Past BA Projects

2016-2017

  • Archit Batlaw, In-Between: Tender Buttons, Cosmos and the Materiality of Signs
  • Sonya Bennett-Brandt, Time to Kill
  • Muriel Bernardi, Surplus Subjectivity: The Mechanization of Value and the Obsolescence of Human Feeling in Kurt Vonnegut’s Player Piano
  • Nicolle Bertozzi, Hot Water for Tea
  • Sarah Claypoole, “Violations of My Myriad Non-Disclosure Agreements, and Other Stories That Make You Want to Sue”
  • Kathleen Cole, Childish Things
  • Domitille Colin, Until Death Do Us Part: Werewolves, Wives, and Punishment in Arthur and Gorlagon
  • Charles Daston, “By Blacks, about Blacks, to Blacks:” Continuity in the Career of Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Sophie Downes, “Sweetness and Peace:” Silence, Control, and Gendered Expression in Dorothy Parker’s Short Fiction
  • Christian Fincher, Primeval Eden: Identity, Society, and Ecology in Toru Dutt’s “Baugmaree”
  • Margo Fitzpatrick, A Theory of Control in Naked Lunch
  • Jamie Keener, Gower, Chaucer, and the Constance of Race
  • Mark Hassenfratz, Watterson’s Rebellion
  • Patrick McCarthy, An Okonkwo in America: Issues at the Intersection of African Literary Identity and the Global Novel in Americanah
  • Tess McClain, Country Pears, Smoke-Filled Air, and the Project of Industrial Resolution
  • Igolo Obi, “Blaxploitation” in Cinema Redefined: A Three-Part Analysis
  • Jiye Park, A Journey Toward Resurrection in John Donne’s “Hymn to God, My God, in My Sickness”
  • Danielle Plung, Bear-ing our Dæmons: Difference, Development, and the Non-Human Animal in Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials
  • Natalie Richardson, Again, the blade
  • Justin Riggs, Trustfall
  • Nathaniel Schmidt, One Way and Another: Modes of Truth in Coetzee’s Autobiographies
  • Leo Schraudenbach, Stéphane Mallarmé and Gerard Manley Hopkins: A Reading of ‘Le Pitre Châtié’ and ‘Spelt From Sibyl’s Leaves’
  • Savannah Smith, From Aeneas to Aslan: Eschatology and Teleology in Aeneid VI and The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe
  • Andrew Song, Great Expectations: Finding a Satisfying Ending
  • Skylar Spear, The Villanuevas: A New Village
  • Cassandra Verhaegen, Negatives
  • Charlotte Von de Bur, The Means of (Re)production: Gendered Subjectivity, Biopower, and The Body in 1970s Feminist Science Fiction
  • Ellen Wiese, Snow Stops Falling
  • Sophie Zhuang, Spenser’s Nightmare of History: Vergilian and Ovidian Techne in Book III of The Faerie Queene
  • Sarah Zimmerman, Sex Talk: The Language of Desire in Fifty Shades of Grey
  • Kristin Zodrow, Avant-Garde Detritus, or Everyday Objects: The Black Mountain Poems of M.C. Richards

2015-2016

  • Max Asaf, Seen
  • Kevin Barnum, Completely Subjective: Thoreau's Survey of Walden and his Understanding of Subjectivity
  • Laurie Beckoff, All the Difference in the World: Action, Circumstance, and Genre in Harry Potter and Le Morte D'Arthur
  • Maxine Berman, "Magneto and His Israels:" Marvel Comics' Zionist Half-Allegory
  • Charles Bullock, Guardianship: A Novel
  • Jennifer ChukwuThe Blacker the Berry, the "Madder the Juice:" An Examination of Mental Isolation and Black Consciousness
  • Jessica Covil, "Outdoors is Here to Stay:" The Bluest Eye and the Black Feminist Movement
  • Tayryn Edwards, Writing from Exile: Gestures of Dislocation in Diasporic Texts
  • Elizabeth Ellingboe, Killing the Joke: The Alienation and Reconstruction of the Self Through Images and the Endurance of the Unintelligibility of Women's Trauma in Comics
  • Julia Friedland, Sleep in The Tempest
  • Clair Fuller, Surviving to Speak New Language: Formal & affective rewards of lesbian feminism in Adrienne Rich's Transcendental Etude
  • Erin Fuller, Perceiver of World's Sounds
  • Ellen Goff, Kings of Egypt
  • Joshua Harris, A Pound of Flesh: Directorial Cutting Practices in Performance Texts of Macbeth
  • Erin Hart, Getting Out
  • Joyce Huang, The Greatest Heist - A Choose Your Own Adventure
  • Louise Judge, Make 'Em Laugh: The Failure of Comedy within Friendship in Shakespeare's King Henry IV Part I
  • Erin Kim, "The Fisherman's Wife": The Therapeutic Value of the Fairytale in To the Lighthouse
  • Madison Lands, On Beauty: Dykes and Afros
  • Wesley Mills, A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Adaptation as Translation
  • Brian Ng, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
  • Jonathan Otcasek, The Modern Hero: On Carl Jung, Franco Moretti, Georg Lukács and Ulysses
  • Eden Racket, Ivar the Boneless: Employing Retrospective Diagnosis as a Literary Tool
  • Matthew Schaffer, The Church's Foes to Crush: Anti-Catholic Thought in Colonial New England, 1620-1660
  • Hannah Shea, Keyways
  • Zoë Smith, Black and White Spectacle: Adapting Rape-Revenge and Black Female Suffering in The Walking Dead
  • Robert Sorrell, After Afterwardness: Children, Future, and Hope in James Baldwin's Non-fiction and Richard Avedon's Photographs
  • Sarah Tarabey, "To What Ends?": Representations of Control and Subversion in Chaucer's The Knight's Tale
  • Jasmine Throckmorton, Adrift
  • George Townsend, Loose Change
  • Matthew Veldman, "That's the new Messiah for Ireland!": Leopold Bloom as Joyce's Inauthentic Modern Irishman
  • Kayleigh Voss, Epistolary Consciousness: Unrecognized Complexities in The History of Sir Charles Grandison
  • Jeff Wang, Kanye West and the Intersection of American Identity, Black Art and Hip-Hop
  • Sarah Watanaskul, Unveiling Monstrosity: Frankenstein and Lolita
  • Natalie Wright, "an arch of silence, an interrelation permitting motion in stillness": the architecture of A.R. Ammons' poetics
  • Willa Zhang, Internal Geography


