Department of English

Graduate

PhD Program

Recent PhD Recipients

2000

Anderson, Mark
“Twilight of the Idols: Male Film Stars, Mass Culture, and the Human Sciences in 1920 America”
Director: Sharon Willis

Arner, Lynn
“Burying the Dead: John Gower and the English Rising of 1381”
Director: Thomas Hahn

Berrettini, Mark
“Signs of Noir: Contemporary Film Noir and Social Difference in the United States”
Director: Sharon Willis

DeTora, Lisa
“Denial, Discovery and Domestic Violence: A Consideration of Domestic Violence, as Represented Across the Disciplines, from the 19th Century to the Present in American Culture”
Director: David Bleich

Gopal, Sangita
“Citizens of the World: The Sublime Aesthetics of Romantic Globalism”
Director: Bette London

Hankin, Kelly
“The Girls in the Back Room: The Lesbian Bar in Film, Television, and Video”
Director: Lisa Cartwright

Leaker, Catherine
“Breaking Possibilities: The New Woman Novel and Failures of Feminist Action”
Director: Bette London

O’Brien, Alyssa
“Gendered Disidentification in the Fiction of James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Nella Larsen: A Modernist Aesthetic of Mobility”
Director: James Longenbach

Szabo, Victoria
“Sensational Authorship: Popular Women Writers and Their Critics”
Director: Bette London

Wang, Stella Kuo
“Beowulf: Translating Old English Cyning”
Director: Thomas Hahn


2001

Amster, Mara
“Who is’t can read a woman?: Sexuality and Legibility in Early Modern Discourses”
Director: Rosemary Kegl

Bittel, Helen
“New Women, New Girls: Reading and Writing Fin-de-Siecle Feminism”
Director: Bette London

Elahi, Babak
“Real Americans: Immigration into Modernity, 1900-1920”
Director: John Michael

Hudak, Jennifer
“The Social Inventors: Edith Wharton, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Women’s Writing in Context”
Director: Lisa Cartwright

Kelly, Mary Kate
“Bodies as Evidence: Transgressive Women in Popular American Film”
Director: Sharon Willis

Rose, Jeanne
“Is Literature Language?”
Director: David Bleich

Russell, Kara Molway
“Thesis of Bedlam: Madness on the English Renaissance Stage”
Director: Kenneth Gross


2002

Boland, Mary
“Academic Freedom and the Struggle for the Subject of Composition”
Director: David Bleich

Huang, Su-ching
“Mobile Homes: Spatial and Cultural Negotiation in Chinese/American Literature”
Director: David Bleich

Maney, Jill
“A Bold Design: the Life of Mercy Otis Warren, 1728-1814”
Director: Frank Shuffelton

Peddie, Ian
“The Persisting Left: Class Expression and American Literature After 1839”
Director: John Michael

Salzer, Kenneth
“Cross-Purposes: Transvestic Figures in Nineteenth-Century American Literature and Culture”
Director: Frank Shuffelton

Seldon, Tyra
“Defining Free America: Reading Black Women’s Novels as Counter, Contending, and Contested Narratives”
Director: John Michael


2003

Hassan, Narin
“Foreign Bodies: Medicine, Gender and Colonialism in Nineteenth-Century Literature”
Director: Bette London

Hothem, Thomas
“The Picturesque and the Production of Space: Landscape Description in an Age of Fiction”
Director: Morris Eaves

Stone, Thomas
“The ‘Unsubstantial Word’: Pilgrimage and a Poetics of Desire in Late Medieval England”
Director: Russell Peck

Sweeney, Christopher
“’The Drama is a Haunted Ruin’: Theatrical Ghosts and the Necromantic Stage”
Director: Hal Gladfelder

Williams, Michael
“The Recycling of the Mohicans: the ‘Classic’ Novel and Iterative Adaptation”
Director: John Michael


2004

Bernstein, Melissa
“Concealment and Revelation: Fatherhood in the Literature of Anglo-Saxon England”
Director: Sarah Higley

Chan, Edward
“The Subject of Utopia: Race and Utopia in Contemporary American Literature”
Director: John Michael

Huang, Betsy Pei Chih
“The Language of Citizenship: The Future of the Minority Voice in Contemporary American Fiction”
Director: Frank Shuffelton

Symons, Dana
“Literary Pleasure, Popular Audiences, and Middle English Romance”
Director: Thomas Hahn

Winston, Jay
“The Painful Task of Unifying: Fragmented Americas and ‘The Indian’ in the Novels of William Faulkner and N. Scott Momaday”
Director: Frank Shuffelton

Wlodarz, Joseph
“(Un)Making Macho: Race, Gender, and Stardom in 1970s American Cinema and Culture”
Director: Sharon Willis

Zanzucchi, Anne
“The Poetics of Conscience: Animal Advocacy in British Romanticism”
Director: Morris Eaves


2005

Bedore, Pamela
“Games, Doubles and Gender in Detective Dime Novels”
Director: John Michael

Brickman, Barbara
“Looking for My Heart’s Desire: Popular Cinema and the Post-War Adolescent Imaginary”
Director: Sharon Willis

Kane, Stuart
“Representing the Medieval English Outlaw: Violence, Language, and the Body”
Director: Thomas Hahn

Lopez, Esther
“’The Sins of Our Legislators Brought Me to This’: Property Rights in American Literature”
Director: Frank Shuffelton


