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 2020

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The Leap and the Gap: Writing Suicide in Modernist Britain, Aaron Botwick

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Missing Time: Remembrances of History’s Return, Marissa Brostoff

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Corporeal Archives of HIV/AIDS: The Performance of Relation, Jaime Shearn Coan

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African American Existential Heroes: Narrative Struggles for Authenticity, Michael Cotto

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Narcissus and Beauty: A Renaissance of Paterian Aesthetics, Amir Dagan

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British Romanticism and the Paradoxes of Natural Education, Catherine S. Engh

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Finding Love: A Relational Psychoanalytic Reading of Charlotte Bronte's "Villette," George Eliot's "Middlemarch," and Virginia Woolf's "To the Lighthouse", Jerry B. Finkel

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Flower Unfurling: Buddhist Modernism and The Early Writing of James Joyce, Erin Garrow

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Descriptive Inhumanism: Description and Decolonial Aesthetics, Marcos Gonsalez

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American Novels Amidst the Rise of New Media: Emergent Publics and Forms, Sarah Ruth Jacobs

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Hermeneutics of Residue: Archival Slime and Queer Literacy, Patrick C. James

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The Picturesque and Its Decay: The Travel Writing and Journals of Dorothy Wordsworth, Mary Wollstonecraft, and Mary Shelley, Gabrielle Kappes

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Original Gangsters: Genre, Crime, and the Violences of Settler Democracy, Sean M. Kennedy

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Creating New Suns: Early Examples of Afrofuturist Literature, Makeba Lavan

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Feminist Theology and the Fantastic in Jewish Poetics and Children's Literature (1960s–Present), Meira S. Levinson

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The Making of a Queer Caribbean: Grassroots, Dancehall, and Literary Advocacy (1975–2015), Dadland Maye

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The Remnants of Harmonious Bildungs: The Classical Bildungsroman as an Ontological Dimension of the Novel of Counter-Development in England from Jane Austen to Ford Madox Ford (1813–1924), Anne E. McFadden

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Revisioning Popular Narratives of Trans Lives, 1952–1976, Melina A. Moore

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Postcolonial Urban Vernacular Narratives in Contemporary Britain, Kathryn N. Moss

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Crafting Girlhoods, Elissa E. Myers

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Awful Nearness: Rape and the English Novel, 1740–1900, Erin A. Spampinato

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Shakespeare's Problem Comedies as Self-Critique, John-Paul Spiro

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'Odd Secrets of the Line': Emily Dickinson and the Uses of Folk, Wendy Tronrud

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Anger, Genre Bending, and Space in Kincaid, Ferré, and Vilar, Suzanne M. Uzzilia

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Outlandish People: Gypsies, Race, and Fantasies of National Identity in Early Modern England, Sydnee Wagner

Dissertations from 2019

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Divided Loyalties: Family and Consent to Marriage in Late Middle English Literature, 1300–1500, Jennifer R. Alberghini

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Queer Pregnancy in Shakespeare's Plays, Alicia Page Andrzejewski

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Through the Mouth: An Essay on Appetite and Ecocide, Iemanja Brown

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Humoring Violations: Uncanny Humor in Victorian Sensation Fiction, Christine Choi

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Translingual Rhetoric, Lucas Corcoran

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Wolf Packs: U.S. Carceral Logics and the Case of the New Jersey Four, LeiLani Dowell

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Household Scenes: Politicizing Intimate Spaces in the Poetics of LeRoi Jones, Hettie Jones, David Antin, Bernadette Mayer, and Alice Notley, Elizabeth Bidwell Goetz

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The Shape of Knowledge: The Postwar American Poet's Library, with Diane di Prima and Charles Olson, Mary Catherine Kinniburgh

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Reverse the Curse: Colonialist Legacies of the Magic Poem, Karen E. Lepri

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Sylvia Plath and "the bigger things": War, History, and Modernism at Midcentury, Reagan Lothes

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Love and Revolution: Queer Freedom, Tragedy, Belonging, and Decolonization, 1944 to 1970, Velina Manolova

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Anxieties of Incorporation: U.S. Territorialization and the Western Imaginary from the Louisiana Purchase to Moby-Dick, Diana Meckley

