Alumni/Dissertations

PhDs 2010-Present

 * = dissertation director

 

2016-17

Matthew Mangold

Dissertation: Chekhov's Medical Aesthetics: Environments, Psychology, Literature

Committee: *Edyta Bojanowksa, Andrew Parker, Emily van Buskirk, Cathy Popkin

 

Huseyin Ekrem Ulus

Dissertation: Nationalism, Secularism, Belonging, and Identity in Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, and Orhan Pamuk

Committee: *Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Janet Walker, Andrew Parker

 

Carolyn Ureña

Dissertation: Invisible Wounds: Rethinking Recognition in Decolonial Narratives of Illness and Disability

Committee: *Ann Jurecic, Nelson Maldonado-Torres, Susan Martin-Marquez, Michelle Stephens

 

2015-2016

Ben de Witte

Dissertation: Queer Visibility on the Transatlantic Modernist Stage

Committee: *Elin Diamond, Andrew Parker, Ben. Sifuentes-Jáuregui, Nick Salvato

 

2014-2015

Caroline Godart

Dissertation: Space, Time, and Bodies: The Dimensions of Difference in Women's Cinema and Continental Philosophy

Committee: *Elizabeth Grosz, Susan Martin-Marquez, Sandy Flitterman Lewis, and Steven Shaviro

 

Hugo Rios

Dissertation: Permutations of Cinephilia: Aesthetics, Technology, and Social Consciousness

Committee:*Susan Martin-Marquez, Alan Williams, Fatima Naqvi, Rhiannon Welch

 

Sergey Toymentsev

Dissertation: Deleuze and Russian Film: Transcendental Exercise of the Faculties on (Post-) Totalitarian Screen

Committee: *Andrew Parker, Susan Martin-Marquez, Edyta Bojanowska, Richard Dienst

 

Vaughn Anderson

Dissertation title: Disappearing Acts: Octavio Paz, John Cage, Haroldo De Campos, and the Silent Turn in Contemporary Poetry

Committee: *Jorge Marcone, Ben Sifuentes-Jauregui, Ryan Kernan, César Braga-Pinto

 

2013-2014

Maria Kager

Dissertation: The Bilingual Imagination: Joyce, Beckett, Nabokov and the Making of Modern Fiction

Committee: *Myra Jehlen, Paola Gambarota, Elin Diamond, Jean-Michel Rabate

 

Alessio Lerro

Dissertation: From Baroque Allegory to Romantic Sublime: Writing, Images, and Subjectivity in Tesauro, Vico, and Novalis

Committee: *Paola Gambarota, Laura S. White, Martha Helfer, Alessandro Vettori

 

Shirli Sela-Levavi

Dissertation: Guests in their Own Homes: Homecoming, Memory and Authorship in A Guest for the Night by S.Y. Agnon and the Yash Novels by Jacob Glatstein

Committee:*Janet Walker, Yael Zerubavel, Jeffrey Shandler, Alessandro Vettori

 

2012-2013

Jennifer McBryan

Dissertation: Gauguin, Gilgamesh, and the Modernist Aesthetic Allegory: The Archeology of Desire in Noa Noa 

Committee: *Ben Sifuentes-Jaureguri, Janet Walker, Susan Sidlauskas, Elin Diamond

 

Jennifer A. Raterman

Dissertation: The Novel of Translation: Multilingualism and the Ethics of Reading

Committee: *Richard Serrano, David Kurnick, Rebecca Walkowitz

 

Chia-Chieh Tseng

Dissertation: Cultures of Glass in the Late Nineteenth-Century European Novel and Contemporary Sinophone Film

Committee: *Andrew Parker, Janet Walker, Weijie Song, Elin Diamond, Yomi Braester

 

2011-2012

Monica E. Filimon

Dissertation: Divide, Conquer, Entertain: Film Melodrama and Authoritarianism in Europe

Committee: *Susan Martin-Marquez, Fatima Naqvi, Elin Diamond, Alan Williams

 

Melanie Holm

Dissertation: Useful Fictions and Necessary Idols: The Comedy of Enlightenment Understanding

Committee: *Michael McKeon, Lorraine Piroux, Nicholas Rennie, James Chandler, Lynn Festa

 

2010-2011

Tamas Demeny

Dissertation: Hungarian Roma and African American Autobiographies in Comparative Perspective: Lakatos, Peline Nyari, Wright, and Hurston
Committee: *Janet Walker, Gerald Pirog, Marie J. Diamond, Kathleen Dubs


Jacqueline Loeb

Dissertation: Between Symptom and Symbol: Freud, Psychoanalysis and the Jewish Mystical Text
Committee: *Jerry Flieger, Mary Gossy, Ed Cohen, Louis Sass


Jennifer McBryan

Dissertation: Gauguin, Gilgamesh, and the Modernist Aesthetic Allegory: The Archaeology of Desire in Noa Noa
Committee: *Ben-Sifuentes, Elin Diamond, Janet Walker, Susan Sidlauskas


