Dissertations submitted since 1996

May 2016

  • Nathalie Batraville: “Révolution poétique et isolement politique : l’avant-garde littéraire haïtienne, 1957-1971” directed by Professor Christopher Miller
  • Annie DeSaussure:  “Global Brittany: Breton Literature and the Francophone World” directed by Professor Christopher Miller
  • Colin Foss:  “Literature under Siege: Reading and Writing during the Siege of Paris 1870-­‐1871” directed by Professor Maurice Samuels
  • Aaron Schlosser: “The Ethics of Literature: Representations of Exile in the Works of Abdelkébir Khatibi,
    Nabile Farès, Hélène Cixous, and Jacques Derrida” directed by Professors Christopher Miller and Edwige Tamalet Talbayev

May 2015

  • Clémentine Fauré-Bellaïche: “”L’air protestant” - André Gide & The Religion of Literary Modernism” directed by Professor Alice Kaplan  
  • Benjamin Hoffman:  “Posthumous America: Literary Recreations of America at the Turn of the Eighteenth Century” directed by Professors Thomas Kavanagh and Christopher Miller
  • Dustin Hooten:  “Animals and French Realism” directed by Professor Maurice Samuels

May 2014

  • Annabel Kim: “Against Difference: The Universality That Binds Nathalie Sarraute, Monique Wittig, and Anne Garréta” directed by Professor Alice Kaplan   
  • Kristin Graves: “Mapping La Belle Créole” directed by Professors Christopher Miller and Hazel Carby
  • Julia Elsky: “French and Foreign: Émigré Writers in Occupied France” directed by Professor Alice Kaplan   
  • Raisa Rexer: “The Art of Exposure: Literature and the Photographic Nude in Nineteenth-Century France” directed by Professor Maurice Samuels   
  • Sasha Santee: “Work(s)-in-Progress: Balzac’s Imperfect Authorial Stand-Ins and the Crafting of the Comédie humaine” directed by Professor Maurice Samuels   

December 2013

  • Tara Golba: “Investigators and Troublemakers: Subversive and Subverted Epistemologies in Post/colonial Francophone Literature” directed by Professor Christopher Miller   
  • Mary Anne Lewis: “The Maghreb Goes Abroad: The ‘Worlding’ of Postcolonial Francophone North African Literature and Film in a Global Market” directed by Professors Edwige Tamalet and Christopher Miller 
  • Maryn Santos: “On Pens and Needles: Writing for Demoiselles (1830-1914)” directed by Professor Maurice Samuels   

May 2013

  • Chapman Wing: “The Future Looks Backward: Projection and the Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century France” directed by Professor Maurice Samuels   

May 2012

  • Jonathan Cayer: “Heroic Uncertainties: Representations of the Hero in the French Epic of the Later Middle Ages” directed by Professor Howard Bloch   
  • Jessica DeVos: “Autobiography, Authorship, and Artifice: Reconsidering Renaissance Women Poets” directed by Professors Edwin Duval and David Quint 
  • Awendela Grantham: “Messianism in French Caribbean Literature: Césaire, Roumain, Glissant, and Schwarz-Bart” directed by Professor Christopher Miller   

December 2011

  • Erin Tremblay Ponnou-Delaffon: “The Echoes of Silence: Silence as an Ethical and Textual Problem in Contemporary French Literature” directed by Professor Ora Avni   

May 2011

  • Anne Linton: “Prescribed Fictions: Literary and Medical Representations of Hermaphrodism in Nineteenth-Century France” directed by Professor Maurice Samuels   

December 2010

  • Susannah Carson: “Les Dangers du Roman:  The Evolution of the Dangerous Novel in Early Modern France, 1667-1736” directed by Professors Harold Bloom and Peter Brooks 

May 2010

  • Claire McMurray: “Beyond Paris: Contemporary French Film and the Countryside” directed by Professors Thomas Kavanagh and Dudley Andrew

December 2009

  • Irina Iakounina: “The Dilemma of the Individual in Spiritual Poetry of the French Renaissance: The Example of Marguerite de Navarre and Clément Marot” directed by Professor Edwin Duval   
  • Rachael Sterner: “Saints Jeanne de Chantal and Louise de Marillac Writing Faith and Independence Outside the Cloister” directed by Professor Julia Prest   

May 2009

  • Shira Weidenbaum: “Patterns of Persuasion: Religious Literary Dialogue in Renaissance France” directed by Professors Edwin Duval and Julia Prest

December 2008

  • Roxanna Curto: “Inter-tech(s) Colonialism and the Question of technology in the Twentieth-Century French and Francophone Literature” directed by Professor Christopher Miller   
  • Alexandra Gueydan: “ImagiNation (post) Nationale de l’Algérie: Politique Et Pratique Identitaires de la Littérature Francophone Algérienne” directed by Professors Farid Laroussi and Christopher Miller 
  • Katherine Lydon: “From Grail Procession to Cortege Infernal: Processions in Classical Poetry and Renaissance and Nineteenth-Century French Literature as Poetic Vision and Structure of Critical Thought” directed by Professor Denis Hollier   

