Recent Theses, Dissertations & Graduate Degrees Awarded

Beginning in Fall 2001, all UF students awarded graduate degrees have been required to submit electronic copies of theses and dissertations to UF’s George A. Smathers Libraries. (Voluntary electronic submission began in 1998.) Most are openly accessible; some are restricted to access from UF computers for periods prescribed by the author.

May 2017

Rob Short, PhD. “Big Books: Addiction and Recovery in the Novels of David Foster Wallace.” Co-chairs: Marsha Bryant and Trysh Travis (UF, Women’s & Gender Studies). Readers: Jodi Schorb, Mary Ann Eaverly (UF, Classics).

May 2014

Caroline Stone Short, PhD. “The Material Remains: Discursive Consequences of the Upgrade Path.” Chair: Sid Dobrin. Readers: Laurie Gries, Raúl Sánchez, Whitney Sanford (UF, Religion).

May 2013

John Tinnell, PhD. “Figures of Ubicomp: Conceptualizing and Composing Actionable Media.” Chair: Gregory Ulmer. Readers: Sidney Dobrin, Laurie Gries, Jack Stenner (UF, Art + Technology).

December 2012

John Lovell Glenn, PhD. “A Tangle of Double Binds: Postmodern Discourse on Social Movements in the African American Novel” Chair: Mark Reid. Readers: Debra King, Tace Hedrick, Faye Harrison (UF, Anthropology).

Samantha Banal, MA. (Non-Thesis Option).

Randi Gill-Sadler, MA. “Scarred Bodies, Scarred Writing: the Trauma of Dictatorship and Diaspora in the Dew Breaker and the Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” Chair: Tace Hedrick. Reader: Raul Sanchez.

Peter Gitto, MA. “The Uncanny Mise-En-Scene in Alain Resnais Last Year at Marienbad, Roberto Rossellinis Voyage in Italy, and Peter Greenaways the Belly of an Architect” Chair: Richard Burt. Reader: Barbara Mennel.

Andrew Wilson, MA. “Enduring the Love-Distance Relationship: a Discourse of Otherness in Barthes and Bartkowski” Chair: John Leavey. Reader: Raul Sanchez.

August 2012

Matthew Feltman, PhD. “Iktomi Incorporated: Cinema as Trickster.” Chair: Phil Wegner. Readers: Nora Alter (Temple University), Maureen Turim, Eric Kligerman (UF, LLC).

Christopher Hazlett, PhD. “Prison Sentences: Understanding the Prison Writing Network.” Chair: Raul Sanchez. Readers: Sidney Dobrin, Anja Ulanowicz, Charles Gattone.

Gary Hink, PhD. “Apparatus Theory and Heuretics of Literary Encounters.” Chair: Gregory Ulmer. Readers: Marsha Bryant, Phil Wegner, Jack Stenner (UF, Art + Technology).

Lacy Hodges, PhD. “Generic Transgressions: Gender, Genre, and Hybridity in American Science Fiction Television.” Chair: Andrew Gordon. Readers: Brandon Kershner, Amy Ongiri, Elizabeth Ginway (UF, LLC).

Christina Van Houten, PhD. “Global Villages: Modernism and the Regional Framework for the American Century.” Chair: Susan Hegeman. Readers: Tace Hedrick, Phil Wegner, Trysh Travis (UF, Women and Gender Studies).

Patrick McHenry, PhD. “Modernist Totalities and the Aesthetics of Social Possibility.” Chair: John Leavey. Readers: Susan Hegeman, Phil Wegner, Sheryl Kroen.

Craig Rinne, PhD. “The End of History and America First: 1990s Hollywood Westerns and Post-Cold War America.” Chair: Phil Wegner. Readers: Susan Hegeman, Maureen Turim, Benjamin Wise (UF, History).

Carolyn Bradley, MA. “Locating Female Experimental Stylistics in Avant-garde Aestheticism: Jorge Luis Borges, Mary Caponegro, Carole Maso.” Chair: Marsha Bryant. Reader: Martin Sorbille (UF, LLC).

May 2012

Sarah Bleakney, PhD. “Age-Disparate Marriage and the Problem of Desire in the Victorian Novel.” Chair: Pamela Gilbert. Readers: Brandon Kershner, Chris Snodgrass, and Carolyn Wilken (UF, Family Sciences and Gerontology).

Daniel Brown, PhD. “The Ideal of the Real: Mid-Victorian Representations of the Artist and the Invention of Realism.” Chair: Pamela Gilbert. Readers: Leah Rosenburg, Judy Page, Melissa Hyde (UF, Art History).

Marilisa Jimenez, PhD. “‘Every Child is Born a Poet’: The Puerto Rican Narrative within American Children’s Culture.” Chair: Kenneth Kidd. Readers: Carina Gonsalez, Terry Harpold, and Anastacia Ulanowicz.

Rex Krueger, PhD. “Malfunction in Media: Unintended Constraint and the Durable Aesthetic.” Chair: Terry Harpold. Readers: Roger Beebe, Amy Ongiri, and Alex Reed (UF, Music).

Chad Newsom, PhD. “Essential Discriminations: Close Reading and Douglas Sirk.” Chair: Robert Ray. Readers: Gregory Ulmer, Marsha Bryant, Sylvie Blum-Reid (UF, LLC).

Camelia Raghinaru, PhD. “Resistance, Revolution, Redemption: Messianic Modernism in the State of Emergency.” Co-chairs: Phillip Wegner and Brandon Kershner. Readers: Susan Hegeman and Dragan Kujundzic.

Bredt Bredthauer, MFA. “Tinder.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Al Shoaf, Sidney Wade.

Zacc Coker-Dukowitz, MFA. “Who’s More Texas?” Chair: David Leavitt. Readers: Sid Homan, Ed White.

David Fishman, MFA. “Here on Earth.” Chair: Michael Hofmann. Readers: William Logan, Sidney Wade.

Hilary Jacqmin, MFA. “Better Homes and Gardens.” Chair: Michael Hofmann. Readers: William Logan, Sidney Wade.

Harry Leeds, MFA. “A Hero of His Time.” Chair: Mary Robison. Readers: Jill Ciment, Donald Ault.

Rachel McGahey, MFA. “Holding Pattern: Poems.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Al Shoaf, Sidney Wade.

Christina Nichol, MFA. “The Best Way to Transport Gods.” Chair: Jill Ciment. Readers: John Cech, Roger Beebe.

Aaron Their, MFA. “Studies in Paradise.” Chair: David Leavitt. Readers: Michael Hofmann, Ed White.

John Westbrook, MFA. “Texas with the Top Down.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Michael Hofmann, Al Shoaf.

Shaun Duke, MA. “The Interstellar Initiative: Space and Identity in Caribbean Expatriate Science Fiction.” Chair: Phil Wegner. Reader: Terry Harpold.

Sam Hamilton, MA. “Procedural Slaves: Liberating Digital Classrooms through African-American Rhetoric.” Chair: Raúl Sánchez. Reader: Amy Ongiri.

December 2011

Michele Lesure, MA. “Altruria Must Come to You: ‘The Immigrant Question’ in the Utopias of Edward Bellamy, William Dean Howells, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman.”  Chair: Jodi Schorb. Co-Chair: Phil Wegner.

August 2011

Jordan Dominy, PhD. “The United States South and Literary Studies During the Cold War.” Chair: Susan Hegeman. Readers: Marsha Bryant, William Link (UF, History), and Phil Wegner.

Aaron Kashtan, PhD. “Writing Yourself Into the World: Fantasies of Handwriting and Computer Graphics.” Chair: Terry Harpold. Co-Chair: Donald Ault. Readers: Marsha Bryant and Brian Slawson (UF, Graphic Design).

Cari Keebaugh, PhD. “‘Into the Woods’: Intertextuality in Children's and Young Adult Fantasy Texts.” Chair: Kenneth Kidd. Readers: John Cech, Robert Kawashima (UF, Religion), and David Leverenz.

Michael Mayne, PhD. “Nostalgia and the Postwar American Social.” Chair: Susan Hegeman. Readers: Marsha Bryant, David Leverenz, and William Link (UF, History).

Katharine Westaway, PhD. “Social Justice and the 20th Century American Novel.” Chair: Amy Ongiri. Readers: Noam Chomsky (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Joan Flocks, Andrew Gordon, and John Van Hook.

Keasha Renee Worthen, MA. “Transferring Identity: The Emergence of African American Identity in Jonah's Gourd Vine.” Chair: Stephanie Smith.  Reader: Susan Hegeman.

May 2011

Stephanie Boluk, PhD. “From Serial Death to Procedural Love: A Study of Serial Culture.” Chair: Terry Harpold. Readers: Donald Ault, Jack Stenner (UF, Art & Art History), Phil Wegner.

Jonathan Glover, PhD. “Narrating Crisis: Rwanda, Haiti, and the Politics of Commemoration.” Chair: Leah Rosenberg. Readers: Apollo Amoko, Anita Anantharam (UF, Women's & Gender Studies), Alioune Sow (UF, African Studies).

Trisha Kannan, PhD. “The Publics of Emily Dickinson.” Chair: Stephanie Smith. Readers: Kim Emery, Judith Page, Trysh Travis (UF, WST).

Carolyn Kelley, PhD. “Rejected Women in Film Noir.” Chair: Maureen Turim.  Readers: Marsha Bryant, Robert Ray, Louise Newman (UF, History).

Halvor Aakhus, MFA. “Book.” Chair: Padgett Powell . Readers: Brandon Kershner, David Leavitt.

David Blanton, MFA. “Donald in Question.” Chair: Padgett Powell. Readers: Sid Homan, Ed White.

Diya Chaudhuri, MFA. “Little Heaps of Men.” Chair: Michael Hofmann . Readers: Sidney Wade, Anastasia Ulanowicz.

James Davis, MFA. “[Insert Cowboy].” Chair: Michael Hofmann. Readers: Rober Beebe, David Leavitt.

Laura Deily, MFA. “Disappointing Fruit.” Chair: Sidney Wade. Readers: Michael Hofmann, William Logan.

Beau Golwitzer, MFA. “The Andrew Jackson Manual.” Chair: Padgett Powell. Readers: Brian McCrea, Ed White.

Jessica Hammack, MFA. “Simple Machines.” Chair: Michael Hofmann. Readers: William Logan, Sidney Wade.

Rachel Khong, MFA. “Hello, Vitamin.” Chair: Padgett Powell. Readers: Sid Homan, David Leavitt.

Karin Lightstone, MFA. “Demeter in Los Angeles.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Sid Homan, Sidney Wade.

Philip Pinch, MFA. “Holornes.” Chair: Padgett Powell. Readers: Michael Hofmann, Brian McCrea.

Sarah Sheldon, MFA. “The Education of Guru Bob.” Chair: Jill Ciment. Readers: John Cech, Sid Homan.

Nathaniel Deyo, MA. “Twilight of the Avant-Garde: Nathanael West and the Limits of Modernism.” Chair: Susan Hegeman. Reader: Brandon Kershner.

Adrienne Gower, MA. “‘Oh, to Be a Center Fielder’: Baseball and Jewish Identity in Portnoy’s Complaint and The Counterlife.” Chair: Peter Rudnytsky. Reader: Marsha Bryant.

Todd Jurgess, MA. “Windows and Mirrors: Metaphor and Meaning in Cinemas Past and Present.” Chair: Maureen Turim. Reader: Robert Ray.

