The English Department Dissertations and Theses Series is comprised of dissertations and thesis authored by Marquette University's English Department doctoral and master's students.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Homecomings: Victorian British Women Travel Writers And Revisions Of Domesticity, Emily Paige Blaser

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From Pastorals to Paterson: Ecology in the Poetry and Poetics of William Carlos WIlliams, Daniel Edmund Burke

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Argument in Poetry: (Re)Defining the Middle English Debate in Academic, Popular, and Physical Contexts, Kathleen R. Burt

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(re)making The Gentleman: Genteel Masculinities And The Country Estate In The Novels Of Charlotte Smith, Jane Austen, And Elizabeth Gaskell, Shaunna Kay Wilkinson

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Brides, Department Stores, Westerns, and Scrapbooks--The Everyday Lives of Teenage Girls in the 1940s, Carly Anger

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Placed People: Rootedness in G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis, and Wendell Berry, David Harden

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Rhetorics Of Girlhood Trauma In Writing By Holly Goddard Jones, Joyce Carol Oates, Sandra Cisneros, And Jamaica Kincaid, Stephanie Marie Stella

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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A Victorian Christmas in Hell: Yuletide Ghosts and Necessary Pleasures in the Age of Capital, Brandon Chitwood

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"Be-Holde the First Acte of this Tragedy" : Generic Symbiosis and Cross-Pollination in Jacobean Drama and the Early Modern Prose Novella, Karen Ann Zyck Galbraith

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Pamela: Or, Virtue Reworded: The Texts, Paratexts, and Revisions that Redefine Samuel Richardson's Pamela, Jarrod Hurlbert

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Violence and Masculinity in American Fiction, 1950-1975, Magdalen McKinley

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Gender Politics in the Novels of Eliza Haywood, Susan Muse

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Truth Telling: Testimony and Evidence in the Novels of Elizabeth Gaskell, Rebecca Parker Fedewa

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Spirit of the Psyche: Carl Jung's and Victor White's Influence on Flannery O'Connor's Fiction, Paul Wakeman

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Performing the Audience: Constructing Playgoing in Early Modern Drama, Eric Dunnum

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Paule Marshall's Critique of Contemporary Neo-Imperialisms Through the Trope of Travel, Michelle Miesen Felix

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Hermeneutics, Poetry, and Spenser: Augustinian Exegesis and the Renaissance Epic, Denna Iammarino-Falhamer

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Encompassing the Intolerable: Laughter, Memory, and Inscription in the Fiction of John McGahern, John Keegan Malloy

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Regional Consciousness in American Literature, 1860-1930, Kelsey Louise Squire

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The Ethics of Ekphrasis: The Turn to Responsible Rhetoric in Mid-Twentieth Century American Poetry, Joshua Scott Steffey

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Cognitive Architectures: Structures of Passion in Joanna Baillie's Dramas, Daniel James Bergen

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On Trial: Restorative Justice in the Godwin-Wollstonecraft-Shelley Family Fictions, Colleen M. Fenno

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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What's the point to eschatology : multiple religions and terminality in James Joyce's Finnegans wake, Martin R. Brick

Submissions from 2008

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"An improbable fiction": The marriage of history and romance in Shakespeare's Henriad, Marcia Eppich-Harris

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The Gothic novel and the invention of the middle-class reader: "Northanger Abbey" as case study, Tenille Nowak

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Not just a novel of epic proportions: Ralph Ellison's Invisible Man as modern American epic, Dana Edwards Prodoehl

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Recovering the radicals: Women writers, reform, and nationalist modes of revolutionary discourse, Mark J Zunac

Submissions from 2007

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"The sweet and the bitter": Death and dying in J. R. R. Tolkien's "The Lord of the Rings", Amy M. Amendt-Raduege

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The games men play: Madness and masculinity in post-World War II American fiction, 1946--1964, Thomas P Durkin

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Genderless bodies: Stigma and the myth of womanhood, Ellen M Letizia

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Envy and jealousy in the novels of the Brontes: A synoptic discernment, Margaret Ann McCann

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Technologies of the late medieval self: Ineffability, distance, and subjectivity in the "Book of Margery Kempe", Crystal L Mueller

