Selected Dissertation Defenses

Brenden O'Donnell

July 14, 2020

Queer Temperance: Addiction and Sites of Voluntarity in Lesbian and Gay Literature (1948-1979)

Committee: David Sherman, Aliyyah Abdur-Rahman, Matthew Bell (Bridgewater State University)

Noam Schiff

April 7, 2020

Infernal Modernism: the Afterlife of Faith in Modern Irish Fiction

Committee: David Sherman, William Flesch, Daniela Caselli (University of Manchester)

Abigail Arnold

March 26, 2020

Narrative Intimacy: The confidante in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel

Committee: John Plotz, Ulka Anjaria, Aeron Hunt (Boston College)

Jake Burg

February 4, 2020

Houses of Genre Fiction: The Shared Estrangement of Postwar American Culture

Committee: Caren Irr, David Sherman, Theodore Martin (UC Irvine)

Avi Mendelson

July 23, 2019

Shapeshifting Shakespearean Madnesses

Committee: Thomas King, Mary Baine Campbell, Lucy Munro (King's College, London)

Haram Lee

June 21, 2019

The Politics of Subjectivity: Biopolitics and British Romanticism

Committee: Laura Quinney, Susan Lanser, Yoon Sun Lee (Wellesly University)

David Pass

May 29, 2019

Privilege Disembodied: Prisms of White Masculinity in Civil-Rights-Era American Fiction

Committee: Caren Irr, John Burt, Stephen Dowden

Luigi Juarez

April 11, 2019

(Auto)Mobility and Narrative Innovation in Wharton, Fitzgerald, and O'Hara

committee: John Burt, David Sherman, Christopher Wilson (Boston College)

Tina Van Kley

December 6, 2018

The Clerical Domestic: Manhood, Moral Authority, and the Family in the English Novel, 1740-1817

Committee: Susan Lanser, Thomas King, Ruth Perry (MIT)

Matthew Schratz

November 30, 2018

The American Novel at Work, 1964-2016

Committee: Caren Irr, John Burt, David Alworth (Harvard University)
Katie Nadeau

November 9, 2018

The Sympathetic Servant in the Eighteenth-Century British Novel

Committee: Susan Lanser, Thomas King, Shawn Maurer (College of the Holy Cross)

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)