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Comparative Literature Theses and Dissertations

Theses/dissertations from 2023 2023.

Constructing Selfhood Through Fantasy: Mirror Women and Dreamscape Conversations in Olga Grushin’s Forty Rooms , Grace Marie Alger

The Supernatural in Migration: A Reflection on Senegalese Literature and Film , Rokhaya Aballa Dieng

Breaking Down the Human: Disintegration in Nineteenth-Century Fiction , Benjamin Mark Driscol

Archetypes Revisited: Investigating the Power of Universals in Soviet and Hollywood Cinema , Iana Guselnikova

Planting Rhizomes: Roots and Rhizomes in Maryse Condé’s Traversée de la Mangrove and Calixthe Beyala’s Le Petit Prince de Belleville , Rume Kpadamrophe

Violence, Rebellion, and Compromise in Chinese Campus Cinema ----- The Comparison of Cry Me a Sad River and Better Days , Chunyu Liu

Tracing Modern and Contemporary Sino-French Literary and Intellectual Relations: China, France, and Their Shifting Peripheries , Paul Timothy McElhinny

From Roland to Gawain, or the Origin of Personified Knights , Clyde Tilson

Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022

Afro-Diasporic Literatures of the United States and Brazil: Imaginaries, Counter-Narratives, and Black Feminism in the Americas , David E. S. Beek

The Pursuit of Good Food: The Alimentary Chronotope in Madame Bovary , Lauren Flinner

Form and Voice: Representing Contemporary Women’s Subaltern Experience in and Beyond China , Tingting Hu

Geography of a “Foreign” China: British Intellectuals’ Encounter With Chinese Spaces, 1920-1945 , Yuzhu Sun

Truth and Identity in Dostoevsky’s Raskolnikov and Prince Myshkin , Gwendolyn Walker

Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021

Postcolonial Narrative and The Dialogic Imaginatio n: An Analysis of Early Francophone West African Fiction and Cinema , Seydina Mouhamed Diouf

The Rising of the Avant-Garde Movement In the 1980s People’s Republic of China: A Cultural Practice of the New Enlightenment , Jingsheng Zhang

Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

L’ Entre- Monde : The Cinema of Alain Gomis , Guillaume Coly

Digesting Gender: Gendered Foodways in Modern Chinese Literature, 1890s–1940s , Zhuo Feng

The Deconstruction of Patriarchal War Narratives in Svetlana Alexievich’s The Unwomanly Face of War , Liubov Kartashova

Pushing the Limits of Black Atlantic and Hispanic Transatlantic Studies Through the Exploration of Three U.S. Afro-Latio Memoirs , Julia Luján

Taiwanese Postcolonial Identities and Environmentalism in Wu Ming-Yi’s the Stolen Bicycle , Chihchi Sunny Tsai

Games and Play of Dream of the Red Chamber , Jiayao Wang

Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019

Convertirse en Inmortal, 成仙 ChéngxiāN, Becoming Xian: Memory and Subjectivity in Cristina Rivera Garza’s Verde Shanghai , Katherine Paulette Elizabeth Crouch

Between Holy Russia and a Monkey: Darwin's Russian Literary and Philosophical Critics , Brendan G. Mooney

Emerging Populations: An Analysis of Twenty-First Century Caribbean Short Stories , Jeremy Patterson

Time, Space and Nonexistence in Joseph Brodsky's Poetry , Daria Smirnova

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

Through the Spaceship’s Window: A Bio-political Reading of 20th Century Latin American and Anglo-Saxon Science Fiction , Juan David Cruz

The Representations of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Arab Women’s Literature: Elements of Subversion and Resignification. , Rima Sadek

Insects As Metaphors For Post-Civil War Reconstruction Of The Civic Body In Augustan Age Rome , Olivia Semler

Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017

Flannery O’Connor’s Art And The French Renouveau Catholique: A Comparative Exploration Of Contextual Resources For The Author’s Theological Aesthetics Of Sin and Grace , Stephen Allen Baarendse

The Quixotic Picaresque: Tricksters, Modernity, and Otherness in the Transatlantic Novel, or the Intertextual Rhizome of Lazarillo, Don Quijote, Huck Finn, and The Reivers , David Elijah Sinsabaugh Beek

Piglia and Russia: Russian Influences in Ricardo Piglia’s Nombre Falso , Carol E. Fruit Diouf

Beyond Life And Death Images Of Exceptional Women And Chinese Modernity , Wei Hu

Archival Resistance: A Comparative Reading of Ulysses and One Hundred Years of Solitude , Maria-Josee Mendez

