The William Van O'Connor Library

Doctoral Dissertations


Shellie Banga, Ph.D. 2008

     Dissertation: A Banquet of Silhouettes: William Least Heat-Moon's Travel Trilogy in Context

     Dissertation Committee: Michael Ziser (dir), Linda Morris, Dean MacCannell

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

Francis Joseph Battaglia, Ph.D. 1966

     Dissertation: The Problem of Reliability in Joyce Cary's Political Trilogy

     Dissertation Committee: William Van O'Connor (dir), Solomon Nickman, Thomas Hanzo

Mark Allen Bauer, Ph.D. 2000               

     Dissertation: This Composite Voice: The Role of W. B. Yeats in James Merrill's Poetry

     Dissertation Committee:  Alan Williamson (dir), Joanne Feit Diehl, Kari Lokke

Jane Ellen Louise Beal, Ph.D. 2002               

     Dissertation: John Trevisa and the English Polychronicon: Authority and Vernacular Translation in Late-Medieval England

     Dissertation Committee: Marijane Osborne (dir), James Murphy, Emily Albu

Marta Kaye Beckman, Ph.D. 2002                 

     Dissertation: The Remains of the Victorian Gentleman in James, Conrad, and Wharton

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

John Beckman, Ph.D. 2000  

     Dissertation: American Fun (not currently shelved in O'Connor Library)

     Dissertation Committee: Sandra Gilbert (dir), Linda Morris, Georges Van den Abbeele

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

Kirk Hans Beetz, Ph.D. 1979

     Dissertation: The Collected Letters of Wilkie Collins: Volume One

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

Ronald John Bell, Ph.D. 1999

     Dissertation: My Selves Dissolving: An Exploration of the Narcissistic Personality in the Work of Two American Poets, Weldon Kees and Sylvia   


      Dissertation Committee: Alan Williamson (dir), Patricia Moran, David Robertson

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

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

Melvin Ralph Bertolozzi, Ph.D. 1972

     Dissertation: Joseph Addison: Mr. Spectator and the Man of Taste

     Disseration Committee: Gwedolyn Needham (dir), Joseph Baird, James Woodress

Emily Blair, Ph.D. 2002                            

     Dissertation: Virginia Woolf and the Nineteenth-Century Domestic Aesthetic: Poetry the Wrong Side Out

     Dissertation Committee: Patricia Moran (dir), Catherine Robson, Elizabeth Langland

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

Steven Ryan Blevins, Ph.D. 2008

     Dissertation: History Unhoused: Imagining Redress in Post-Imperial Britain (not currently shelved in O'Connor Library)

     Dissertation Committee: Bishnu Ghosh (dir), David Simpson, Greg Dobbins

Ann Bliss, Ph.D. 2006

     Dissertation: "Fixing" The Family: The Function of the Family Photograph in Albums and Literature

     Dissertation Committee: Elizabeth Freeman (dir), Bishnu Ghosh, Hertha D. Sweet Wong

Harriet Horowitz Blodgett, Ph.D. 1968

     Dissertation: Circles of Reality: A Reading of the Novels of Elizabeth Bowen

     Dissertation Committee: Thomas Hanzo (dir), Gwendolyn Needham, Elliot Gilbert

Rebecca Pautz Bocchicchio, Ph.D. 1996

     Dissertation: Literary Treatments: Hysteria in Fiction by Women in Augustan and Victorian England

     Dissertation Committee: Sandra Gilbert (dir), Kari Lokke, Patricia Moran

Carol Ann Bodeau, Ph.D. 1996

     Dissertation: Faces on the Frontier: Indian Images from Colonial Virginia

     Dissertation Committee: Michael Kramer (dir), Steven Crum, David Jacobsen

Michael Kenneth Borgstrom, Ph.D. 2002    

     Dissertation: Passing Fictions: Reading Identity in Nineteenth-Century America

     Dissertation Committee: David Van Leer (dir), Joanne Feit Diehl, Linda Morris

John Patrick Brennan, Ph.D. 1967

     Dissertation: The Chaucerian Text of Jerome Adversus Jovinianum: An Edition Based on Pembroke College, Cambridge, MS 234

     Dissertation Committee: Elizabeth Homann (dir), Lindsay Mann, Daniel Silvia

Glenn J. Broadhead, Ph.D. 1973

     Dissertation: The Rhetoric of Conversation: Essays on Eighteenth-Century English Criticism of "Familiar Discourse"

     Disseration Committee: Robert Hopkins (dir), Arthur McGuinness, Richard Schwab

Arthur Andrew Brown, Ph.D. 1994

     Dissertation: "A Man Who Dies . . .": Poe, James, Faulkner and the Narrative Function of Death

     Dissertation Committee: Michael Hoffman (dir), David Van Leer, Peter Dale

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

Jennifer Anne Bullis, Ph.D. 1995

     Dissertation: Wisely Armed: The Psychology of Self and Satire in the Novels of Dawn Powell, Mary McCarthy, andMuriel Spark

     Dissertation Committee: Sandra Gilbert (dir), Michael Hoffman, Patricia Moran

Daniel Harry Bultman, Ph.D. 1975

     Dissertation: The Evolution of the Epic Novel in America

     Dissertation Committee: Peter Hays (dir), Michael Hoffman, David Robertson

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

Mark Bradshaw Busbee, Ph. D. 2006

     Dissertation: N.F.S. Grundtvig's Interpretation of Beowulf as a Living Heroic Poem for the People

     Dissertation Committee: Marijane Osborne (dir), John Lindow, Robert Bjork

Frank E. Buske, Ph.D. 1976

     Dissertation: The Wilderness, the Frontier and the Literature of Alaska to 1914: John Muir, Jack London and Rex Beach

     Dissertation Committee: Brom Weber (dir), James Woodress, Everett Carter


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