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 2015

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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

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The Over-Education of the Negro: Academic Novels, Higher Education and the Black Intellectual, Archie Lavelle Porter

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"Fits of Vulgar Joy": Play Anxiety in the Romantic Poets, Alison Powell

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Provisional Fictions: Discontinuous Selves and the Making of Meaning, Tara Roeder

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Precarious Wife: Narratives of Marital Instability in Medieval and Early Modern Literature, Emily G. Sherwood

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"She said plain, burned things": A Feminist Poetics of the Unsayable in Twentieth Century Literary & Visual Culture, Leah Souffrant

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The Advance of the Mobile Woman: Representations of British Women's Physical Mobility, 1660-1820, Amanda Booth Springs

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"For the Voices": The Letters of John Wieners, Michael Seth Stewart

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Common Knowledge: The Epistemology of American Realism, Mark Sussman

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Committing to the Waves: Emerson's Moving Assignments, Karinne Keithley Syers

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Space & Distance As I Require: The Journals and Prose Fragments of Philip Whalen 1950-1966, Brian Unger

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Clue, Code, Conjure: The Epistemology of American Detective Fiction, 1841-1914, Jennifer Weiss

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Mind, Media, and Techniques of Remediation in America, 1850-1910, Dominique Zino

Dissertations from 2013

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The Wild Child: Children are Freaks in Antebellum Novels, Heathe Bernadette Heim

Dissertations from 2012

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Reading Through Prayer: Lectio Divina and "Liturgical Reading" in Some Medieval Texts, Marie Schilling Grogan

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Twentieth-Century Catalogs: The Poetics of Listing, Enumeration, and Copiousness in Joyce, Schuyler, McCourt, Pynchon, and Perec, Timothy Krause

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Recollecting Turbulence: Catastrophe and Sacrifice in the "History of My Life" by Henry Darger, Carl Watson

Dissertations from 2010

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Forget Burial: Illness, Narrative, and the Reclamation of Disease, Marty Melissa Fink

Dissertations from 2009

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Divided Men: The Masculinity/Marriage Dilemma in the Novels of George Eliot, Danny Sexton

Dissertations from 2007

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Engaging the Eighties: Ethics, Objects, Periods, Kevin L. Ferguson

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The Paradoxes of Intimacy in Early Modern Drama, Brenda Marina Henry-Offor

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The Social Construction of Authorship: An Investigation of Subjectivity and Rhetorical Authority in the College Writing Classroom, Johannah Rodgers

Dissertations from 2006

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An Opera in Aid of the Reading of History, B. McEvoy Campbell

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Urban Fervor: Los Angeles Literature and Alternative Religion, Christine M. Daley

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"Feathered Glory": A Poet in Flight from Medieval Ireland to the Twentieth Century, Denell Marie Downum

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Henry James’s "The Ambassadors": Anatomy of Silence, Marie Leone Meyer

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Visible Effects: Narrative Spectacle and Affective Response in the Late Eighteenth-Century Novel, Tanya Radford

Dissertations from 2005

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Unshap'd Monsters: Political Farce on the London Stage, 1717-1737, Melissa Ann Bloom

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“Neither in Nor Out of Blackwood's": The Marketing of Edgar Allan Poe’s Prose Address, Jonathan Hartmann

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Literacyscape: The History, Politics and Practice of Basic Writing, Tim McCormack

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Dangerous Memories: Lynching and the U.S. Literary Imagination, Anne P. Rice

Dissertations from 2003

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Play for Mortal Stakes: Funerals as Modernist Acts of Fiction, Janine Marie Utell

Dissertations from 2000

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The American Colonization of the Philippines and the Self-examination, Self-presentation and Re-presentation of American Identity, Jennifer Marie McMahon

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Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde in Male Homosocial Contexts: The Politicization of Same-Sex Desire, Richard E. Zeikowitz

Dissertations from 1998

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Ghosts in the Machine: The Black/Africanist Presence in the Sea Novels of Edgar Allan Poe and Herman Melville, Peter F. deCataldo

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The Calamus Root: American Gay Poetry Since World War II, Walter Ralph Holland

Dissertations from 1996

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(En)gendering Romanticism: A Study of Charlotte Bronte's Novels, Ariella Bechhofer Brown

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I Couldn't Kill It Any Other Way: Infanticide in Nineteenth-Century Literature, Deirdre Mary Day-MacLeod

Dissertations from 1995

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Mary McCarthy, Mary Gordon, and the Irish-American Literary Tradition, Stacey Lee Donohue

Dissertations from 1994

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The Spectacle of Suffering: Repetition and Closure in the Eighteenth-Century Gothic Novel, Rebecca E. Martin

Dissertations from 1991

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The Poetics of Authorship in the Later Middle Ages: The Emergence of the Modern Literary Persona, Burt Joseph Kimmelman

Dissertations from 1990

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The Changing Face of Fortune in Six English Versions of the Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra, Mary Aileen Mallery

Dissertations from 1989

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Mrs. Trollope's American Novels, Linda Abess Ellis

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Escaping the Alphabet: The Reading of Silence in the Novels of Virginia Woolf, Patricia Laurence

Dissertations from 1978

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Wilkie Collins and His Victorian Readers: A Study in the Rhetoric of Authorship, Sue Lonoff

Dissertations from 1971

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Chaucer and the Gods, Barbara Apstein

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Chaucer and the Gods, Barbara Apstein