May 2008

  • Jeffrey Leichman: “Acting Up: Performing Social Mobility in 18th Century Theatre” directed by Professor Thomas Kavanagh   
  • Laure Marcellesi: “From Noble Savage to Colonial Subject: Tahiti in Eighteenth-century French Literature” directed by Professors Christopher Miller and Thomas Kavanagh
  • Brian Reilly: “The Hidden Optics of Medieval French Literature” directed by Professor Howard Bloch   

December 2007

  • Jeffrey Boyd: “Revolutionary Queerness: Balzac, Baudelaire, Proust” directed by Professor Peter Brooks   
  • Scott Hiley: “Usury and the Economies of Literature in Medieval France” directed by Professor Howard Bloch   
  • John Lytle: “Fantastic Literature and Historical Discourse in the French Romantic Period” directed by Professor Ora Avni   
  • Larysa Smirnova: “Roland Barthes in search of an epic modernity: Barthes’s evaluation of intellectual legacy of Bertolt Brecht and the question of modernity” directed by Professor Peter Brooks   

May 2007

  • Jessica Nyamugusha: “Fictions of Servitude: Early Modern French Literary Representations of Europeans Enslaved in North Africa” directed by Professors Christopher Miller and Thomas Kavanagh
  • Agnieszka Tworek: “Theatricality and Prison” directed by Professors Donia Mounsef and Ora Avni

December 2006

  • Michael Call: “The Poet, the Playwright, and the Pirate:  Molière and Seventeenth-Century Autorship” directed by Professor Julia Prest   
  • Brooke Donaldson: “”Les Mortz Qu’en Moy Tu Renovelles”: Eros and Thanatos in Maurice Scève’s Délie” directed by Professors Edwin Duval and Jean-Jacques Poucel

May 2006

  • Alexandre Limoges: “L’Immonde décadent” directed by Professor Ora Avni   
  • John Poynter: “Eroticism in Twentieth Century Francophone Caribbean Literatures” directed by Professors Christopher Miller and Vera Kutzinski

December 2005

  • Ronan Chalmin: “Corruption and the Chemistry of the Enlightenment   [Lumiéres et Corruption]” directed by Professor Thomas Kavanagh   

May 2005

  • Jill Davies: “Revoicing the Self: Character Description in Sarraute, Cohen, and Perec” directed by Professor Ora Avni   

December 2004

  • Richard Keatley: “Enjoying the World: Curiosity and the Voyage d’Italie (1568-1606)” directed by Professor Edwin Duval   

May 2004

  • Caroline Hatton: “Narrative Lai and Verse Romance: Generations and Intergeneric Play” directed by Professor Howard Bloch   
  • Bettina Lerner: “An Image of Peuple: Politics, Poetics and Authority in Nineteenth-Century France” directed by Professor Ora Avni   
  • Joseph Mai: “Lost Order: Repercussions of Secularization on Literary and Film Rhetoric” directed by Professor Ora Avni   

December 2003

  • Rebecca Ruquist: “Paris, Race and Universalism in the Black Atlantic:  Léopold Sedar Senghor, Simone de Beauvoir, Boris Vian and Richard Wright.” directed by Professor Christopher Miller   

May 2003

  • Joseph Acquisto: “(Mis)Reading Music: Rewriting French Symbolist Poetry.” directed by Professors Edwin Duval and Naomi Schor and Jean-Jacques Poucel
  • James Austin: “The Politics of Pastiche from Proust to French Film” directed by Professor Ora Avni   
  • Karina Krilla: “Spectacle and Performance: Heroines in the Eighteenth-Century French Novel” directed by Professor Charles Porter   

December 2002

  • Jeremy Sabol: “Fables of Knowledge: Descartes and Seventeenth-Century Epistemological Fiction” directed by Professor Françoise Jaouën   
  • Leon Sachs: “La Belle Equivoque: Science, Literature and Education Reform in France, 1880-1914” directed by Professor Ora Avni   

December 2001

  • Lynne Bornstein: “The Poetics of Revolution and Alchemy: Transgression and Transmutation in Rimbaud, Césaire and Glissant” directed by Professor Christopher Miller   
  • Patricia Gallagher: “Encounters with the Other: Alterity, Aesthetics, and Politics in the Works of Albert Camus” directed by Professor Christopher Miller   

May 2001

  • Elden Hayes: “Popular Alchemy: Farce and its Function in Rabelais” directed by Professor Edwin Duval   
  • Richard Meadows: “From Foreign Wars to Civil Wars to Gender Wars: The Franco-Prussian War, World War II, the Algerian War & The Factual and Fictional Scapegoating of Women” directed by Professors Ora Avni and Susan Blood 
  • Jennifer Phillips: “Colorist Writing: Color as Pictorial and Literary Principle” directed by Professors Peter Brooks and Susan Blood 
  • Edward Tilson: “Montaigne et la Modernité: Du Liber Creaturarum à la Création de l’essai” directed by Professor Edwin Duval   

