Recent Graduate Theses

The subjects of MA theses have included studies of individual poets or dramatists, novelists or autobiographers, as well as explorations of literary movements, themes or periods. Some of our more recent titles are:

“‘No One Guessed Who I Was When I Came Here This Morning’: Humor as Political Subversion in the Medieval Icelandic Outlaw Sagas of Gisli and Grettir” (2008 Brewer)

Cervantes’ Tavern: On the Unity of the Novel’s History” (2008 Foley)

“Am I Not the Girl to Know of What I Speak?”: Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood as Illuminated by John Donne’s Expressions of the Feminine” (2008 Godwin)

“The House Must Fall: A Literary Critical Analysis of Plantation Mistresses’ American Civil War Diaries” (2008 Greene)

“Samuel Johnson and Place” (2008 Johnson)

“Synge’s Grey World: Perception of Nature in The Aran Islands” (2008 MacAulay)

“Beyond Linear Language: Visual Poetics and Pictography in the Works of Max Ernst, Fred Wah, and Georges Bataille” (2008 Savage)

“‘A Dark Rose of Sunset Between Tree and Tree’: Landscape Imagery in the Arthuriad of Charles Williams” (2008 Utter)

“‘Unquiet Bird’: W.H. Auden Translates ‘The Wanderer’” (2008 Winter)

“Reading Forms: A New Phenomenological Approach to Zoe Wicomb’s You Can’t Get Lost in Cape Town” (2008 Young)

“Sex and Piety:  The Redemptive Value of Transgressive Gender Behavior in Yde and Olive” (2007 Byerly)

“Law and Magic in the Four Branches of the Mabinogi” (2007 Condit)

“Gender Essentialism and the Need for Mutual Understanding:  Marital Relationships in Zora Neale Hurston’s Jonah’s Gourd Vine and Their Eyes Were Watching God” (2007 Foushee)

“Desperate Housewives:  A Vindication of George Eliot’s Rosamond Vincy and Gwendolen Harleth” (2007 Gibson)

“Visual Representations of the Mexican-American Community in Chicana/o Art and Literature” (2007 Jackson)

“A Utopian Journey Among Politics and Spirituality to Paradise Regain’d” (2007 Leake)

“Agents of Apostasy:  the Role of Women in Seventeenth Century Apostate Drama” (2007 Merritt)

“Ripples on the Water:  Historical Hermeneutics in Faulkner’s Fiction” (2007 Rutherford)

“The Anti-Religion of Life:  Pinkie, Ida, and Rose in Graham Greene’s Brighton Rock” (2007 Shellhamer)

“The Evolution of Gender Identity in the Artist Figures of Virginia Woolf and Jeanette Winterson” (2007 Watson)

“The Sacred and the Feminine in the Poetry of Eilean Ni Chuilleanain” (2007 Winkler)

“Trauma and Response: a Theory of Modernism” (2006 Bridgers)

“Gendered Archetypes in Chicano Fiction: Folklore’s Influence on Character Development” (2006 Brown-Piatt)

“The Aesthetics of Hypermodernity: the Influence and Expression of the Modern World in Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow” (2006 Burchiel)

“Repudiating the Child to Preserve a Design: If I Forget Thee, Jersualem; The Sound and the Fury; Absoalom, Absalom!; and Go Down, Moses (2006 Gravely)

“A Further Union, a Deeper Communion: Renewal of Logos through Paradox in the Poetry of T. S. Eliot” (2006 Haines)

“‘To celebrate life at its most intense and crucial moment’: Sexuality and the Sacred in the Works of Tom Robbins” (2006 Handford)

“Critiquing the Constructed Collective: the Consequences of Group Mentality in Heart of Darkness and The Waves” (2006 Hinely)

“‘So hidden in her leaflets’: Emily Dickinson’s Rhetoric of Anti-communication” (2006 Hjelm)

“Tracing the Footsteps of ‘The walk of a queen’: the Evolution of the Literary Aisling from Maiden to Widow” (2006 McGuire)

“Trauma and Response: a Theory of Modernism” (2006 Bridgers)

“Gendered Archetypes in Chicano Fiction: Folklore’s Influence on Character Development” (2006 Brown-Piatt)

“The Aesthetics of Hypermodernity: the Influence and Expression of the Modern World in Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow” (2006 Burchiel)

“Repudiating the Child to Preserve a Design: If I Forget Thee, Jersualem; The Sound and the Fury; Absoalom, Absalom!; and Go Down, Moses (2006 Gravely)

“A Further Union, a Deeper Communion: Renewal of Logos through Paradox in the Poetry of T. S. Eliot” (2006 Haines)

“ ‘To celebrate life at its most intense and crucial moment’: Sexuality and the Sacred in the Works of Tom Robbins” (2006 Handford)

