Graduate Program

Ph.D. Degrees Conferred

The Graduate Program of Literatures in English is proud to announce that the following students had their Ph.D. degrees conferred during 2010-2018 academic years:

Student Dissertation Title Dissertation Director
May 2019
Diaby, Bakary Sensing Meaning: Aesthetics and Vulnerability in the Romantic Age Colin Jager
Everett, Gabrielle Blushing Bitterly: An Affective and Literary History of Racial Uplift After Reconstruction Douglas Jones
January 2019
Bobe, Melissa Spectacular Transients: Traumatic Childhood and the Fantastic Michelle Stephens
Cowell, Isaac The Peevish Wish: Conjectural Literature from Walpole to the Shelleys Colin Jager
October 2018
Barton, Lucas Imagined Literacies: Race and Reading in Antebellum American Literature Meredith McGill
Camarda, Julie The Matter of Discussion: Conversational Poetics in the British Romantic Period William Galperin
Phillips, Matthew John Worldly Figures: Character and Belonging in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction John Kucich
Williams, Alicia Democratic Address and the History of Reading in Nineteenth Century British Literature David Kurnick
May 2018
Cooper, Amy "Speaking Pictures": Words, Images, and the Visual Aesthetics of Early Modern Literature Henry Turner
McAuley, Kyle Outer Spaces: Provincialism and the Novel in the British Imperial Century David Kurnick
Wade, Erik Significant Others: Gender, Race, and the English Identity in Early Medieval English Eroticism Stacy Klein
October 2017
Graham, April 'Penolopees Trouthe': Female Faithfulness in Late Medieval English Literature Larry Scanlon
Madden, Caolan Performing Poetesses: Collectivity and Theatricality in Victorian Poetry Carolyn Williams
Mazzaferro, Alexander 'No Newe Enterprize': Empirical Political Science and the Problem of Innovation in the Colonial English Americas Christopher Iannini
Persson, Torleif Imagining the Now: The Making of the Contemporary in the American Novel since 1945 Rebecca Walkowitz
Solomon, Alex The Rhetoric of Probability from New Science to Common Sense Michael McKeon
October 2016
Fesi, Joshua Enlightenment Phenomenology: The Focalization of Perceptual Experience in Eighteenth Century Urban Narrative Colin Jager
Gulya, Jason Enlightenment Allegory: Adapting the Allegorical Form in British Literature, 1660-1750 Michael McKeon
Peterson, Nathan Picaresque Necessity: Episodic Narrative and Causality in the Long Eighteenth Century Lynn Festa
Pietras, Brian Evander's Mother: Gender, Antiquity, and Authorship in Early Modern England Jacqueline Miller
Sherrill, Matthew Forms of Life: Evolution and Poetic Form in the British Long Nineteenth Century Carolyn Williams
Solinger, Fred Sounding Modernism: An Aural History of the Novel, 1899-1963 Rebecca Walkowitz
Winick, Meryl Studied Enchantment: Scholarship and Literature in Britain, 1862-1931 Carolyn Williams
Zubernis, Emily Minimalism, Modernism, and the Aesthetic of Scale Rebecca Walkowitz
May 2016  
Hunt, Stephanie The Forms of Nature: Poetry and the Limits of Politics in Early Modern England Henry Turner
October 2015  
Chappell, Patrick The Recirculation Plot: Objects, Plotting, and the Second-Order Economies of Victorian Fiction John Kucich
Kelly, Erin "Fortune's ever-changing face" in Early Modern Literature & Thought Henry Turner
Klaver, Rebecca Include Everything: Contemporary American Poetry and the Feminist Everyday Evie Shockley
Kotch, Amanda The Embarrassment of Literary Biography: Form and Affect from Dickens to Woolf Kate Flint & Jonah Siegel
Levine, Naomi Rhyme and History in Victorian Poetics Carolyn Williams
Shin, Nami Formed by Contact: Multi-Local Migration and Contemporary Narrative Rebecca Walkowitz
Thomas, J.D. To Train Up a Child: American Protestantism and the Literatures of Religious Educuation, 1745-1920 Greg Jackson
May 2015  
Becker, Brian Modern Folks and Folk Moderns: Media, Modernity, and the Migration of Real Americans Brad Evans
Betancourt, Manuel Being in the Picture: The Movie Fan and Queer Literature Elin Diamond & David Kurnick
Coley, Carrie Running Out of Time: Radicalism, Resistance, and the Future of African American Literature Cheryl Wall
Kao, Vivian Heritage Improved: Postcolonial Cinema Adapts the Nineteenth Century British Novel Dianne Sadoff
Miller, John Person, Place, Thing: Animals in the Victorian Realist Novel Jonah Siegel
Oldfather, Elizabeth Someplace Else: The Eighteenth Century History and Cognitive Science of Literary Transportation Jonathan Kramnick
Ramon, Donavan "The Narratives of Racial Passing Have Risen From the Dead": Redefining Racial Passing in the Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Literary Imagination Cheryl Wall
Ryan, William "A New Strange Disease": Atlantic Medicine, Affective History, and the Novel in America; 1690-1800 Christopher Iannini
Zutshi, Madhvi Thinking About Feeling: Sensibility and Self-Consciousness in the Eighteenth-Century Novel Michael McKeon
October 2014  
Abdur-Rahman, Samira Sites of Instruction: Education, Kinship, and Nation in African American Literature Cheryl Wall
DiGiacomo, Mark How Africa Made Modernism: Afriacn Art and Twentieth-Century Literature Rebecca Walkowitz
Ellermann, Gregory Romanticism After Nature: Matter, Mind, and Speculation William Galperin & Colin Jager
Gonzalez, Octavio Misfit Minorities: Resisting Uplift in the Twentieth-Century Fiction Marianne DeKoven & Rebecca Walkowitz
Hoffman, Jesse Victorian Elegy in the Age of Photography Jonah Siegel
Hu, Pei-Ling Post-Decolonization Secession: The Right of Self-Determination and the Nation-State in Contemporary Postcolonial / World Literatures Richard Dienst