Salvatore Pappalardo

Dissertation: The United States of Europe: Musil, Svevo, Joyce and the Literary Invention of a Postcolonial Community
Committee: *Fatima Naqvi, Paola Gambarota, Martha Helfer, Elizabeth Leake


Kenneth Sammond

Dissertation: Exile and Empire: Post Imperial Narrative and the National Epic a Comparative Study of Rushdie's The Satanic Verses and Virgil's Aeneid
Committee: *Steven Walker, Janet Walker, M. Josephine Diamond, Riggs Alden Smith


Kathleen Sclafani

Dissertation: 'Border Consciousness' and the Re-Imagination of Nation in the Films of Fatih Akin, Andreas Dresen and Christian Petzold
Committee: *Fatima Naqvi, Susan Morton-Marquez. Sandy Flittermen-Lewis, David Gramling


Sandra Sokowski

Dissertation: Subversive Bodies in 19th Century Narratives of Paris and London
Committee: *M. Josephine Diamond, Janet Walker, Martha Helfer, Geoffrey Baker

 

PhDs 2000-2010

 

2009-2010

Kael Ashbaugh

Dissertation:  Literary Ludics in 20th Century Latin American Fiction: Playful Folly in Works by Borges, Cabrera Infante, and Cortazar
Committee:  *Ben Sifuentes-Jauregui, Cesar Braga-Pinto, Nicholas Rennie, Lourdes Rojas-Paiewonsky (Colgate University)


Joshua Beall

Dissertation:  The Poetics of Subversion: Irony and the Central European Novel
Committee:  *Jerry Aline Flieger, Janet Walker, Louis Sass, Alessandro Vettori, Irene Sywenky (University of Alberta)


Patricia Ferrer-Medina

Dissertation:  Ecological Difference and The Ecology of Subjectivization In Sixteenth Century Nonfiction Travel Narrative to the Caribbean
Committee:  Jorge Marcone, Josephine Diamond, Yolanda Martinez-San Miguel, Gustavo Verdesio (University of Michigan)


Yingjiu Lu


Dissertation:  Vernacular Modernism: Zhang Ailing and High and Low Modern Fiction in Urban China
Committee:  *Ban Wang, Dietrich Chanz, Janet Walker, Weijie Song


Susan Silvia Navarre


Dissertation:  "The Poetics of Everyday Life": The Sublime as as Aesthetic Force in the Lyric Poetry of Emily Dickinson and Annette Von Dorste-Hulshoff
Committee:  *William Galperin, Josephine Diamond, Nicholas Rennie, Martha Nell-Smith (University of Maryland)


Christopher Rivera

Dissertation: Agency, Identity, and "Outness" in Latin America
Committee:  *Ben Sifuentes-Jauregui, Abena Busia, Carlos Decena, Jasbir K. Puar


Mahriana Rofheart

Dissertation:  Don't Abandon "Our Boat": Shifting Perceptions of Emigration in Contemporary Senegalese Literature and Song
Committee:  *Richard Serrano, Ousseina Alidou, Cesar Braga-Pinto, Elieen Julien (Indiana University-Bloomington)


Tolonda Tolbert

Dissertation:  To Walk or Fly?:  The Folk Narrative of Community and Identity in Twentieth Century Black Women's Literature of the Americas
Committee:  *Abena Busia, Ben Sifuentes-Jauregui, Marie J. Diamond, Simone A. James Alexander (Seton Hall University) 
 

Kalliope Valadakis

Dissertation:  Daughters Out of Line:  The Marriage Plot In Three Paradigmatic Texts of the Cretan Renaissance, Erotokritos, Panoria and Vasileus O Rodolinos
Committee:  Marie J. Diamond, Janet Walker, Steven Walker, Marla Segol (Skidmore College)


Ping Zhu

Dissertation:  The Shadow Subject in Chinese Literary Modernity, 1915-1936
Committee:  *Ban Wang, Janet Walker, Alessandro Vettori, Xun Liu (History)

2008-2009

Jie Chen

Dissertation:  Nation, Ethnicity, and Cultural Strategies:  Three Waves of Ethnic Representation in Post-1949 China”
Committee: *Ban Wang, Dietrich Tschanz, Louisa Schein, Jiayan Mi (College of New Jersey)


Yen-Chen Chuang

Dissertation: "When Coldness Traps This Suffering Clay":  Mourning, Death, and Ethics in Sophocles, Shakespeare, and Joyce
Committee:  *M. Josephine Diamond, Elizabeth Grosz, Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui, Craig Dworkin (University of Utah)


Barbara Hamilton

Dissertation:  Vision and Revision:  The Female Mystics as Writers In Late Medieval Northern Europe
Committee: *Alessandro Vettori, Janet A. Walker, Steve Walker, Christine Chism


Ignacio Infante

Dissertation:  Poetics of Transfer:  Translation, Cosmopolitanism and The Intermedial In Twentieth-Century Transatlantic Poetry
Committee: *William Galperin, Nicholas Rennie, Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui, Richard Sieberth (NYU), Jacques Lezra (NYU)


