Selected Dissertation Defenses

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)

Doug Kirshen

Six Weeks –– The New Man and the London Theatre Season of 1895: Henry James, Henry Irving and Oscar Wilde

April 8, 2013
Committee: Paul Morrison, John Plotz, and Matthew Buckley (English Department, Rutgers University) 

Cory Elizabeth Nelson

The Politics of Identity in Contemporary American Theater

March 19, 2013
Committee: Thomas King, Caren Irr, and Noe Montez (Drama & Dance Department, Tufts University)

Lydia Fash

American Narrative Beginnings: Time and the Nation in Antebellum Short Fiction

March 7, 2013
Committee: Michael Gilmore, Susan Lanser, and Meredith McGill (English Department, Rutgers University)

Shayna Skarf

Visible Primitives: The Imagined Past and the Embodied Present in English and American Literature of the 1930s

July 23, 2012
Committee: Paul Morrison, John Plotz, and Ellen Schattschneider (Anthropology)

Joe Wensink

Literary Philanthropy: The Pulitzer Prize, Oprah's Book Club, and Contemporary U.S. Fiction

June 22, 2012
Committee: Caren Irr, John Burt, and Sean McCann (English Department, Wesleyan University) 

Njelle Hamilton

Sound Writing: Music and Memory in the Contemporary Caribbean Novel

May 16, 2012
Committee: Faith Smith, Ulka Anjaria, and Donette Francis (English Department, Binghamton University)

Kyle Wiggins

Lethal Measures: The Politics of Revenge in 20th- and 21st-Century Fiction

May 23, 2012
Committee: Caren Irr, John Burt, and Laura Tanner (English Department, Boston College) 

Mikel Parent

Long Poems of the Short Century: Ideology and Form in the 20th-century Epic

February 2, 2012
Committee: Caren Irr, Paul Morrison, and Aaron Fogel (English Department, Boston University)

John Turner

Modern Time: Repetition in James Joyce, T. S. Eliot, and Virginia Woolf

November 2, 2011
Committee: Paul Morrison, Laura Quinney, and Marjorie Howes (English Department, Boston College)

Bendta Schroeder

Natural Kinds: Botany, Aesthetics, and the Taxonomy of Families in British Literature, 1760-1807

July 6, 2011
Committee: Sue Lanser, John Plotz, and Lynn Festa (English Department, Rutgers University)

Lauren Ellis Holm

Staging the Novel: The Victorian Novel and the Rise of Adaptation

April 26, 2011 @ 3:00pm
Committee: John Plotz, Thomas A. King, and David Kurnick (English Department, Rutgers University)

Amy Easton-Flake

An Alternative Women's Movement: Antisuffrage Fiction, 1839-1920

April 8, 2011 @ 10:00am
Committee: Caren Irr, John Burt, and Betsy Klimasmith (English Department, University of Massachusetts at Amherst)

Jessie Stickgold-Sarah

The Textual Body: Genetics and Dystopia in American Fiction

April 8, 2011 @ 1:00pm
Committee: Caren Irr, Ulka Anjaria, and Amy Boesky (English Department, Boston College)