2014-2015

  • Joseph Archer, On Person and Profession
  • Isabelle Barany, Cosmic
  • Ajay Kumar Batra, Marx, Melville, and the Secret of Social Products: Symbolization, History, and Critical Method
  • Alexandra Belzley, Dramatizing Early Modern Anxiety: The Tragedy of Julius Caesar and Gender in Elizabethan England
  • Andréanne Breton, Franglais
  • Luke Bretscher, The Lord’s thegns: lordly and heroic ideals in the Old English Beowulf and Andreas
  • Ella Brown, “Ordinary Acts of Bravery”: Self-Esteem and Self-Identification in Veronica Roth’s Divergent Series
  • Nicola Brown, Lost Hymns
  • Sonia Chakrabarty, “An Immense Leap of An Attempt”: Words, Narrative, and Equilibrium in Zusak’s The Book Thief
  • Dan Cronin, On Drag
  • Lilian Dube, Body the Baroque
  • Jenzo DuQue, Wherever and Whatever These Clouds Were Before
  • Alex Filipowicz, Bedtime Stories for Insomniacs
  • Eleanor Gamble, Love as Madness in Brontë’s Wuthering Heights
  • Josh Greenberg, Heroes’ Journey
  • Jack Hamm, Investigating the Soul: Genre and Religion in the Detective Fiction of G.K. Chesteron
  • Amy Harlowe, A City and a Hazard: Media and the Impact of Chicago’s Meatpacking Industry on the Back of the Yards Community
  • Naomi Harris, The Freedom of Taste: Cultural Literacy in Jean Rhys’ Voyage in the Dark
  • JanaShaan Heng-Devan, Surrogates in Scene: Our Modern Mythology
  • Christine Huang, Cocooned in Paradise
  • Minna Jaffery, How American Trauma Theory Fails Middle Eastern Fiction, and Why the Heroines of Arab Novels Suffer
  • Ashlyn Kershner, Nelly Dean the Servant Narrator: Emily Brontë and the Connection between Narrative and Authority in Wuthering Heights
  • Tyler Kolle, A Summer Love Story
  • Justin Krivda, L'Art pour L'Arthur: Brief Thoughts on Japanese Aesthetics and the Arthurian Legend
  • Liam Matsumoto Lee, Plan and Elevation
  • Andrew Mitchell, Finis Origine Pendet
  • Madeline Newquist,The Wrath of the Janeites: The Intimate Experience of Reading Austen and How to Share it in the Modern Age
  • Hannah O’Grady, A Crippling Hunger: Food, Gender, and White Southern Community in Good Country People and The Ballad of the Sad Café
  • Maayan Olshan, Blue
  • Margeaux Perkins, Are You My Mother? A Fairytale Life in Search of Friendship
  • Angela Qian, The “I” In Nation: Building Individual Narrators in Times of Political Transition & Little Bones
  • Margaret Schurr, Death as Metaphor
  • Max Snyder, Listening to Alterity in the Prose of Paul Bowles
  • Rebecca Stoner, Safe Neighborhoods
  • Carol Ann Tan, Apartment Complex
  • Brianna Tong, The Civil Rights Movement in Chicago and Black Women’s Poetry, 1940-1970
  • Ashley Tran, Dictating the Self: The Postmonolingual Subject in Multilingual Asian American Poetry & Yellow
  • Derek Tsang, Family and the Kierkegaardian dialectic in Rabbit, Run
  • Elise Wander, Spaces of Selfhood: Lesbian Illegibility and Graphic Narrative