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Vanishing Leaves: A Study of Walt Whitman Through Location-Based Mobile Technologies, Jesse A. Merandy

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Affordances in the Work of Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick: Pedagogies of Writing, Reading, and Making, T. Meyerhoff

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Radical Solace and Young Adult Writing: Racialized Dis/ability, Fan Fiction, and Feel(ing)s in Composition, Jenn Polish

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The Woman We Don’t Want to Be: The Anti-Heroine in American Women’s Modernisms, Madison Priest

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To See Again: Vision And Revelation in American Poetics, Emily C. Raabe

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CUNY Will Be Free!: Black, Puerto Rican, and Women’s Compositions, Literatures, and Studies at the City College of New York and in New York City, 1960–1980, Conor Tomás Reed

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The Ethics of Perception in Transatlantic Romantic Poetry, Charles W. Rowe

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TextFrame: Cosmopolitanism and Non-Exclusively Anglophone Poetries, Michael N. Scharf

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Words Are Found Responsible: Poetry's Jurisdiction and the Transformation of Equal Rights, Talia Shalev

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Revolutionary Joy: Affect, Expression, and Community in Milton's England, Stephen Spencer

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Being Together: Imaginaries of Coexistence and Resistance in Contemporary South Asian Writings, Mahendran Thiruvarangan

Dissertations from 2018

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Symbols Purely Mechanical: Language, Modernity, and the Rise of the Algorithm, 1605–1862, Jeffrey M. Binder

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Brother Outsider: Queered Belonging and Kinships in African American Men’s Literature, 1953-1971, Debarati Biswas

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Famed Communities: Trojan Origins, Nationalism, and the Question of Europe in Early Modern England, Joseph Bowling

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The Geometry of Pragmatism, Kristi-Lynn Cassaro

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The French Revolution in Early American Literature, 1789–1815: Translations, Interpretations, Refractions, Courtney Chatellier

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The Communal "I": Exclusion and Belonging in American Autobiography, Melissa Coss Aquino

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Nomads of the Body, Exiles of the Mind: Twentieth Century Transnational African American Mexican Art and Literature, Anahi A. Douglas

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Resonant Texts: The Politics of Nineteenth-Century African American Music and Print Culture, Paul Fess

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Difficult Subjects Scatting and Scattered: A Poetics of Dissolution in Black Expressive Culture, Tonya M. Foster

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Dear Son of Memory: Milton's Engagement with Shakespeare, Bradley Fox

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Recognizing the Twentieth-Century Love Story, Angela Francis

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Software of the Oppressed: Reprogramming the Invisible Discipline, Erin R. Glass

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The Social Life of Black Thought in the Long Eighteenth Century, Kristina Huang

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Between Settlers and Sovereignty: Literary Solidarity and Anti-Colonial Discourse in Territorial Hawai‘i, 1887–1959, Trevor J. Lee

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“Community in Solitude”: The Solitary Self, Social Critique, and Utopian Longing, Colin S. Macdonald

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"Betwixt the World Destroyed and World Restored": Subjectivity and Paradisal Recovery in John Milton's Late Poems, Chihping Ma

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Toward a Posthuman Ecology: Evolutionary Aesthetics in Transatlantic Romanticism, Kaitlin Mondello

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Darwin's Failures: Childless Women in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel, Rose P. O'Malley

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The Way We Dream Now: History, Theory, and LGBTQ Memoir in America, Megan Paslawski

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Shakespeare and Chaucer: Dream Visions and Dramatic Designs, Michael Plunkett

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Vectorial Realities: Foucault and the Politics of the Literary Address, Jiyoung Ryu

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Langston Hughes in Turkestan: Poems, Photos, and Notebooks 1932–1933, Zahera Z. Saed

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Insurgent Knowledge: The Poetics and Pedagogy of Toni Cade Bambara, June Jordan, Audre Lorde, and Adrienne Rich in the Era of Open Admissions, Danica B. Savonick

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How and Where to Make a Fortune: Mapping the Fictions of Economic Mobility through Work in British Literature, 1719-1809, Heather Zuber

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 Beckett