Chadley Loewen-Schmidt

Dissertation:  The Politics of Pity in Eighteenth-Century Fiction
Committee: *Michael McKeon, M. Josephine Diamond, William Galperin, Lynn Festa (English)


Xin Ning

Dissertation:  The Lyrical and the Crisis of Modern Chinese Selfhood in Modern Chinese Literature, 1919-1949
Committee: *Ban Wang, Josephine Diamond, Janet A. Walker, Jiwei Xiao (Fairfield University)

2007-2008

Flor Gregara De Leon

Dissertation:  A Country Where Everyone Was Happy: Incest, Trauma, and The Missing Father in the Memory of Post-War Spain
Committee: *Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui, Susan Martin-Marquez, Elin Diamond, Yeon-Soo Kim (Spanish/Portuguese)


Hana Muzika Kahn

Dissertation:  Modern Guatemalan Mayan Literature in Cultural Context:  Bilanguaging in the Literary Works of Bilingual Mayan Authors
Committee: *Janet A. Walker, César Braga-Pinto, Jorge Marcone, Laura Martin (Cleveland State University)


Yukari Yanagino

Dissertation:  Psychoanalysis and Literature:  Perversion, Racism and Language of Difference
Committee: *Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui, Jerry Flieger, Martin Gliserman, Alan Bass (The New School)

2006-2007

Tatjana Aleksić

Dissertation: Mythistory In a Nationalist Age: A Comparative Analysis of Serbian and Greek Postmodern Fiction
Committee:  *M. Josephine Diamond, Gerald Pirog, John McClure (English), Vangelis Calotychos (Columbia University), Tomislav Longinovic (University of Wisonsin-Madison)


Marie Barchant

Dissertation: Translating the Body in Violent Tongues: The “Sacrificial Body” in Narratives by Contemporary Women Writers and Performance Artists
Committee:  *M. Josephine Diamond,  *Abena Busia, Gerald Pirog,  Atreyee Phukan (University of San Diego)


Shreerekha Subramanian

Dissertation: Women Resisting Violence: Locating Community in Contemporary Novels from the Americas and South Asia
Committee:  *César Braga-Pinto, Abena Busia, Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui, Sonali Perera (English)


Anne Xu

Dissertation:  Engaging China, Engaging the World: China I the Works of Malraux, Brecht, and Lu Xun
Committee: *Stephen Bronner, Ban Wang, Janet A. Walker, Donald Petrey (Columbia University)

2005-2006

Kristen Abbey

Dissertation: Recipe for Narrative: Representations of Culture in Culinary Literature
Committee: *Janet A. Walker, Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui, Steven Walker, Mark Manganaro (English)


Sanja Bahun

Dissertation: Modernism and Melancholia: History as Mourning-work
Committee: *Jerry A. Flieger, Janet A. Walker, Gerald Pirog, Maria DiBattista (Princeton University)


Geoffrey Baker

Dissertation: The Limits of Realism: Empire, Empiricism, and Enchantment in Honoré de Balzac, Anthony Trollope, and Theodor Fontane
Committee: *William C. Donahue, M. Josephine Baker, Uri Eisenzweig, Bruce Robbins (Columbia University)


Molly Burke

Dissertation: Discursive Interventions: the Rape Survival Memoir in the United States and France
Committee: *M. Josephine Diamond, Kate Ellis, Janet A. Walker, Harriet Davidson (English)


Sujatha Moni

Dissertation: The Performance of Desire: Postcolonial Drama On India
Committee: *Elin Diamond, Janet A. Walker, Sandy Flitterman-Lewis, Aparna Dharwadker (University of Wisconsin-Madison)


Atreyee Phukan

Dissertation: East Indianness in the West Indies: Representations of Post-Indentureship in Indo-Trinidadian Literature
Committee: *M. Josephine Diamond, Abena P. Busia, Jorge Marcone, Renée Larrier


Iva Popovicova

Dissertation: New Body Politic: Czech and Polish Women's Art of the 1990's
Committee: *Elin Diamond, Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui, Ed Cohen, Joanna Regulska


Caterina Romeo


Dissertation: Rewriting the Nation: Migrant and Post-Migrant Women Writers in Italy
Committee: *M. Josephine Diamond, Abena P. Busia, Mary Gossy, Graziella Parati (Dartmouth College)

2004-2005

April Michelle Dolata

Dissertation: Miscegenation and the Making of the American Nation: A Comparative Examination of Interracial Relationships in Early Republican Historical Romances
Committee: *M. Josephine Diamond, César Braga-Pinto, Janet A. Walker, Louise Barnett (English)


Jen-Yi Hsu

Dissertation: Melancholic Flâneries: Urban Images and Utopian Imagination In The Works of Charles Baudelaire, Virginia Woolf, Zhu Tianxin, and Tsai Ming-Ling
Committee: *Ban Wang, M. Josephine Diamond, Janet A. Walker, Shuang Shen (English)


Yianna Liatsos

Dissertation: Historical Catharsis and the Ethics of Remembering the Post-Apartheid Novel
Committee: *Derek Attridge, Abena Busia, M. Josephine Diamond