2013-2014

  • Megan Anderluh: "Baffled, Bang'd, Bruis'd" : Otherness, Anthropocentrism, and Water in Walt Whitman
  • Taylor Brogan: Gannon
  • Maia Brown-Jackson: The Fragmentation of Identity in Modern Japan: Reinvention of the Oedipal Myth
  • Michael Coffer: Thrilling to Nothing: Abjection in Getrude Stein's Doctor Faustus Lights the Lights
  • Ben Constantino: Writing the American I: An Investigation into the American Short Story
  • Cindy Dapogny: Distance: Three Stories
  • Grace Fauquet: Making Queer History: Shame, Reading the Past, and Notions of Futurity in Audre Lorde's Zami and Alison Bechdel's Fun Home
  • Gabe Friedman: A Challenge to Trauma Theory: Reading and Writing War Trauma in Post-World War II Literature
  • Hannah Fullmer: Children Under 14 Free: Gift Exchange in Vladimir Nabokov'a Lolita
  • Karen Gu: Angora
  • Anna Gustafson: Catching Meaning in Their Nets: Two New American Translations of the Dao De Jing
  • Amelia Hawkins: Polly
  • Anna Hill: Towards a Heterocosmic Literary Landscape: Reimagining the "World" in World Literature
  • Anna Hill: Tickseeds on the Tile
  • Brian Hoey: From Swerve of Shore
  • Alison Hung: My Place in History: Japanese Fascism, Nostalgia Reconstruction, and the Reader's Responsibility in Zazuo Ishiguro's The Artist of the Floating World
  • Eve Hupert: Rewriting "Happily Ever After" : The Influence of Community on the Harlequin Romance Novel Formula
  • Lauren Kelly-Jones: Lost Boys and Magpies: Performance Narratives
  • Ellen Kladky: I'm Trying to Reach You: Inconvience and Distance in Digitally Mediated Intimacy
  • Da Hei Ku: How Do We Read: J.M.W. Turner's The Slave Ship
  • Chris Kubik: The New Curators - Chapter Seven: Going Yard
  • Michelle Lee: Free Monsters: Examining the Failure of National Identification in the Postcolonial Gothic
  • Elysia Liang: A Ticket to the Smart Set: John Cheever, The New Yorker, and Communities of Sophisticated Travel
  • Haley Markbreiter: Happiness
  • Miranda Means: Through the Space-Man's Helmet: Reading Nabokov's Pnin
  • Alida Miranda-Wolff: Trauma: Essays
  • Gwen Muren: Glitch
  • Kathleen O'Shea: Out of the Realm of Possibility: The Politics of Genre and Classification in The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
  • Rebecca Pierce: Lost in the Holy Land: Melville and Twain's Search for Interiority
  • Michael Reinhard: Unities of Pleasure and Pain: Clueless, Barbie, and Camp Strategies
  • Chelsey Rice-Davis: On the Surface: The Aesthetics of Same-Sex Desire in The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Theo Rossi: Space and Subjectivity in Out of Place and A Border Passage
  • Kate Rouhandeh: "I'd be more open that a book" : Experiments of Confession in Maidenhead, I Love Dick, and Coeur de Lion
  • Harrison Smith: Averted Vision: Two Personal Essays
  • Rebecca Stromberg: Harnessing the Generative Powers of Exile and Discontinuity: Case Studies in Aharon Appelfeld's Tzili and Philip Roth's Operation Shylock
  • Emily Wang: From Kino-eye to Pen-eye: The Connective Poetics of Theresa Hak Kyung Cha and Susan How
  • Claire Wilson: Across Worlds
  • Sara Wolovick: "A pacient creature": The Location of Gender in Chaucer's Clerk's Tale

2012-2013

  • Alice Blackwood: "Robyn hoode and his meyne" : Robin Hood as a Festive Figurehead for Local Autonomy
  • Robert Blakslee: Language and Consciousness in The Waves
  • Peter Boucher: Shutter
  • Bianca Chamusco: "The Perfect Happiness of the Union" : Cognitive Construction in Jane Austen's Emma
  • Eric Cochrane: Affect's Eve and Life is Just a Bowl of Cherries
  • Quinn Colter: Ariel: scenes from The Solar Flare
  • Emma Cueto: Absences
  • Eli Edelson: Fight Nights at the Menagerie: A Collection of Flash Fiction
  • Polly Faust: Rescuing Lolita
  • Dory Fox: A Matter of Time: History's Effect on Yiddish, Homeland, and Immigration in Michael Chabon's The Yiddish Policemen's Union
  • Sage Gerson: Class and Culture in Carolyn Chute's The Beans of Egypt, Maine: Aesthetic Explorations of a New Precarious Class
  • Andrew Green: The Age of Lightning
  • Ariella Hartman: The Battle of Parish Ford
  • Anthony Haslett: "However things hurt, men hurt worse" : The Ethics of Self Narrative in John Berryman's 77 Dream Songs
  • Ki Young Kim: The Thoughts that Count: Revealing Motivation in Julius Caesar
  • Alexis Lassiter: "The absence of imagination had itself to be imagined" : Tracing the "Never-Resting Mind" in Selected Poems by Wallace Stevens
  • John Lisovsky: St. Sebastian Melmoth: The Political Aesthetics Behind Oscar Wilde's Investment in the Figure of the Martyr
  • Caterina Maclean: Ask Him Into Your Heart
  • Charlyn Magnus: Uncanny Subjects: A Study of Things and Thingness in Vince Gilligan's Breaking Bad
  • Melinda Markert: The Conjure-Man Defies: Rewriting the Detective Novel in the Harlem Renaissance
  • Thomas Immanuel Matthew: Ceremonies of Innocence
  • Benjamin Pokross: Confronting the Threshold: The Limits of Historical Consciousness in The House of the Seven Gables
  • Zoe Polach: Good Bad Flesh
  • Raghavendra Rao: Ouroboros Head
  • Suzannah Spaar: Little Sirens
  • Alba Tomasula y Garcia: Border Crossing: Animals, Humans and Hybrids in David Malouf's An Imaginary Life
  • Robert Tuttle: A Defense of the Artist by One Who Knows Her Best: Narrative Brotherliness in Sister Carrie
  • Gabriel Valley: Obdurate: Wyndham Lewis, David Jones, and Material Effects of the 1920s
  • Sophie Wereley: A Mapping of Possibilities: Octavia Butler's Transhuman Future
  • Esther Yu: The Hero at the Heart of the Western: Warlock and Shanghai Noon