Narrating the (Im)Migrant Experience: 21st Century African Fiction in the Age of Globalization , Bernard Ayo Oniwe

Narrating Pain and Freedom: Place and Identity in Modern Syrian Poetry (1970s-1990s) , Manar Shabouk

Theses/Dissertations from 2016 2016

The Development of ‘Meaning’ in Literary Theory: A Comparative Critical Study , Mahmoud Mohamed Ali Ahmad Elkordy

Familial Betrayal And Trauma In Select Plays Of Shakespeare, Racine, And The Corneilles , Lynn Kramer

Evil Men Have No Songs: The Terrorist and Literatuer Boris Savinkov, 1879-1925 , Irina Vasilyeva Meier

Theses/Dissertations from 2015 2015

Resurrectio Mortuorum: Plato’s Use of Ἀνάγκη in the Dialogues , Joshua B. Gehling

Two Million "Butterflies" Searching for Home: Identity and Images of Korean Chinese in Ho Yon-Sun's Yanbian Narratives , Xiang Jin

The Trialectics Of Transnational Migrant Women’s Literature In The Writing Of Edwidge Danticat And Julia Alvarez , Jennifer Lynn Karash-Eastman

Unacknowledged Victims: Love between Women in the Narrative of the Holocaust. An Analysis of Memoirs, Novels, Film and Public Memorials , Isabel Meusen

Making the Irrational Rational: Nietzsche and the Problem of Knowledge in Mikhail Bulgakov's The Master and Margarita , Brendan Mooney

Invective Drag: Talking Dirty in Catullus, Cicero, Horace, and Ovid , Casey Catherine Moore

Destination Hong Kong: Negotiating Locality in Hong Kong Novels 1945-1966 , Xianmin Shen

H.P. Lovecraft & The French Connection: Translation, Pulps and Literary History , Todd David Spaulding

Female Representations in Contemporary Postmodern War Novels of Spain and the United States: Women as Tools of Modern Catharsis in the Works of Javier Cercas and Tim O'Brien , Joseph P. Weil

Theses/Dissertations from 2014 2014

Poetic Appropriations in Vergil’s Aeneid: A Study in Three Themes Comprising Aeneas’ Character Development , Edgar Gordyn

Ekphrasis and Skepticism in Three Works of Shakespeare , Robert P. Irons

Theses/Dissertations from 2013 2013

The Role of the Trickster Figure and Four Afro-Caribbean Meta-Tropes In the Realization of Agency by Three Slave Protagonists , David Sebastian Cross

Putting Place Back Into Displacement: Reevaluating Diaspora In the Contemporary Literature of Migration , Christiane Brigitte Steckenbiller

Using Singular Value Decomposition in Classics: Seeking Correlations in Horace, Juvenal and Persius against the Fragments of Lucilius , Thomas Whidden

Theses/Dissertations from 2012 2012

Decolonizing Transnational Subaltern Women: The Case of Kurasoleñas and New York Dominicanas , Florencia Cornet

Representation of Women In 19Th Century Popular Art and Literature: Forget Me Not and La Revista Moderna , Juan David Cruz

53x+m³=Ø? (Sex+Me=No Result?): Tropes of Asexuality in Literature and Film , Jana -. Fedtke

Argentina in The African Diaspora: Afro-Argentine And African American Cultural Production, Race, And Nation Building in the 19th Century , Julia Lujan

Male Subjectivity and Twenty-First Century German Cinema: Gender, National Idenity, and the Problem of Normalization , Richard Sell

Theses/Dissertations from 2011 2011

Blue Poets: Brilliant Poetry , Evangelin Grace Chapman-Wall

Sickness of the Spirit: A Comparative Study of Lu Xun and James Joyce , Liang Meng

Dryden and the Solution to Domination: Bonds of Love In the Conquest of Granada , Lydia FitzSimons Robins

Theses/Dissertations from 2010 2010

The Family As the New Collectivity of Belonging In the Fiction of Bharati Mukherjee and Jhumpa Lahiri , Sarbani Bose

Lyric Transcendence: the Sacred and the Real In Classical and Early-Modern Lyric. , Larry Grant Hamby

Abd al-Rahman Al-Kawakibi's Tabai` al-Istibdad wa Masari` al-Isti`bad (The Characteristics of Despotism and The Demises of Enslavement): A Translation and Introduction , Mohamad Subhi Hindi