Marinos Pourgouris

Dissertation: Odysseus Elytis: Poetic Metaphysics

Committee: *Steven Walker, Janet A. Walker, Antonia Tripolitis, Kostas Myrsiades (West Chester University)


V.G. Julie Rajan


Dissertation: Rewriting Nation: Post-Independence Narratives of Resistance Written by Women from India and Pakistan
Committee: *M. Josephine Diamond, Drucilla Cornell, Abena Busia, Charlotte Bunch (Women’s and Gender Studies), Sonali Perera (English)

2003-2004

Chia-ju Chang

Dissertation: The Chinese Snake Woman: Mythology, Culture and Female Expression
Committee: *Steve Walker, *Ban Wang, Dietrich Tschanz, Janet A. Walker


Helen Fazio

Dissertation: Hindu Nationalism: Revisiting Mythology in Indian Fiction and Art
Committee: *Janet A. Walker, Richard Serrano, Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui, Edwin Bryant (English)


Kathleen Hobbs Formosa

Dissertation: Romance and The Formation of Ethnic Identities in England and Wales, c. 1050 to c. 1200
Committee: *Andrew Welsh, Mary Speer, Janet A. Walker, Susan Crane (Columbia University)


Robert Newlin

Dissertation: Cunning Ambassadors: The Animal Envoy in Medieval Literature
Committee: *Andrew Welsh, Steven F. Walker, M. Josephine Diamond, Stephen Hopkins (Swarthmore College)


Kevin Ruth

Dissertation: Toward a Vision of the Devil’s Rights in The Theater of Late Medieval Europe
Committee: *Steven F. Walker, Andrew Welsh, Alessandro Vettori, Marlene Ciklamini (Germanic, Russian & East European Languages & Literatures)


Donatella Saroli

Dissertation: Generatio Aequivoca: Towards a Genealogy of Mannequins
Committee: *M. Josephine Diamond, Mary Gossy, Janet A. Walker, Ida Dominijanni (University of Rome III)


Jebaroja Singh

Dissertation: The Spotted Goddess: The Dalit Woman In Classical Brahminical Literature, Modern Fiction, Memoirs and Songs from Tamilnadu and Andhra Pradesh
Committee: *M. Josephine Diamond, Janet A. Walker, Steven F. Walker, K. P. Singh,


Jiwei Xiao

Dissertation: Memory and Woman In Modern Chinese Literature: Shen Congwen, Zhang Ailing and Wang Anyi
Committee: *Ban Wang, M. Josephine Diamond, Peter Li, Rujie Wang (College of Wooster)

2002-2003

Joseph Chaves

Dissertation: The Domestication of Politeness, 1711-84
Committee: *Myra Jehlen, James Swenson, Michael McKeon, Michael Warner (English)


Leslie Trueman

Dissertation:  Images of The Center in Schizophrenia:  Myth, Text, Theory
Committee:  *Steven Walker, Louis Sass, Janet A. Walker, Martin Gliserman (English)


Mathew Spano

Dissertation: The Fall and Rise of A Puer Personality; Hermann, Hesse's Use of German Romanticism and Indian Spirituality, During His Midlife Crisis
Committee: *Steven Walker, *Janet A. Walker, M. Josephine Diamond, Gunter H. Gottschalk (University of California-Santa Barbara)


Sara Warner

Dissertation: Mythic Proportions: The Medea Project Theater for Incarcerated Women and The Art of Creative Survival
Committee: *Elin Diamond, *Alicia Ostriker, Drucilla Cornell, Rena Fraden (Pomona College)

2001-2002

Jennifer Lynne French

Dissertation: The Invisible Empire:  Neo-Colonialism and The Spanish-American Regionalist Writers
Committee: *Jorge Marcone, Tomas Eloy Martinez, Spanish and Portuguese, Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui, M. Josephine Diamond, John McClure (English)


Norma Lozano Jackson

Dissertation: The Heroic Voice in Black Slave Narratives and Its Reconstruction of The Black Slave Community:  Talking About, To, and Through Whiteness
Committee: *Abena Busia, Jorge Marcone, M. Josephine Diamond, Renée Larrier (French)


Sailaza Easwari Pal

Dissertation: Narration, Sexual Discourse, and Telugu Modernity:  A Reading of Gudipati Venkata Calam’s Maidanam
Committee: *Steven Walker, Janet A. Walker, M. Josephine Diamond, Velcheru Narayana Rao (University of Wisconsin, Madison)


Weixing Su

Dissertation: The Hieratic and the Homely:  Philippe Jaccottet’s and Elizabeth Bishop’s Poetry of Place
Committee: *Alicia Ostriker, *Richard Serrano, Janet A. Walker, Mary Ann Caws (Graduate CenterCUNY)

2000-2001

Justyna Braun

Dissertation: Improvising a National Identity:  Polish Theater in International Contexts
Committee: *M. Josephine Diamond, *Gerald Pirog,  Serge Sobolevitch, Daniel Gerould (New York University)


Richard Lee

Dissertation: Guards, Prisoners, and Textuality:  A Study of South African and American Twentieth-Century Prison Narratives
Committee: *Derek Attridge, M. Josephine Diamond, Abena Busia, Neville Choonoo (SUNY, Oneonta)