Georg Koszulinski, MA. “Beyond the Vanishing Point: Space, Landscape, and Shifting Ideologies from the Western to the Road Movie.” Chair: Maureen Turim. Reader: Scott Nygren.

Mitchell Margolis, MA. “Barthes, Surrealism, and Classical Continuity Cinema.” Chair: Scott Nygren. Reader: Susan Hegeman.

Afif Nasreddine, MA. “Contemporary Discourses of Latinidad: The Marketing and Representation of 'Other' Latinas/os in the U.S. Imagination.” Chair: Tace Hedrick. Reader: Reynaldo Jimenez (UF, Spanish).

Samantha Plasencia, MA. “Linguistic Diversity and Class in the Novels of Ann Radcliffe.” Chair: Judith W. Page. Reader: Pamela Gilbert.

David Rodriguez, MA. “The Thought and Action of ‘The First Sail’: Notes on Editing Documentary.” Chair: Roger Beebe. Reader: Dragan Kujundzic (UF, Jewish Studies).

Mariko Turk, MA. “Alternative American Girl: Radical Readers, Hidden Things, and ‘Girl-Sized’ Views of History.” Chair: Anastasia Ulanowicz. Reader: Kenneth Kidd.

William Walter, MA. “Anti-Pedagogy of Parallax.” Chair: Raul Sanchez. Reader: Greg Ulmer.

Casey Wilson, MA. “Paper Towns and Virtual Books: Reshaping the Reading Experience through Online Community.” Chair: Anastasia Ulanowicz. Reader: Terry Harpold.

Walton Wood, MA. “Artemis’ Flight and ‘Newtons sleep’: A Counter-Reading of Pattern and Interference in A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Chair: Donald Ault. Reader: Sidney Homan.

December 2010

Heather Bigley, PhD. “Cinematic Transcendence: Religious Women and Global Migration in the Historical Epic.” Chair: Barbara Mennel. Readers: Eric Kligerman (UF, Germanic & Slavic Studies), Amy Ongiri, Mark Reid.

J.A. Rice, PhD. “Ideologies of Writing: Contemporary Theory in Composition Studies.” Chair: Sidney Dobrin. Readers: Terry Harpold, Robert Hatch (UF, History), Raul Sanchez.

Jacqueline Amorim, MA. “Up in Smoke: Tobacco, Exotic Women and Nineteenth Century Culture.” Chair: Pamela Gilbert. Reader: Tace Hedrick.

Haile Bryant, MA. “Stereotype, Ambivalence, and Interpretation: Black Male Identity in the Films Borderline and Looking for Langston.” Chair: Amy Ongiri. Reader: Tace Hedrick.

Steven Lemieux, MA. “Texts as Technobodies: Post (Re)Readwriting.” Chair: John Leavey. Reader: Raul Sanchez.

R. Gabriel Mayora, MA. “Toward a Queer Chicana/o Family: Visions of Past, Queerness, Masculinity and Utopia in Contemporary Chicana/o Popular Culture.” Chair: Tace Hedrick. Reader: Efrain Barradas (UF, Spanish).

Timothy Robinson, MA. “Transnational Auteurism in Contemporary British Cinema: the Crisis of National Identity in Anthony Minghella’s The English Patient (1996) and Breaking and Entering (2006).” Chair: Scott Nygren. Reader: Roger Beebe.

Kayley Thomas, MA. “Remediating Reality in Real Person Slash Fan Fiction.” Chair: Richard Burt. Reader: Anastasia Ulanowicz.

August 2010

Wesley Beal, PhD. “The Modern American Network Narrative.” Chair: Susan Hegeman.
Readers: Nora Alter (UF, Germanic & Slavic Studies), Phil Wegner, Ed White.

Ramona Caponegro. “Perpetrating Justice: Representations of the Legal System in Children's and Young Adult Literature.” Chair: Kenneth Kidd. Readers: John Cech, Linda Lamme, David Leverenz, Nancy Dowd (UF, Law).

Franklin Cason. “The Souls of Black Film: Art and Politics.” Chair: Robert Ray. Readers: Mark Reid, Maureen Turim, Greg Ulmer, Nora Alter (UF, German).

Brian Doan, PhD. “The Anecdote and Classic Hollywood.” Chair: Robert Ray. Readers: Nora Alter (UF, Germanic & Slavic Studies), Maureen Turim, Gregory Ulmer.

Claudia Hoffmann, PhD. “Subaltern Migrancy and Transnational Locality: The Undocumented African Immigrant in International Cinema.” Chair: Barbara Mennel. Readers: Akintunde Akinyemi (UF, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures), Sylvie Blum-Reid (UF, Languages, Literatures, & Cultures), Amy Ongiri, Mark Reid.

Leeann Hunter, PhD. “Bankruptcy’s Daughters: The Economics of the New Daughter in Victorian Literature.” Chair: Pamela Gilbert. Readers: Jessica Harland-Jacobs (UF, History), Susan Hegeman, Judith Page.

Carolyn Bolte Lamkin, PhD. “Traveling Domestically: British Romantic Women Writers Cultivating Home and Nation.” Chair: Judith W. Page. Readers: Patricia Craddock, Melissa Hyde (UF, Art & Art History), David Leverenz.

Cathlean Martin, PhD. “Charlotte’s Web Site: The Convergence Culture of Children’s Print and Digital Literature.” Chair: Kenneth Kidd. Readers: John Cech, Barbara Pace (UF, Education), Gregory Ulmer.

Regina Martin, PhD. “Financial Times: Finance Capitalism, London, and the British Modernist Novel, 1870–1940.” Chair: Phillip E. Wegner. Readers: Nora Alter (UF, Germanic & Slavic Studies), Brandon Kershner, Ronald Schleifer (University of Oklahoma),Maureen Turim.

Sean Morey, PhD. “Delivery@Machines: Toward a Rhetoric and Decomposition of New Media.” Chair: Sidney Dobrin. Readers: Raul Sanchez, Gregory Ulmer, Andrew Wolpert (UF, Classics).

Aron Pease. “Machinic Cartographies: Literature and Labor at the End of Work.” Chair: Phillip E. Wegner. Readers: Terry Harpold, Susan Hegeman, John Leavey, Aida Hozic (UF, Political Science).

Andrew Reynolds, PhD. “From Indistinction to Irony: The Transformation of American Suburban Fiction, 1830–1970.” Chair: David Leverenz. Readers: Susan Hegeman, Trysh Travis (UF, Women’s & Gender Studies), Phil Wegner.

Michael Rowley, PhD. “ ‘Guided by a Great Feeling of Love:’ Toward an Etymology for the Movement of Movements in Critical Discourse Analysis for the Permanent-Revolution-of-the- Common.” Chair: Phillip E. Wegner. Readers: Tace Hedrick, Susan Hegeman, Efrain Barradas (UF, Spanish).

Michael Vastola, PhD. “Signatures of the Possible: Writing and Political Rupture in the Archives of Industrial Unionism.” Chair: Sidney Dobrin. Readers: Robert Hatch (UF, History), John Leavey, Raul Sanchez.

Phil Sandifer, PhD. “Shiny and New: The Rhetorical Logic of the Demo.” Chair: Terry Harpold. Readers: Don Ault, Anastasia Ulanowicz, Gregory Ulmer, Robert Hatch (UF, History).

Craig Smith, PhD. “Scenes of Trauma: Violent Rites, Migration and the Performance of Afro-Caribbean Masculinities.” Chair: Leah Rosenberg. Readers: Faye Harrison, Mark Reid, Efrain Barradas (UF, Spanish).

Patricia Auxier, MA. “The Ethics of Imaging Texts: Nostalgia and the Photographic Archive in Foer's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” Chair: Anastasia Ulanowicz. Reader: Ed White.

Tarah Dunn, MA. “Where the Boys Become Men, and the Girls Never Change: the Bildungsroman and the Entwicklungsroman in Popular Young Adult Latina/o and Chicana/o Genre Literature.” Chair: Tace Hedrick. Reader: Anastasia Ulanowicz.

Chad Sims, MA. “Language Against Ontology: The Fallacies of Media Essence.” Chair: Terry Harpold. Reader: Robert Ray.

Zahir Small, MA. “(Re)Producing Cultural Idenitity in the Space of Death: Jamaican Nine Night in Dennis Scott's ‘An Echo In The Bone’.” Chair: Leah Rosenberg. Reader: Malini Schueller.

John Tinnell, MA. “Remotivating the Ecological Turn: Four Components of Felix Guattari’s Ecosophical Perspective.” Chair: Gregory Ulmer. Reader: Sidney Dobrin.

May 2010

Eric Doise, PhD. “Impersonating the Witness: What Testimonial Fiction Can Teach Us about Testimony.” Chair: John Leavey. Readers: Kenneth Kidd, Dragan Kujundzic (UF, Germanic & Slavic Studies/Jewish Studies), Maureen Turim.

Cortney Grubbs, PhD. “Confessing Captivity: Queer Narratives of Trauma by American Women Writers” Chair: Marsha Bryant. Readers:: Anita Anantharam, (UF, Women’s & Gender Studies)., Kenneth Kidd, Jodi Schorb.

James Royal, PhD. “Buddhism and the Production of American Cool.” Chair: Malini Schueller Readers: Marsha Bryant, David Leverenz, Scott Nygren, Mario Poceski (UF, Religion).

Horacio Sierra, PhD. “"Sanctified Subversives: Righteous and Rebellious Nuns in Early Modern English and Spanish Literature.” Chair: Sidney Homan.. Readers: Shifra Armon (UF, Spanish), Ira Clark , David Leverenz.

Elizabet Takehana, PhD. “Immersion and Contemplation: Merging Models of Knowledge in New Media Narratives.” Chair: Gregory L. Ulmer. Readers: Terry Harpold, Scott Nygren, Jack Stenner (UF, Art & Art History)

Poushali Bhadury. MA. “Read/View/Play: Metatextuality across Media in The Neverending Story and the Inkworld Trilogy.” Chair: Kenneth Kidd. Reader: Terry Harpold

Thomas G. Cole, II, MA. “The Science Fiction of Gender in H.G. Wells’s The Island of Doctor Moreau.” Chair: Pamela Gilbert. Co-chair: Phillip Wegner

Rebekah Fitzzsimmons, MA. “Children’s Literature and the Tastemakers: Canonicity, Cultural Distinction, and the Harry Potter Effect in Bestseller Lists.” Chair: Kenneth Kidd.
Reader: Anastasia Ulanowicz.

Abra Gibson, MA. “Thanks Being Returned: Gratitude in Mansfield Park, Heartsease, and Jane Eyre.” Chair: Pamela Gilbert. Reader: Judith Page.

David Lawrimore, MA. “Historicizing F. O. Matthiessen's Method and Scope, or What Literature Does and How It Does It in 1930s America.” Co-Chairs: Stephanie Smith, Ed White.

Emily Murphy, MA. “Life on the Wire: Post-9/11 Mourning and the Figure of the Tightrope Walker.” Chair: Phillip Wegner. Reader: Anastasia Ulanowicz.

Joel Simundich, MA. “Writing Beyond Divorce: Conventions of Female Representation in Edwardian Fiction.” Chair: R. B. Kershner. Co-Chair: Pamela Gilbert.