Re-Visions: Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy In German and Italian Film and Literature , Kristina Stefanic Brown

Plato In Modern China: A Study of Contemporary Chinese Platonists , Leihua WENG

Making Victims: History, Memory, and Literature In Japan's Post-War Social Imaginary , Kimberly Wickham

Theses/Dissertations from 2009 2009

The Mirrored Body: Doubling and Replacement of the Feminine and androgynous Body In Hadia Said'S Artist and Haruki Murakami'S Sputnik Sweetheart , Fatmah Alsalamean

Making Monsters: The Monstrous-Feminine In Horace and Catullus , Casey Catherine Moore

Not Quite American, Not Quite European: Performing "Other" Claims to Exceptionality In Francoist Spain and the Jim Crow South , Brittany Powell

Developing Latin American Feminist Theory: Strategies of Resistance In the Novels of Luisa Valenzuela and Sandra Cisneros , Jennifer Lyn Slobodian

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Comparative Literature Theses and Dissertations

This collection contains theses and dissertations from the Department of Comparative Literature, collected from the Scholarship@Western Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository

Theses/Dissertations from 2023 2023

CIVILIZING THE STAGE: Reform and Theatrical Aesthetics in Colonial Western India (1850-1914) , Abhimanyu Acharya

Unfolding Infinity: Expressionism in Sufi Cosmopoiesis and the Poetics of Islamic Art and Architecture , Amany Dahab

A Haven of Peace: Justice and Hesed in the Book of Ruth and its Retellings in Spanish Drama, European Visual Arts, and Latin American Poetry , Luigi De Angelis Soriano

Indian and British Women’s Contributions to Modern Theatre in Punjab: 1830s -1940s , Ramanpreet Kaur

Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022

The Poetics of Environmental Destruction, Care, and Insurgency: Socio-Environmental Crisis in Women’s Contemporary Novels and Films in The Americas , Victoria Jara

Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021

Veni, Pati, Scripsi: The Maghrebi Diaspora in Driss Chraïbi’s Les Boucs and Salah Methnani-Mario Fortunato’s Immigrato , Mohamed Baya

Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

Embodiment of Creative Thought and Visual Logic in Bookmaking: An Example of Intermediality in Word-Picture Adaptation , Diana Bychkova

Between a Harmless Game and a Bittersweet Disease: Forms of Nostalgia in Post-Socialist Central and Eastern Europe , George A. Condrache

Shame and Its Other Family Members in Philip Roth's Sabbath's Theater and Everyman and Pierre Lemaitre's Au revoir là-haut , Shahrzad Izadpanah

I Ran to Write: Travel, Translation, and Journalism on Persian Spaces , Emadeddin Naghipour

Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019

Moloch's Children: Monstrous Techno-Capitalism in North American Popular Fiction , Alexandre Desbiens-Brassard

Re-presenting Violence in the works of Jorge Amado, Gabriel García Márquez, and Ariel Dorfman , David Mongor-Lizarrabengoa

Postcolonial Trauma in the Mediterranean: The Italian-Libyan Transnational Community , Rosario Pollicino

The Amphibian, Melioristic Agenda for Dividuals: Tropological Oscillations versus Tropological Settlements , Donatas Sinkunas

Kurdish Narratives of Identity: A Comparative Reading of Novels from Turkey and Iraq , Persheng Yari

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

Subjectivity in Young Adult Literature (Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials, Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis , Zohre Javaheri

Cultural Memory and the Traumatic Past: Examining the Voids in Contemporary German and Uruguayan Literature, Museums, and Film , Jessica Paola Marino

Romance, Politics and Minor Art: A Nomadology of Inamoramento de Orlando and Star Wars , Andrea Privitera

Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017

Let Me Tell You What It Means: Reading Beyond Humor in Selected Iranian-American Memoirs, Stand-up Comedy, and Film in the Post-9/11 Era , Reza Ashouri Talooki

“Walking around with broken hearts on their hands:” Intimate Writings in Contemporary Comics , Gabriella Colombo Machado

Being Gender/Doing Gender, in Alice Munro and Pedro Almadovar , Bahareh Nadimi Farrokh

Exploring Kitsch: Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being and Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five , Parastoo Nasrollahzadeh

Theses/Dissertations from 2016 2016

Organizations of Knowledge about the Orient in German and British Romanticism 1780-1820 , Naqaa Abbas

"I" am not "I" anymore: Negation, Doubling and Identity in Roman Polanski's The Tenant and Max Frisch's Stiller , Parastoo Alaeddini