2011-2012

  • Megan Augustiny: Dealing with Shit: Bloom's Management of Abjechon in Ulysses
  • Amy Chung-Yu Chou: Chemotherapy is Not an Impulse Purchase or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Survive Brain Cancer
  • Comfort Clinton: From Orlando To The Lighthouse: The Evolution of Androgyny
  • Alexandra Clark: The Bewilderment of Narrative: Anti-Transcendentalism and the Phallus in Hawthorne
  • Anna Coe: Always, Still
  • Mattias Darrow: The Moving Men: A Novella Excerpt
  • Jason De Stefano: The Philosophy of Philip K. Dick
  • Diana Fedorova: Why a Werewolf Couldn’t Have Been Jack the Ripper: Mapping the Urban Gothic of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Ripper Journalism
  • Amanda Fink: The Play’s the Thing (Within the Novel): An Examination of the Utility of Dramatic Chapters within the Context of the Larger Novel and Trauma
  • Eamon Hartnett: Fishbein – The Pilot
  • Allison Hegel: The Calculus of Control: Quantitative Systems of Order in Dubliners
  • David Jaress: Authorial Tyranny: Gravity’s Rainbow and the De-Centralized Novel
  • Peter Jensen: Frank O’Hara and the Poetics of Compulsion
  • Erin Kelsey: Erin Kelsey: “What the hell do you think you’re doing to my play?”: The Persuasion of Realism in Adaptations of Shakespeare’s Richard lll
  • Margaret Gray: The Residue of Dreams: Memorialization and the Multimedia Novel in Post-9/11 Literature
  • Johannah King-Slutzky: Scare Crow Net Work
  • Mitchell Kohles: Outreach
  • Hayley Lamberson: Delta Wedding and the Struggle between two Souths
  • Adam Levine: At Home and Abroad: Emigration and Political Ambivalence in James Joyce’s Dubliners
  • Maya Lim: Peter Rabbit in the Garden: Environment and Industry in Book History
  • Michael Lipkowitz: Names on the Water
  • Kimberly Liu: Shanghai Dawn
  • Allison McCaffrey: Scraping Life with a Fine-Toothed Comb: Locating the “Something Else” in Gwendolyn Brooks’ A Street in Bronzeville
  • Rachel Miller: The Strongman
  • Lyndsey Moulds: An Introspective Style: Narrative Insight as a Kind of Knowledge in G.K. Chesterton’s Father Brown Stories
  • Sophie Nunberg: Oh Joy
  • Caroline O’Donovan: Out of Turn: A Campaign Story
  • Jordan Reece: Generations in the Greenwood: From Sterility to Sympathy in E.M. Forster’s Maurice
  • Kristen Reid: To Either Lodge the Devil or Throw Him Out: Habit and Predestination in Hamlet
  • Nausicaa Renner: Avant-Garde but not Vanguard: The Reconstituted Poetry of Keston Sutherland
  • Sarah Rogers: Pesticide
  • Alicia Sanchez Ramirez: Their Lives, My Words: A Collection of Family Stories
  • Ben Sigrist: Words of Authority: Language and Ideological Development in Faulkner’s Fiction
  • Houston Small: Speaking Women Against Terror: Don DeLillo’s Feminist Project
  • Olivia Taibi: Flight
  • Madeleine Weisman: It’s Ok If You Don’t Like It: The Ending of Villette and the Value of Independence
  • Noah Weisz: The Naturalists of Seldom
  • Julia Wetherell: It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
  • Brendan White: Everything That Seemed So Stable Will Be Made Again: Poems
  • Nicole Yagoda: Embodied Books, Embodied Readers: An Analysis of El Lissitzky’s Book Works as the Foundation For Contemporary Literature Forms

2010-2011

  • Harrison Adams: Survivors: Robinson Crusoe and Narratives from the Post-apocalypse
  • Nora Augustine: That’s What Friends Aren’t For: Caring About Trauma in the Short Fiction of William Faulkner, Raymond Carver, and Margaret Atwood
  • Tobias Blattler: Ethical Narrative Strategies in Boyle’s The Tortilla Curtain
  • Gabija Blaudziunas: A Re-evaluation of Autobiography as Genre
  • Sean Bowen: “What have you done to me?” or A Comparative Look at Death Bed Scenes in Selected Novels by Dickens, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy
  • Andreas Brauning: Running With Horses (I’m a Dog)
  • Elizabeth Bright: Living and Loving in Contemporary America: Inoculating the Young Evangelical in Robin Jones Gunn’s Christy and Todd: The College Years
  • Margaret Brooks: Who You Were Will Be Waiting When You Return
  • Nora Casey: The Apartment
  • Moira Cassidy: Greater and Lesser Creatures of the Metaversal Plane
  • Molly Cavanaugh: Food Fights
  • Ella Christoph: Giving Birth to the Past: Black Mothers and Historical Memories of Childbirth
  • Alice Dalrymple: Dracula and His Offspring: Twilight, True Blood, and Female Desire
  • Ellen Dunn: The Tragical History of Misunderstood Queens: Shakespeare’s Hermione and Gertrude
  • Nicholas Foretek: Windows and Other Things Perceived
  • Carolanne Fried: “Her woman’s unclean loins”: The Contaminated Female as Nature and Betrayer in Ulysses
  • Jaime Frydman: Poems
  • Alexandra Geffen: The Danger Machine
  • Krystin Gollihue: The Panama Al Poems
  • Bridget Hardiman: Humanizing Grendel: Beowulf’s Reception in a Modern Context
  • Pierre Henry: Never Come Back
  • Alison Howard: Gator Scraps
  • Stephanie Kahn: Curiosity, Tenderness, Kindness, Ecstasy: On Good Reading, Vladimir Nabokov and a Screenplay Entitled Lolita
  • Melanie Kassel: Ink and Stone
  • Miles King: Transformed, Again: Television and Narrative Incoherence in Robert Coover’s The Babysitter
  • Asher Klein: The Jurisdictions of Nonfiction
  • Victoria Kraft: Master and Command Her: A Study of Seduction in Jane Eyre
  • Ramona Martinez: Chaucer’s Reeve and the Fate of Learned Churls
  • Mary Clare O’Brien: Soft Tissue
  • Shashwika Ravishankar: Worlds in Transition
  • Katy Rossing: The Dixie Agony of O. O. Lebreaux
  • Mason Seale: iPhones and Ecstasy
  • Laura Stiers: Going Deeper: The London Underground in Fantasy Literature and Films, 1996 to Today
  • Robert Tinkle: Extravagant Vice, Extravagant Voice, in Thomas Shadwell’s The Libertine
  • Robert Underwood: Structured Doubling as Possible Social Critique in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway

