As of 2014, all newly submitted Graduate Center dissertations and theses appear in Academic Works shortly after graduation. Some works are immediately available to read and download, and some become available after an embargo period set by the author. Dissertations and theses from before 2014 are generally accessible only to the CUNY community, but some authors have chosen to make theirs open access.

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Dissertations from 2017

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Assessing the Cyborg Center: Assemblage-Based, Feminist Frameworks Toward Socially Just Writing Center Assessments, Erin M. Andersen

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Bodies of Resistance: On (Not) Naming Gender in the Medieval West, Alexander V. Baldassano

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“The Monster They've Engendered in Me”: Gothic Strategies in African American and Latina/o Prison Literature, 1945-2000, Jason Baumann

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Ecologies of the Passions in Early Modern English Tragedies, Roya Biggie

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Ecologies of Embodied Minds Embedded: Radical Romantic Perspectives on Architectures of Technology, Sharmaine Browne

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As if by Magic: Unleashing Critical and Expressive Voices Through a Rhetoric of "This/And" in First-Year Composition, Nolan Chessman

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Impressive Failures: Mavericks of Film Authorship and the Impossibility of Success in Hollywood, Tom S. Davies

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Involute Analysis: Virtual Discourse, Memory Systems and Archive in the Involutes of Thomas De Quincey, Kimberley A. Garcia

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A Canada in the South: Marronage in Antebellum American Literature, Sean Gerrity

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Providential Capitalism: Heavenly Intervention and the Atlantic’s Divine Economist, Ian F.P. Green

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Bricolage Propriety: The Queer Practice of Black Uplift, 1890–1905, Timothy M. Griffiths

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Butch Between the Wars: A Pre-History of Butch Style in Twentieth-Century Literature, Music, and Film, Karen Allison Hammer

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Shame, Darwin, and Other Victorian Writers, Aaron Khai Han Ho

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Knowing Others, Or Not: Performing, Caring, Foreboding, and Acknowledging in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction, Meechal Hoffman

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Intelligent Bodies and Embodied Minds: Reading Religious Performance in Middle English Writing from Syon Abbey, Nicholas Love, William Langland, and John Gower, Paul Holchak

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Our Vile Age: Women and Class in the Interwar Novels of Nancy Mitford, Kelley Kawano

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The Art of Cognition: British Empiricism and Victorian Aesthetics, Rachel Kravetz

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Custodian of the Specie: White Women, Capital, and Slavery in the Hemispheric South, Jenny LeRoy

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Dark Stars of the Evening: Performing African American Citizenship and Identity in Germany, 1890-1920, Kristin L. Moriah

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Writing for Strangers: Structural Transformations of the Public Letter, 1640-1790, Shang-yu Sheng

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Writing the Projected Image: American Fiction and Early Screen Culture, Yair Solan

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Nomadic Dispossessions: Representations of Land, Labor, and Mobility, 1780-1815, Maria Ah Hyun Stracke

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Literary Theories of Circumcision, A. W. Strouse

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The Devil's Advocate: Empire, Cynicism, and the Politics of Decadent Literature (From Baudelaire to Burroughs), Henry A. Wermer-Colan

Dissertations from 2016

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A Dark Record: Criminal Discourse and the African American Literary Project, 1721-1864, Brian Baaki

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Rogues in the Postcolony: The New Picaresque and the Making of Modern India, Stacey Balkan

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Brought Up For Each Other: The Letters of Edith Wharton to Bernard Berenson, Susan Barile

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Cosmopolitan Corporealities: Extraordinary Bodies and the Politics of Remembering Mid-Twentieth Century Egyptian Pluralism, Balthazar Becker

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Genres of Feminist Lives: Autobiography, Archives, and Community, 1970-1983, Meredith A. Benjamin

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"What's the Use of Trying to Read Shakespeare?": Modes of Memory in Virginia Woolf's Fiction and Essays, Sara Remedios Bloom

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"Follow the Bodies": (Re)Materializing Difference in the Era of Neoliberal Multiculturalism, Briana Grace Brickley

