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 2024

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‘The Power of Three Will Set Us Free': Witchy Womanist Readings of Toni Morrison’s Sula, Opal Palmer Adisa’s It Begins With Tears, and Migdalia Cruz’s The Have-Little and Miriam’s Flowers, Anamaría Flores

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Of Method: A Propaedeutic to Coleridge's Prose Works, Michael A. Granger

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Algorithmic Love: Twenty-First Century Organizations of the Romantic, Sandra Moyano Ariza

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Digital Rhetoric of the Invisible: Bisexual Literacy Practices on TikTok, 2020–2021, Olivia Wood

Dissertations from 2023

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International Student Orientations: Indian Students at American Universities Around the Turn of the Twentieth Century, Param S. Ajmera

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Unsung Heroines in Black and White: Sixties Girl Groups as Sonic Rock Rebellion, Hilarie Ashton

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There’s No Space in History: Affiliation, Eros and Colonial Entanglements in North American Nuclear Poetry, 1945-Present, Marguerite Daisy Atterbury

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The Myth of Measure in American Poetry, Joshua M. Barber

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Untenable Spaces and Inconceivable Futures in the 21st Century Anglophone Indian Novel, Shoumik Bhattacharya

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Chromatic Dissensus: An Otherwise Archive of Natural Dyes, 1700–1856, Luke Church

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Emancipatory and Retributive Labor: Conflicting Representations of Enslaved Labor in US and Caribbean Literature, 1830–1855, Michael Druffel

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“Tell Them about the Dream Martin!”: The Retelling, Reframing, and Re-examination of the Civil Rights Movement through a Black Feminist and Postmodern Lens, Damele Elliott-Hubbard

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Muscling Through: Athletic Women in Victorian Popular Representation, 1864–1915, Julia G. Fuller

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Urban Plateaus: Alienation, Disappearance, and the Random Encounter in Post-1945 Literature and Film, Ethan Goldberg

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Haunting at Troy: Troy Narratives, Trauma, and Desire for the Past in Late Medieval English Literature, Woo Ree Heor

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Kingdoms Becoming: Dialectic of Black Romanticism, Rasheed M. Hinds

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Who Are Our Teachers? The Impact of the Composition Teaching Practicum on Writing Studies, Maxine Krenzel

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Posthuman Lessons for Writing and Well-Being: Reparative Practices, Anna A. Larsson

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Colonial Investments: The Global Coordinates of the English Political Imaginary, 1628–1668, Nathan D. Nikolic

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Stock Stories Versus Counterstories: A Contemporary Retelling and Centering of Disenfranchised Narratives, Karen C. Pitt

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Abolition Renaissance: Black Revolutionary Metonymy in 20th Century Theory, Poetry, Life Writing, and Music Beyond ‘the United States’, John S. Rufo

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Gaps of Speculation: Refusing Representation in Queer and Postcolonial Fiction, Sarah Schwartz

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A Study of Geo-Regional Place-Consciousness in American Literature, Eugene Slepov

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Between Concealment and Revelation: Oblique Modes of Female Self-Expression in Eighteenth-Century Literature and Life Writing, Sophia N. Sunseri

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A Difference of One's Own: Race, Sex, Modernism, Ryan L. Tracy

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The Personal and the Planetal: Essaying the Ecological, Eric Dean Wilson

Dissertations from 2022

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Once There Was and Once There Wasn’t: The Poetics of Flicker, Sara Akant

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Committed to the Fragment: Feminist Literature and the Promise of Wellness, Lynne Beckenstein

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Drift Net: The Social and Political Agency of the Migratory Text, Chris Campanioni

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Clowning with Identity: Embodied Selves and Others in Comedy's Gendered Character Performances, Allison Douglass

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On the Bathysphere Logbooks, Brad Fox

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The Silent Holocaust and Other Myths: The Jewish Body and Intermarriage in the Fiction of Saul Bellow and Philip Roth, Samuel Gold

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"You Can't Be Shakespeare and You Can't Be Joyce": Lou Reed, Modernism, and Mass Production, Daniel C. Jacobson

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Women and Ventriloquism in Early Modern English Drama, Ja Young Jeon

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Narrative Side-Stepping: Disability Beyond the Narratology of Normalcy, Christian Lewis

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Expressivism and its (Dis)Contents: Tracing Theory and Practice from History to Here and Now, Sasha A. Maceira

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Frontier Wordsworth: An Essay toward “The Idiot Boy”, David L. Sassian

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Recognition as a Pedagogical Formation: Re-tracing Black Rhetors’ Care-Work in the Field of Writing Studies, Chy L. Sprauve

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Bearing Il/liberal Secondary Witness: Un/disciplined Pedagogies of Response to Testimonial Narratives, Queenie T. Sukhadia

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Sound Minds: Women’s Novels, Vibrational Experience, and the Listening Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Britain, Elizabeth Weybright

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The Visionary Mode in Anglophone Modernist Fiction, Wei Wu

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“The Act of the Paper”: Literacy, Racial Capitalism, and Student Protest in the 1990s, Anna Zeemont

Dissertations from 2021

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Beyond Authorization: Toward Abolitionist Transliteracies Ecologies and an Anti-Racist Translingual Pedagogy, Lindsey Albracht

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Writing Not Writing: Transdisciplinary Poetics, Institutional Critique, Miriam L. Atkin

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Reading the World: American Haredi Children's Literature, 1980–2000, Dainy Bernstein

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How She Haunts: Missed Endings, the Fragmentary, and the Female Figure in British Romanticism, Jane Clare Bolin

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Skin Worlds: Black and Indigenous Science Fiction Theorizing Since the 1970s, Lou Cornum

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Pierce and Pine: Diane di Prima, Mary Norbert Korte, and the Meeting of Matter and Spirit, Iris Cushing

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Unthinkable Conditions: Affect and Environment in Romanticism and Speculative Fiction, Amelia Z. Greene

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Further Toward Minor Literatures, Aaron Hammes

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(In)Hospitable Modernity: Hospitality and Its Discontents (1920–1953), Daniel A. Hengel

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Autobiographical Narratives of Sexual Violation: Trauma, Genre, and the Politics of Telling, Sarah M. Hildebrand

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Sound Ecologies: Music and Vibration in 19th-Century American Literature, Christina Katopodis

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Very Two, Very One: Reading as Friendship, Amelia Marini

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The Lodge in the Wilderness: Ecologies of Contemplation in British Romantic Poetry, Sean M. Nolan

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Here Time Becomes Space: The Victorian Spatial Imaginary, Jonathan E. Rachmani

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"Never Forget": Embodied Absence and Extended Relations of Care After 9/11, Sophie L. Riemenschneider

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Toward the Black Indian Ocean: Race and the Human Project in the Afro-Asian Imagination, Micheal A. Rumore

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Vulnerability: Sensation and Subjectivity in the Late Victorian Novel, Michael Shelichach

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Negotiated Access: Haccessibility, Autonomy, and Infrastructure in the Age of the Abstraction, Patrick Smyth

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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“An Instrument in the Shape / of a Woman”: Reading as Re-Vision in Adrienne Rich, William J. Camponovo

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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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Eating the Heart of Weetigo World: Decolonial Imaginaries in the Stories of Louise Erdrich and Tomson Highway, Rebecca Lynne Fullan

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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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Yours Sincerely, Virginia Woolf: Virginia Woolf’s Poetics of Letter Writing, Jojo S. Karlin

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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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A Literary History of Early Trans Poetry: Readings, Poetics, Transitions, Obstacles, Movements, Trace Peterson

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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