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Theses and Dissertations

2014
Mary Assad (PhD)
Gender, Illness, and Narrative: A Rhetorical Study of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women Campaign

Jason Ray Carney (PhD)
The Shadow Modernism of Weird Tales: Experimental Pulp Fiction in the Age of Modernist Reflection

Nicole Marie Emmelhainz-Carney (PhD)
Writing Games: Collaborative Writing in Digital Ludic Spaces

Jennie Giaconia Young (PhD)
(The) Student Body/ies: Cultural Paranoia and Embodiment in the American High School

2013
Robert Welling Addington (PhD)
Discipline and Publish: Creative Writing Programs, Literary Markets, and the Short Story Renaissance

2012
Daniel Paul Anderson Jr. (PhD)
The Ivory Shtetl: The University and the Postwar Jewish Imagination

Natalija Grgorinic (PhD)
Recounting the Author

Michael Moss (PhD)
Rhetoric and Time: Cognition, Culture, and Interaction

2011
Tasia Hane-Devore (PhD)
Constructed Bodies, Edited Deaths: The Negotiation of Sociomedical Discourse in Autothanatographers’ Writing of Terminal Illness

Irene Moody (Ph.D.)
Lexicons in Lace: The Language of Dress in the New Woman Novel

Christine Mueri (PhD)
“Defined not by Time, but by Mood”: First-person Narratives of Bipolar Disorder

Danielle Nielsen (PhD)
Reading the Empire from Afar: From Colonial Spectacles to Colonial Literacies

Anne Ryan (PhD)
Victorian Fiction and the Psychology of Self-Control, 1855-1885

2010
Iris Jamahl Dunkle (PhD)
Shaking the Burning Birch Tree: Amy Lowell’s Sapphic Modernism

Asdghig Karajayerlian (PhD)
Large Worlds/Small Places: Critical Cosmopolitanism and Stereoscopic Vision in the Global Postcolonial Novel

Jamie Lynn McDaniel (PhD)
Trespassing Women: Representations of Property and Identity in British Women’s Writing 1925-2005

Brandy L. Schillace (PhD)
“The Alphabet of Sense”: Rediscovering the Rhetoric of Women’s Intellectual Liberty

Chalet K. Seidel (PhD)
Representations of Journalistic Professionalism: 1865-1900

Jason Todd Stuart (PhD)
The Disciplinary Rhetoric of the 21st Century: The Emergence of Computers and Composition

Ronald Jerome Tulley (PhD)
An Exhibitionist’s Paradise: Digital Transformations of the Autobiographical Impulse

2009
Jafeen S. Ilmudeen (MA)
Portraits by Jafeen S. Ilmudeen

Kenneth W. McGraw (PhD)
Dangerous Discourse: Language and Sex between Men in Eighteenth-Century London

Naomi Igarashi Takagi (PhD)
Flow Theory: Conscious Experience in Expository Argumentative Writing

2008
Kathryn Elizabeth Anderson (MA)
“These were the things that bounded me”: a New Examination of Millay’s Dramatic Works”

Jason B. Barone (MA)
The Search for the Jungian Stranger in the Novels of Haruki Murakami

Katherine Hansen Clark (PhD)
What is a Cozy?

Christopher Mays (MA)
The Failure to Meet “the Challenge of Our Time”: the Demise of Bill Clinton’s Plan for Universal Health Care / by Christopher Mays

Heather J. Kichner (PhD)
Cemetery Plots from Victoria to Verdun: Literary Representations of Epitaph and Burial from the Nineteenth Century through the Great War

Jenifer Lynn Wolkowski (PhD)
Ideas of Community in Three Depression-era Southern Novels: Faulkner’s The Hamlet, Dargan’s Call Home the Heart, and Still’s River of Earth

2007
Daniel Anderson (MA)
Plato’s Complaint: Nathan Zuckerman, the University of Chicago, and Philip Roth’s Neo-Aristotelian Poetics

Barbara Burgess-Van Aken (PhD)
Barbara Torelli’s Partenia: A Bilingual Critical Edition

Erin Monroe (MA)
Terminal: A Collection of Poetry

Gabriel Rieger (PhD)
Penetrating Wit: Sexual Language and Satiric Tragedy

Elizabeth Sirkin (PhD)
Popular Images and Cosmopolitan Mediation: Mass Media and Western Pop Culture in the Anglophone South Asian Novel

2006
Brian Ballentine (PhD)
Toward a Rhetoric of Engineering: Explorations in the Practices of Engineers and the Implications for the Teaching of Technical Communication

Darcy Brandel (PhD)
If I Had a Hammer: Rereading Female Experimental Writing in the Context of Progressive Social Change