December 2009

Tof Eklund, PhD. “Time and Narrative in Depthless Visual Media.” Chair: Don Ault. Readers: Terry Harpold, John Leavey, Robert Hatch (UF, History).

Sarah Mallonee, PhD. “The Double-Voiced Narratives of Maria Edgeworth, Somerville and Ross, and Elizabeth Bowen.” Chair: Brandy Kershner. Readers: Judith Page, Chris Snodgrass, Jessica Harland-Jacobs (UF, History).

Paromita Mukherjee, PhD. “The Uncanny Moments: Phantasm, Gender, and Identity in the Works of Elizabeth Bowen and Muriel Spark.” Chair: R. Brandon Kershner. Readers: Pamela K. Gilbert, Carol J. Murphy (UF, Languages, Literatures & Cultures), Judith W. Page,.

Aaron Talbot, PhD. “Peculiar Information, Partic'lar Friends: How American Literature and Culture Know Horatio Alger, Jr.” Chair: Kenneth Kidd. Readers: Susan Hegeman, David Leverenz, Sharon Difino (UF, German).

Matthew Snyder, MA. “Torn Limb from Limen: Grendel at the Space Between.” Chair: Richard Burt. Reader: James J. Paxson.

August 2009

Thomas Bragg, PhD. “A Thousand Peculiar and Varied Forms: Space and Narrative in the Nineteenth-Century British Historical Novel.” Chair: Pamela Gilbert. Readers: Robert Thomson, Phil Wegner, Jessica Harland-Jacobs (UF, History).

Carl Miller, PhD. “Multiple Modernisms: Essays on Non-Synchronous Periodization.” Chair: Phillip Wegner. Readers: Nora Alter (UF, Germanic & Slavic Studies), Roger Beebe, R. Brandon Kershner.

Kristen Smith, PhD. “Speaking Gardens: Constructing Gender in Early Modern English Poetry.” Chair: Ira Clark. Readers: Judith Page, Al Shoaf, Melissa Hyde (UF, Art History).

Kelly Adams, MA.  “Hunger Pangs: Foodways, Racial Melancholia, and Gender in Asian American Chick Lit.” Chair: Malini Schueller. Reader: Amy Ongiri.

May 2009

Marlo D. David, PhD. “‘Mama’s Gun’: Transgressive Narratives of Race, Gender and Nation in Post Civil Rights African-American Literature and Culture.” Chair: Debra King. Readers: Stephanie Evans (UF, Women’s & Gender Studies), Tace Hedrick, LaMonda Horton-Stallings, Kevin Quashie (Smith College, Women & Gender).

Stephen Royce Giddens, PhD. “The Emergence of Undergrounds: Conspiracy, Terror, and Punk at the Close of the Century.” Chair: Phillip Wegner. Readers: Nora Alter (UF, Germanic & Slavic Studies), Kim Emery, Scott Nygren.

Marlon R. Moore, PhD. “Queering the Soul: Homoerotic Spirtualities in American Literature.” Chair: LaMonda Horton-Stallings. Readers: Stephanie Evans (Women’s & Gender Studies), Kimberly Emery, Tace Hedrick, Kevin Quashie (Smith College, Women & Gender).

Amy Jo Robinson, PhD. “The Comedy of Small-Scale Crises: How Humor Mediates Change in Mid-Victorian Country Town Novels.” Chair: Pamela K. Gilbert. Readers: Patricia Craddock, James Gallman (UF, History), Judith Page.

Randi Marie Smith, PhD. “‘One Body and One Spirit’: The Communal Impulse in the Work of Francis Quarles and His Contemporaries.” Chair: James Paxson. Readers: Ira Clark, Howard Louthan, (UF, History), Melvyn New, Richard Shoaf.

Matthew Frazer, MFA. “Peak Oil.” Chair: Michael Hofmann. Readers: Timothy Johnson (UF, Classics), William Logan.

Mary Ferda, MFA. “You Have To Let Them Live There.” Chair: Michael Hofmann. Readers: William Logan, Sidney Wade.

Ian Garzarek, MFA. “The Bitumen Fields.”Chair: William Logan. Readers: Michael Hofmann, Anja Ulanowicz.

Kevin Giordano, MFA. “Papi’s Rose Garden.” Chair: Padgett Powell. Readers: Mary Robison, Ana Ulanowicz.

Kevin Hyde, MFA.“Slab, Pillar, Black, and Beam.” Chair: Padgett Powell. Readers: Michael Hofmann, R. Brandon Kershner.

Emily Kissell, MFA. “After Midnight in the Condiments Aisle.” Chair: Mary Robison. Readers: Leah Rosenberg, Phil Wegner.

Anthony Luebbert, MFA. “Just So You Underrstand: Stories.” Chair: Padgett Powell. Readers: Terry Harpold, Michael Hofmann.

Phoebe North, MFA. “Squall Lines.” Chair: Sidney Wade. Readers: John Cech, Kenneth Kidd.

Diana Smith, MFA. “This is Why We Can't Have Nice Things.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Debora Greger, Sidney Wade.

Ellen Snead, MFA. “Basement: An Inventory.” Chair: Michael Hofmann. Readers:: Kenneth Kidd, Sidney Wade.

Jason Stuart, MFA. This Outlaw Bitt: Legends of the County Clay.” Chair: Jill Ciment. Readers: Sid Homan, Robert Thomson.

Todd Styles, MFA. “Anonymous Human Shapes.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Marsha Bryant, Michael Hofmann.

Eric Smith, MFA. “Monologue.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Sidney Wade, Debora Greger.

Brandon J. Carr, MA. “Synthetic Number: The Structuralist Confrontation of Jean-Paul Sartre’s Critique of Dialectical Reason.” Chair: Phillip Wegner. Reader: John Leavey.

Christopher Garland, MA. “Writing Politics, Writing Theory: Space, Identity, and Roots in the Work of Salman Rushdie and J. M. Coetzee.” Chair: Robert Thomson. Reader: R. Brandon Kershner.

James Newlin, MA. “The Spirit of Spectacle: Anxieties of Authenticity and the Punked Renaissance Film.” Chair: Richard Burt, Reader: R. Allen Shoaf.

Rachel Alisa Robinson, MA. “‘Tryin’ to Make a Dolla Outta Fi’teen Cent’: Why the African-American Canon has Wrongfully Excluded Popular Urban Literature.” Chair: LaMonda Horton-Stallings. Reader: Amy Ongiri.

Katherine H. Shaeffer, MA. “Stages of Transmutation: The Visual Rhetoric of Alchemy in Sequential Art.” Chair: James Paxson. Reader: Donald Ault.

December 2008

Sean Michael Fenty, PhD. ”A Tale of Two Pleasures?: Playing Videogame Narratives.” Chair: Donald Ault. Readers: Jane Douglass (UF, Business), Terry Harpold, Barbara Pace (UF, Teaching & Learning).

Angelique V. Nixon, PhD. “Consuming Identies: Crosscurrents of Tourism, Diaspora, and Mobility in Caribbean Literature and Culture.” Chair: Leah Rosenberg. Readers: Apollo Amoko, Faye Harrison (UF, Anthropology), Amy Ongiri, Malini Schueller.

Mohanalaksh Rajakumar, PhD. “National Allgegories, Personal Stories: The Use of Domestic Narratives in India and Algeria.” Chair: Apollo Amoko. Readers: Anita Anantharam (UF, Women’s & Gender Studies), Leah Rosenberg, Malini Schueller.

Harun K. Thomas, PhD. “Cogito, Specters, and Marranos: The Deconstruction of a New Humanism under the Aegis of a Disciple’s Consciousness.” Chair: John Leavey. Readers: Mark Reid, Malini Schueller, Kim Tanzer (UF, Architecture).

Andrea D. Wood, PhD. “Radicalizing Romance: Subculture, Sex and Media at the Margins.” Chair: Kimberly Emery. Readers: Kenneth Kidd, Stephanie Smith, Patricia Travis (UF, Women’s & Gender Studies).

August 2008

Scott D. Balcerzak, PhD. “The Buffoon Men: Classic Hollywood Comedians and Masculinity.” Chair: Maureen Turim. Readers: Nora Alter (UF, Germanic & Slavic Studies), Susan Hegeman, Scott Nygren.

Amanda J. Davis, PhD. “Writing from the Women’s Prison: Autobiographical Texts by Incarcerated Women.” Chair: Malini Johar Schueller. Readers: H. Bruce Franklin (Special Member), Tace Hedrick, Debra King, Angel Kwolek-Folland (UF, History), Mark Reid.

Jung-Hwa Lee, PhD. “Unhomely Homes: Postcolonial (Re)Locations and Self-Fashioning in Joseph Conrad, Jean Rhys, and Chang-rae Lee.” Chair: R, Brandon Kershner. Readers: Pamela Gilbert, Jessica Harland-Jacobs (UF, History), Leah Rosenberg.

Zachary Whalen, PhD. “The Videogame Text: Typography and Textuality.” Co-Chairs: Donald Ault, Terry Harpold. Readers: Marsha Bryant, Brian Slawson (UF, Art & Art History).

Roger Whitson, PhD. “Romanticism and the Cult of Celebrity: Afterlives in Postmodern Film and Fiction.” Co-Chairs: Donald Ault, Richard Burt. Readers: John Leavey, Robert A. Hatch (UF, History).

Lee F. Pinkas, MFA. “Directions for the Lost.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Michael Hofmann, Sidney Wade.

Cynthia M. Mendoza, MA. “In El Norte con Calle 13 and Tego Calderón: Tracing an Articulation of Latin Identity in Regueton.” Chair: LaMonda Horton-Stallings. Reader: Marsha Bryant.

Rania L. Williams, MA. “The English Language, South Africa and Nelson Mandela: A Case for Rhetorical Urgency and a Strategy for Rhetorical Success.” Chair: Sidney Dobrin. Reader: Brian McCrea.

Sara M. Williams , MA. “Representations of Religion and Rationality in Flannery O’Connor’s The Violent Bear It Away.” Chair: Susan Hegeman. Reader: Marsha Bryant.

May 2008

Madhura Bandyopadhyay, PhD. “Working with the Body: Subjectivity, Gender, Commodification and the Labouring Body in Victorian England.” Chair: Pamela Gilbert. Readers: R. Brandon Kershner, Sheryl Kroen (UF, History), Philip Wegner.

John M. Chapman, PhD. “Rebuilding the Memory Machine: A Rhetoric for the Electronic Age.” Chair: Gregory Ulmer. Readers: Dragan Kujudzic (UF, Germanic and Slavic Studies), James Paxson, R. Allen Shoaf.

Lisa Marie Hager, PhD. “A Necessary Influence: The Victorian New Woman and the Middle-Class Family, 1868–1897.” Chair: Christopher Snodgrass. Readers: Pamela Gilbert, Louise Newman (UF, History), Judith Page.

Julie Sinn, PhD. “Golden Mean: Commercial Culture, Middle-Class Ideals, and the Little Golden Books.” Chair: John Cech. Readers: Marsha Bryant, Kenneth Kidd, Linda Lamme (UF, Teaching and Learning).

Charity E. Burns, MFA. “A Brief History of Postcards.” Chair: Debora Greger. Readers: Michael Hofmann, William Logan.

Cosme Caballero, MFA. “Calling Cards.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: LaMonda Horton-Stallings, Leah Rosenberg.

