The William Van O'Connor Library

Doctoral Dissertations 1980-1989


Elin Frances Diamond, Ph.D. 1980

     Dissertation: Harold Pinter, Comic Traditionalist

     Dissertation Committee: Ruby Cohn (dir), Sandra Gilbert, Peter Hays

Stephen Orin Glosecki, Ph.D. 1980

     Dissertation: The Boar's Helmet in Beowulf: Reflexes of Totemism and Exogamy in Early Germanic Literature

     Dissertation Committee: James Spamer (dir), Marianne Cooley, Winfried Schleiner

Walter Lee Harrison, Ph.D. 1980

     Dissertation: Out of Play: Baseball Fiction from Pulp to Art

     Dissertation Committee: Jack Hicks (dir), James Woodress, Michael Hoffman

Michael Shannon Kearns, Ph.D. 1980

     Dissertation: ANATOMY OF THE MIND. Mid-Nineteenth-Century Psychology and the Works of Nathaniel Hawthorne,Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens and Herman Melville

     Dissertation Committee: Elliot Gilbert (dir), Jarvis Bastrain, Michael Hoffman

David William Madden, Ph.D. 1980

     Dissertation: Versions of the Thing: The Extended Parody in the Contemporary American Novel

     Dissertation Committee: Jack Hicks (dir), Michael Hoffman, Peter Hays

John Dunville Nesbitt, Ph.D. 1980

     Dissertation: Literary Conventions in the Classic Western Novel

     Dissertation Committee: James Woodress (dir), William Baker, Robert Wiggins



Wendy Bean Barker, Ph.D. 1981

     Dissertation: Lunacy of Light: Emily Dickinson and the Female Tradition

     Dissertation Committee: Sandra Gilbert (dir), James Woodress, Joanne Feit Diehl

Linda Kay Bates, Ph.D. 1981

     Dissertation: Toward the Heart of Darkness: Benjamin Franklin's Satires

     Dissertation Committee: James Woodress (dir), Max Byrd, Brom Weber

Margaret Bedrosian, Ph.D. 1981

     Dissertation: The Other Modernists: Tradition and the Individual Talent in Armenian-American Literature

     Dissertation Committee: Brom Weber (dir), Jack Hicks, Robert Wiggins

Andrea Gale Hammer, Ph.D. 1981

     Dissertation: Recitations of the Past: Identity in Novels by Edith Wharton, Ellen Glasgow, and Carson McCullers

     Dissertation Committee: John Hayden (dir), William Baker, Sandra Gilbert

John Douglas Miller, Ph.D. 1981

     Dissertation: Wordsworth and the Concept of Simplicity

     Dissertation Committee: John Hayden (dir), William Baker, Robert Hopkins

Louis D. Owens, Ph.D. 1981

     Dissertation: A New Eye in the West: Steinbeck's California Fiction

     Dissertation Committee: James Woodress (dir), Peter Hays, Jack Hicks

Linda Palmer Young , Ph.D. 1981

     Dissertation: "This Spot of Earth": Making Sense of Place in American Literature

     Dissertation Committee: James Woodress (dir), Peter Hays, Robert Wiggins   



Laurel Ann Weeks Corona, Ph.D. 1982

     Dissertation: Man into Beast: The Theme of Transformation in American and European Fiction from the 1860's to the 1920's

     Dissertation Committee: James Woodress (dir), Peter Hays, Robert Wiggins

Hans Ansgar Ostrom, Ph.D. 1982

     Dissertation: British Romantic Verse Satire

     Dissertation Committee: John Hayden (dir), Max Byrd, Robert Torrance



Jon K. Adams, Ph.D. 1983

     Dissertation: The Reader Pragmatics of Fiction

     Dissertation Committee: Thomas Hanzo (dir), Manfred Kusch, James Woodress



Elyse Marie Blankley, Ph.D. 1984

     Dissertation: Daughters' Exile: Renée Vivien, Gertrude Stein, and Djuna Barnes in Paris

     Dissertation Committee: Sandra Gilbert (dir), Michael Hoffman, Joanne Feit Diehl

Dale Bachman Flynn, Ph.D. 1984

     Dissertation: Salamanders in the Fire: The Short Stories of Edith Wharton

     Dissertation Committee: James Woodress (dir), Peter Hays, Linda Morris

William Stanley Haney, II, Ph.D. 1984

     Dissertation: The Theory Of The Referent

     Dissertation Committee: Thomas Hanzo (dir), Michael Hoffman, David Robertson

Timothy James Lulofs, Ph.D. 1984

     Dissertation: Fathers and Sons in Mark Twain's Fiction

     Dissertation Committee: Brom Weber (dir), Wayne Harsh, Robert Wiggins

Nora Mahoney McGuinness, Ph.D. 1984

     Dissertation: The Creative Universe of Jack B. Yeats

     Dissertation Committee: Ruby Cohn (dir), Peter Hays, David Robertson

Stephanie Tucker, Ph.D. 1984

     Dissertation: To Mean So Much: Harold Pinter's Stratagems of Resonance

     Dissertation Committee: Ruby Cohn (dir), Norma Landau, Arthur McGuinness



Gregory Wayne Bentley, Ph.D. 1985

     Dissertation: Shakespeare and the New Disease: The Dramatic Function of Syphilis in Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure, and Timon of Athens