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"Finding...a map...to that place called home": The journey from silence to recovery in Patrick McCabe's "Carn" and "Breakfast on Pluto", Valerie A Murrenus Pilmaier

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Emily Dickinson's ecocentric pastoralism, Moon-ju Shin

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The American jeremiad in Civil War literature, Jacob Hadley Stratman

Submissions from 2006

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Literary art in times of crisis: The proto-totalitarian anxiety of Melville, James, and Twain, Matthew J Darling

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(Re)writing genre: Narrative conventions and race in the novels of Toni Morrison, Jennifer Lee Jordan Heinert

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"Amsolookly kersse": Clothing in "Finnegans Wake", Catherine Simpson Kalish

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"Do your will": Shakespeare's use of the rhetoric of seduction in four plays, Jason James Nado

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Woman in emblem: Locating authority in the work and identity of Katherine Philips (1632--1664), Susan L Stafinbil

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When the bough breaks: Poetry on abortion, Wendy A Weaver

Submissions from 2005

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Heroic destruction: Shame and guilt cultures in medieval heroic poetry, Karl E. Boehler

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Poe and early (un)American drama, Amy C. Branam

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Grammars of assent: Constructing poetic authority in an age of science, William Myles Carroll

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This place is not a place: The constructed scene in the works of Sir Walter Scott, Colin J Marlaire

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Cognitive narratology: A practical approach to the reader-writer relationship, Debra Ann Ripley

Submissions from 2004

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Defoe and the pirates function of genre conventions in raiding narratives, William J Dezoma

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Creative discourse in the eighteenth-century courtship novel, Michelle Ruggaber Dougherty

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Exclusionary politics: Mourning and modernism in the works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Amy Levy, and Charlotte Mew, Donna Decker Schuster

Submissions from 2003

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Toward a re-formed confession: Johann Gerhard's "Sacred Meditations" and "repining restlessnesse" in the poetry of George Herbert, Erik Peder Ankerberg

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Idiographic spaces: Representation, ideology and realism in the postmodern British novel, Gordon B McConnell

Submissions from 2002

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Reading into it: Wallace Stegner's novelistic sense of time and place, Colin Charles Irvine

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Brisbane and beyond: Revising social capitalism in mid-nineteenth-century America, Michael Charles Mattek

Submissions from 2001

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Christians and mimics in W. B. Yeats' "Collected Poems", Patrick Shannon Mulrooney

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Renaissance roles and the process of social change, John Jerome Wieland

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'Straunge disguize': Allegory and its discontents in Spenser's "Faerie Queene", Galina Ivanovna Yermolenko

Submissions from 2000

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Reading American women's autobiography: Spheres of identity, spheres of influence, Amy Corine Getty

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"Making strange": The art and science of selfhood in the works of John Banville, Heather Maureen Moran

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Writing Guadalupe: Mediacion and (mis)translation in borderland text(o)s, Jenny T Olin-Shanahan

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Writing Guadalupe: Mediacion and (Mis)Translation in Borderland Text(o)s, Jenny T. Olin-Shanahan

Submissions from 1999

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Setting the word against the word: The search for self-understanding in "Richard II", Richard Jean Erable

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Contextualizing spiritual authority in "The Book of Margery Kempe", Mary Lynn Morse

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The depiction of religion in eighteenth-century English literature from Swift to Johnson, Beverly Trescott Mueller

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The problem of obscurity in the poetry of Wallace Stevens, Charles Puthota

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"Spheral change": D. G. Rossetti envisioning an alternative Victorian masculinity, Jay D Sloan

Submissions from 1998

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Cantles of contention: A Kierkegaardian reading of "Hamlet", "Troilus and Cressida", and "Antony and Cleopatra", Michael G. Bielmeier

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The Petrarchan convention and Tudor court politics in poetry of Thomas Wyatt and Philip Sidney, Ok-Sook Hong

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For love or money: The economics of illicit sexuality in English eighteenth-century legal sources and prose narratives, Kristen Hoffman Senior

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The otherness of blackness: Emergent ambiguities in early American prose literature, David Lawrence White