Saturnine Constellations: Melancholy in Literary History and in the Works of Baudelaire and Benjamin , Kevin Godbout

Representing Modern Female Villain: On Feminine Evil, Perverse Nationhood, and Opposition in Rómulo Gallegos’ Doña Bárbara and Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children , Barbara Guerrero

The Entelechial Thinker in Space: ‘Worlds within Worlds’ in Durrell, Flaubert, and Carroll , Sheena M. Jary

Cosmography and Topography: A Comparison of André Thevet’s "Les Singularités de la France Antarctique" and Jean de Léry’s "Histoire d’un Voyage Faict en la Terre du Brésil" , Driton Nushaj

From Dispossession to the Grotesque: Deterritorializing Human Identity in Cobra, El obsceno pájaro de la noche and The Unnamable , Sandra Paola Preciado

Inhuman and Heroic Women: Femininity in the Odyssey and the Arthurian Vulgate , Alexandra Salyga Reynolds

Discussions of Diaspora: Cultural Production and Identity in Contemporary Chinese Canadian Literature , Rachel L. Wong

Theses/Dissertations from 2015 2015

In the Thick of National Consciousness: Difference and the Critique of Identity in Elias Khoury’s Little Mountain and Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children , Karim Abuawad

"More or Less" Refugee?: Bengal Partition in Literature and Cinema , Sarbani Banerjee

Politics, Ethics, and Aesthetic Play in Diasporic Iranian Visual Literature: Neshat, Satrapi, Bashi, Soltani , Mehraneh Ebrahimi-Eshratabadi

Who's the Fairest of Them All? Defining and Subverting the Female Beauty Ideal in Fairy Tale Narratives and Films through Grotesque Aesthetics , Leah Persaud

Peri Algeos: Pain in Aeschylus and Sophocles , Anda Pleniceanu

Paradise Lost: Astronomy, Scepticism, Perspective , Yanxiang Wu

Scintillating Scotoma: Migraine, Aura, and Perception in European Literature, 1860-1900 , Janice Y. Zehentbauer

Theses/Dissertations from 2014 2014

The Ha-Ha Holocaust: Exploring Levity Amidst the Ruins and Beyond in Testimony, Literature and Film , Aviva Atlani

Unmasking the Protester: The Meanings and Myths of Collective Civil Resistance Movements in African American and Polish Postresistance Prose Fiction , Agnieszka Herra

The Evolution of Indifference: Locating Stoic Influence in Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly's "Du Dandysme et de Georges Brummell" and Charles Baudelaire's "Le Peintre de la vie moderne" , Aurie Zeran

Theses/Dissertations from 2013 2013

From Nizam to Nation: The Representation of Partition in Literary Narratives about Hyderabad, Deccan , Nazia Akhtar

Enunciation and Plurilingualism in the Francophone and Anglophone African Novel , Ndeye F. Ba

Beyond the Suffering of Being: Desire in Giacomo Leopardi and Samuel Beckett , Roberta Cauchi-Santoro

Mobilizing Insurgent Pasts Toward Decolonial Futures , Patrick Crowley

Magic(infra)realism: Jetztzeiten of Believability and Latin American History in García Márquez’s Cien años de soledad and Otoño del patriarca. , Katarzyna Jasinski

Through the Carnival Looking Glass: A Carnivalesque Reading of Bruno Schulz's A Street of Crocodiles and Guy Davenport's A Table of Green Fields , Tamara A. Kowalski

Theses/Dissertations from 2012 2012

Burying Dystopia: the Cases of Venedikt Erofeev, Kurt Vonnegut, and Victor Pelevin , Natalya Domina

Human Automata, Identity and Creativity in George Du Maurier's Trilby and Raymond Roussel's Locus Solus , Adrienne M. Orr

The Gospel According to José Saramago: a Comparative Study of Critical Reception in Portugal, United States, and Canada , Bruna Reis

Playing with the Other: The Stories of Mu Xin and Vladimir Nabokov , Meng Wu

Theses/Dissertations from 2011 2011

Myth, Language, Empire: The East India Company and the Construction of British India, 1757-1857 , Nida Sajid

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Comparative Literature Dissertations Collection

Dissertations from 2022 2022.

