Selected Dissertation Defenses

Kurt Cavender

Event Narratives in American Fiction and Film, 1970-2010

January 15, 2018
Committee: Caren Irr, John Burt, Robert Chodat (Boston University)


Adam Rutledge

Turning Toward the World: Aestheticism, Christianity, and the Ends of Art in Modernist Literature

January 9, 2017
Committee: Paul Morrison, David Sherman, John Lurz (Tufts University)


Michaela Henry

Narrative's Nuclear Spring: The South Asian Novel after the Nuclear Bomb

December 8, 2016
Committee: Ulka Anjaria, Faith Smith, Mrinalini Chakravorty (University of Virginia)


J.M. Wexler

Queering Happily Ever After: Narrative Progression in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian Novels

November 16, 2016
Committee: Susan S. Lanser, Dawn Skorczewski, Sue J. Kim (UMASS Lowell)


Jeanie Tietjen

"Unbearable Stench": Excremental Violence in Holocaust Literature

July 19, 2016
Committee: Dawn Skorczewski, David Sherman, Alicia Nitecki (Bentley University)


Emily Fine

Dying to Write: Mothers' Memento Mori Legacy Texts in England, 1600-1650

June 22, 2016
Committee: Mary Baine Campbell, Thomas King, Paula McQuade (DePaul University)


Erin Erhart

England’s Dreaming: The Rise and Fall of Science Fiction, 1871-1874 

December 9, 2015
Committee: John Plotz, David Sherman, Laura Green (Northeastern)


Conley Wouters

Selves Who Can Do More: Technology, Genre, and Individualism in American Fiction, 1933-2011

July 8, 2015
Committee: Caren Irr, John Unsworth, and David Alworth (Harvard)


Sarabeth Grant

Claiming History: Historiography, Commemoration, and Aesthetic Recompense, 1743-1751

July 7, 2015
Committee: Thomas King, Susan Lanser, and Mark Blackwell (Univ. of Hartford)


Steven Plunkett

Turning the Key: Keys, Supplemental Glossing, and the The Limits of Interpretation in the First Half of the Eighteenth Century

July 7, 2015
Committee: Susan Lanser, Thomas King, and Melinda Rabb (Brown University)


Margaret Carkeet

The Discomfort of Civilization: The Bildungsroman in Colonial Culture

April 2, 2015
Committee: Ulka Anjaria, David Sherman, and Kavita Daiya (George Washington University)


Jonathan Sudholt

Alternative Sentimentalisms: The Critique of 'Feeling Right' in Antebellum American Sentimental Novels

March 19, 2015
Committee: John Burt, David Sherman, and Caleb Smith (Yale)


Nat Hodes

The Muses' Method: Logic and the Moral Function of English Renaissance Poetry

June 4, 2014
Committee: Ramie Targoff, William Flesch, and Leah Whittington (Harvard)


Megan Hamilton

Glamour, Good Money, and Glossy Magazines: The New Yorker, Esquire, and 20th Century Magazine Fiction

April 11, 2014
Committee: Caren Irr, John Burt, and Carlo Rotella (Boston College)


Jodie Austin

The Poetics of Pestilence: The Plague in Early Modern England and the Writing Culture it Produced

April 8, 2014
Committee: Ramie Targoff, William Flesch, and Mary Crane (Boston College)


Lisa Rourke

The Phantom of the Author: Literary Analysis Reconsidered

February 10, 2014
Committee: Susan Lanser, William Flesch, and Sue Kim (University of Massachusetts: Lowell)


Martin Moraw

The Early Modern Tragedy of Revenge and the Question of Sovereignty

November 18, 2013
Committee: Ramie Targoff, Thomas King, and Paul Kottman (The New School for the Liberal Arts)


Christopher Wells

The Wrongs of Man: Moral Sense and the Development of Gendered Morality in Eighteenth-Century British Novels

August 6, 2013
Committee: Thomas King, Susan Lanser, and Shawn Maurer (English Department, Holy Cross College)


Scott Moore

American Aristocracies: The Failure of Meritocracy in Nineteenth-century U.S. Literature

June 27, 2013
Committee: Michael Gilmore, John Burt, and Philip Gould (English Department, Brown University)


Nicholas Van Kley

American Fiction, Bodies, and Social Knowledge During the "Era of Sociology," 1890-1912

May 28, 2013
Committee: Caren Irr, John Burt, and Maurice Lee (English Department, Boston University)