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:

“Emerson, Nietzsche, and the Legacy of Method” (2014 Lee)

“Dark Reflections: Fantasy and Duality in the Work of David Lynch” (2014 Boyd)

“‘The Old Fierce Pull of Blood': Family and the Southern Gothic” (2014 Davis)

“Limitations and Longing: Sacrifice in Global Anglophone Literature” (2014 Whitehair)

“The Humanity Strain: Diagnosing the Self in Walker Percy’s Fiction” (2014 McDonald)

“Deciphering the Real through Artifice: A Study of the Gaze in Victorian Art” (2014 Davis)

“Mourning Gendered Discipline: Virginia Woolf and the Modern Elegy” (2014 Wu)

“Visual Activism and the Twenty-First Century Prosthetic Limb” (2014 Ketcham)

“Mythic Contexts and Marginalized Figures: Unveiling Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s Poetics” (2014 Fitzpatrick)

“The Romance of Social Problems in Austen and Gaskell” (2014 Doski)

“Emerson, Nietzsche, and the Legacy of Method” (2014 Lee)

“Dark Reflections: Fantasy and Duality in the Work of David Lynch” (2014 Boyd)

“‘The Old Fierce Pull of Blood': Family and the Southern Gothic” (2014 Davis)

“Limitations and Longing: Sacrifice in Global Anglophone Literature” (2014 Whitehair)

“The Humanity Strain: Diagnosing the Self in Walker Percy’s Fiction” (2014 McDonald)

“Deciphering the Real through Artifice: A Study of the Gaze in Victorian Art” (2014 Davis)

“Mourning Gendered Discipline: Virginia Woolf and the Modern Elegy” (2014 Wu)

“Visual Activism and the Twenty-First Century Prosthetic Limb” (2014 Ketcham)

“Mythic Contexts and Marginalized Figures: Unveiling Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin’s Poetics” (2014 Fitzpatrick)

“The Romance of Social Problems in Austen and Gaskell” (2014 Doski)

“’We must love on another or die': The Ethic of Empathy in the AIDS Plays of Kramer, Vogel and Tucker Green” (2013 Longacre)

“Jazz Temporarily and Narrative: A Reading of Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man” (2013 Lee)

“‘Somewhere and not Anywhere': A Place-Conscious Study of Literature Set in the City of New Orleans” (2013 Thompson)

“‘The pomp of death, / Is far more terrible, than death itself': The Execution Spectacle on the English Theatrical Stage, 1660-1731″ (2013 Appleby)

“’If we are like you in the rest, we will / resemble you in that': Christian and Jew in William Shakespeare’s 1600 Play ‘The Merchant of Venice'” (2013 Johnston)

“‘I am moved by fancies that are curled / Around these images, and cling': Photographic Narration and Creative Subjectivity in The Great Gatsby and The Sun Also Rises” (2013 Dunnevant)

“‘All violence is not equal'; Adrienne Rich’s Post-9/11 Poetry and the Precarious Life” (2013 Blevins)

“Alcoholics Polyphonous: Wittgenstein’s Linguistic Philosophy in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest” (2013 Cobb)

“Refuge and Ecofeminism: The Possibility of a Strategic Essentialism” (2013 Pladus)

(IL)Legitimate Problems: Instances of Queer Familial Creation and the Reinforcement of Patriarchal Structure in Eighteenth-Century British Literature (2013 Forde-Mazrui)

Resistance and Identity in Ernest Gaines’ The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, A Lesson Before Dying, and A Gathering of Old Men (2013 Pinesett)

“To go on Doing Babbitts”: Recontextualizing Twilight Sleep as Lewisian Satire (2013 Schaitkin)

“Sometime There is Breath”: Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons as Maternal Lexicon (2013 Williams)

Walking in the Novels of Thomas Hardy (2013 Le)

“We Only Have Words Against/ POWER SUPERPOWER”: Literary Politics and the Subversion of Imperialism in Dos Passos’ U.S.A. (2012 Rommel)

To Be Born IS to Die: A Study of Spatio-Temporal Impossibility and the Apocalypse in Salman Rushdie’s The Satanic Verses (2012 Eisinger)

“’The Dead Travel Fast': The Gothic Politics of Irish Literature” (2012 Merritt)

“The Affirmation of Life in Wallace Stevens’ ‘The Auroras of Autumn’ and T.S. Eliot’s “Four Quartets” (2012 Lipes)

“Primitivism and The Animal in Shakespeare’s Macbeth” (2012 Neal)

“Ralph Waldo Emerson and the Ever-Evolving Art of Self-Reliant Reading” (2012 Barton)

“Wordsworth’s Gothic Poetics” (2012 Lang)

“’This Link between Narrative and Reality': Weighing the Ethics and Implications of Trauma in The Moviegoer” (2012 Baker)

“Bodies in the Know: The Epistemology of Embodiement in Thomas Malory’s Trystram” (2011 Wong)

“Created Space: Domestic Myth-Making in the Novels of Elizabeth Bowen” (2011 Chafin)

“Whose Clothes Are They Wearing Anyway? Sartorial Exchange, Disguise, and Accumulation in Chaucer’s ‘The Clerk’s Tale’ and Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend” (2011 Ernst)

“‘Who Stand i’ th’ Gaps’: Narrative Authority in the Early Modern English Travel Play” (2011 Greenholt)

“‘Close Your Eyes And Listen To It, What Would You Think It Was?’: A Study of Sound Technologies in Samuel Beckett’s All That Fall, Embers, Krapp’s Last Tape and That Time” (2011 Jenkins)

“Tom Taylor’s Ticket-of-Leave Man: His Detective Model and Financial Commentary” (2011 Jones)

“Controlled Arrangements, Liberated Perceptions: Marianne Moore’s Early Poetry Through the Lens of Shklovskian Russian Formalism” (2011 Koval)

“Lured by the Mythic: Pursuit of the Primordial in Saul Bellow’s Henderson the Rain King and Malcolm Lowry’s Under the Volcano” (2011 Leonard)

“Communities of Gossip in Late Eighteenth-Century Fiction” (2011 Poe)

“Words without End: The Development of T.S. Eliot’s Poetics from ‘The Waste Land’ to ‘Four Quartets’” (2011 Vanhoozer)

“The Promise of Space in Mark Twain’s Traveling Narratives” (2011 Willis)

“An Intersection of Arts: Musicality in the Poetry of Louise Bogan” (2010 Alcala)

“‘It Was the Bruise of the War’: The Effects of Injurt and Trauma on the Construction of Masculinity in Hemingway and Lawrence” (2010 Bevilacqua)

“Creating the Irish Book: The Cultural and Aesthetic Work of the Dolmen Press” (2010 Johnson)

“The Novel Novel: Dickens’ Reformulations of Shakespeare’s Hamlet” (2010 Jones)

“Michael Longley’s Poetics of Memory” (2010 Malarkey)

“Nineteenth Century Perceptions of Robert Browning: The Poet Through His Own Eyes and Those of His Victorian Critics and Devoted Readers” (2010 Martin)

“Blending Birth and Behavior: Masculine Representations of Patriarchy and Capitalism in the Eighteenth-Century Novel of Manners” (2010 McGowen)

“Story Has No Limit” (2010 Sleight)

“A Cortier’s Legacy: Castiglione’s Literary Influence on Elizabeth England” (2010 Vitale)

“The Eighth Deadly Sin: Dejection as Passion in the Wanderer” (2010 Wilkinson)


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