2006

Babbar, Anjili
“Forging Identity in ‘Age of Authors’”
Director: Hal Gladfelder

Donaghy, Daniel
“Writing Through Resistance: African-American Writes and Their Audiences, 1912-1932”
Director: Jeffrey Tucker

Kraus, Kari
“Conjectural Criticism: Computing Past and Future Texts”
Director: Morris Eaves

Livingston, Michael
“The Middle English Metrical Paraphrase of the Old Testament and Its Cultural Contexts”
Director: Russell Peck

Ripley, Wayne
“’The Secrets of Dark Contemplation’: Edward Young, William Blake, and the History of Radical Devotional Poetics”
Director: Morris Eaves

Sullivan, Juliet
“Manners Make the Man: Gender and social Identity in the Medieval Discourse of Conduct”
Director: Thomas Hahn

Sutton, John
“Performing Death and Masculinity in Old and Middle English Literature”
Director: Sarah Higley


2007

Ailles, Jennifer
“The Fairy/Queen/Mab: Mediating Elizabeth in Early Modern England”
Director: Rosemary Kegl

Birien, Anne
“Modern Poets and Foreign Tongues: Philology, Translation and the Genius of Language”
Director: James Longenbach

Douglas, Jennifer
“Like a Natural Woman: Constructing Gender from Performance to Performativity”
Director: Bette London

Gibson, Angela
“Fictions of Abduction in the Auchinleck Manuscript, the ‘Pearl’ Poet, Chaucer, and Malory”
Director: Thomas Hahn

Grant, Joanna
“Journeys to Barbary: Modernism’s Middle East”
Director: Frank Shuffelton

Miller, April-Dawn
“Offending Women: Modernism, Crime, and Creative Production”
Director: Bette London


2008

Fenstermaker, Amy
“Bridging the Gap Between (White) Metafiction and (Black) Self-Reflexivity”
Director: Jeffrey Tucker

Huber, Emily
“’For Y am sorwe, and sorwe ys Y’: Melancholy, Despair and Pathology in Middle English Literature”
Director: Thomas Hahn

Wadoski, Andrew
“Spenser’s Gardens: Poetry, Fantasy and Allegory”
Director: Kenneth Gross


2009

Cryderman, Kevin
“Ghostly Spectators of History: Collective Identity, Regulative Frameworks and the Idiosyncratic Subject”
Director: John Michael

Giovanielli, Tina
“Creative Constriction: The Use of the American Short Story at the Turn of the Twentieth Century”
Director: John Michael

Lightweis-Goff, Jennifer
“’Blood at the Root’: Lynching as American Cultural Nucleus”
Director: Jeffrey Tucker


2010

Bharadwaj, Vasudha
"Languages of Nationhood: Political Ideologies and the Place of English in Twentieth-Century India"
Directors: Bette London and Stewart Weaver

Bollinger, Heidi
“A Chorus of Witnesses: the Hybrid Genre of Testimonial Literature”
Director: Jeffrey Tucker

Lehman, Aaron
“Accidental Modernism: Spontaneity and Design in Modern American Poetry”
Director: John Michael


2011

Durkin, Anita
"Negotiating Meaning: The Aestheticization of the Novel in James, Hawthorne, and Wharton"
Director: John Michael

Hannum, Dustin
"Forms of Freedom: Aesthetics, Law, and Politics in the American Renaissance"
Director: John Michael

Haught, Leah
"Toward an Aesthetics of Failure: Generic Expectation and Identity Formation in Middle English Arthuriana"
Director: Thomas Hahn



2012

Bender, Geoffrey
"Casting the Eternal Original: Classicism, Class, and the Antebellum Dread of Modernity"
Director: John Michael

Chandler, John
"'The King of Tars': A New Edition"
Director: Thomas Hahn

Harper, Ryan
"The Representation of Woodland Space in Middle English Popular Narrative"
Director: Thomas Hahn

Havard, John
"Hispanicism: Spanish-ness, Liberalism, and National Identity in U.S. Literature, 1787-1861"
Director: John Michael

Johnson, Valerie
"Politicizing the Landscape: Ricardian Literary Languages of Power"
Director: Thomas Hahn

Margala, Miriam
"Translation, Recognition and the Materiality of Language"
Directors: David Bleich and Greg Carlson

Mehra, Shaila
"Recasting the Past: Historical Knowledge and the African American Postmodern"
Director: Jeffrey Tucker

Norako, Leila K.
"The Crusading Imaginary of Late Medieval England"
Director: Thomas Hahn

Sbriglia, Russell
"Dissensus Communis: Conservatism, Skepticism, and Sympathy in the American Renaissance"
Director: John Michael

Van Wert, Kathryn
"Wars of Inflection: Imperial Violence and the Modern Voice"
Director: James Longenbach



2013

Arnold, Esther
"Entertaining Reformers: Social Reform and Recreation in American Literature and Silent Film, 1840-1915"
Director: John Michael

Lee, Rachel
"This Bright Luminary, the Press: Metaphor as Media Theory during the Romantic Printing Revolution"
Director: Morris Eaves

HUTCHINS, DANIEL
“Hallucinatory Empires: Troping Knowledge in the Early Atlantic World”
Director: John Michael
 


2014

ZOGAS, PETER
"Writing Contingent Histories: Temporality and the Construction of Progress in Nineteenth-Century American Literature"
Director: John Michael