     Dissertation Committee: Winfried Schleiner (dir), Richard Levin, Raymond Waddington

Susan Burdett, Ph.D. 1985

     Dissertation: From Memory to Imagination: From a Poetics of Memory to a Poetics of the Imagination

     Dissertation Committee: Diane Murray Johnson (dir), Elliot Gilbert, Robert Hopkins

Alice Eileen Jurish, Ph.D. 1985

     Dissertation: And What is Fate But Love? A Study of Marriage and Passion in the Works of Henry James

     Dissertation Committee: James Woodress (dir), Everett Carter, Robert Wiggins

Marcelline Krafchick, Ph.D. 1985

     Dissertation: World Without Heroes: The Brooklyn Novels of Daniel Fuchs

     Dissertation Committee: Peter Hays (dir), Karl Zender, Michael Kramer

John David Weaver, Ph.D. 1985

     Dissertation: Franz Daniel Pastorius (1651-c. 1720): Early Life in Germany with Glimpses  of his Removal to Pennsylvania 

     Dissertation Committee: Brom Weber (dir), James Woodress, Clifford Bernd                       


Carolyn Elizabeth Brown, Ph.D. 1986

     Dissertation: The Hollow Saints: A Study of Shakespeare's Measure for Measure

     Dissertation Committee: Richard Levin (dir), Winfried Schleiner, Alan Stambusky

Kevin John Clark, Ph.D. 1986

     Dissertation: American Catharsis

     Dissertation Committee: Sandra Gilbert (dir), Alan Williamson, Sandra McPherson

Kathleen Maida Hewitt, Ph.D. 1986

     Dissertation: Chaucer's Literary Dreams: Allegories of Origin

     Dissertation Committee: Marijane Osborn (dir), Thomas Hanzo, Winfried Schleiner

Jane Honeycutt, Ph.D. 1986

     Dissertation: Letters of H. M. and H. H. Brackenridge in the Pittsburgh Archives, 1796-1868

     Dissertation Committee: Brom Weber (dir), Robert Wiggins, Wayne Harsh

Susan Jo Leonardi, Ph.D. 1986

     Dissertation: A Dangerous Thing: Somerville College and the Somerville Novelists, 1912-1922

     Dissertation Committee: Sandra Gilbert (dir), Diane Johnson, Thomas Hanzo

Patrick Dennis Murphy, Ph.D. 1986

     Dissertation: The Verse Novel: Dialogic Studies of a Modern Poetic Genre

     Dissertation Committee: Michael Hoffman (dir), Alan Williamson, Robert Torrance



Rebecca Jane Kruger Gaudino, Ph.D. 1987

     Dissertation: Charlotte Brontë, Religion and the Female Imagination

     Dissertation Committee: Peter Dale (dir), Joanne Feit Diehl, Alan Williamson

James Glenn Tipton, Ph.D. 1987

     Dissertation: Sacramental Moments in the Poetry of Kenneth Rexroth

     Dissertation Committee: David Robertson (dir), Jack Hicks, Gary Snyder

Katsunori Yamazato, Ph.D. 1987

     Dissertation: Seeking a Fulcrum: Gary Snyder and Japan (1956-1975)

     Dissertation Committee: Jack Hicks (dir), Michael Hoffman, David Robertson



Gail Pliam David, Ph.D. 1988

     Dissertation: Diverse (In)Versions: Female Heroics in the Renaissance Pastoral Romance and in Women's Pastoral Fiction From Fanny Burney to George Eliot

     Dissertation Committee: Diane Johnson (dir), Richard Levin

Allan James Johnston, Ph.D. 1988

     Dissertation: Reinventing the Metaphors: Towards an Ecological Aesthetics in the Writings of Robinson Jeffers, Kenneth Rexroth, and Gary Snyder

     Dissertation Committee: Jack Hicks (dir), David Robertson, Alan Williamson

Dixie Lee King, Ph.D. 1988

     Dissertation: Marriage and Sexuality in Paradise Lost: Milton and the Puritans

     Dissertation Committee: Richard Levin (dir), Winfried Schleiner, Karl Zender

Carl Judson Launius, Ph.D. 1988

     Dissertation: It Was A Flood: The Life And Poetry Of Frank Sanford

     Dissertation Committee: Diane Johnson (dir), Jack Hicks, David Robertson

Constance Wootten Malloy, Ph.D. 1988

     Dissertation: Becoming a Heroine Quietly: The Life and Work of Barbara Pym

     Dissertation Committee: Diane Johnson (dir), Carolyn Burke, Robert Hopkins             



Charles James Bense, Ph.D. 1989

     Dissertation: Emerson and Hawthorne as Cultural Reporters: A Revaluation of English Traits and Our Old Home

     Dissertation Committee: Michael Hoffman (dir), Dean MacCannell, Brom Weber

Raymond Allen Craig, Ph.D. 1989

     Dissertation: The Stamp of the Word: The Poetics of Biblical Allusion in American Puritan Poetry

     Dissertation Committee: Michael Kramer (dir), James Woodress, Raymond Waddington

Gregory Nigel Eaves, Ph.D. 1989

     Dissertation: Figures of the Imagination: A Yeatsian Noumenology

     Dissertation Committee: Sandra Gilbert (dir), Peter Dale


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