Curtis H. D’Costa, MFA. “A Narrow Vision.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Debora Greger, Sidney Wade.

Hayden R. Draper, MFA. “Living Wage.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Michael Logan, Sidney Wade.

Tarah E. Dunn, MFA. “Jumping from the Great Point.” Chair: David Leavitt. Readers: Kenneth Kidd, Leah Rosenberg.

Elizabeth E. Femiano, MFA. “That’s Not My Name.” Chair: David Leavitt. Readers: R. Brandon Kershner, Sidney Wade.

John F. Hart, MFA. “Long Exposure.” Chair: Debora Greger. Readers: Michael Hofmann, William Logan.

Michele C. Lee, MFA. “A Bathhouse in her Homeland.” Chair: Sidney Wade. Readers: Michael Hofmann, Kenneth Kidd.

Felice M. Lopez, MFA. “Halos for Days.” Chair: Mary Robison. Readers: Susan Hegeman, Sidney Wade.

Daniel J. O’Malley, MFA. “Rather Be Bowling.” Chair: Sidney Homan. Readers: Sidney Homan, R. Brandon Kershner.

Magdalen F. Powers, MFA. “Daughters of Memory.” Chair: Mary Robison. Readers: Terry Harpold, David Leverenz.

Christopher D. Shannon, MFA. “To the Vanishing Point.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Debora Greger, Michael Hofmann.

Kathleen J. Sweeney, MFA. “Better Accidents.” Chair: Sidney Wade. Readers: Kenneth Kidd, William Logan.

James S. Addcox, MA. “The Day the Love Died: Relationship Failure and the Aesthetic Moment in the Fiction of The Savoy.” Chair: Christopher Snodgrass. Reader: Pamela Gilbert.

Erin E. Bohannon, MA. “The Erotic Folk: Alternative Sexualities and Resistance Narratives in the Novels of Claude McKay.” Chair: Leah Rosenberg. Reader: Julie Kim.

Joshua R. Coonrod, MA. “Night of the Repeating Dead: A Pshychonanalytic Approach to the Intersection of Children and Violence in Gulliermo del Toro’s The Devil’s Backbone.” Chair: Amy Ongiri. Reader: Kenneth Kidd.

Christopher M. Cowley, MA. “Ashes to Ashes: Trauma, History, and the Ethics of Allegorical Memory in Post 9/11 Literature.” Chair: Philip Wegner. Readers: Eric Kligerman (UF, Germanic & Slavic Studies), Stephanie Smith.

Kelly M. Dunn, MA. “‘Many an Idle Verse’: Spenser’s Revision in The Faerie Queen.” Chair: R. Allen Shoaf. Reader: James Paxson.

Brittany S. Luck, MA. “The Silenced Witness: Contemporary Queer Theory and Ormond’s Queer Testimony.” Chair: Jodi Schorb. Reader: Edward White.

Emily S. McCann , MA. “Queering the Celtic Tiger: Re-imagining the Nation-State in Two Dublin Bildungsromans.” Chair: R. Brandon Kershner. Reader: Barbara Mennel.

Velina Manolova, MA. “Anti-Assimilationist Politics in Nella Larsen’s Quicksand and Claude McKay’s Home to Harlem and Banjo.” Chair: Leah Rosenberg. Reader: Susan Hegeman.

Richard F. Paez, MA. “Tacit Dangers: A ReExamination of Kuhn’s Contributions to Composition Studies.” Chair: Raul Sanchez. Reader: James Paxson.

Decenber 2007

Christine Bertrand, MA. “The Role of the Linguist-Ambassador in Metalinguistic Science Fiction.” Chair: Andrew Gordon. Reader: Marsha Bryant.

Lyndsay Brown, MA. “Learning How to See What Isn't There Yet: An Investigation of the Fan Music Video.” Chair: Terry Harpold. Reader: Nora Alter (UF, Germanic & Slavic Studies).

Ariana B. Cascio, MA. Non-Thesis. Chair: Sidney Dobrin. Reader: Raúl Sánchez.

Peter D’Ettore, MA. “The More Mischievious the Better: Octavian and Queer Opera Performance in Richard Strauss and Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s Der Rosenkavalier.” Chair: Barbara Mennel. Reader: Frank Offerie (UF, Music).

Megan Leroy, MA. “Writing the Mean: Phyllis McGinley and American Domesticity.” Chair: Marsha Bryant. Reader: David Leverenz.

August 2007

Joel C. Adams, PhD. “Incandescently Queer: Reading Desire in Culture.” Chair: Stephanie Smith. Readers: Susan Hegeman, David Leverenz, Eric Segal (UF, Art & Art History).

P. Todd Reynolds, PhD. “Security Exchanges: The Rise of Systematic Criminal Justice in Gilded Age U.S. Imagination.” Chair: Stephanie Smith. Readers: Susan Hegeman, Kenneth Kidd, Louise Newman (UF, History).

Joanna R. Shearer, PhD. “Naught by Nature: Chaucer and the (Re)Invention of Female Goodness in Late Medieval Literature.” Chair: R. Allen Shoaf. Readers: James Paxson, Stephanie Smith, Andrea Sterk (UF, History).

A. Catherine Tosenberger, PhD. “Potterotics: Harry Potter Fanfiction of the Internet.” Chair: Kenneth Kidd. Readers: John Cech, Terry Harpold, Linda Lamme (UF, Teaching & Learning).

Alison Joy Van Nyhuis, PhD. “Gendering America: Caribbean Writers and the American Dream.” Chair: Leah Rosenberg. Readers: Marsha Bryant, Susan Hegeman, Berta Hernandez-Truyol (UF, Comparative Law).

Leah M. Carroll, MFA. “Roughly the Size of Rhode Island.” Chair: Jill Ciment. Readers: Andrew Gordon, Mary Robison.

Melissa Garcia, MFA. “The Language of Tongues.” Chair: Sidney Wade. Readers: Ira Clark, Michael Hofmann.

David B. Ramsey, MFA. “Even to the Edge of Doom.” Chair: David Leavitt. Readers: Susan Hegeman, David Leverenz.

Angela D. Schlein, MA. “Privilege and Idealism in Salinger and Knowles’s Modern American Prep School Stories.” Chair: R. Brandon Kershner. Reader: Julie Kim.

Rachel M. Slivon, MA. “Triangular Desire and Female Sacrifice: Emerging Logic in Ada Leverson’s ‘Love’s Shadows,’ ‘Tenterhooks,’ and ‘Love at Second Sight.’” Chair: Chris Snodgrass. Reader: Pamela Gilbert.

May 2007

Doris R. Bremm, PhD. “Representation Beyond Representation: Modes of Ekphrasis in Contemporary Narratives.” Chair: Julian Wolfreys. Readers: Alexander Alberro (UF, Art & Art History), Marsha Bryant, Susan Hegeman.

Rebecca A. Brown, PhD. “The Uncanny English House in the English Novel from 1890s to 1930s.” Chair: Julian Wolfreys. Readers: Nora Alter (UF, Germanic & Slavic Studies), R. Brandon Kershner, Eric Kliegerman (UF, Germanic & Slavic Studies).

Timothy A. Gilmore, PhD. “Towards the Death and Flowering of Transcendentalism in Walt Whitman.” Chair: David Leverenz. Readers: Susan Hegeman, Louise Newman (UF, History), Stephanie Smith.

Jessica A. Livingston, PhD. “Narratives of Work in a Neoliberal Economy.” Chair: Susan Hegeman. Readers: Sheryl Kroen (UF, History), Amy Ongiri, Phillip Wegner.

Jessica Magnani, PhD. “Divided Loyalties: Latina Family Sagas and National Romances.” Chair: Tace Hedrick. Readers: Efrain Barradas (UF, Romance Languages & Latin American Studies), Malini Johar Schueller, Phillip Wegner.

James McDougall, PhD. “Innovations and Exclusions: The Incorporation of Chinese Literature in Modern American Poetry.” Chair: Marsha Bryant. Readers: Susan Hegeman, Malini Johar Schueller, Chuan-Kang Shih (UF, Anthropology).

Jill Pruett, PhD. “Autobiography in the Business of Modern Aesthetics: Gertrude Stein, Josephine Baker, Elisa Shiaparelli, and Sylvia Beach.” Chair: Marsha Bryant. Readers: Amy Ongiri, Gwynn Kessler (UF, Religion), James Paxson.

Antoinette E. Baker, MFA. “I Went To Japan on Business, and I Saw the Revolution There.” Chair: David Leavitt. Readers: Sidney Homan, Brian McCrea.

Eric M. Bliman, MFA. “Insurrection Avenue.” Chair: Michael Hofmann. Readers: Terry Harpold, Sidney Wade.

Julie G. Christenson, MFA. “Elbow and Scarcity.” Chair: Jill Ciment. Readers: John Cech, David Leverenz.

Margaret D. Franklin, MFA. “The Owl of the Orchard.” Chair: Sidney Wade. Readers: William Logan, Brian McCrea.

Georgia Gelmis, MFA. “After the Island.” Chair: David Leavitt. Readers: Marsha Bryant, Leah Rosenberg.

Derrick L. Hoeben, MFA. “Sandlappers.” Chair: Mary Robison. Readers: R. Brandon Kershner, Kenneth Kidd.

Amanda L. Jones, MFA. “The Lighter Voices.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: R. Brandon Kershner, Sidney Wade.

Marianne Kunkel, MFA. “In Secret.” Chair: Sidney Wade. Readers: Marsha Bryant, Michael Hofmann.

Christopher W. Lenz, MFA. “The Dog Years: Three Stories.” Chair: Jill Ciment. Readers: Andrew Gordon, R. Brandon Kershner.

Linsey N. Maughan, MFA. “An Explanation for Rain.” Chair: Deborah Greger. Readers: William Logan, Sidney Wade.

Sean C. McCartin, MFA. “Mystery Play: A Novel.” Chair: David Leavitt. Readers: Marsha Bryant, Kenneth Kidd.

Saara M. Raappana, MFA. “Every Important Thing.” Chair: William Logn. Readers: Deborah Greger, Michael Hofmann.

William G. Scherban, MFA. “The Great Minor League Baseball Novel.” Chair: Mary Robison. Readers: Terry Harpold, Todd Hasek-Lowy (UF, African & Asian Languages & Literatures).

Andrew P. Wislocki, MFA. “At Least the Dead Lie Still.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Ira Clark, Michael Hofmann.

Zachary G. Beck, MA. “Alienation and Love: Creating a Redemptive Hermeneutics from the Work of St. Augustine.” Chair: James Paxson. Reader: Phillip Wegner.

Janel M. Cayer, MA. “‘Perhaps the World Ends Here’: Reinscribing the Kitchen in Contemporary Women’s Poetry.” Chair: Marsha Bryant. Reader: Susan Hegeman.

Lisa K. Dusenberry, MA. “Playing Adolescent: ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’ & The Subject of Participatory Media.” Chair: Kenneth Kidd. Reader: Terry Harpold.

Cari Jo Keebaugh, MA. “Quoth the Raven, ‘Eat My Shorts’: Adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe in YA Culture.” Chair: Kenneth Kidd. Reader: David Leverenz.

Joshua N. Miller, MA. “Living by Faith, Not by Sight: The Literary Spiritual Journeys of Stephen Crane and Gerard Manley Hopkins.” Chair: Marsha Bryant. Reader: Richard Brantley.