“Critiquing the Constructed Collective: the Consequences of Group Mentality in Heart of Darkness and The Waves” (2006 Hinely)

“ ‘So hidden in her leaflets’: Emily Dickinson’s Rhetoric of Anti-communication” (2006 Hjelm)

“Tracing the Footsteps of ‘The walk of a queen’: the Evolution of the Literary Aisling from Maiden to Widow” (2006 McGuire)

“Sublime Moments in Moby-Dick: Melville’s American Sublime” (2006 (Price) Vernon)

“Strategies of Self-Effacement: Villette’s Lucy Snowe and Mansfield Park’s Fanny Price” (2005 Garnett)

“‘In Shape It is Circular and by Nature It is Interminable, Repetitive and Very Nearly Unbearable’: Cyclicality and Repetition in Four Novels by Flann O’Brien” (2005 Ginn)

“The Search for Home: A.L. Kennedy and the Fiction of Reimagination” (2005 Hans)

“Where Time and Space Converge: Meeting the Native American Text” (2005 Jarvis)

“Subversion, Disillusionment, and the Myth of Childhood in J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan” (2005 Kirsch)

“‘The Lord protect us from the saints of God!’: Religion and Primitivism in the Aran Island Literature of J. M. Synge and Liam O’Flaherty” (2005 Knox)

“‘Unfortunate Creature(s), Whose Actions It Was…Every Man’s Duty, Mercifully to Control’: Female Insanity and Voice in Collins’s The Woman in White and Eliot’s Daniel Deronda” (2005 Looker)

“‘The Unfolding of the Unforeseen’: A Different History, A New Philip Roth in The Plot Against America” (2005 Margrave)

“The Cloven Tongue: Religious Poetry in the 17th Century” (2005 Markham)

“Looking For Self: Sexuality and Identity in African-American Women’s Fiction” (2005 Monroe)

“‘Till This Moment, I Never Knew Myself’: Developing Self, Love, and Art in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, and Emma” (2005 Nelson)

“An Unlikely Convergence: Perspectives on Female Education in the Works of Mary Wollstonecraft and Elizabeth Hamilton” (2005 O’Neill)

“Modernization, Feminization, Artistic Creation in Ulysses, Portrait of the Artist, and Tarr” (2005 Watts)

“‘Imagine Leda Black’: Mythological Identity and African American Female Sexuality in the Poetry of Lyrae Van Clief-Stefanon and Lucille Clifton” (2005 Williams)

“Tracking the Evolution of the Beloved Figure in Toni Morrison’s Trilogy: Beloved, Jazz, and Paradise” (2004)

“Questioning the Function of Exile in the Irish Literary Tradition: Drama by Three Women Playwrights” (2004)

“Uncovering a Belief in the ‘Collective Memory’ in the Poetry of Thomas Hardy” (2004)

“Decentering the Renaissance: Cosmological Subversion in The Spanish Tragedy and Othello” (2004)

“The Terrible Sonnets of Gerard Manley Hopkins: Hopeful Kinetic Icons of the Despairing Self” (2003)

“The Named Sword, the Ruin, and the Burial Barge: Empowering Objects of Identity in Early and Late Medieval Literature” (2003)

“Time and Memory in Three Novels by Jeanette Winterson” (2003)

“The Secret History of John Steinbeck” (2003)

“Marriage, Sex, and Gender in Selected Works of D. H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf” (2003)

“Self-Representation in Poetry by Vietnamese American Women Writers” (2003)

“Devils Without Hooves: Developing Portrayals of the Machiavel in Four Shakespeare Plays” (2003)

“The State of the Nation in George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda” (2001)

“An Examination of the Representation of the Madwoman in Three Victorian Novels” (2001)

“Finding Her Voice: Jane Eyre as a Lesson in Vocal Empowerment” (2001)

“Joseph Addison: When Patriotism Ranks Supreme” (2001)

“Hermetic Mythography and Blake’s Milton” (2001)

“Breaking Silences: Uncovering the Darker Side of Sexuality in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Measure for Measure” (2000)

“The Brothers Karamazov: The Pursuit of an Ideal” (2000)

“Re-Presenting the Aeneid: Ekphrasis and the Dreamed Book in Chaucer’s House of Fame” (2000)

“Aelfrick’s Material Girls: The Importance of the Female Body in Lives of Saints” (2000)

“Denise Levertov’s Poetry of the Body and Soul” (2000)

“The Way In is the Way Out: Navigating the Road to Acceptance in Postmodern Vietnam War Literature and Film” (1999)

“Alchemical Language and the Poetry of the Canon’s Yeoman” (1999)

“Fragmenting the Center: Myth and Identity in Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur” (1999)

“The Omniscient Narrator of Absolute Time and the Protagonist of Human Time: Doubling of Thomas Hardy The Poet in the Portrayal of Time” (1999)


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