2009-2010

  • Dani Brecher: The Sergeant Vanishes: An Accounting of the Disappearance of Sergeant Cuff in The Moonstone
  • Andrew Chen: Cast Across Raritan
  • Caelyn Cobb: Parallel Lives, Parallel Failures: Diction, Community, and Responsibility in the Poetics of T.S. Eliot and Laura (Riding) Jackson
  • Kara Elliott-Ortega: The Emotional City: New Detroiters and the Potential of Discursive Impact
  • Dan Fang: Girls Gone Wilde: Fairy Tale Mothers in a House of Pomegranates
  • Elly Fishman: Temple Gates (Theaster Gates, Jr.)
  • Jessica Friedman: Crude Language for a Cruel World: Linguistic Limitations and the Feminine in Titus Andronicus
  • Constance Grady: Walking Inside a Book: The Other World and the Purpose of Reading in Children’s Literature
  • Amanda Greene: The Decoration of Progress: Situating A Rebours in the Modernity of Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence
  • Gabriel Grossman: A Match Made in Asgard: Sigurd the Volsung as the Human Ideal of the Norse Conceptionn of Knowledge
  • Ellen Harris: AuH2O
  • Conor Healy: Somewhere in Between
  • Alexandra Heimbach: There’s No Place Like Home: Migrant Identity in Indo-Anglian Fiction
  • Jessica Hester: Alvin Ailey’s Revelations and the Socio-Political Potential of Spectatorship
  • Brandon Hopkins: Textual Form and Media Technology in the Post-War Literary Avante-Garde
  • Debbie Hu: Styles of Emotional Play in Frank O’Hara and the Emo Lyric
  • Laura Jones: Finding ‘the Rapture of Successful Creation”: Virginia Woolf and Feminist Mothering
  • David Klein: Aspiring Towards Identity: The Intricate Reality and the Problem of Straightness in Broke Straight Boys
  • Christopher Laubaucher: Love in the Guise of Love: On Frank O’Hara and the Movies
  • Joshua Leavitt: “Old, tired, and full of no coffee”: Towards Playback and Raymond Chandler
  • Matthew Lemoyne: Towards a Poetic of Environmental Panic
  • Matthew Lemoyne: The World Next Door
  • Katy McNeil: Visions of Freedom: The Illusory Nature of the Road in Three Road Novels from the 20th Century: Lolita, On the Road, and Revolutionary Road
  • Tracy Mumford: Holy Cross
  • Julia Pagnamenta: Primo Levi and the Ethics of the Lie
  • Jessica Partynski: The Sick Chamber: Illness and Space in Jane Austen’s Novels
  • Sean Pears: First Cuff
  • Allison Pillsbury: Dark Water
  • Anne Sappington: “Wilde Wanton Woodkarne”: Cultural Identity and Political Loyalty in John Derricke’s Image of Irelande
  • Toby Schwartz: Motivating the Motiveless: A Study of Shakespeare’s “Gloating” Villains
  • Christopher Shea: Perverse Consummation in The Ambassadors: Henry James as “Actor” on the Turn of the Century Psychological Stage
  • Jamie Stinson: Social Explorations in Genre Fiction After 9/11
  • Anna Tenuta: Erasing the hands of time: Exploring Emily Dickinson’s Impact in The Ms of My Kin
  • Toby Tieger: A Fine Romance: George Bernard Shaw and Neil LaBute’s Appropriation of the Pygmalion Myth
  • Hannah Walser: Crash Blossoms
  • Hannah Walser: “Smart Misery”: Pain and Perceptual Accuracy in Dickinson’s Poems
  • Margaret Wessel Walker: Two New Old English Elegies