Brittany L. Parkhurst, MA. “A Masculinizing Investigation: The Detective and Problem of Female Reticence in the Sensational Detective Fiction of Mary Elizabeth Braddon and Wilkie Collins.” Chair: Pamela Gilbert. Reader: Chris Snodgrass.

Lindsay N. Skorupa, MA. “Firefly: Exploring Humanity in the SF Western.” Chair: Andrew Gordon. Reader: Phillip Wegner.

Christina Van Houten, MA. “The Epic Production of Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans, or (Re)Presenting and (Re)Forming History.” Chair: Susan Hegeman. Reader: Phillip Wegner.

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December 2006

Patricia R. Campbell, PhD. “Portraits of Gastonia: 1930s Maternal Activism and the Protest Novel.” Chair: Stephanie Smith. Readers: Tace Hedrick, Susan Hegeman, Angel Kwolek-Folland (UF, History).

Derek S. Merrill, PhD. “Abject Americans: Waste, Obsolescence and Strategies of Recycling in 20th Century Literature.” Chair: Phillip Wegner. Readers: Alexander Alberro (UF, Art & Art History), Marsha Bryant, Susan Hegeman.

Thomas C. Odde, PhD. “The Chronotopic Imagination: Aberrant Times and Figures in Cinema.” Chair: Maureen Turim. Readers: Nora Alter (UF, Germanic & Slavic Studies), Tom Conley (Special Member), Scott Nygren.

Anuradha Ramanujan, PhD. “Forging Secular Publics: Literature and Cultural Activism in Post-Emergency India.” Chair: Malini Johar Schueller. Readers: Swapna Banerjee (UF, History), Pamela Gilbert, Leah Rosenberg, Mark Thurner (UF, History).

Rosa E. Soto, PhD. “Cultural Perspectives on Images and Representations of Latinas in Film, Television and Popular Culture.” Chair: Tace Hedrick. Readers: Efrain Barradas (UF, Romance Languages & Latin American Studies), Debra King, Malini Johar Schueller.

Stephanie L. Tripp, PhD. “Hauntology and Humanities Studies.” Chair: Gregory Ulmer. Readers: Kimberly Emery, Robert Ray.

Maisha L.Wester, PhD. “Blackness Writes Back: Contemporary African-American Re-Visions of Gothic Racial Ideologies.” Chair: Malini Johar Schueller. Readers: LaMonda Horton-Stallings, David Leverenz, Jon Sensbach (UF, History).

Heather Hamilton, MFA. “The Soft Music of Ships.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Marsha Bryant, Sydney Wade.

Maryam H. El-Shall, MA. “Modern Interpretations of Gender in Naguib Mahfouz’s Cairo Trilogy.” Chair: Apollo Amoko. Reader: LaMonda Horton-Stallings.

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August 2006

Natasa Kovacevic, PhD. “Civilization’s Wild East: Narrating Eastern Europe’s Communism and Post-Communism.” Chair: Julian Wolfreys. Readers: Malini Johar Schueller, Phillip Wegner, Galina Rylkova (UF, Germanic & Slavic Studies).

Nicole LaRose, PhD. “Gangsters, Zombies, and Other Rebels: Alternative Communities in Late Twentieth-Century British Novels and Films.” Chair: Julian Wolfreys. Readers: Phillip Wegner, Margaret Kohn (UF, Political Science), James Paxson.

Kirsten K.B. Ortega, PhD. “The Poète Flâneuse in the American City: Gwendolyn Brooks, Adrienne Rich, Diane di Prima, and Audre Lorde.” Chair: Marsha Bryant. Readers: David Leverenz, Amy Ongiri, Brian Ward (UF, History).

Rashna W. Richards, PhD. “Lightning Flashes: A Cinephiliac History of Classic Hollywood.” Chair: Robert Ray. Readers: Nora Alter (UF, Germanic & Slavic Studies), Susan Hegeman, Gregory Ulmer.

Robert C. Schachel, PhD. “Textual Projections: The Emergence of a Postcolonial American Gothic.” Co-Chairs: David Leverenz, Terry Harpold. Readers: Sylvie Blum (UF, Romance Languages & Literatures), James Paxson.

Nishant Shahani, PhD. “Queer Pedagogy and American Studies: A Reparative Thinking.” Chair: Kimberly Emery. Readers: Stephanie Smith, Gwynn Kessler (UF, Religion), Kenneth Kidd.

Lloyd E. Willis, PhD. “Looking Away: The Evasive Environmental Politics of American Literature, 1823–1966.” Chair: Stephanie Smith. Readers: Jack Davis, (UF, History), Sidney Dobrin, Phillip Wegner.

Eric M. Maxson, MFA. “Somehow He Deserved It.” Chair: Padgett Powell. Readers: Roger Beebe, R. Brandon Kershner.

George Arnold, MA. “In Sites: Locating Resistance in Composition.” Chair: Sidney Dobrin. Reader: Gregory Ulmer.

Jessica Burstrem, MA. “Monster Mothers: Feminist Approaches to Mothering Sons.” Chair: Kenneth Kidd. Reader: Kimberly Emery.

Kadesh L. Minter, MA. “‘She Had Never Seen A Place For Which Nature Had Done More’: The Role of Nature in Jane Austen’s Enlightened Feminist Romanticism.” Chair: Judith Page. Reader: Richard Brantley.

Amy-Kate Roedger, MA. “The Remus Lupin/Sirius Black Paring: Using Slash Fiction to Discuss Canon.” Chair: Kenneth Kidd. Reader: Linda Lamme (UF, Teaching & Learning).

Linda D. Stanley, MA. “Alejo Carpentier’s ‘The Kingdom of This World’ and the Spectral Voice of Communal Consciousness.” Chair: Leah Rosenberg. Reader: Apollo Amoko.

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May 2006

Renuka Bisht, PhD. “Against Fundamentalisms: Analyzing South Asian Popular Culture.” Chair: Maureen Turim. Readers: Swapna Banerjee, Scott Nygren, Malini Johar Schueller.

Sophie P. Croisy, PhD. “Other Cultures of Trauma: Meta-Metropolitan Narratives and Identities.” Chair: Julian Wolfreys. Readers: Kenneth Kidd, Carol Murphy (UF, Romance Languages & Literatures), Maureen Turim.

Emily M. Garcia, PhD. “Intra-Imperialisms: Reading the Revolutionary Subject in American Literature and Political Discourse, 1776–1787.” Chair: John P. Leavey, Jr. Readers: Alvaro Bolanos (UF, Romance Languages & Literatures), Susan Hegeman, Julian Wolfreys.

Robin J.G. Nicks, PhD. “Fairy Tales and Necrophilla: A New Cultural Context for Antebellum American.” Chair: David Leverenz. Readers: Marsha Bryant, Kenneth Kidd, Louise Newman (UF, History).

Eric C. Otto, PhD. “Science Fiction and the Ecological Conscience.” Chair: Andrew Gordon. Readers: Sidney Dobrin, Phillip Wegner, Bron Taylor (UF, Religion).

Laurie N.F. Taylor, PhD. “Not of Woman Born: Monstrous Interfaces and Monstrosity in Video Games.” Chair: Donald D. Ault. Readers: Julian Wolfreys, Jane Y. Douglas (UF, Warrington College of Business), Paul Fishwick (UF, Computer & Information Science & Engineering).

Huei-Ju Wang, PhD. “Foreclosing Others in Cultural Representation.” Chair: John P. Leavey, Jr. Readers: Robert A. Hatch (UF, History), Malini Johar Schueller, Phillip Wegner.

Antonio Garza, MFA. “Your Place is My Home.” Chair: Mary Robison. Readers: Tace Hedrick, Brian McCrea.

Allen Jih, MFA. “Beyond the Pale Country of Anger.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Richard Brantley, Michael Hofmann

Elizabeth Kaiser, MFA. “Girl With Hair on Fire.” Chair: Mary Robison. Readers: Roger Beebe, Michael Hofmann.

Matthew R. Ladd, MFA. “The Storm in Air.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Michael Hofmann, Melvyn New.

Daniel G. Levine, MFA. “Punishment.” Chair: David Leavitt. Readers: Richard Brantley, R. Brandon Kershner.

Jessica E. Murray, MFA. “The Good Death, Happy Endings.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Richard Brantley, Marsha Bryant.

Laura Anne Paul, MFA. “A Little Indiscretion.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Michael Hofmann, Sidney Wade.

Stephen K. Priest, MFA. “Artless Silences.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Michael Hofmann, James Paxson.

David G. Reidy, MFA. “Captive Audience.” Chair: David Leavitt. Readers: Susan Hegeman, R. Brandon Kershner.

Megan E. Shevenock, MFA. “Some Months Are Sadder Than Others.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Richard Brantley, Michael Hofmann.

Troy A. Teegarden, MFA. “No More Bullets.” Chair: Jill Ciment. Readers: R. Brandon Kershner, R. Allen Shoaf.

Tanya N. Underwood, MFA. “The Circus of the Black Hole.” Chair: Jill Ciment. Readers: John Cech, Kenneth Kidd.

Adam B. Vines, MFA. “Mayflies.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Michael Hofmann, Sidney Wade.

Wesley Beal, MA. “Conspiracy Theory and Consumer Practice: Collecting and the Paralysis of Interpretation in American Film.” Chair: Phillip Wegner. Readers: Edward White, Mark Fenster.

Ramona A. Caponegro, MA. “Prisoners of Innocence: American Justice, Children, and Children’s Books, 1865–1920.” Chair: Kenneth Kidd. Reader: John Cech.

James R. Fleming, MA. “Death in Life/Life in Death: Trauma, Testimony, and the 1798 Lyrical Ballads.” Chair: Judith W. Page. Reader: Donald D. Ault.

Andrew Grunzke, MA. “Money! Money in Oz: Consumerism, Communism, and the Censorship of Baum’s Oz Books.” Chair: John Cech. Reader: Andrew Gordon.

Trisha M. Kannan, MA. “‘I took my Power in my Hand’: Emily Dickinson’s Thirtieth Fascicle.” Chair: Richard Brantley. Reader: Judith W. Page.

Valerie A. Leitner, MA. “Aural Ekphrasis and Statian Sound in Chaucer’s Temple of Mars.” Chair: James Paxson. Reader: Melvyn New.

Tammy Lee Sharpe, MA. (Non-Thesis Option). Chair: Terry Harpold. Reader: Kimberly Emery.

Horacio Sierra, MA. “Marjory Stoneman Douglas’s River of Progress: Modernism, Feminism, Regionalism, and Environmentalism in Her Early Writings.” Chair: David Leverenz. Reader: Jack Davis (UF, History).

Michael A. Vastola, MA. “Postwar American Culture and the Ideological Inscription of the Suburban Norm.” Chair: Sidney Dobrin. Reader: Raúl Sánchez.

Monica Ann Williams, MA. “Misreading Pamela: The Secular Critic as Determined Seducer.” Chair: Melvyn New. Reader: Ira Clark.

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December 2005

Jonathan C. Goodwin, PhD. “Consciousness, History, and Nation in the British Novel, 1926–1932.” Chair: Norman Holland. Readers: George Esenwein (UF, History), R. Brandon Kershner, James Paxson.

Tiffany N. Hinton, PhD. “Water, Perfect Memory: Gender, Culture and Consciousness in the Novels of Toni Morrison.” Chair: Debra King. Readers: Susan Hegeman, R. Brandon Kershner, Irma McClaurin (UF, Anthropology).

