Selected Dissertation Defenses

Bruno George

March 20, 2018

After the End: Antoine Volodine and Samuel Beckett

Committee: William Flesch, David Sherman, Brian Evenson (California Institute of the Arts)

Gina Pugliese

March 14, 2018

Intimate Scripts and the Early 20th-Century Black Transnational Romance

Committee: Faith Smith, Ulka Anjaria, Christina Sharpe (Tufts University)

Kurt Cavender

January 15, 2018

Event Narrative in American Fiction and Film, 1970-2010

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

Adam Rutledge

January 9, 2017

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

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

Michaela Henry

December 8, 2016

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

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

J.M. Wexler

November 16, 2016

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

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

Jeanie Tietjen

July 19, 2016

"Unbearable Stench": Excremental Violence in Holocaust Literature

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

Emily Fine

June 22, 2016

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

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

Erin Erhart

December 9, 2015

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

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

Conley Wouters

July 8, 2015

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

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

Sarabeth Grant

July 7, 2015

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

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

Steven Plunkett

July 7, 2015

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

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

Margaret Carkeet

April 2, 2015

The Discomfort of Civilization: The Bildungsroman in Colonial Culture

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

Jonathan Sudholt

March 19, 2015

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

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

Nat Hodes

June 4, 2014

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

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

Megan Hamilton

April 11, 2014

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

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

Jodie Austin

April 8, 2014

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

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

Lisa Rourke

February 10, 2014

The Phantom of the Author: Literary Analysis Reconsidered

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

Martin Moraw

November 18, 2013

The Early Modern Tragedy of Revenge and the Question of Sovereignty

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

Christopher Wells

August 6, 2013

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

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