Redressing History: Texts and Textiles in Counternarratives of Slavery , Siobhan M. Mei, Comparative Literature

The Moral Frame: Adab and Ottoman Literary Modernity , Mehtap Ozdemir, Comparative Literature


Dissertations from 2021 2021



Salvage Media: A Materialist Inquiry into the Limits of Visual, Aural, and Textual Clarity , Alexander S. Ponomareff, Comparative Literature

Never-lasting Effects: John Williams, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Bruno Jasieński, and Non-redemptive Failure , Krzysztof W. Rowinski, Comparative Literature




Dissertations from 2020 2020


Moralizing the Rape of Philomela in Late Medieval Commentary , Daniel M. Armenti, Comparative Literature

Time Bound. Gauchesca and its Print Culture, 1872-2011 , Manuela Borzone, Comparative Literature



Dissertations from 2019 2019


The Matrix of Imperial Rome in Modernist and Postcolonial Literature , Sara Ceroni, Comparative Literature



Dissertations from 2018 2018


The Texture of Reading / Reading Textures: Poetic, Visual, Material, and Inter-medial Dimensions of Textuality in Arabic Poetry, French Picturebooks, and North American Bookarts , Lara Matta, Comparative Literature


Bodies Under Siege: Intersections of Warfare and HIV/AIDS , Daniel Nevarez Araujo, Comparative Literature

"A PAGE FROM THE SONG OF SONGS": ÉTUDES IN ALLEGORESIS , Andres Wilson, Comparative Literature

Dissertations from 2017 2017

Translation, Rewriting, and Fan Fiction: A Literary History of Transformative Work , Shannon K. Farley, Comparative Literature

A Poetics of Subtraction: The Autobiographical Films of Frampton, Tarkovsky, and Álvarez , Alexander B. Joy, Comparative Literature


Dissertations from 2016 2016


Rumi, the Poet of Universal Love: The Politics of Rumi's Appropriation in the West , FATMA B. CIHAN-ARTUN, Comparative Literature

Writing Resistance and the Question of Gender: Charlotte Delbo, Noor Inayat Khan, and Germaine Tillion , Lara R. Curtis, Comparative Literature

Deconstruction of the Sacred, Ontologies of Monstrosity: Apophatic Approaches in Late Modernist Cinema , scott d. vangel, Comparative Literature

Dissertations from 2015 2015

Documenting the (Un)Documented: Diasporic Ecuadorian Narratives in Southern/Mediterranean Europe , Esther A. Cuesta, Comparative Literature

Dissertations from 2014 2014

Transgressing Space And Subverting Hierarchies: A Comparative Analysis Of Street Theatre Groups In Sri Lanka, India, And The United States , Kanchuka N. Dharmasiri, Comparative Literature


"Io Scrittore": Authorial Construction in the Italian Medieval Renaissance Novella and Its Translation into English , Anna Strowe, Comparative Literature

Dissertations from 2013 2013

The Fusion of Migration and Science Fiction in Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the United States , Matthew David Goodwin, Comparative Literature

Enigmatic Realism: Doing Justice through Photography and Figuration in Sebald, Marias, and Hemon , Daniel Pope, Comparative Literature

Translating Trickster, Performing Identity: Representations Of The Monkey King (Sun Wukong) In Chinese And Asian American Rewritings , Hongmei Sun, Comparative Literature

Adventures in Fictionality: Sites along the Border between Fiction and Reality , Rhona Trauvitch, Comparative Literature

Dissertations from 2012 2012

Sitting-There: Embodied Perception, Kinesthetic Empathy, and Reading Pain in Dance Spectatorship , Brandon W Shaw, Comparative Literature

Sitting-there: Embodied perception, kinesthetic empathy, and reading pain in dance spectatorship , Brandon W Shaw

Dissertations from 2011 2011

Translation in Vietnam and Vietnam in Translation: Language, Culture, and Identity , Loc Quoc Pham, Comparative Literature

Latin American Decolonial Aesthetics: Antipoetry, Nueva Cancion, And Third Cinema As Counterculture (1960-1975) , Juan Ramos, Comparative Literature

Latin American decolonial aesthetics: Antipoetry, nueva canción, and third cinema as counterculture (1960–1975) , Juan Ramos

Con-Scripting the Masses: False Documents and Historical Revisionism in the Americas , Frans Weiser, Comparative Literature

Dissertations from 2009 2009

The Curse Of The Traveling Dancer: Romani Representation From 19Th- Century European Literature To Hollywood Film And Beyond , Nikolina Ivantcheva Dobreva, Comparative Literature

The curse of the traveling dancer: Romani representation from 19th-century European literature to Hollywood film and beyond , Nikolina Ivantcheva Dobreva