Aaron D. Shaheen, PhD. “Androgynous Democracy: American Modernity and the Dual-Sexed Body Politic.” Chair: David Leverenz. Readers: Susan Hegeman, Kenneth Kidd, Louise Newman, (UF, History).

Washella N. Turner, PhD. “Unity or Dissension? African American Literary Perspectives on Twentieth-Century Organizations and Relations.” Chair: Mark A. Reid. Readers: David Leverenz, Amy Obugo Ongiri, Gwendolyn Simmons, (UF, Religion).

Sharmain Van Blommestein, PhD. “Female Mystics and Violent Love: Bodytalk, Battering, and Biology.” Chair: R. Allen Shoaf. Readers: Willard Hasty (UF, Germanic & Slavic Studies), Susan Hegeman, James Paxson.

Sheri Lynne Allen, MFA. “The Amelioration of a Dream.” Chair: Michael Hofmann. Readers: David Leavitt, Scott Nygren, Sidney Wade.

Erin E. Fernandez, MA. “Puzzles and Possibilities: New Forms of Communication in the Electrate Age.” Chair: Gregory Ulmer. Reader: Terry Harpold.

Michael Muhlhauser, MA. “Pedagogy of Disease: Re-envisioning Critical Pedagogy for Economically-Privileged U.S. College Students in the First Year Composition Classroom.” Chair: Sidney Dobrin. Reader: Pamela Gilbert.

Margot R. Reynolds, MA. “Gentlewomen Prefer Women: Refiguring Dorothy and Her Friendship to Lorelie.” Chair: Susan Hegeman. Reader: Kimberly Emery.

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August 2005

Traci M. Klass, PhD. “Writing Home: Grace Aguilar and the Jews.” Chair: Judith W. Page. Readers: Richard Brantley, Pamela K. Gilbert, Leah Hochman (UF, Religion).

Maria Del Carmen Martinez, PhD. “Almost Americans: Gender and Exile/Ethnic Cuban American Literature.” Chair: Stephanie Smith. Readers: Kimberly Emery, Tace Hedrick, Shelen Safa (UF, Anthropology), Malini Johar Schueller.

Jason M. Richards, PhD. “Whites in Blackface, Blacks in Whiteface: Racial Fluidities and National Identies.” Chair: Malini Johar Schueller. Readers: David Leverenz, Louise Newman (UF, History), Stephanie Smith.

Kevin P. Barents, MFA. “Bearings.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Michael Hofmann, Sidney Wade.

Sarah W. Bleakney, MA. “‘Inconsistent’ Desire: Self-Government and Age-Disparate Marriage in George Elliot’s Middlemarch.” Chair: Pamela K. Gilbert. Reader: Susan Hegeman.

Lindsey N. Collins, MA. “Dissimulation Women: Jamaica Kincaid’s Autobiography of My Mother and Annie John.” Chair: Leah Rosenberg. Reader: Scott Nygren.

Sean W. Morey, MA. “Ecosee: Toward A Visual Rhetoric and Composition of Nature.” Chair: Sidney Dobrin. Reader: Andrew Gordon.

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May 2005

Glenn Freeman, PhD. “Lyric Voice and American Democracy.” Chair: Marsha Bryant. Readers: LaMonda Horton-Stallings, Stephanie Smith, Brian Ward (UF, History).

Fayeza S. Hasanat, PhD. “Recasting Muslim Women: A Translation of Nawab Faizunnesa’s ‘Rupjalal.’” Chair: Pamela K. Gilbert. Readers: Swapna Banerjee (UF, History), Susan Hegeman, Malini Johar Schueller.

Marco P. Alves, MFA. “Beneath Each Wing, A Light.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Tace Hedrick, Michael Hofmann.

Jonathan L. Brown, MFA. “Wyoming Was Good To Us.” Chair: Mary Robison. Readers: Michael Hofmann, R. Brandon Kershner.

Dawn A. Chartschlaa, MFA. “Red Holes Everywhere.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Debora Greger, Sidney Wade.

Kachina O. Domenick, MFA. “The Missing Gardener.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Robert Ray, Sidney Wade.

Natalie J. Graham, MFA. “The Perfect Body.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Marsha Bryant, Jill Ciment.

Marli Ann E. Guzzetta, MFA. “The Last Box.” Chair: David Leavitt. Readers: Marsha Bryant, R. Brandon Kershner.

Donald J. Kinney, MFA. “The Elephant Jumpers.” Chair: Mary Robison. Readers: Andrew Gordon, Stephanie Smith

Ann L. McFadyen, MFA. “Dogarama.” Chair: David Leavitt. Readers: Roger Beebe, Scott Nygren.

Christine A. McIsaac, MFA. “Almost Always Benign and Other Stories.” Chair: Jill Ciment. Readers: Terry Harpold, Kenneth Kidd.

Christine E. Poreba, MFA. “Toward a Distant Coast.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Ira Clark, Sidney Wade.

Christiaan Sabatelli, MFA. “Sherwood Anderson Tours the East Village.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Marsha Bryant, R. Alan Shoaf

Nora Anne Spencer, MFA. “Rewilding.” Chair: Jill Ciment. Readers: Kenneth Kidd, Sidney Wade.

Jonas W. Williams, MFA. “Guy Santana Sings, Ay-Ay-Ay-Ay Me Stories.” Chair: Mary Robison. Readers: Michael Hofmann, R. Brandon Kershner.

Lawrence M. Wood, MFA. “The Sendoff and Other Stories.” Chair: David Leavitt. Readers: Rober Beebe, Michael Hofmann.

Samuel Worland-Esquith, MFA. “Expatriation.” Chair: Padgett Powell. Readers: Roger Beebe, Brian McCrea.

Joel Adams, MA. “Falling Into the Queer Archive: ‘A Florida Enchantment’ and the Uses of a History of U.S. Consumer Capitalism.” Chair: Stephanie Smith. Reader: Kimberly Emery.

Lydia S. Blätter, MA. “The Centrifugal Tendencies of ‘The Possessed’ in Djuna Barnes’s Nightwood.” Chair: Susan Hegeman. Readers: Kimberly Emery, Tace Hedrick.

Anna Lee Guest, MA. “Uncovering Our Work: The Production of Knowledge in Academia and Activism.” Chair: Susan Hegeman. Reader: Apollo Amoko.

Lacy F. Hodges, MA. “‘Scully, What Are you Wearing?’ The Problem Of Feminism, Subversion, and Heteronormativity in The X-Files.” Chair: Andrew Gordon. Reader: R. Brandon Kershner.

Nicholas A. Jelley, MA. “The Potential for Rewriting Myth: Finding the ‘Kindness’ on the Frontier.” Chair: Gregory Ulmer. Reader: Robert Ray.

Paul A. Johnson, MA. “The Moving Picture Ship.” Chair: Robert Ray. Reader: Donald D. Ault.

Rachael E. Kane, MA. “‘Our Present Race of Young Men’: Frances Burney’s Bad Boys.” Chair: Brian McCrea. Reader: Patricia Craddock.

Jessica M. Espinosa, MA. “A Forgotten Victorian Adventure Writer: William H. G. Kingston and His Politics, Religion, and Stories.” Chair: Pamela K. Gilbert. Reader: Kenneth Kidd.

Christina A. Leon, MA. “Figures of the ‘Other Cuban:’ Trauma, Periperformativity and the Everyday.” Chair: Kimberly Emery. Reader: Leah Rosenberg.

Thomas J. Love, MA. “Disturbing the Genre: Evaluation Power Structures in Y.A. Literature and Charting New Possibilities With Push.” Chair: Kenneth Kidd. Reader: John Cech.

Patrick J. McHenry, MA. “Vanguard Assemblages: New Media and the Enthymeme.” Chair: Gregory Ulmer. Reader: Terry Harpold.

Randi M. Smith, MA. “Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread: The Spiritual Consummatory Appetite and the Death Wish in the Poetry of Francis Quarles and Robert Southwell.” Chair: Ira Clark. Reader: James Paxson.

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December 2004

Afshin’ Mohamed H. Hafizi, PhD. “Toward A General Economy of Travel: Identity, Memory and Death.” Chair: John P. Leavey, Jr. Readers: Robert Hatch (UF, History), Phillip Wegner Julian Wolfreys.

Kyeong Hwangbo, PhD. “Trauma, Narrative, and the Marginal Self in Selected Contemporary American Novels.” Chair: Norman Holland. Readers: Andrew Gordon, Malini Johar Schueller, Hernan Vera (UF, Sociology).

A. Rochelle Mabry, PhD. “In Love In a Movie: Women and Contemporary Romantic Comedy.” Chair: Maureen Turim. Readers: Nora Alter (UF, Germanic & Slavic), Roger Beebe, Susan Hegeman.

Melinda S. Cardozo, MA. “Empty Incantations and Rewritten Rituals: Reading Judith Butler for Recognitions of Subjectivity.” Chair: Stephanie Smith. Reader: Kimberly Emery.

Marlon Moore, MA. “‘A Torrent of Rhetoric’: Constructs of Blackness and Masculinity in Critical Responses.” Chair: Roger Beebe. Reader: Amy Obugo Ongiri.

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August 2004

Howell (Mack) Evans, PhD. “The Literature of the Blues and Black Cultural Studies.” Chair: R. Brandon Kershner. Readers: William McKeen (UF, Journalism), Mark A. Reid, Robert Thomson.

Michelle M. Sipe, PhD. “Bringing Beauty Home to the Poor: Women, the Gardenesque, and the Domestication of Landscape in Nineteenth-Century British Culture.” Chair: Pamela K. Gilbert. Readers: Sheryl Kroen (UF, History), Elizabeth Langland (UC, Davis), Phillip Wegner.

Shane W. Trudell, PhD. “Meridians: Mapping Metaphors of Mixed Racial Identity.” Chair: Tace Hedrick. Readers: Debra King, Milagros Pena (UF, Sociology), Mark A. Reid.

Frederick J. Young, PhD. “Towards An Ethics of the Political.” Chair: Julian Wolfreys. Readers: Alexander Alberro (UF, Art History), John P. Leavey, Jr., Gregory Ulmer, Phillip Wegner.

Barbara R. Drake, MFA. “Embouchure and Three Stories.” Chair: David Leavitt. Readers: Kenneth Kidd, Sidney Wade.

Julie A. Green, MFA. “Walk On An Abandoned Island.” Chair: Sidney Wade. Readers: Debora Greger, William Logan.

Oindrila Mukherjee, MFA. “Things Come Together, with Stories.” Chair: David Leavitt. Readers: Michael Hofmann, Scott Nygren.

Suzanne E. Warren, MFA. “Truants: Stories, Translations, Essays.” Chair: Jill Ciment. Readers: Marsha Bryant, Stephanie Smith.

Michael A. Sansone, MA. “Immersion, Stylization, Naturalization, and the Erasmatron: Bridging the Gap Between Gameplay and Narrative Toward the Promise of Interactive Storytelling.” Chair: Jane Douglas. Reader: Don Ault.

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May 2004

Denise K. Cummings, PhD. “The Spaces of Viewing: Film, Architecture, Exhibition, Spectatorship.” Chair: Maureen Turim. Readers: Susan Hegeman, Robert Ray, Eric Segal (UF, Art History).