2008-09

  • Allen, Susie: Ne bid swyle cwenlic peaw: A Reexamination of Wealhtheow's Role in Beowulf
  • Aoki, Genevieve: Writing Place, Rewriting the Past: Place, History, and Language in the Poetry of Seamus Heaney and Derek Walcott
  • Barton, Ryland: Rethinking Queen Margaret
  • Betley, Miles: Rhetoric and the Empathy of Intention in Ulysses
  • Block, Elizabeth: A Certain Amount of Rapture
  • Brookoff, Katie: In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost
  • Chirumamilla, Padma: Trauma and Reinvention: Diasporic Imagination and Globalization in Amitav Ghosh's Sea of Poppies and Aravind Adiga's The White Tiger
  • Christine, Anna: A Legacy of Their Own: Extra-Maternal Economy of Inheritance in Mrs. Dalloway and To The Lighthouse
  • Chun, Michelle: Bergentown: A Collection of Short Stories
  • Conti, Gregory: Spectatorial Thinking and Thoreau's Ethics of Solitude
  • Cudworth, Evan: Saliva Becomes Us
  • Evins, Angelica Lee: On Promiscuity and Anxiety: Female Sexuality in the Anita Blake Series
  • Feldman, Emily: Playing the "Jew": Jewish Identity within The Jew of Malta and The Merchant of Venice
  • Fisher, Miranda: Daytime Television
  • Furuya, Christina: That Changing Piece: Significant Moments in Lavinia's Acquisition and Loss of Language, Independence, and Agency in Titus Adronicus
  • Godfrey, Elizabeth: J. M. Coetzee and Narrative Impossibilities
  • Hokama, Rhema: Spectators on Stage: Fiction-Making and the Theatrical Self in King Lear
  • Horn, Matthew: The Idle and the Bare; The Consumption
  • Kennedy, Jennifer: Robin Is to the Greenwood Gone
  • Kostiw, Alexandra: Virginia Woolf and Intimate Relations
  • Lewin, Rachel: Classical Friendship: Cicero, Bacon, and Cross-Dressing in The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia
  • Lipkowitz, Kate: The Case of the Two Katherine Mansfields: Ling Shuhua and Katherine Mansfield in China
  • Luce, Cheryl: Tinkering with Walden: How Annie Dillard's Pilgrim at Tinker Creek Reconsiders the Thoreauvian Project
  • Magelssen, Alice: Shattering the Mirror: Evaluating Levine and McKinley's Feminist Fairy Tales
  • Nardini, Nicholas: Arousal from the Nightmare of History: La Jeune Parque, Molly Bloom, and Sex as Restorative Scheme in Valery and Joyce
  • O'Donnell, Katy: Creator and Receivor Both: Subjectivity and Its Limitations in the Poetry of C. K. Williams
  • Penner, Francesca: The Strong Stalk that Flowers: Visions and Revisions of Gender on the Western Frontier in the Novels of Willa Cather
  • Redfield, Lisbeth: The Ghost of Some Other Bride: Sensational Modernity and Gothic Doubling in Lady Audley's Secret
  • Redmond, Sean: We Are the Butts and We Hate You, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Shit Rock
  • Ren, Robert: Genevieve: Chapters 1-3
  • Riina-Ferrie, Joseph: Three Short Stories: Macbeth, The Pageant, and Figure Eight
  • Roche, Aidan: Three Stories
  • Rodehorst, Luke: Shape Notes
  • Rosenshine, Sarah: Wiki Love: A Publicly Edited Romance
  • Satterlee, Seth: Painting a Nightingale
  • Schapiro, Rose: A Pleasure, Pleasing Portraits: Gertrude Stein's Subjects and Objects
  • Sherer, John: Slower than Gravity
  • Skalkos, Lia: The Illegible Character: Franco Moretti's Maps and the Unseen Force of Nonconformist Character in Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure
  • Suh, Sana: Fashion and Agency in Cranford
  • Thomas, Avery Leigh: Prologue to Place
  • Tiu, Danica: The View from Childhood: Collecting and the Dialectics of Memory in Walter Benjamin's Berlin Childhood around 1900 and W. G. Sebald's Austerlitz
  • Tolan, Claire: Patterns of Loss
  • Warner, Tyler: Making Sense of Murder: The Narrative Response to a Tragedy in Kansas
  • Yang, Ming Ming: Enstranging Strangeness: An Examination of the Fantastic as Technique via The Metamophosis
  • Zonars, Frank: Detectives on the Trail of Zombies: The Shift from Psychology and Ratiocination to the Supernatural in the Short Stories of Edgar Allen Poe and Ambrose Bierce

2007-08

  • Becker, Alexis: "To Be to You Translated": Vernacular Literacy and A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Burtis, Theodore: Jubilee and Surprise Vacation
  • Ewing, Eve: Cataloging the Epiphany: A Textual and Biographical Analysis of the Transformation of Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Gee, Robyn: See Jane Run: Jane Eyre's Journey Towards an Alternate Standard of Beauty
  • Goetz, Elizabeth: How to Understand Misunderstandings in Hemingway's Short Stories
  • Hampshire, Jill: Dissecting Medical Poetry
  • Heindel, Sam: The Story: Prologue, Chapter II, Chapter VI, and Chapter VIII
  • Hetherington, Sarah: "What was she trying to recover?": Virginia Woolf and the Function of Aesthetic Experience
  • Idzik, Sarah: The Ritual, Reprise, Marina--Three Short Stories
  • Jacobs, Andrew: An Open Secret: W. Somerset Maugham's Short Stories as Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
  • Kaye, David: The Sound after Silence: Reconciling Art and Christianity in W. H. Auden's "The Sea and the Mirror"
  • Kogel, Irina: On the Eve of a Portrait: Reconsidering the Influence of Turgenev's On the Eve on James' The Portrait of a Lady
  • Lange, Alethea: Heidi for Governor
  • Machion, Brittany: Fictionality in Helen Maria Williams' Letters Written in France
  • Marchitello, Max: Negotiating Traumatic Histories: Trauma, Intimacy and Healing in Toni Morisson's Beloved
  • Martin, John: Professing Life in Mrs. Dalloway
  • Munro, Deborah: Love Letters
  • Niles, Caitlin: Identity, Imagination and Insanity: The Consequences of Role-Play in Hamlet and Macbeth
  • Rodehurst, Luke: The Chagrin River Valley
  • Samelson, Seth: Retelling America: Stanley Cavell, Richard Ford, and National Perfectionism
  • Sensenbaugh, Jonathan: Haunted Dwellings: Gothic Terror in Wordsworth's Prelude
  • Shaghaghi, Mina: All You Need Is Love? and Chapped Lips
  • Tian, Jennifer: The Reinventor of English: Pound, Cathay, and the Influence of Translation
  • Wilcox, Claire: Something To Fly Off Upon: Metaphor and the Reader's Experience in William Carlos Williams
  • Wright, Jessica: Cookout