Dissertations from 2008 2008

Brazilian women writers in English: Translation of culture and gender in works by Clarice Lispector, Carolina Maria de Jesus, and Ana Maria Machado , Lilian Passos Wichert Feitosa

Un -domesticated mothers: Private and public female subjectivities in the journalism of Alfonsina Storni and Charlotte Perkins Gilman , Mariela E Mendez de Coudriet

Specters of war: Reclamation, recovery, and return in southeast Asian -American literature and history , Bunkong Tuon

Dissertations from 2007 2007

Brussel - Bruxelles - Brussel: Brussels in the Flemish literary mirror from 1830 to 1932 , Caroline M. P. C Dothee

Children of the socialist paradise: Redefining social and esthetic values in post Cold -War Cuban cinema , Enrique Garcia

New history, new language: Biblical intertextuality in the poetry of Rahel Bluvshtain , Yehudit Ben-Zvi Heller

Translation and nation: Negotiating “China” in the translations of Lin Shu, Yan Fu, and Liang Qichao , Li Lu

The image of the assassins in medieval European texts , Meriem Pages

Dissertations from 2006 2006

Javier Marías's postmodern praxis: Humor and interplay between reality and fiction in his novels and essays , Karen E Berg

Wor(l)ds in progress: A study of contemporary migrant writings , Alessandra Di Maio

Cross -cultural palimpsest of Mulan: Iconography of the woman warrior from premodern China to Asian America , Lan Dong

Queer across the Atlantic: Homo/sexual representation in the United States and France, 1977–2001 , Neil C Hartlen

Mobility and home: Shifting constructions of gender, race, and nationality in Chinese diasporic literature , Shuchen Susan Huang

Headscarves and mini-skirts: Germanness, Islam, and the politics of cultural difference , Beverly M Weber

Dissertations from 2004 2004

Border crossings and multicultural whiteness: Nationalism in the global production and United States reception of vampire films , Dale M Hudson

The nostalgia for novelty: Revivals of the eighteenth century novel, genuine and spurious , Jonathan B Sadow

Acting the child: Separating the infantile from the masculine in film and literature, 1835–1985 , Shawn R Smolen-Morton

Dissertations from 2003 2003

Cynthia Ozick and Jewish literature: A reader , Daniela Fargione

The quiet revolution: Integration, difference, and the new French women directors: 1990–2000 , Corinne D Oster

Dissertations from 2002 2002

Nationalism as an ethical problem for postcolonial theory , Hussein Y Ibish

Culinary scapes: Contesting food, gender and nation in South Asia and its diaspora , Anita Mannur

Magic realism and social protest in Spanish America and the United States: These illusions called America , Jennifer Clare Rodgers

Dissertations from 2001 2001

The marginalia of Edward de Vere's Geneva Bible: Providential discovery, literary reasoning, and historical consequence , Roger A Stritmatter

Translations of “The Tempest” in Germany and Japan , Friederike von Schwerin-High

Dreams of the wild frontier: Imaginary geographies and the American West , Aaron Boyd Walker

Dissertations from 2000 2000

Nomadism, diaspora and deracination in contemporary migrant literatures , Jana Evans Braziel

Rubble trouble: History and subjectivity in the ruins of fascism , Siobhan S Craig

“Here is a cabinet of great curiosities”: Collecting the past on the American frontier , Theo Padnos

Cormac McCarthy at home and abroad: Translation, reception, interpretation , Lynn Alison Prince

Dissertations from 1998 1998

Pothos and eyes of blank stone longing and absence in ancient Greece , John Michael Degener

Aesthetics of the "third way": Realisms in the modern European cinema , Carol Ann Donelan

Performing saints' lives: Medieval miracle plays and popular culture , Diana Lucy Murphy

Dissertations from 1997 1997

Poetic experience: Generative criticism as a new aspect of literary analysis , Rajmund Horvath

Aphoristic thoughts , Dirk Michael Schepers

Dissertations from 1996 1996

Earthly spirituality: An historical study of Neo-Daoism and Tao Yuan-Ming's works , Jin-Tang Peng

Constructing the historical discourse of traditional Chinese fiction , Liang Shi

Dissertations from 1994 1994

Those precious bonds: A psychoanalytic study of sister relationships in twentieth-century literature and film , Eva Rueschmann

Dissertations from 1993 1993

Social criticism in traditional legends: Supernatural women in Chinese zhiguai and German Sagen , Jennifer Lynn Fyler

Dissertations from 1990 1990

Colonial poetics: Rabindranath Tagore in two worlds , Mahasweta Sengupta

Dissertations from 1986 1986


Dissertations from 1985 1985


Dissertations from 1984 1984


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Theses and Dissertations

Dissertations from 2022 2022.

