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    • "All May Na Man Have in Talle": The Parabiblical Imaginary in Medieval English Literature 

      Tilley, Brandon Rhys (2016-09-16)
      This is a study of four fourteenth-century narrative poems written in a parabiblical mode. The poems—Cursor Mundi (c. 1300), Cleanness, Patience and Pearl (all c. 1380s)—are substantially and thematically concerned with ...
    • Back Stories: Human Embodiment and the Novel 

      Banerjee, Trisha Urmi (2017-05-12)
      Back Stories: Human Embodiment and the Novel argues that our most familiar narrative structures are integrally linked to the unique phenomenological attributes of the human back surface – a side of the body that, asymmetrical ...
    • Cognitive Boundaries: Perception and Ethics in Nineteenth-Century Britain 

      Rennix, Margaret (2015-05-16)
      Cognitive Boundaries: Perception and Ethics in Nineteenth-Century Britain considers the relationship between form and ethics in nineteenth-century literature through investigating representations of cognitive restraint. ...
    • Colony Writing: Creative Community in the Age of Revolt 

      Roberts, Kathryn Susan (2016-05-18)
      This dissertation studies the impact of a form of literary patronage, domestic writers’ colonies, on U.S. literary production in first half of the twentieth century. I discuss Provincetown, Massachusetts; Taos and Santa ...
    • Cosmopolitan Romance: The Adventure of Archaeology, the Politics of Genre, and the Origins of the Future in Walter Scott's Crusader Novels 

      Ocheltree, Matthew Neal (2015-08-28)
      Romanticism is the only literary-historical period defined by its privileged relation to a single genre: romance. This dissertation reorients our understanding of Romanticism’s posture toward the problem of origins, which ...
    • Device: The Objects of Russian and American Avant-Garde Poetry, 1905-1945 

      Weinstein, Michael M. (2017-05-10)
      Many histories of the relationship between Russian and American lyric poetry in the twentieth century begin with four, California-based Language poets’ 1989 journey to Leningrad for a conference with their Russian ...
    • The Entangled Cities: Earthly Communities and the Heavenly Jerusalem in Late Medieval England 

      De Groot, Michelle Carol (2016-05-17)
      This project examines medieval adaptations of the image of the New Jerusalem, an image of heaven drawn from the biblical book of Revelation. The book of Revelation was composed at a period of social and spiritual crisis ...
    • Ethics and Renaissance Comedy 

      Devlin, Maria Patricia (2017-05-09)
      “Ethics and Renaissance Comedy” examines ethical puzzles in early modern English comedies. Comic characters regularly lie and steal, deceive and coerce one other, commit adultery, pardon criminals, and seek revenge. Early ...
    • The Fate of Epic in Twentieth-Century American Poetry 

      Radway, John North (2015-11-09)
      This dissertation explores the afterlife of the Western epic tradition in the poetry of the United States of America after World War Two and in the wake of high modernism. The ancient, Classical conception of epic, as ...
    • Formal Orders: Paying Attention in Late Anglo-Saxon England 

      Weaver, Erica (2018-04-17)
      It is now a common assumption that we live in an age of distraction. Indeed, “distraction” has become a catchword for the condition of modernity and postmodernity writ large as well as an important category in literary ...
    • Getting Lost: Forms of Animation in the Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century British Novel 

      Auerbach, Amanda (2018-05-11)
      In eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British novels, moments of getting socially, morally, or geographically lost often overlap with those at which characters are overtaken (or animated) by emotions, movements, and thoughts ...
    • Hap: Uncertainty and the English Novel 

      Williams, Daniel Benjamin (2015-05-16)
      This dissertation explores how nineteenth-century novelists envisioned thinking, judging, and acting in conditions of imperfect knowledge. I place novels against historical developments in mathematics, philosophy, psychology, ...
    • The Imaginary Encyclopedia: The Novel and the Reference Work in the Age of Reason 

      Linhardt, Alex (2016-05-17)
      The Imaginary Encyclopedia explores the relationship between aesthetics and epistemology in the eighteenth century by positing a formal analogy between the early novel and the reference work (e.g., Johnson’s Dictionary, ...
    • Lyric as Comedy 

      McRae, Calista Anne (2016-05-18)
      Although the twentieth-century lyric poem might seem to intensify a genre of sentiment into a genre of meditative or tumultuous solipsism, John Berryman, Robert Lowell, A. R. Ammons, Lucie Brock-Broido, and Terrance Hayes ...
    • Lyric Togetherness: Saying “We” in Postwar American Poetry 

      Spaide, Christopher (2019-09-10)
      This dissertation offers a reappraisal of lyric poetry’s communicative reach and a clarified account of the past seven decades of American literary history, all by foregrounding and scrutinizing an underappreciated fact. ...
    • Milton and Music 

      Herbst, Seth Philip (2015-05-04)
      The young John Milton grew up in a musical household, and there is biographical evidence that his youthful passion for music only deepened over the years. My dissertation is not, however, concerned with biography. Instead, ...
    • The Miniature and Victorian Literature 

      Forsberg, Laura (2015-09-24)
      The Victorian period is famously characterized by its massiveness, with the vast extent of the British Empire, the enormous size of the nineteenth-century city and the massive scale of the three-volume novel. Yet the ...
    • “My Life Is Only One Life”: Turning to Other People in American Lyric Poetry After New Criticism 

      Scheffler, Adam Nathaniel (2017-05-09)
      Lyric poetry has the reputation of being solitary, hermetic, and focused exclusively on the experiences of the poet or first-person speaker. This reputation can make lyric poems seem self-involved and even solipsistic – ...
    • Narrative and Its Non-Events: Counterfactual Plotting in the Victorian Novel 

      Glatt, Carra (2016-04-22)
      This dissertation examines the role of several types of counterfactual plots in both defining and challenging the borders of nineteenth-century realist fiction. Using texts by Dickens, James, Gaskell and Hardy, I argue for ...
    • Narrative Events: Slavery, Testimony, and Temporality in the Afro-Atlantic World 

      Rinehart, Nicholas T. (2019-05-21)
      Scholarly accounts of enslaved testimony overwhelmingly center the slave narrative genre. Yet vast and heterogeneous archives of enslaved testimony across the Atlantic world must be understood on their own terms rather ...