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Old times not forgotten: Family and storytelling in twentieth-century Southern literature, Lisa Ann Cade Wieland

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Old Times not Forgotten: Family and Storytelling in Twentieth-Century Southern Literature, Lisa Ann Cade Wieland

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Willa Cather and the American idiom, Li Zhu

Submissions from 1997

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The theologization of English: A history of the rise and development of academic English studies in Britain and America, Joel Robert Christenson

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Discipline and charity: John Milton's Christian virtue as self-completion, Verda Mankowski Jaroszewski

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The clothes that make the man: The assumption of male disguise in three 17th-century dramas, Kathleen M Maurer

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"When wit's more ripe": A defense of Shakespeare's "Pericles", Sharon Louise Muendel

Submissions from 1996

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Unjustified margins: Vernacular innovations and Latin tradition in Gower's "Confessio amantis", Patricia Ann Batchelor

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The wounding of Spenser's "Faerie Queene": The literal and metaphorical imagery that guides the reader's journey, Christine Monica Manion

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"Shouting from the bottom of the pit": Jennifer Johnston's dialogue with the reductive power of discourse, Barbara Ellen McLaughlin

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After all there was nothing impossible in it: Polemic and utopia in the writing of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Jennifer Ruth Thomson

Submissions from 1995

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The mulatta text and the muted voice in "Louisa Picquet, the Octoroon": Revising the genre of the slave narrative, Rebecca Anne Ferguson

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The publishing history of Aubrey Beardsley's compositions for Oscar Wilde's "Salome", Joan Marie Navarre

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Eugene O'Neill's Orientalism and the search for life: An Americanized Taoistic response, Yuan-Xia Zhang

Submissions from 1994

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The rhetoric of imprisonment in Dickens, Donna Rae Foran

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John Fowles's panoptic vision, Patricia G Lantier

Submissions from 1993

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Audience response to discontinuities in Marlowe's "The Jew of Malta" and Shakespeare's "Troilus and Cressida", Linda Clare Tolman

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"A viper and engine of the devil": The violent woman and female/female violence in eighteenth-century fiction, Wendy J Wenner

Theses/Dissertations from 1992

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The Mentoring Relationship: An Investigation of Communication Functions, Perceived Importance, and Gender, Amy S. Korpi

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Seamus Heaney and his reader: Orchestrating the discourses, Catharine Denise Malloy

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Female mentor relationships in Henry James's "The Portrait of a Lady", "The Bostonians", and "The Golden Bowl", Deborah L. A Reitz

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Female mentor relationships in Henry James's The portrait of a lady, The Bostonians, and The golden bowl, Deborah L. A. Reitz

Submissions from 1991

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Questioning tradition, language, and myth: The poetry of Seamus Heaney, Michael Robert Molino

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Subordination to prominence: The development of the Meredithian heroine, Lisa Beranek Terasa

Submissions from 1990

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Reference and structure: Literary modernism and the philosophy of language, Terrence Joseph Riddell

Submissions from 1989

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Williston Bibb Barrett and the Myth of the Fall in Walker Percy's "The Last Gentleman" and "The Second Coming", Bernadette Milada Prochaska

Theses/Dissertations from 1988

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Grounded and Ungrounded Desire Through Four of Willa Cather's Novels, Edmund B. Miller

Submissions from 1987

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John Dryden and the affirmation of tradition, Andrew J. Auge

Submissions from 1986

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REVELATION AND CONCEALMENT: WOMAN AND THE NOVELS OF FANNY BURNEY (FEMINISM), JOANNE L CUTTING-GRAY

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THE RENAISSANCE REPRESENTATION OF THE OTHER: TRAVEL LITERATURE, SPENSER, SHAKESPEARE, AND MILTON (TEXTUAL STRATEGY, RESISTANT READING), NAE HEUI KANG

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THE RECIPROCITY OF SPACE AND SELF IN FOUR NINETEENTH-CENTURY NOVELISTS: JANE AUSTEN, GEORGE ELIOT, CHARLES DICKENS, AND THOMAS HARDY, LAURALEE WEISS ZLOGAR