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Wandering in Contemporary Literature: A Narrative Theory of Cognition, Hillel E. Broder

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Mad Men of Letters: Advertising, Masculinity, and the American Postmodern Novel, Jennifer Chancellor

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Imaginary Subjects: Fiction-Writing Instruction in America, 1826 - 1897, Paul Collins

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Ceasing to Run Underground: 20th-Century Women Writers and Hydro-Logical Thought, Annie M. Cranstoun

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Playing with Matches: Matchmaking as Authorship in the Nineteenth-Century Marriage Plot, Colleen Cusick

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“Vital Glowing Things”: The Art of Women’s Writing, 1910-1935, Elizabeth C. Decker

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Transparent Interiors: Detective and Mystery Fiction in the Age of Photography, Melissa D. Dunn

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Dislocating Camps: On State Power, Queer Aesthetics & Asian/Americanist Critique, Christopher Alan Eng

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Evolving the Genre of Empire: Gender and Place in Women's Natural Histories of the Americas, 1688-1808, Diana Epelbaum

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Dying to Learn, Learning to Die, The Craft of Dying in Early Modern English Drama and the Cultivation of Dying-Voice Literacy, Simon Gaston Fortin

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Falling Forward: Continuity and Change in the Poetics of Eden, Julie L. Gafney

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Archiving the '80s: Feminism, Queer Theory, & Visual Culture, Margaret A. Galvan

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Windows on the World: The Aesthetics of Difference in Neoliberal New York, Nicholas Gamso

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Both Into and Out of the Cage: New Media, Transgression, and the Remaking of American Literary Connection, 1975-1999, Casey Henry

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Radical Interiorities, Aesthetic Selves: Charlotte Brontë, Henry James, Virginia Woolf, Miciah Hussey

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The Fictions of Whiteness: Transatlantic Race Science, Gender, Nationalism, and the Construction of Race in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction (1823-1867), Philip E. Kadish

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Imagining a "Poethical" Classroom, Erica Kaufman

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The New Reflexivity: Puzzle Films, Found Footage, and Cinematic Narration in the Digital Age, Jordan Lavender-Smith

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Excavating ePortfolios: What Student-Driven Data Reveals about Multimodal Composition and Instruction, Amanda M. Licastro

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Accessing Academe, Disabling the Curriculum: Institutional Locations of Dis/ability in Public Higher Education, Andrew J. Lucchesi

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City Poems And Urban Crisis, 1945 - Present, Jeffrey Nathan Mickelson

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A Convenient Myopia: SEEK, Shaughnessy, and the Rise of High-Stakes Testing at CUNY, Sean Molloy

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Cherry Blossoms in Bryant Park: Mediating Asiatic Racialization on Cold War U.S. Television, 1957-1964, Melissa Phruksachart

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The Strains of Confessional Poetry: The Burdens, Blunders, and Blights of Self-Disclosure, Lara Rossana Rodriguez

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Animate Impossibilities: On Asian Americanist Critique, Racialization, and the Humanities, Frances H. Tran

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Descent: American Individualism, American Blackness and the Trouble with Invention, Simone White

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Heavy Expectations: Reading Pregnancy in the Victorian Novel, Livia Arndal Woods

Dissertations from 2015

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The Sadistic Reader: Gender and the Pleasures of Violence in the Novel, Pamela Burger

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The Heterotopia of Flight: Resisting the Domestic, Sarah Elizabeth Davis

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Traumatic Familiarity: Fictions and Theories of Community in the Eighteenth Century, Andrew Scott Dicus

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Voices From On High: Rhetorical Education in a Jewish Women's Writing Center, Andrea Rosso Efthymiou

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Black Migrant Literature, New African Diasporas, and the Phenomenology of Movement, Christopher Ian Foster

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Modernist Medievalisms and Medieval Modernisms: Auꝺr the Deep-Minded and Derdriu in Norse, Old Irish, Modernist Irish and Post-1945 Scottish Literature, Cori L. Gabbard

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New York City Street Theater: Gender, Performance, and the Urban from Plessy to Brown, Erin Nicholson Gale