Frances Negrón Muntaner

Dissertation: Passing Memories: Puerto Rican Culture as American Entertainment
Committee: *Bruce Robbins, Mary Gossy, M. Josephine Diamond, Chon Noriega (University of California-Los Angeles)


Marla Segol

Dissertation: Religious Conversion, History, and Genre In Floire et Blancheflor, Aucassin et Nicolette, and Flamenca
Committee: *M. Josephine Diamond, Karl Morrison, Mary Gossy, Andrew Welsh, Patricia Grieve (Columbia University)


Nina Sonenberg

Dissertation: Earning Her Keep:  Women and Money in The Post-Colonial Novel
Committee: *M. Josephine Diamond, Abena Busia,  Mary Gossy, Susan Cohen (Nightingale-Bamford School)


Nikola Stojsin

Dissertation: The Novel and Postmodern Ethics
Committee: *Gerald Pirog, Janet A. Walker, M. Josephine Diamond, Vadim Liapunov (Indiana University)


Eugene Thacker

Dissertation: Bioinformatic Bodies: Biopolitics, Biotech, and The Discourse of the Posthuman
Committee: *Ed Cohen, Samira Kawash, M. Josephine Diamond, Janet A. Walker, Steven Shaviro (University of Washington)

 

PhDs 1990-2000

 

1999-2000

Simone James Alexander

Dissertation: Mother/Motherland/Mother Country Trichotomy: Negotiating Maternity and Maternal Spaces in The Works of Afro-Caribbean Women Novelists
Committee:  *Abena Busia, M. Josephine Diamond, Renée Larrier, Gerard Aching (Cornell University)

1998-1999

Michael Eskin

Dissertation: Encounters:  Ethics and Dialogue in The Works of Emmanuel Levinas, Mikhail Bakhtin, Osip Mandelshtam and Paul Celan
Committee:  *Derek Attridge, Gerald Pirog, Michael Holquist (Yale University), Frederick Lubich (Old Dominion University)


Klara Lutsky

Dissertation: The Aesthetics of Unfinalizability:  Boundary Subjectivity and Loophole Narrative in the Novels of Kundera and Gombrowicz
Committee:  *Gerald Pirog, Janet A. Walker, M. Josephine Diamond, Karen Von Kunes (Yale University)


Lara Merlin Shapiro

Dissertation: Body Magic:  Witchcraft and Polymorphous Perversity In Women’s Postcolonial Literature
Committee:  *Mary Gossy, Drucilla Cornell, M. Josephine Diamond, Gerard Aching (Cornell University)


Jacqueline Zubeck O’Donoghue

Dissertation: Murder in the Name of Theory
Committee: *M. Josephine Diamond, *Gerald Pirog, Janet A. Walker, Caryl Emerson (Princeton University)

1997-1998

Richard Garcia-Calo

Dissertation: Linking Service-Learning and The Multicultural World Mythology Classroom: The Future of a Throwaway Course In a Weekend Discipline
Committee: *Serge Sobolevitch, Janet A. Walker, M. Josephine Diamond, Gerald Pirog, D. Michael Shafer (Cornell University)


Brunda Moka-Dias

Dissertation: Cultural Collage:  Narratives of South Asian Women In America
Committee: *Abena Busia, M. Josephine Diamond, Sandy Flitterman-Lewis, Meena Alexander (New York University)


Marjorie Warmkessel

Dissertation: Sites of Revelation: Landscape In The Nineteenth-Century British and French Realist Novel
Committee: *Janet A. Walker, M. Josephine Diamond, Serge Sobolevitch, Martin Gliserman (English)


Bouriana Zaharieva

Dissertation: The Rhetoric of The Organic and the Mechanical in Modernist Discourse (Soviet Russia and The West)
Committee: *Elin Diamond, M. Josephine Diamond, Paul Schalow, Michael Wood (Princeton University)

1996-1997

Stefan Meyer

Dissertation: The Contemporary Arabic Novel In The Levant: A Case Study in the Development of Literary Modernism
Committee: *Abena Busia, M. Josephine Diamond, Janet A. Walker, Roger Allen (University of Pennsylvania)


Yichin Shen

Dissertation: Images of Maleness In Fiction by Male Chinese American Writers
Committee: *Janet A. Walker, Peter Li, M. Josephine Diamond, Amy Ling (University of Wisconsin, Madison)


Andre Stipanovic

Dissertation: The Cause of War In Ezra Pound’s Poetry
Committee: *James J. Wilhelm, M. Josephine Diamond, Andrew Welsh, George Kearns (English)

1995-1996

Felice Ronca

Dissertation: After Baudelaire:  French Poetry and The Aesthetics of Ezra Pound, 1908-1920
Committee: *Serge Sobolevitch, M. Josephine Diamond, Janet A. Walker, Martin Gliserman (English)

