Recent Dissertations

Dissertations from 2006 to present

2017-18

Mary Le Gierse: A Critique of Pedagogy in Goethe's "Wilhelm Meisters Lehrjahre" (1795): Linking the Tower Society and the Ethics of Benedict de Spinoza

Simone Pfleger: (Un)Doing and (Un)Becoming: Temporality, Subjectivity, and Relationality in Twenty-First-Century German Literature and Film

Darina Stamova: Melancholie in Uwe Timms Romanen "Rot" und "Morenga"

 

2016-17

Angineh Djavadghazaryans: Shame in the Nineteenth-Century Village Tale in the German-Speaking Context, 1843-1897

 

2015-16

Ervin Malakaj: Anxious Telling: Narrative Modes and German Literary Production, 1871-1900

Brooke Shafar: Imagination, Emotion, and Adolescent Socialization in German Literature from Romanticism to 1901

 

2014-15

Benjamin Davis: Masculinity and Politics in Daniel Casper von Lohenstein's Dramatic Works

Lisa Haegele: Revisions of Violence in West German Cinema, 1960-1980

Petra Watzke: Women in the Context of Industrialization and Labor in Nineteenth-Century German Literature by Women

Georgia Anna Leeper: Feeling Doctrine: Religious Meanings of Emotion in Sixteenth-Century German Literature

Melissa Olson Meeks: Fixed and Fleeting: An Exploration of Film Poster Art from Weimar Germany, 1919-1933

Corey Twitchell: The German Jewish Post-Holocaust Novel: Narrative and a Literary Language for Loss

 

2013-14

Russell Alt-Haaker: Coloring Catastrophe: De/Coding Color in Representations of the Holocaust

Anne Jost-Fritz: Nature in Contemporary German Photography

Faruk Pasic: A Multiplicity of Masculinities: The Formation of National Identity in Imperial Germany and its Influence on Notions of the Masculine

Norma Suvak: "Nur eine Hausfrau": Continuities and Discontinuities in Women's Advice Writing from 1865-1916

Jocelyn Aksin: Representations of Memory in Texts by Turkish-German Authors

Sarah Hillenbrand Varela: Ebner's Ethical Creatures: Animals and Humanity in the Work of Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

 

2012-13

Ruxandra Looft: Mobile Ideas and (Im)Mobile Subjects: Women Writers and Women's Fashion Magazines in Nineteenth-Century Germany and Austria

Shane Peterson: Picturing the Text: Illustrated Editions of Marlitt, Raabe, and Storm In the Age of the Industrial Book (1857-90)

Magdalen Majors: Reading, Travel and the Pedagogy of Growing up in Late Nineteenth-Century Germany

 

 

 

2011-12

Christopher Bailes: Ludwig Wittgenstein and Hermann Broch: The Need for Fiction and Logic: Moral Philosophy

Patrick Brugh: Mediating War in Early Modern German Prose

Melissa Laugallies: Magical Objects and Subverted Subjects: Fetishism and the Supernatural in E.T.A. Hoffmann’s Tales

Anne Popiel: Vilém Flusser’s Media Philosophy: Tracing the Digital in Nature through Art

Nancy Twilley: Reading Gender in Late Nineteenth-Century German Young Adult Literature

Victoria Vygodskaia Rust: Fashioning Women under Totalitarian Regimes: "New Women" of Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia

 

2010-11

Necia Chronister: Topographies of Sexuality: Space, Movement, and Gender in German Literature and Film since 1989

Suzuko Knott: Body – Language – Media: Transformation and Translatability in the Works of Yoko Tawada

 

2009-10

Bartell Berg: Nature and Environment in Nineteenth-Century Austrian Literature

Theodore Jackson: Hesse as Ambivalent Modernist

Julia Kleinheider: Illusions of Armor: The Haptic Body in Ernst Jünger’s Early Works

Erika Rinker: (S)elective, Mimetic Aphasia: Stutter and Silence Fin-De-Siecle Critical Modernist Literature

 

2008-09

Gwyneth Cliver: Musil, Broch, and the Mathematics of Modernism

 

2007-08

Per Simfors: Extrakte des Schweigens Zu Sprache und Stil bei Peter Altenberg

Robert Feldman: Journalismus als Beruf: Truth and the Anti-Semitic Journalist Stereotype in the Writings of Maxim Biller and Rafael Seligmann

 

2006-07

Jason Baker: Prussia’s Headless Horseman: Ideological Appropriations of Ferdinand von Schill in Nineteenth-Century German Literature

Gregory Knott: Arnold Stadler and the Metaphysics of Heimat

Heike Polster: The Aesthetics of Passage: The Imag(in)ed Experience of Time in W.G. Sebald and Peter Handke

Nancy RichardsonDarlings to Deviants: German Women Authors and the Taboo of Female Violence in Wilhelmine Germany (1880-1910)

Fred Yaniga: Postmodernism in the Prose Writing of Thomas Bernhard

 

2005-06

Kamaal N. Haque: The Dynamics of Space in Goethe’s “West-östlicher Divan”

Mary Krasan Rodena: Uwe Timm’s Postcolonial Novels

Carrie Smith-Prei: Realism’s Gross Anatomy: The Male Grotesque in 1960s West German New Realism and Black Realism