2006-07

  • Akitunde, Anthonia: Where She Finds Me, Questions Follow
  • Anable, Luke: A Turquoise Set in Dull Silver: The Fantastic Form of the Relation between Things in the Modernist Thought of T. S. Eliot and Willa Cather
  • Anderson, Ted: Being Human
  • Bourne, Ashley: Captain Kid: Examining the Relationship between Adults and Childhood through Children's Literature
  • Butler, Burke: Like a Dog: J. M. Coetzee's Ethics of Loss
  • Colon, Kristiana: but I cd only whisper
  • Cooper, Emily: Brain Activation during the Processing of Temporal, Spatial, and Actional Dimensions of Narrative
  • Dir, Drew: Winchester House
  • Doyle, Colleen: Atlas
  • Drelich, Kimberly: Stoicism and Sentimentality: The War's Impact on Language in The Sun Also Rises
  • Egan, Liz: The Peace and Other Stories
  • Ellefson, Tera: Murderous Matrimony in Jacobean Drama
  • England, Elizabeth: Heretical Helga: Border Cosmopolitanism in Nella Larsen's Quicksand
  • Finston, Manoah: Academia: A Play in Two Acts
  • Fisher, Jennifer: A Spider Sewed at Night: Creativity and Needlework in Emily Dickinson's Life, Letters, and Poetry
  • Fornace, Sarah: Narrativizing Narrative: Intertext as Time Artifact in the Post-Modern Novel
  • Greenberg, Jonathan: To Fashion an Aesthetic: Self-Reflexivity and Aesthetic Philosophy in the Poetry of Spenser and Coleridge
  • Kan, Leslie: The Pleasure of "Narcissus": Cinematic Lindscape and Dis/play in Black Narcissus
  • Kollmorgen, Jean-Camille: This White Wolf
  • Kushnick, Hannah: The Lady of Situations: Gender and Coherence in T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land
  • Lane, Madeline: Persona and the Nonfiction Novel: Mythologies of the Author and America, 1966-68
  • Lebron, Margaret: Mine Eyes Are Opened Wide: Christina Rosetti and the Gendered Faith of the Woman Poet
  • Lopes, Jane: Digging Up the Past: Anxieties of Imitation in Titus Andronicus
  • Ma, Ruen-chuan: The Transition of Magic from Distant Myth to Courtly Feature in Medieval Britain
  • Majok, Martyna: wander/standing
  • Matsumoto, Tasha: Transit
  • Mayer, Veronica: Mansfield Park's Religious Morality--Flaw or Foundation?
  • O'Neill, Elizabeth: Who's There? Cinema, Shakespeare, and Three Films of Hamlet
  • Osur, Laura: With Respect to the Man from Detroit
  • Prigozhin, Aleksander: Beyond the Sovereign Subject: Post Traumatic Life in Geoff Ryman's Was
  • Sandbeck, Dmitri: Hrodgar, Irony and the God Cyning
  • Smith, Carrie: HDTV
  • Squitieri, Alexandra: The Internet and Self-Narration: The Influence of Blogging on the Personal Essay
  • Tramdack, Nicholas: The Gothic Annex of Wuthering Heights
  • Turken, Lauren: Searching for Signs: Language and Subjectivity in Jamaica Kincaid's At the Bottom of the River
  • van Epps, Jill: Monster Hunting: A Collection of Stories
  • Vasquez, Delio: In Transit: On Dialogos and Power
  • Weiss, Sara: Rewriting the Jewish American Mother: Reclaiming the Woman of Valor
  • Wexler, Joshua: Secrecy, Silence, and Trauma in Bitter Fruit
  • White, Evan: Silence and Self-Criticism in D. H. Lawrence's Aaron's Rod
  • Yoon, Irene: The Art of Stealing: Plagiarism and the Modernist Bounds of Authenticity

2005-06

  • Ballou, Graham: "'A place I' th' story'": Performance, History and Imagination in Antony and Cleopatra
  • Bisbing, Daniel: The Modernist Aesthetic in the Work of James Joyce and William Carlos Williams: Using Language to Explore the Cognitive Faculties
  • Blumenstein, Sara: An Uneasy Marriage: Rereading Raymond Chandler's Life and Works
  • Bressler, Malkah: 'Amor matris': subjective and objective genitive': Stephen Dedalus' Maternal Relationship and Its Effects Upon His Artistic Potential Within Joyce's Ulysses
  • Butler, Suzanne: O'Faolain's Priest: Aspirations of Subjectivity, Self-Realization, and Salvation in Post-Treaty Irish Catholicism
  • Cecire, Maria: The Problem of Gender in the Oxford School of Children's Literature
  • Cho, Rebecca: Re-Interpreting Jude's Obscurity in the Subject-Object Tension
  • Cornell, Emily: Psychosis, Temporality, and Creativity in the Work of William Faulkner
  • Croxson, Trevor: Poems for Posterity: Wordsworth's "Sonnets Upon the Punishment of Death" and the Nineteenth Century Capital Punishment Debate
  • Cunningham, Lillian: Benjamin through Godard: The Irreproducibility of the Individual through the Mechanical Reproduction of Film
  • Einhorn, Nicholas: A Woman's Ghost: Tzvetan Todorov and the Fantastic in Iris Murdoch's The Sea, The Sea
  • Estrella, James: The Global "Culture of Our Exile": Cecile Pineda's Face and the International Reconfiguration of a Color-Blind Decade
  • Hamilton, Emma: "Look at the Harlequins!": A Comprehensive Cap to Nabokov's Corpus
  • Klymkowsky, Rebecca: A Fatal History
  • Kutz-Marks, David: A Native Nowhere in the End
  • Maruri, Silpa: Justice without Northern Intervention: Faulkner's Re-Creation of the South
  • Osborne, Sarah-Doe: The Strange Untried: Brave and Fearful Relationships in Moby Dick
  • Pallister, Jean: Do You Think She Forgot?
  • Roberts, Rebecca: Nothing in Particular
  • Roche, Aisling: Focalization and "The Dead": From Joyce's Page to Huston's Screen
  • Rybowiak, Ashley: House of Mirrors: Reflections on Everyday
  • Shapiro, Gillian: Folded Horizon
  • Silviera, Carolyn: The New Translation
  • Takagi, Tisse: Overthrowing 'Hodge': Individuality, Social Distance, and the Invocation of Pity in Thomas Hardy's The Woodlanders
  • Waldron, Patrick: Infernal Encounters in James Joyce's Ulysses
  • Wall, Lucy: Gardens, Willows, and Wardrobes: The Role of the Country House in Early Twentieth Century British Children's Literature
  • Wang, Rich Shiaw-Lun: The Scallion Pie, Left Unchanged
  • Warner, Cynthia: Southern Cultural Logics and Cultural Texts: The Modernism of Wright's Uncle Tom's Cabin and Faulkner's Go Down, Moses
  • Werlin, Julianne: "'Tis So Like Truth": Metaphor and Misinterpretation in Hobbes' Philosophy and Puritan Thought
  • Zhang, Nan: Towards Grace - A Schematic Assay of Mystery and Education in Flannery O'Connor's Fiction