1994-1995

Paola Giuli

Dissertation: Enlightenment, Arcadia, and Corilla: The Inscription of Eighteenth-Century Italian Women Writers in Literary History
Committee: *M. Josephine Diamond, Janet A. Walker, Harriet Davidson, Umberto C. Mariani (New York University)


Mohja Kahf

Dissertation: The Muslim Woman In Western Literature from Romance to Romanticism
Committee: *M. Josephine Diamond, John McClure, Mary Gossy, Bruce Robbins, Elise Manganaro (Fairleigh Dickenson University)


Ronald E. Kostar

Dissertation: Form and Selfhood In Le Spleen De Paris and Leaves of Grass
Committee: *Steven Walker, Mary Gossy, Janet A. Walker, Mary Shaw (French)


Janice Faye Siegel

Dissertation: Child-Feast and Revenge:  Ovid and The Myth of Procne, Philomela and Tereus
Committee: *Steven Walker, M. Josephine Diamond, Janet A. Walker, Thomas Figueira (Classics)

1992-1993

Joseph Consoli

Dissertation: Giovanni Boccaccio: An Annotated Bibliography
Committee:  *James J. Wilhelm


Nancy Shawcross

Dissertation: The Intertexts of La Chambre Claire:  Barthes, The Photograph, and The Interstice of Time
Committee: *M. Josephine Diamond, William Galperin, Uri Eisenzweig, Gerald Prince (University of Pennsylvania)


Rujie Wang

Dissertation: The Transparency of Chinese Realism: A Study of Texts by Lu Xun,  Ba Jin, Mao Dun, and Lao She
Committee: *Janet A. Walker, Bruce Robbins, Peter Li, Theodore D. Huters (University of California, Irvine)


Wenjia You

Dissertation: Toward A Methodology of Freudian Influence: A Consideration of Paradigmatic Asian and Western Texts
Committee: *Janet A. Walker, Steven Walker, Peter Li, Andrew Gordon (University of Florida)

1991-1992

Michael Hart

Dissertation: The Spirit of Reconciliation:  James Joyce, Catholicism, and the European Romantic Tradition
Committee: *Steven Walker, M. Josephine Diamond, Derek Attridge, Mary Shaw (French)

1990-1991

Laurence L. Murphy

Dissertation: Hermeneutics of the Lebenswelt, A Study in Phenomenological Poetics In the Heart of Darkness, Nadja, and the Tao Te Ching
Committee: *Jean Parrish, John Fizer, Steven Walker, Bruce Wilshire (Philosophy)

 

PhDs pre-1990

 

1989-1990

Vincenzo Bollettino

Dissertation: Giovanni Boccaccio, Life of Dante (Vita Trattatello in Laude di Dante)  Translation with commentary and notes
Committee: *James J. Wilhelm, John Fizer, Jean Parrish, Forrest S. Smith


Meng Meng

Dissertation: Configuration of a Lyrical World: A Study of Tao Yuan-ming's Poetics from a Comparative Perspective
Committee: *Ching-I Tu, Peter Li, Janet A. Walker, Yu-kung Kao (Princeton University)

1987-1988

Marilyn Rye

Dissertation: The Fictional Autobiography: First Person Narratives As Narratives of Power in The Blithedale Romance, Le Grand Meaulnes, and Great Expectations
Committee: *Jean Parrish, Steven Walker, James J. Wilhelm, Uri Eisenzweig (French)

1986-1987

Carol Colatrella

Dissertation: The Tragedy of The Human Beast: The Romans-Fleuves of Balzac, Zola, and Faulkner
Committee: *John O. McCormick, Serge Sobolevitch, Janet A. Walker, Julian Moynahan (English)


Neil Donahue

Dissertation: Spatial Form in Modern German Prose: The Tradition of Abstraction In Prose from Hugo Von Hofmannsthal's Ein Brief (1902) to Thomas Mann's Doktor Faustus (1947)
Committee: *John O. McCormick, Janet A. Walker, James J. Wilhelm, Ralph Ley (German, Russian and Eastern European Languages and Literature)


Irene Gnarra

Dissertation: Philippe de Remis’ La mankine, Text and Translation
Committee: *James J. Wilhelm, Serge Sobolevitch, Steven Walker, Susan Dannenbaum (English)


Thomas Kiddie, Jr.

Dissertation: Eros and Ataraxy: A Study of Love and Pleasure in The Fiction of Zola, Cambaceres, and Fontane
Committee: *John O. McCormick, James J. Wilhelm, Janet A. Walker, M. Josephine Diamond (French)


Diane Marting

Dissertation: Female Sexuality in Selected Latin American Novels of The Twentieth Century
Committee: *Janet A. Walker, Jean Parrish, James J. Wilhelm, Frank Dauster (Spanish)


Virginia Phelan

Dissertation: Euripides' Alcestis and T. S. Eliot's The Cocktail Party: Two Ways of Life and Death
Committee: *Steven Walker, Janet A. Walker, Jean Parrish, Anna Benjamin

1985-1986

Dong-Sheng Yang

Dissertation: A Study of the Poetry of Su Dongpo, with Comparisons to the Poetry of Wordsworth
Committee: *John O. McCormick, Ching-I Tu, Janet A. Walker, Hans Frankel (Yale University)