David W. Hart, PhD. “Exile and Agency in Caribbean Literature and Culture.” Chair: R. Brandon Kershner. Readers: Tace Hedrick, Gerald Murray (UF, Anthropology), Malini Johar Schueller.

Megan A. Norcia, PhD. “X Marks the Spot: Victorian Women Writers Map the Empire.” Chair: Pamela K. Gilbert. Readers: Cesar Caviedes (UF, Geography), Kenneth Kidd, Chris Snodgrass.

Brendan P. Riley, PhD. “Cinema, Computers, and War.” Chair: Gregory Ulmer. Readers: Nora Alter (UF, Germanic & Slavic Studies), Roger Beebe, Robert Ray, John Sabin (UF, Physics).

Victoria D. Schooler, PhD. “Prayer in Chaucer’s Poetry.” Chair: R. Allen Shoaf. Readers: William Calin (UF, Romance Languages & Literatures), Ira Clark, Patricia Craddock, James Paxson.

Eric D. Smith, PhD. “Unfinished Modernities: Bakhtin and the Modernist Novel in Postcolonial Literatures.” Chair: R. Brandon Kershner. Readers: Swapna Banerjee (UF, History), Leah Rosenberg, Malini Johar Schueller, Phillip Wegner.

Dean A. Swinford, PhD. “Through the Daemon’s Gate: Kepler’s Somnium, Medieval Dream Narratives and the Polysemy of Allegorical Motifs.” Chair: James Paxson. Readers: Nora Alter (UF, Germanic & Slavic Studies), Fernand Hallyn (Special), Robert Hatch (UF, History), R. Allen Shoaf, Phillip Wegner.

Jolia S. Einstein, MFA. “Off the Isle of Man.” Chair: Debora Greger. Readers: Richard Brantley, William Logan.

Cortney M. Grubbs, MFA. “Where the Gods Live.” Chair: Sidney Wade. Readers: Marsha Bryant, William Logan.

Michael J. Loughran, MFA. “The Unreasonable Season.” Chair: Sidney Wade. Readers: Michael Hofmann, William Logan.

Terrence McGovern, MFA. “None of Us is Perfect and Other Stories.” Chair: David Leavitt. Readers: Brian McCrea, Scott Nygren.

Mark A. McKain, MFA. “Elegy for A Moth.” Chair: Debora Greger. Readers: Michael Hofmann, William Logan.

Arthur W. McMaster III, MFA. “Gathering Night Noises.” Chair: Sidney Wade. Readers: Richard Brantley, Marsha Bryant.

Amanda J. Reynolds, MFA.“Degrees of Separation.” Chair: Sidney Wade. Readers: Marsha Bryant, Michael Hofmann.

Bryan R. Smith, MFA. “The Good Life of the City.” Chair: Jill Ciment. Readers: Roger Beebe, Scott Nygren.

Jonathan A. Stern, MFA. “The Half-Life of Home Furnishing.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Michael Hofmann, Sidney Wade.

Michael Kevin Wilson, MFA. “Taking Bases.” Chair: Padgett Powell. Readers: Roger Beebe, Brian McCrea.

Thomas G. Bragg, MA. “A Mere Appendix: The Reclaiming and Desexing of Sherlock Holmes.” Chair: Pamela K. Gilbert. Reader: Chris Snodgrass.

Katherine Ann Casey-Sawicki, MA. “The Circulation of Reality TV and Internet Activism: Real World Meet the Zapatistas.” Chair: Roger Beebe. Reader: Kenneth Kidd.

Erica R. Dix, MA. (Non-Thesis Option). Chair: Marsha Bryant. Reader: Kenneth Kidd.

Idoia Gorosabel, MA. “Straightening Up and Coming Out: Documenting the Heterosexual Trajectory of TLC Daytime.” Chair: Roger Beebe. Reader: Kenneth Kidd.

Cathlena A. Martin, MA.“Breaking Narrative Bounds: The Use of Multiple Visual Narratives in Caldecott Medal Award Books.” Chair: John Cech. Reader: Kenneth Kidd.

Michael S. Pearl, MA. “All That We Become: Renegotiation Vampire/Performative Masculinity in: Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel.” Chair: Phillip Wegner. Reader: Kenneth Kidd.

Malini Roy, MA. “Godwin’s Politics of Process.” Chair: John Cech. Readers: Kenneth Kidd, Donald D. Ault.

Sarah E. Schiff, MA. “Family Systems Theory as Literary Analysis: The Case of Phillip Roth.” Chair: Kenneth Kidd. Reader: Marsha Bryant.

Jennifer B. Simmons, MA. “Visions of Feminist (Pom(o)nanism):Masturbating Female Postmodern Subjectivity in American Television and Film.” Chair: Maureen Turim. Reader: Roger Beebe.

Erik R. Sullivan, MA. “If Not Jeffries, Then Rivera, Says Jack London: Authoring the Removal of Jack Johnson’s Golden Smile.” Chair: John Seelye. Reader: Kevin McCarthy.

Zachary N. Whalen, MA. “Play Along: An Approach to the Metaphoric and Metonymic Functions of Video Game Music.” Chair: Jane Douglas. Reader: Donald D. Ault.

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December 2003

Sarika Chandra, PhD. “Dislocalism: Travel, Globalization, and the Production of Knowledge.” Chair: Susan Hegeman. Readers: Robert Hatch (UF, History), Tace Hedrick, Stephanie Smith.

David T. Johnson, PhD. “Cinematic Accidents in Theory and Practice.” Chair: Robert Ray. Readers: Nora Alter (UF, Germanic & Slavic Studies), R. Brandon Kershner, Gregory Ulmer.

Anne H. Lambert, PhD. “The Wild Woman and Her Sisters in Medieval English Literature.” Co-Chairs: Marie Nelson and R. Allen Shoaf. Readers: Patricia Craddock, Martha Hardman (UF, Anthropology), Robert Thomson.

David A. Matthew, PhD. “Bodies of Blended Times: Time Compression Figures and the Imagination of the Future.” Chair: Pamela K. Gilbert. Readers: James Paxson, Anna Peterson (UF, Religion), Phillip Wegner.

Heather N. Milton, PhD. “Woman to Woman: Confession, Sexuality, and the Production of Bourgeois Subjectivity.” Chair: Pamela K. Gilbert. Readers: Marsha Bryant, Sheryl Kroen (UF, History), Elizabeth Langland (UC, Davis).

Bharati Kasibhatla, MA. “Athleticism and Empire In P.G. Wodehouse’s The White Feather.” Chair: Chris Snodgrass. Reader: Pamela K. Gilbert.

Robin L. Nuzum, MA. “Jean Toomer or How the Failed Race Man Performed Modernity.” Chair: Tace Hedrick. Reader: Malini Johar Schueller.

Kristen D.G. Smith, MA. (Non-Thesis Option). Chair: Ira Clark. Reader: Patricia Craddock.

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August 2003

C. Bradley Dilger, PhD. “Ease in Composition Studies.” Chair: Gregory Ulmer. Readers: John Blake Scott (University of Central Florida, English), Stephanie Smith, Joseph Wilson (UF, Computer Engineering).

Nivedita Majumdar, PhD. “The Nation and Its Discontents: A Critique of Nationalism in South Asian Literature.” Chair: John P. Leavey, Jr. Readers: Frederick Corney (UF, History), Tace Hedrick, Phillip Wegner.

Joy K. Gonsalves, MFA. “The Moon in January.” Chair: Debora Greger. Readers: William Logan, Sidney Wade.

Henry J. Butler, MA. “Diegetic Stance and Its Role in RPGs: An Examination of Schema. Development and Narrative Application in Digital Interactive Fiction.” Chair: Jane Douglas. Reader: Terry Harpold.

Madhurima, Chakraborty, MA. “Midnight’s Children and Subaltern Pasts: Salman Rushdie Provincializing Europe.” Chair: Malini Johar Schueller. Reader: Leah Rosenberg.

Jason Currie, MA. “The Other Imagination in The Prelude.” Chair: Donald D. Ault. Reader: Richard E. Brantley.

Kim A. Johnson, MA. “The Burden of Proof: Authenticity and Authorship in Children’s Literature.” Chair: Debra W. King. Reader: Kenneth Kidd.

Scott Gregory Reed, MA. “Webs of Resistance: New Media, Ecocomposition, and Resistance Theory.” Chair: Sidney Dobrin. Reader: Terry Harpold.

Joanna R. Shearer, MA. “In Search of a ‘Noble Prechour’: Re-defining Chaucer’s Struggle for Authority Over That of His Female Narrators and Their Experience in The Canterbury Tales.” Chair: R. Allen Shoaf. Reader: James J. Paxson.

Brinly L. Standridge, MA. “A Psychoanalytic Reading of Picture Book Dynamics: Adam Phillips’s Theories of Desire On A Temporality of Image, Text, and Closure in Fantasy.” Chair: Kenneth Kidd. Reader: Robert Thomson.

Monica T. White, MA. “Speaking In Our Own Tongues: Language and Conversations Between African Based Creative Theory and Western Based Traditional Theory in Womanist Dramatic Theoretical Discourse.” Chair: Debra W. King. Readers: Michael Pinkney (UF, Theatre), Leah Rosenberg.

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May 2003

Arnold Nicholas (Nick) Melczarek, PhD. “The Ecstasy of St. Subaltern: Ideology, Jouissance, and Figuration in Literature and Theory.” Chair: Malini Johar Schueller. Readers: Kimberly Emery, Louise Newman (UF, History), Stephanie Smith. Special Reader: Rajagopalan Radhakrishnan (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, English).

Lorraine Ouimet, PhD. “Narratives of Recovery: Trauma, History, and the Use of the Supernatural in Contemporary African American Cultural Productions.” Chair: David Leverenz. Readers: Maude Hines (Portland State University, English), Mark A. Reid, Michael Pinkney (UF, Theatre).

Patricia Ventura, PhD. “The Cultural Logic of the United States in the Globalization Era.” Chair: Susan Hegeman. Readers: Roger Beebe, Angela Kwolek-Folland (UF, History & Women’s Studies), Phillip Wegner.

Sharla R. Benedict, MFA. “The Idea That Created the Universe.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Marsha Bryant, Sidney Wade.

Ann Bronston, MFA. “‘Eskimo Nights’ and Other Stories.” Chair: David Leavitt. Readers: Terry Harpold, Kenneth Kidd.

U. Michael Dietz, MFA. “Reports From the Province.” Chair: Sidney Wade. Readers: Michael Hofmann, William Logan.

Peter J. Grimes, MFA. “The Actual Muscles of the Heart.” Chair: Padgett Powell. Readers: R. Brandon Kershner, John Seelye.

Stephanie L. Harrison, MFA. “We Need More Elephants.” Chair: Jill Ciment. Readers: Pamela K. Gilbert, R. Allen Shoaf.

Christopher I.M. Jones, MFA. “Conducted In It.” Chair: Michael Hofmann. Readers: Ira Clark, Susan Hegeman.

Stephanie M. Kartalopoulos, MFA. “Peculiar Love.” Chair: Sidney Wade. Readers: Donald D. Ault, Michael Hofmann.

Joseph Piazza, MFA. “Deposed Kings.” Chair: David Leavitt. Readers: Sidney Homan, Michael Hofmann.

Rebecca E. Soppe, MFA. “‘Saint Theresa’s Finger’ and Other Stories.” Chair: David Leavitt. Readers: Anne G. Jones, R. Brandon Kershner.