Ghost (Hi)stories: Fiction as Alternative History in Brodber, Valdés, Cisneros, and Condé , Kristina Suzette Gibby

Dissertations from 2017 2017

Flirt, Fight, or Flight: Spatial and Power Dynamics in Three Courtship Motifs in Modern European, American, and Latin American Literary Works and Musicals , Amy Lynne Catania

Remembering in Spite of All: The Construction of Collective Memory of State Terrorism in Mexico, Argentina, and Chile , Telba Espinoza-Contreras

Immigration, Ethnicity, and Citizenship: The Words and Faces of the Chinese of North America , Pengyi Huang

Poetics of Integration and the Making of Modern Chinese Drama: Cao Yu amongst Playwrights , Jingyuan Liu

Dissertations from 2016 2016

(Re)Writing History in Maryse Condé, Femi Euba, and Reinaldo Arenas , Lázara Bolton

The Politics of Sensations: Body and Texture in Contemporary Cinema and Literature (Argentina - Cuba - Ireland) , Guillermo Abel Severiche

Re-examining and Redefining the Concepts of Community, Justice, and Masculinity in the Works of René Depestre, Carlos Fuentes, and Ernest Gaines , Jacqueline Nicole Zimmer

Dissertations from 2015 2015

Dwelling Poetically, Proceeding Orphically: The Platonic Tradition and the Heideggerian Humanism of Ernesto Grassi , Geoffrey Alexander Leeves Bain

Dissertations from 2012 2012

Southern Bellas: the construction of Mestiza identity in Southern narratives , Wendy Aimee Braun

Short story cycles of the Americas, a transitional post-colonial form: a study of V.S. Naipaul's Miguel Street, Ernest Gaines's Bloodline, and Garbriel Garcia Marquez's Los Funerales de Mama Grande , Benjamin Sands Yves Forkner

Trans-Atlantic circulation of black tropes: Èsù and the West African griot as poetic references for liberation in cultures of the African diaspora , Jean-Baptiste Meunier

Virgil's shipwreck: how a Roman poet made and unmade the epic in the west , Jesse Bryan Burchfield Russell

Dissertations from 2011 2011

Hear (no) evil, see (no) evil, speak (no) evil: artistic representations of Argentina's "Dirty War" , Juliana Theresa Reineman

Dissertations from 2010 2010

Reading Out of Doors: How Nature Becomes Text and Vice-Versa , Richmond Minor Eustis

More than Words, More than Wounds: (Re)Writing 'Wounded' Women and Healing Pedagogies , Rachel Nicole Spear

Theses from 2009 2009

City as prison: negotiating identity in the urban space in the nineteenth-century novel , Anita Michelle Dubroc

Theses from 2008 2008

Ancient Greek and ancient Hebrew agrarianism: an ecocritical study of Hesiod's Works and Days and the Book of Proverbs , Ernest Nathan Manning

Native Spiritualities As Resistance: Disrupting Colonialism in the Americas , Kirstin Lea Squint

Dissertations from 2007 2007

Displacement and the text: exploring otherness in Jean Rhys' Wide Sargasso Sea, Maryse Condé's La migration des coeurs, Rosario Ferré's The House on the Lagoon, and Tina De Rosa's Paper Fish , Melody Boyd Carriere

Dissertations from 2006 2006

Reading trauma in postmodern and postcolonial literature: Charlotte Delbo, Toni Morrison, and the literary imagination of the aftermath , Sylviane Finck

Repression and reduction: the apparatchik's discourse in the works of Ammianus Marcellinus, Denis Diderot, Victor Serge and George Orwell , Jason Paul Juneau

Money and tragedy in the nineteenth-century novel , Clany Soileau

Dissertations from 2005 2005

Exile as severance , Alexandru Boldor

Dissertations from 2004 2004

Haunted by the uncanny - development of a genre from the late eighteenth to the late nineteenth century , Alexandra Maria Reuber

The figuration of Caliban in the constellation of postcolonial theory , Paulus Sarwoto

Dissertations from 2003 2003

Politicizing the reader in the American lyric-epic: Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass and Pablo Neruda's Canto general , William Allegrezza

Perspectives on comparative literature , Alexandru Boldor

Translating "Hebrew" into "Greek": the discursive hermeneutics of Emmanuel Levinas's Talmudic readings , Matthew Wayne Guy