Narcisz Fejes (PhD)
Absorbing East-Central Europe: Representations of the Region in Modern British Literature

Veeneenea Erika Smith (PhD)
Dinna Forget Spurgeon: A Literary Biography

2005
Maria Assif (Ph.D.)
Mother-daughter Relationships in Asian and Jewish American Literatures: Story(ing) Identities

Kristine Kelly (PhD)
A Place For Everyone: Nineteenth-Century Narratives of Emigration and Settlement

2004
Leigh Fabens (PhD)
Dreams amd Death in the Novels by James Welch, Tim O’Brien, and Ron Arias: A Cognitive Approach

Katherine Kickel (PhD)
Novel Notions: Eighteenth-Century Fiction and the Mapping of the Imagination

Traci Arnett Pipkins (PhD)
“Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read”: The Revolution in Reading Scripture in Seventeenth-century England

2003
Bradley Ricca (PD)
American Zodiac: Astronomical Signs in Dickinson, Melville, and Poe

Carrie Shanafelt (MA)
Fielding on Fielding: Rhetoric of Authenticity in the Prose Fiction of Henry Fielding

Brenda Smith (PhD)
The Construction of Bi-Cultural Subjectivity in African-American Autobiography

2002
Maria Assif (MA)
Kristeva’s Reading of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury in Search of Caddy’s Voice

Christina Hebebrand (PhD)
“We Are the People”-Native American and Chicano/a Literatures as Intersecting Indigenous Literatures of the American Southwest

Lydia Kosc (.A)
The Birth of Fiction: Interfaith Relationships in the Novels of Philip Roth

Amy Magnus (PhD)
Leaving Tracks: The Legacy of Chippewa History in the Novels of Louise Erdrich

Paula Makris (PhD)
Colonial Education and Cultural Inheritance: Caribbean Literature and the Classics

Christopher Stewart (PhD)
In Paths Untrodden: Queer Spiritual Autobiography

Jennifer Swartz (PhD)
“The Very Being or Legal Existence of the Woman is Suspended”: Law, Literature, and the Middle-Class Victorian Woman

2001
Naomi Igarashi (MA)
User-Friendly Web Design: An Application of Principles to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation Web Site

Amy Kesegich (PhD)
Pilgrim in Progress: The Works of Annie Dillard as Spiritual Autobiography

Dian Killian (PhD)
The Nation’s Other: Ideology, Repression, and Resistance in Irish Emigrant Discourse

Kathy Miller (MA)
The Push Toward Meaning and Bi-cultural Understanding: The Writer/Reader Relationship in Maxine Hong Kingston’s Woman Warrior

Kristen Olson (PhD)
The “Soul’s Imaginary Sight”: Visuality and Mimesis in Early Modern Poetics

Brian Reed (PhD)
Wrestling Sensibility: Male Anxiety, Sentimentality, and British Eighteenth-Century Narrative.

2000
Saad Asswailim (PhD)
Myth, Ideology and Silence in Three Novels by Vance Bourjaily

Kristin Bryant (PhD)
Constructed Identities and the Interior Self: A Reading of Virginia Woolf’s Orlando: A Biography

Anna Cole (PhD)
Jonathan Swift Telling His Own Story: Book IV of Gulliver’s Travels as Autobiography

Maryanne Cole (PhD)
Voices of Travail: Autobiographical Journey Narratives by English Sectarian Women, 1641-1700.

Francesca Giusti (MA)
Ludovico Domenichi’s La Stampa: Printing, Editing, Plagiarism and Authorship in an Italian Renaissance Dialogue

Yonjae Jung (PhD)
“The Most Inseparable of Companions”: Lacan(-izing) Freud (-ianized) Poe

Moonsoon Kang (PhD)
Satire as “a Sword in the Hands of a Mad Man” and “that Art of Necessary Defence”: A Study of Madness and Satire in Swift and Johnson

Carla Kungl (PhD)
Women Writers and Detectives: Creating Authority in British Women’s Detective Fiction 1890-1940

Jerome McKeever (PhD)
The McCarey Touch: The Life and Films of Leo McCarey

Michelle Smith (MA)
Liris A Novella

James Wynn (MA)
A Cognitive Approach to Prepositional Usage in English as a Second Language Acquisition

1999
Maimu Alber (MA)
Traveling at the Speed of Darkness

.Jeffrey Morgan (PhD)
Developing a Feminine Pastoral: Sarah Orne Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed Firs

Richard Van Noy (PhD)
Surveying the Interior: Literary Cartographers and the Sense of Place

1998
Jeffry Schantz (PhD)
Shaping Captivity: Transformations of the Indian Captivity Narrative from the 17th through the 19th Century