1984-1985

Joan Acocella

Dissertation: The Reception of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes by Artists and Intellectuals In Paris and London, 1909-1914
Committee: *Serge Sobolevitch, John O. McCormick, James J. Wilhelm, Dale Harris


Nancy Díaz

Dissertation: Metamorphosis from Human to Animal Form In Five Modern Latin American Narratives
Committee: *Nathaniel Tarn, Janet A. Walker, Steve Walker, Frank Dauster (Spanish)

1983-1984

Helen Dochney

Dissertation: Sordello and Fin'amors
Committee: *James J. Wilhelm, Serge Sobolevitch, Steven Walker, Mary Speer (French)


Eugenia M. Gunner

Dissertation: T.S. Eliot and Romanticism: Tradition's Anti-Traditional Elements
Committee:  *John O. McCormick, S. Sobolevitch, Steven Walker, James J. Wilhelm, George Kearns (English)


Muriel Onni

Dissertation: Elopements, Seductions, Abductions and Secret Marriages in The Bourgeois Theatre in France and Germany in the Late Eighteenth Century
Committee: *Serge Sobolevitch, Jean Parrish, James J. Wilhelm, John Fitzell (Princeton University)

1982-1983

Lawrence Blonquist

Dissertation: L’Art D’Amours: A Translation with Critical Introduction
Committee: *James J. Wilhelm, Janet A. Walker, Jean Parrish, William Keach (English)


Barbara Hochman

Dissertation: The Moral Realism of Theodore Dreiser
Committee: *John O. McCormick, Nathaniel Tarn, Janet A. Walker, David Weimer


Marshall Peterson

Dissertation: Adolescence as Invention and Vehicle in Twentieth-Century Fiction: Studies in the Subject, the Concept of Openness and the Artistic Possibilities with Exemplary Analyses of Robert Musil's Die Verwirrungen Des Zoglings Torless and Henry De Montherlant's Les Bestiaires

Committee: *John O. McCormick, Steven Walker, Jean Parrish, John Gillis (History)

1981-1982

Philip Pastras

Dissertation: A Clear Field:  The Idea of Improvisation in Modern Poetry
Committee: *John O. McCormick, Jean Parrish, James J. Wilhelm, Antonia Tripolitis (Classics)


Marie Tamas

Dissertation: Black Suns and Blue Flowers:  Ritualistic Pattern and Poetic Convention In 19th and 20th Century Color Imagery
Committee: *John O. McCormick, Jean Parrish, Janet A. Walker, John Fitzell (Princeton)

1980-1981

Janis Forman

Dissertation: The Literature of Confession
Committee: *John O. McCormick, Janet A. Walker, James J. Wilhelm, Jean Parrish, Umberto C. Mariani (New York University)

1979-1980

Nathaniel Wallace

Dissertation: John Skelton, Ein Kurzweilig Lesen Von Dyl Ulenspiegel, The Epistolae Obscurorum Virorum and Francois Rabelais: An Inquiry into the Literary History and Historical Context of Renaissance Satire
Committee: *Jean Parrish, John O. McCormick, James J. Wilhelm, Marlene Ciklamini (Greman, Russian, and Eastern European Languages and Literatures)

1978-1979

Jeanette Ainsworth

Dissertation: The Welsh Troelus A Chresyd: Toward a Better Understanding
Committee: *James J. Wilhelm, Jean Parrish, Serge Sobolevitch, Robert A. Fowkes


Candace Granger

Dissertation: The Representation of Perfection in Castiglione’s Il Libro del Cortegiano
Committee: *Jean Parrish, John O. McCormick, James J. Wilhelm, Guido Guarino


Ahmad Karimi-Hakkak

Dissertation: “The Shāhnāmeh of Firdawsī in France and England 1770-1860: A Study of The European Response to The Persian Epic of Kings
Committee: *John O. McCormick, Jean Parrish, Serge Sobolevitch, Jerome Clinton (Princeton University)


Fred Lasser


Dissertation: The Drunken Boats of Coleridge and Rimbaud: A Comparative Study
Committee: *Nathaniel Tarn, Serge Sobolevitch, Jean Parrish, Alicia Ostriker (English)

1977-1978

Marilyn Kallet

Dissertation: Honest Simplicity in the Last Love Poems of Paul Eluard and William Carlos Williams
Committee: *Serge Sobolevitch, Jean Parrish, Nathaniel Tarn, Alicia Ostriker (English)


Doris Sommer

Dissertation: Mann, Midrash, and Mimesis
Committee: *John O. McCormick, Ernest Dunn, Jean Parrish, B. Hill

1976-1977

Jan Feidel

Dissertation: The Poetry of Keats and Baudelaire
Committee: *John O. McCormick, Serge Sobolevitch, Jean Parrish, Donald Gibson (English)


Judith Roumani


Dissertation: The Role of Organic Nationalism in Some Recent Novels of Spanish America and French-Speaking North Africa: A Comparative Study
Committee: *John O. McCormick, Nathaniel Tarn, Serge Sobolevitch, Michael Adas