Kristoffer H. Stokes, MFA. “Playacting.” Chair: Jill Ciment. Readers: Scott Nygren, Sidney Wade.

Suzanne M. Zweizig, MFA. “Bang, Whiskey, Roost.” Chair: Michael Hofmann. Readers: Marsha Bryant, Sidney Wade.

Cameron C. Clark, MA. “‘And she was loved’: TrauMA. and Testimony in Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon.” Chair: Anne G. Jones. Reader: Debra King.

Ariel A. Gunn, MA. “‘He might have read between the lines’: Dissonant Identity in the Early Works of John Oliver Hobbes.” Chair: Chris Snodgrass. Reader: Julian Wolfreys.

Trena R. Houp, MA. “There and Back Again: A Brief Survey of Wordless Picturebooks.” Chair: John Cech. Reader: Kenneth Kidd.

Amy R. Kimball, MA. “Kate the Transgressor: Katharine Hepburn and Popular Conceptions of Feminist and Lesbian Iconography.” Chair: Maureen Turim. Reader: Stephanie Smith.

Sarah M. Mallonee, MA. “Exploring Hybridity in Flora Annie Steel’s On the Face of the Waters and The Law of the Threshold.” Chair: Pamela K. Gilbert. Reader: Malini Johar Schueller.

James I. McDougall, MA. “At the Crossroads: The Intersection of Interlanguage, Residual Modernism, and Nomadic Hybridity in Bei Dao and Ezra Pound’s Modernist Poetics.” Chair: Marsha Bryant. Reader: Scott Nygren.

Theresa Ostrom, MA. “‘And He Honoured Þat Hit Hade Euermore After’: The Influence of Richard II’s Livery System on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” Chair: R. Allen Shoaf. Reader: James J. Paxson.

Tabitha L. Parks, MA. “In Another Place, Not Here: A Reappropriation of Caribbean Nationalism.” Chair: Kimberly Emery. Reader: Leah Rosenberg.

Herschel Shepard, MA. “Human, All Too (Post) Super-Human: (Dis)Corporation in The Dark Knight Strikes Again.” Chair: John P. Leavey, Jr. Reader: Donald D. Ault.

Alison J. Van Nyhuis, MA. “Modernist Transcanonization: Reading Genevieve Taggard and Una Marson.” Chair: Marsha Bryant. Reader: Leah Rosenberg.

Lloyd E. Willis, MA. “Modernism, Environmentalism, and the Treatment of Land in T.S. Eliot’s The Waste Land.” Chair: Sid Dobrin. Reader: R. Brandon Kershner.

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December 2002

Patrick S. Brennan, PhD. “Underground Homosexualities: Resituating the Early Sixties Cinema. of Kenneth Anger, Jack Smith, and Andy Warhol.” Chair: Scott Nygren. Readers: Maureen Turim, Robert Ray, Sylvie Blum (UF, Romance Languages).

Mary L.S. Huffer, PhD. “Emily Dickinson’s Experiential Poetics: ‘not precisely Knowing/And not precisely Knowing not.’” Chair: Richard Brantley. Readers: David Leverenz, Marsha Bryant, John Cech, David Hackett (UF, Religion).

Heather Joy Marcovitch, PhD. “The Art of the Pose: Oscar Wilde’s Theory of Persona.” Chair: Chris Snodgrass. Readers: Alistair Duckworth, Pamela K. Gilbert, Ralf E. Remshardt (UF, Theatre).

Brian Rhinehart, PhD. “Acting Comedy: In History, Theory, and Practice.” Chair: Sid Homan. Readers: Norman Holland, John Seelye, Carl Bredahl, David Young (UF, Theatre).

Jeffrey Rice, PhD. “The Rhetoric of Cool: Computers, Cultural Studies, and Composition.” Chair: Gregory Ulmer. Readers: Sid Dobrin, James Paxson, William Tilson (UF, Architecture).

Mario F. Garcia, MA. “The Physique Closet: Phantom Normalcy and Gay Masculinity.” Chair: Blake Scott. Reader: Kimberly Emery.

Roman Kazmin, MA. “Landscape and Ideology in 18th Century British Culture.” Chair: Julian Wolfreys. Reader: John P. Leavey, Jr.

Eric C. Otto, MA. “The Speculating a Sustainable Future: Science Fiction and the Pedagogy of Ecological Literacy.” Chair: Andrew Gordon. Reader: Sid Dobrin.

Jill L. Pruett, MA. “The Evidence of Experience: Narrative As Rhetoric, Autobiography As Activism.” Chair: Anne G. Jones. Reader: Kimberly Emery.

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August 2002

Paul K. Feith, MA. “A Gonzo Cockroach: Narrative and Social Justice in Oscar Zeta Acosta’s The Revolt of the Cockroach People.” Chair: Tace Hedrick. Reader: Stephanie Smith.

Edrik J. Lopez, MA. “The Trope of the Nostalgic Jibaro: A Theory of U.S. Puerto Rican Literature.” Chair: Tace Hedrick. Reader: Efraín Barradas (UF, Romance Languages).

Sherwin F. Mendoza, MA. “‘I Have You Properly Taped, My Lad’: Tom Kernan Overdetermined.” Chair: Phillip Wegner. Reader: R. Brandon Kershner.

Elizabeth C. Rack, MA. “ BUSTing Up the Mainstream: Bohemian Feminist Texts and Postmodern Resistance.” Chair: Stephanie Smith. Reader: Maureen Turim.

Harun K. Thomas, MA. “The Pedagogy of Whatever.” Chair: Gregory Ulmer. Reader: Kimberly Emery.

Audrey C. Wasser, MA. “Bakhtin: Living Discourse and the Shape of Dialogism.” Chair: Phillip Wegner. Reader: James Paxson.

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May 2002

Angela Kay H. Bacsik, PhD. “Technologies of Inscription: Archival Iterability and the Semiotics of Genomic Language.” Chair: John P. Leavey, Jr. Readers: Daniel Cottom (University of Oklahoma, English), Harry Paul (UF, History), Phillip Wegner.

Dion C. Cautrell, PhD. “The Substance of Style: Invention, Arrangement, and Paralogic Rhetoric In the Composition Classroom.” Chair: Sid Dobrin. Readers: Frederick Corney (UF, History), James Paxson, Blake Scott.

Alan R. Clinton, PhD. “High Modernism in the History of Automatism.” Chair: R. Brandon Kershner. Readers: Alexander Alberro (UF, Art), Marsha Bryant, Robert Ray, Gregory Ulmer.

William Blake Gerard, PhD. “‘Sallies of the Imagination’: Visual Imagery and the Work of Laurence Sterne.” Chair: Melvyn New. Readers: Patricia Craddock, Alistair Duckworth, C. John Sommerville (UF, History).

John J. Smith, PhD. “Men of the Cold War: Warrior Ethos and Domesticity in 1950s America.” Chair: Marsha Bryant. Readers: Andrew Gordon, Kenneth Kidd, Brian E. Ward (UF, History).

Jason A. Snart, PhD. “The Torn Book: Fixity, Fluidity, Disorder and Energy in William Blake’s Marginalia.” Chair: Donald D. Ault. Readers: Richard Brantley, Robert A. Hatch (UF, History), Phillip Wegner.

Christopher H. Bachelder, MFA. “A Brief History of Bad Love: Stories.” Chair: Padgett Powell. Readers: Roger Beebe, David Leavitt.

Rachel E. Carroll, MFA. “Things We Dream of Having.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Michael Hofmann, Sidney Wade.

Hillary N. Commins, MFA. “The Pig Flower and Other Stories.” Chair: David Leavitt. Readers: John Cech, Michael Hofmann.

John C. Elderkin, MFA. “Bad Doctor.” Chair: David Leavitt. Readers: Michael Hofmann, Kenneth Kidd.

Andrew M. Kozma, MFA. “Bitter Roses and Thorn Tea.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Scott Nygren, Sidney Wade.

Ryan J. Meany, MFA. “Over and Down in a Barrel.” Chair: Padgett Powell. Readers: David Leavitt, Sidney Wade.

Emily J. Miller, MFA. “Swim and Other Stories.” Chair: Padgett Powell. Readers: Ira Clark, David Leavitt.

Laura A. Roesler, MFA. “Night Scouting.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: Marsha Bryant, Sidney Wade.

Nicole A. Schildkraut, MFA. “Car After Car After Car.” Chair: William Logan. Readers: John Cech, Sidney Wade.

Charles N. Wuest, MFA. “Inside A Lean-To.” Chair: Sidney Wade. Readers: Michael Hofmann, Marie Nelson.

Tanya P. Zarlengo, MFA. “Dead in Bug Heaven.” Chair: Padgett Powell. Readers: David Leavitt, R. Allen Shoaf.

Benjamin Bain-Creed, MA. “The Production of the Surreal: An Evaluation of Nature, Consciousness, and Creation in Sylvia Plath’s Poetry.” Chair: Marsha Bryant. Reader: Susan Hegeman.

Kirsten K. Bartholomew, MA. “The Poetry of Gwendolyn Brooks and Audre Lorde: Redefining Urban Possiblities.” Chair: Marsha Bryant. Reader: Mildred Hill-Lubin.

Sophie P. Croisy, MA. “Revisiting Ecofeminism: Identy Politics, Environmental Debates, and the Promise of Native American Literature.” Chair: A. Carl Bredahl. Reader: Angela Kwolek-Folland (UF, History & Women’s Studies).

Sean M. Fenty, MA. “Defining and Extending Interactive Narrative in the Digital Age: A Defense of the Computer Game as a Narrative Medium.” Chair: Jane Y. Douglas. Reader: Terry Harpold.

Nicole M. LaRose, MA. “Information in The Information: Reading and Refusing Mass Media Mentality in Martin Amis’s London.” Chair: Julian Wolfreys. Reader: R. Brandon Kershner.

Laurie N.F. Taylor, MA. “Video Games: Perspective, Point-of-View, and Immersion.” Chair: Terry Harpold. Reader: Jane Y. Douglas.

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December 2001

Richard E. Joines, PhD. “‘For Those With Ears to Hear’: Emerson, Rhetoric, and Political Philosophy.” Chair: John P. Leavey, Jr. Co-Chair: Stephanie Smith. Readers: Phillip Wegner, Geoffrey Waite (Cornell University, German Studies), Robert H. Zieger (UF, History).

Chandra T. Mountain, PhD. “Bodies of Knowledge: Madness and Power in Africana Women’s Texts.” Chair: R. Brandon Kershner. Readers: A. Carl Bredahl, Debra Walker King, Anne Wyatt-Brown (UF, Linguistics).

Robert S. Lehman, MA. “Sebald, Intuition, and The Maltese Falcon: Rethinking the Possibilities of Film Analysis.” Chair: Robert Ray. Reader: Gregory Ulmer.

Brian L. Meredith, MA. “Nation, City, Utopia: Conspiracies of Form in Fielding’s Amelia.” Chair: Patricia Craddock. Reader: Brian McCrea.

Julie A. Sinn, MA. “‘I Ain’t No Trick Baby’ or Princess in Disguise: Gender Boundaries and Female Mobility in Freeway, Snow White: A Tale of Terror, and Ever After: A Cinderella Story.” Chair: Kenneth Kidd. Reader: John Cech.

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