Department of English

Graduate

PhD Program

Recent PhD Recipients

2015

COYNE, JUSTIN
"Worldly Experiments: Cosmopolitanism as Style in Twentieth-Century African American Literature"
Director: Jeffrey Tucker

McGHEE, JUSTINE ALI
“Embodying the Torrid Zone: Creolization, Contamination, and the Disintegration of Identity in the British and Colonial Cultural Imagination”
Director: Morris Eaves


2014

JOHNSON-OLIN, MARTHA
"Finding Lost Heroines: Performing Agency in Middle English Kinship Romances"
Director: Russell Peck

McSHANE, KARA
"In the Words of Others: Exotic Documents and Vernacular Anxieties in Medieval England"
Director: Thomas Hahn

RICHLER, AMIRA
"Beyond Black British? The Novels of David Daybeen, Monica Ali, Zadie Smith and Hanif Kureishi"
Director: Bette London

STOKES, DANIEL
"The Post-Cultural Imagination in Fourteenth-Century English Literature"
Director: Thomas Hahn

VOGEL, JOSEPH
"The Rising Tide of Color: Race, Masculinity and Contested Histories in the American Imaginary"
Director: Jeffrey Tucker

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


2013

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

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

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


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


2011

DURKIN, ANNA
"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


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


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


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


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


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


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