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A Man to Preserve or Reform the Nation: Masculinity as Political Rhetoric in English Novels during the Revolution Controversy, Janne Burger Gillespie

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Dark Matter: Susan Howe, Muriel Rukeyser, and the Scholar's Art, Stefania Heim

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On the Threshold: Breadwinning, Capitalism and the Absent/Present Father in the Works of Three Late 20th-Century U.S. Novelists, Nancy J. Hoch

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Gender and Trauma from World War I to the War in Iraq: Narrative in the Aftermath of Loss, Jenny Young Kijowski

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The Ties that Bind: Gender, Race, and Empire in Caribbean Indenture Narratives, Alison Joan Klein

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Proust's Medusa: Ovid, Evolution, and Modernist Metamorphosis, Gregory John Mercurio

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The Making of Knowledge-Makers in Composition: A Distant Reading of Dissertations, Benjamin M. Miller

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Theater Matters: Female Theatricality in Hawthorne, Alcott, Brontë, and James, Keiko Miyajima

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Creation, Resistance, and Refacement: Postfuturist Storytelling, Cultural Flows, and the Remix, Nikolina Nedeljkov

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Loosening the Critical Corset: New Approaches to the Short Fiction of Kate Chopin and Ruth Stuart, Kathryn Erin O'Donoghue

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Playing Dead: Staging Corpses, Ghosts, and Statues in Early Modern Drama, Sarah Outterson-Murphy

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Knowing Children/Children Knowing: Nineteenth-Century British Child Law and Literature, Donna Paparella

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The American Aspasia: The Woman Lecturer in American Women's Rights Fiction, 1839-1915, Angela Ridinger-Dotterman

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Reframing Romantic Nature: Towards a Social Ecocriticism, Matthew Rowney

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The Literary Legacy of The Federal Writers' Project, Sara Rendene Rutkowski

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Errant Memory in African American Literature of the Long Nineteenth Century, Tristan Alexander Striker

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Touching Time: Forms of Romantic Temporality, Leila Walker

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Dramatic Form and Embodiment: Robert Browning and the Epistemology of Romantic Drama, Laura Helen Wallace

Dissertations from 2014

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Reclaiming Space: Buildings in Modernist Literature and Film, Sreenjaya Ria Banerjee

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Straight Record and The Paper Trail: From Depression Reporters to Foreign Correspondents, Magdalena Bogacka-Rode

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A Chant of Dilation: Walt Whitman, Phrenology, and the Language of the Mind, Anton Borst

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The Vastness of Small Spaces: Self-Portraits of the Artist as a Child Enclosed, Matthew John Burgess

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The Gawain-Poet and the Textual Environment of Fourteenth-Century English Anticlericalism, Ethan Campbell

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Battles with Words: Literate and Linguistic Resistance in Multi-Ethnic U.S. Literature and Everyday Life, Melissa A. Dennihy

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Archives Of Transnational Modernism: Lost Networks Of Art And Activism, Anne Donlon

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Depressives and the Scenes of Queer Writing, Allen Durgin

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Modernism's Impossible Witness: Peace Testimonies from the Modernist Wars, Jean Ashley Foster

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Agreeable Despair: Modernism and Melancholy, Derrick James Gentry

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Standard Deviations: Genre, Gender, and the Cartographical Imagination in Popular British Literature, 1830-1880, Taylor R. Kennamer

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Occupy Wall Street's Challenge to an American Public Transcript, Christopher Neville Leary

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Reading Nation in Translation: The Spectral Transnationality of the Malaysian Racial Imaginary, Fiona Hsiao Yen Lee

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Reading Cruft: A Cognitive Approach to the Mega-Novel, David J. Letzler

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Works in Progress: Child Characters in Victorian and Postcolonial Fiction, 1814 - 2006, Kiran Mascarenhas

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The Grammar of Choice: Charles Dickens's Existential Idea of Religion, Hai Na

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Exquisite Corpses: Fantasies of Necrophilia in Early Modern English Drama, Linda K. Neiberg