Bohdan Rubchak

Dissertation: Man is a Metaphor: Poetic Knowledge as Grounded in Perception, Imagination and Language
Committee: *John O. McCormick, Jean Parrish, James J. Wilhelm, John Fizer


James Ruddy

Dissertation: In Defense of The Classical Notion of Action: A Study of Parts and Wholes and Their Interrelation
Committee: *John O. McCormick, James J. Wilhelm, Nathaniel Tarn, Robert Anderson (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute)

1975-1976

Ann Linder

Dissertation: The Devil in The Garden: The Vision of Paradise in European Romantic Literature
Committee: *Serge Sobolevitch, Jean Parrish, Elton Anglada, John Fitzell


Robert Scanlon

Dissertation: Complete Action: An Examination of Three Modern Plays in The Light of Aristotle's Poetics
Committee: *Francis Fergusson, Jean Parrish, Serge Sobolevitch, William Fortenbaugh

1974-1975

Marga Brockhagen

Dissertation: The Concepts of Relation and Separation in the Work of Friedrich Hölderlin and John Keats
Committee: *John O. McCormick, Jean Parrish, James J. Wilhelm, Ralph Freedman

1973-1974

Eva Barczay-Miller

Dissertation: La Princesse de Cleves and The Tragic Dimension of Classicism
Committee: *Serge Sobolevitch, Jean Parrish, Nathaniel Tarn, Milton Seiden


Mark Bernheim

Dissertation: The Monastery and The Fortress: Broch's Die Schlafwandler and The Rehumanization of Modern Art
Committee: *John O. McCormick, Jean Parrish, James J. Wilhelm, Lothar Zeidler


Alan Cheuse

Dissertation: Memories of The Future: A Critical Biography of Alejo Carpentier
Committee: *John O. McCormick, Elton Anglada, Nathaniel Tarn, L. Santamarina

1972-1973

Ray Ellenwood

Dissertation: André Breton and Freud
Committee: *Serge Sobolevitch, Ralph Freedman, Nathaniel Tarn, John Fizer


Richard Koffler

Dissertation: The Job of Living (Diary  1935-1950). An Annotated Translation of Cesare Pavese's Diary, Il Mestiere Di Vivere
Committee:  *John O. McCormick, Jean Parrish, Glauco Cambon, Franco Ferrucci


Ann Krausz

Dissertation: Toward Romantic Plant Analogy in The Early Poetic Writing of Christoph Martin Wieland
Committee: *John O. McCormick, Jean Parrish, James J. Wilhelm, John Fitzell


Charles E. Sherry


Dissertation: The Poetics of Disclosure: Heidegger and Rilke
Committee: *John O. McCormick, James J. Wilhelm, Ralph Freedman, Serge Sobolevitch

1970-1971

Charles B. Aycock

Dissertation: The Journal of Dislodgement: The Possibilities and Their Use by Rilke and Sartre
Committee: *John O. McCormick, Serge Sobolevitch, Ralph Freedman, Graham Wood


Larry Andrews

Dissertation: The Complete Poetry of D. V. Venevitinov; Translation with Critical Introduction: “Venevitinov’s Romantic Image of the Poet”
Committee: *Serge Sobolevitch, James J. Wilhelm, Ludmilla Turkevich, John O. McCormick

1969-1970

Ann Kaplan

Dissertation: Hawthorne and Romanticism: A Study of Hawthorne’s Literary Development in The Context of the American and European Romantic Movements
Committee: *John O. McCormick, Serge Sobolevitch, Audra Adelberger, Walter Bezanson


Stephen Miller

Dissertation: Studies in the Idea of The City in Western Literature
Committee: *John O. McCormick, James J. Wilhelm, Serge Sobolevitch, David Weimer

1968-1969

Edward Blodgett

Dissertation: The Poetry of Renewal:  A Study in Early Carolingian Politics and Literature
Committee: *James J. Wilhelm, Serge Sobolevitch, A. L. Kellogg, Quincy Howe, Jr.


Barbara Rogers

Dissertation: The Poems of Venantius Fortunatus
Committee: James J. Wilhelm, John O. McCormick, Palmer Bovie, Jerome Mandel


Bruno Santonocito

M.A., Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations, Columbia Law School, New York City, NY


Maxim D. Shrayer

Rutgers M.A., Yale Ph.D., Professor of Russian and English and Chair of the Department of Slavic and Eastern Languages at Boston College, Boston, MA


Constance Sekaros

M.A., ESL Instructor, Community College of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA


Renee Baigell


M.A., author of “Peeling Potatoes, Painting Pictures: Women Artists in Post-Soviet Russia, Estonia, and Latvia. The First Decade”


Henry Schwarz

Rutgers M.A., Duke Ph.D., Associate Professor of English and Director of the Program on Justice and Peace, Georgetown University, Washington, DC


Deborah Narin-Wells

Poet; formerly an English instructor at Lane Community College; currently teaches Creative Writing workshops through the Young Writers Association. A chapbook, Birds Flying Through, was published by Traprock Books in February, 2006.