2004-05

  • Barnes, Jennifer: Adventures in Spandex
  • Brooks, Patrick: Dead or Alive: Zombie Resurrection in Postmodern Elegy
  • Cerdan, Laura: Forest Solitude
  • Clinton, Daniel: Mass Media and the Incestuous Aesthetics of Pierre
  • Cohen, Susan: Narrative in the Absence of Materiality: Henry James', The Aspern Papers
  • Dang, Augustine: The Practice of Irish Eloquence
  • Devecka, Martin: The Virtue of Vertu: Machiavelli and the Development of Shakespearean Politics
  • Elliott, Candace: Hearing My Song
  • Frank, Sarah: "Autopsy" and "Tarpaulin"
  • Friedl, Kevin: Politics of Voice in the Heteroglossic Metropolis
  • Hanson, Erik: Native Habitat
  • Hanson, Joseph: The Catastrophic
  • Hayes, Megan: You Are Not a Salmon
  • Henry, Lauren: Examining the Effects of Mary, Queen of Scots, on Shakespeare's Macbeth
  • Hottinger, Kathryn: Nana Underwood
  • Kim, Katherine: Magic in the Woods: The Development of Gretel in Hansel and Gretel
  • Knox, Daniel: History Writes Back: Conspiratorial Resistance in Libra and Fight Club
  • LaManna, Fay: A Threnody of Loss: Milton, Satan, and Search for Paradise in The Master Builder
  • Ma, Ling: Empirical Pleasures
  • Magnet, Alec: Ritual, Psychology, and Moral Action in the Last Two Acts of King Lear
  • Miller, Monica: Beneath the Romance: Violence and Myth in Orlando and The Waves
  • Minnick, Juliana: Side by Side: The Poetic Parallels of Moby Dick
  • Mintz, Andrew: An Unsound Accord: The Rejection of Jazz in Contemporary Poetry
  • Nelson, Kate: The Function of Narrative Voice in Chaucer's Legend of Good Women
  • Ortiz, Gabriela: Without Andres
  • Raber, Jessie: A Genealogy of the Ethics and Aesthetic of The Talented Mr. Ripley
  • Roll, Lindsey: The Problem of Cuckoldry, Masculine and Feminine, in Four Shakespeare Plays
  • Ruiz, Angela: To Blanch an Ethiop and Revive a Corse: Transforming the Body in Early Masque
  • Slotkin, Joanna: Vicissitudes of the Lynchian Object Against the Industry of Expectation
  • Tamburri, Jack: Two-Fisted Tales from the Four-Color City
  • Tressel, Carlee: Why Town
  • Wassell, Courtney: Spiritual Inspiration and Secular Mystery in the Stories of Flannery O'Connor
  • Weissman, Jacqueline: The Fall of the Patriarchy in The Sound and the Fury
  • Whyte, Ashley: Poetic Politics in Shelley's Mont Blanc
  • Yap, Stephanie: The Midnight Adventure

2003-04

  • Anam, Nasia: The Third Real Thing: Essential Omission in Vladimir Nabokov's Ada, or Ardor
  • Bache, Lee Anne: Daddy's Little Princess: Communication and Complications in Henry James' The Golden Bowl
  • Baldwin, Claire: Eden Laid Bare: The Relationship between Man and Nature in Wallace Stegner's All the Little Live Things
  • Barker, Kate: Sullivan's Daughter
  • Brown, Natalie: Birthing Mothers: (En)gendering Fictions in James Joyce's Oxen of the Sun
  • Buskey, Megan: Storming the Fortress of Virtue: Moral Renegotiations in Fielding's Joseph Andrews
  • Cain, Devin: Constellating the Quartets: A Map of T. S. Eliot's Religious Imagination
  • Clapp, Jeff: All's Festal
  • Devorkin, Sarah: The Destabilization of Language: Aesthetic Silence in Pale Fire and Ada
  • Frank, Abraham: The Five Senses
  • Killian, Virginia: The Best Toy I Never Had
  • Kim, Aram: Kyoto Stories
  • Kopp, April: If & By No Self
  • Ledbetter, Megan: Quarto v. Folio Lear: Two Texts in Print, One and All in Performance
  • Lin, Zhi'an: Shadows
  • Louie, Rebecca: Through the Magic Mirror: Superficial Assessment of the Grimm Brothers' Heroine and Its Felicitous Effect on the Fairy Tale Romance
  • McGeady, Erica: Excerpt from "Opening Cash"
  • Miller, Sarah: Only Patriots Are Fit to Rule: China's Strategic Mobilization of Ethnic and Cultural Reverence in Hong Kong and Literary Resistance
  • Moser, Edward: Monstrous and Less Erroneous Portraits: Moby Dick, Mystery, and Natural History in the Mid-19th Century
  • Paterra, Jordan: Fearing the Feud: Feuding and the Milennial Audience of Beowulf in Anglo-Saxon England
  • Perez, Lauren: The Possibilities of Nought
  • Rockwood, Kate: Half a Dozen Hearts
  • Rounds, Anne: Trimalchio's Waste Land
  • Salaverry, Yoshi: The Waning Light Expires: Melville the Obscurantist
  • Skwarczek, Katherine: Politics and the Process of Awareness in Mansfield Park
  • Sullivan, Mary Esther: One Week in October
  • Taransky, Michelle: Arlene Aweighed: A Genealogical Romance
  • Walker, Erin: Unrooting Desire: The Phenomenon of Transience in Theodore Dreiser's Sister Carrie
  • Zielinki, Angela: Deconstructing Cityscape, Landscape, and Subconscious in Frank Norris' McTeague