as Literary Provocation in Three Novels, Ian P. Smedley

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"The Suffering of Ambivalence:" Liberated Women's Struggle for Survival in 1950s American Society, Jennifer Marien Spadaccia

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The Rap Game: Language, Legacy, and Authenticity in Hip-Hop, Michael Jedidiah Toy

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Turgenev's Dilemma: The Garden as Stage for Romantic Realism, Mia Elise Wendel-Dilallo

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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Vanishing Footprints: Place and Man’s Struggle for Endurance in the Works of Thomas Wolfe, Tongucnaz Seleme Basturk

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Dress Codes: Appearance and Identity in Great Expectations, Sister Carrie and The Great Gatsby, Anne S. Battles

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As I Lay Reading: Faulkner's Structures of Motion, Katherine Bondy

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Kafka On Trial: Polysemy and Epistemological Enactment in Modern Literature, Michael Chew

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"The Infinity and Clarity of Desire:" Identity, Piracy, and Pleasure in the Work of Kathy Acker, Clare Donofrio

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Between Artifice & Authenticity: A Study of Postmodern Song Lyrics, Mark Fletcher

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Thomas Hardy's Women: An Examination of the Tragic Heroine, Vivien Ford-Smith

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The Hideous Progeny of the Anti-Type: An Exploration of Love, Isolation, and Pursuit in the work of the Shelleys, Carley Gooley

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Building Baghdad: Modern Architecture, the IDB, and the Construction of Iraqi National Identity, Abigail Guyton

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The Unraveling of Idle Talk: Truth and Communication in Faulkner, Celeste Haverkamp

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The Pull of the Earth: Thomas Hardy, Willa Cather and Writing the Land, Eliza Holmes

Significant Distortions: The Politics of Reading Science Fiction, Goro Ikeda-Iyeki

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Maps and Mazes: The Ambivalently Moral Fiction of Cormac McCarthy, Oliver Kalb

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“Making a Modern Bolus”: The Non-Poetic Path to the New American Poetry of William Carlos Williams, 1921-1932, Joshua LaLande

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On Going A Journey Through The Works of Virginia Woolf, Laura Lewis-Mckeon

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Calligrams of Absence, Wendy Lotterman

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Re/Memory: The Writing of History in Chris Marker and W.G. Sebald, Frank Mandell

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Roy and Billy at the Bat: An Analysis of Recognition and its Relation to Heroism in The Natural and Moneyball, Stephen M. Martin

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Shamrocks and Chopsticks: Representations of Nationalism in Two Chinese Translations of James Joyce's Ulysses, Kelley Shannon McLaughlin

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Genus Esse Deorum; Infelix Dido, Jacqueline McLean

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Shaping Identities through Jazz, Marianna Notaro

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Thith Cometh of Biting Crutht: Interactions with Nonsense Literature and Victorian Philosophical Toys, Alexandra Patkin

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Communicative Rebellion: An Exploration of Meaning Making in Albert Camus' The Plague, Rebecca Pelham

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The Existential Child: Exploring Existentialism in Children's Picture Books, Emily Elizabeth Present