December 2000

  • Susan Brubaker-Cole: “Decentering Imperial Culture: Colonial Influences on French National Culture in the Literary Works of Cousturier, Soupault, Leblond and A.H Bâ” directed by Professor Christopher Miller   
  • Francis Guevremont: “Les Matériaux de l’oeuvre. Marcel Proust et André Breton aux  limites de l’autobiographie” directed by Professor Denis Hollier   

May 2000

  • Patricia Armstrong: “The Textual Strategies of Pierre Bayle (1647-1706)” directed by Professor Françoise Jaouën   
  • Vicki Toumayan: “Théophile Gautier and Spanish Art: Figuring Duality in Espana, Voyage in Espagne, and Critical Writings” directed by Professor Peter Brooks   

December 1999

  • Grace Chang: “Border Crossings: Essays on Gender, Spectatorship and Performance in French and Francophone Film and Novel” directed by Professor Christopher Miller   
  • Andrea Goulet: “Optiques:  The Modern French Novel and Epistemologies of Vision” directed by Professor Ora Avni   
  • Sophie Queuniet: “Les enjeux de l’intelligence dans l’œuvre de Marcel Proust” directed by Professor Ora Avni   

May 1999

  • Unity Dienes: “Right Readings in the Renaissance: Marot, Marguerite de Navarre, Rabelais, and Bonaventure des Périers” directed by Professor Edwin Duval    
  • Daryl Lee: “The City in Ruins: Literary Topographies of Twentieth-Century Paris” directed by Professor Denis Hollier   
  • Susanna Lee: “The Hand of God as a  Narratological Instrument in Nineteenth-Century Fiction” directed by Professor Peter Brooks   
  • Nzunguta Siamundele: “Discours politique et écriture littéraire: V.Y.Mudimbe, Williams Sassine et Sony Labou Tansi” directed by Professor Christopher Miller   
  • Allison Tait: “The Gallery of Mirrors:  Constructions and Reflections of Sentimental and Political Tyranny in Seventeenth-Century France” directed by Professor Françoise Jaouën   

December 1998

  • Noah Guynn: “Allegory and Transgressive Desire: The Inscription and Erasure of Non-Normative Desires in Allegorical Discourses of the Middle Ages” directed by Professor Lynne Huffer   
  • Caroline Weber: “The Limits of “Saying Everything”: Terrorist Suppressions and Unspeakable Difference in Rousseau, Sade, Robespierre, Saint-Just, and Desmoulins” directed by Professors Peter Brooks and Denis Hollier

May 1998

  • Karl Britto: “Disorientation: Interculturality and Identity in Vietnamese francophone Literature” directed by Professor Christopher Miller   
  • Eliza Nichols: “Reinventing the Griot/Writing the Self:  Massa Makan Diabate, Francophone Fiction and the Mande Oral Tradition” directed by Professor Christopher Miller   
  • Richard Watts: “The Politics of Prefaces:  Patronage, Self-Promotion, and the Colonial Metropolitan Relationship in Prefaces to Francophone Literary Texts, 1919-1962” directed by Professor Christopher Miller   

May 1997

  • Jean-Vincent Blanchard: “Optique et rhétorique en France et en Italie XVIIe siècle” directed by Professor Françoise Jaouën   
  • Christine Cano: “Interpreting The Recherche; Creative Process and Revision in Proust” directed by Professor Peter Brooks   
  • Peter Hallward: “Writing in the Singular Immediate: Gilles Deleuze, Edouard Glissant, Nathalie Sarraute, Charles Johnson, Mohammed Dib, Severo Sarduy” directed by Professors Christopher Miller and Vera Kutzinski
  • Le Thuy Hoang:Les Mille et une nuits  à travers l’infini des espaces et des temps: Le conteur Galland, le conte et son public” directed by Professor Catherine Cusset    
  • Marie-Pierre Pasquini: “Madame de Sévigné, Michel Tournier et la tentation cannibale:  les figures parentales de l’incorporation filiale” directed by Professors Denis Hollier and Lynne Huffer

December 1996

  • P. Natasha Leof: “Somewhere Between the Impossible and the Forbidden: Surrealist Eroticism Reconsidered” directed by Professor Denis Hollier   
  • Yasmina Mobarek: “La vérité et ses mises en scène épistolaires; De l’art de persuader à l’art de séduire: Rousseau et Diderot” directed by Professor Peter Brooks   

May 1996

  • Catherine Dana: “Ecrire de mémoire, écrire pour mémoire:  Remémoration et commémoration de la shoah dans “La Peste” d’Albert Camus et “w ou le souvenir d’enfance” de Georges Perec” directed by Professor Denis Hollier   
  • Benjamin Elwood: “Secret Histories: Narratives of Conspiracy in Balzac and Zola” directed by Professors Denis Hollier and Lynne Huffer
  • Karin Harman: “The Nineteenth-Century Epistolary Novel:  Parodies’ and Travesties of a Genre” directed by Professor Charles Porter   
  • Amy Reid: “Entre Elles:  Relating Women in Four Naturalist Novels” directed by Professor Denis Hollier   
  • Dominic Thomas: “New Writings for New Times: Nationalism in Congolese Literature” directed by Professor Christopher Miller