An Africanist-Orientalist discourse: the other in Shakespeare and Hellenistic tragedy , Haegap Jeoung

Theses from 2002 2002

Stefan Zweig and Russia , Lidia Zhigunova

Theses/Dissertations from 2000 2000

Gods, Men and Their Gifts: a Comparison of the "Iliad", the "Odyssey", the "Aeneid" and "Paradise Lost" , Paul Norman Anderson

Rights of Passage: a Cross -Cultural Study of Maroon Novels by Black Women. , Randi Gray Kristensen

Slain in the Spirit: a Vodun Aesthetic in Selected Works of Simone Schwarz -Bart, Zora Neale Hurston, and Paule Marshall. , Maria Thecla Smith

Theses/Dissertations from 1999 1999

Family Portraits: Contemporary Women Novelists and the Nuclear Family. , Tamra Lynn Horton

Dark Phoenix: The Representation of Black Woman in "Je Suis Martiniquaise" by Mayotte Capecia and "Mon Examen De Blanc" by Jacqueline Manicom. , Sybil Shevron Jackson

Theses/Dissertations from 1998 1998

Representations of Class, Gender, Race, and Religion in the Novels of Somerville and Ross, 1894-1925. , Nicole Pepinster Greene

Theses/Dissertations from 1997 1997

The Myth of Narcissus and the Narcissistic Structure. , Joachim Conrad hermann Vogeler

Theses/Dissertations from 1996 1996

The Amazon Myth in Western Literature. , Bruce Robert Magee

Theses/Dissertations from 1993 1993

The Poetry In-Between: Presence and Absence in Whitman, Rimbaud, and Hopkins. , Jonathan Flint Alexander

Discourses of Maternity and the Postmodern Narrative: A Study of Lessing, Walker, and Atwood. , Janet J. Montelaro

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Theses/dissertations from 2023 2023.

An Ambiguous Hermeneutic: Doubleness in Ingmar Bergman’s Quest for Self , Ingy Aziz

The Impact of Slavery and Colonialism on the Black Consciousness: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, The Confessions of Nat Turner, and Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl , Mariam Badawi

Daughterly Narratives in Search of Voice: Fadwa Tuqan, Latifa al-Zayyat, and Samar Attar , Rania Bedeir

Historical Trauma: Literary and Testimonial Responses to Hiroshima , Mariam Ghonim

Palestine Without Borders: A Study of Arab and Western Voices in Theater , Bassem Mohsen Ahmed El-Sayed Ahmed Ibrahim

The Death and Rebirth of the Feminine Muse: Edgar Allan Poe and Sylvia Plath , Noha Ibrahim

Fragments of a Writer’s Mind: Virginia Woolf in Her Own Words , Baheya Zeitoun

Theses/Dissertations from 2022 2022

The Flow of (Re)Memory in African American and Nubian Egyptian Literature: Morrison, Oddoul, and Mukhtar , Bushra Hashem

Marianismo and the Catholic Autobiographer: A Comparative Analysis , Nina Lee

Voicing Female Servitude in Fiction: Charlotte Brontë, Jean Rhys, and Taha Hussein , Muhammed Salem

Womanist Poetics: Emily Dickinson, Gertrude Stein, and Audre Lorde , Aya Telmissany

Theses/Dissertations from 2021 2021

Contagion and Crisis: Narrating Egypt’s 1947 Epidemic in Literature and Film , Nada Maurice Ibrahim

The Factors that Facilitate Graduate Learners’ Participation in Online Training Programs: A Qualitative Case Study in Egypt , Niveen Salah

Theses/Dissertations from 2020 2020

Alienation and dissent in the poetry of Allen Ginsberg and Fadhil Al-Azzawi , Farah Geninah

Two journeys of the spirit: comparing Plato's Republic and Ibn Tufayl's Hayy Ibn Yaqzan , Zeina Abdallah Jehama

Beyond the straightforward illness narrative , Menna Taher

Theses/Dissertations from 2019 2019

AN Unsilenced Text: The Literature of the Female Voice in Hanan Al-Shaykh's Women of Sand and Myrrh and Leila Abouzeid's Year of the Elephant , Mariam Mounir El Batran

The Implied Reader and the Recovery of Childhood: A Study of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit , Georgette Talaat Rizk

A comparative study of spoken word poetry and its literary counter-part , Haidy Tarek Zakaria

Theses/Dissertations from 2018 2018

Becoming women: Gender and religion/culture in novels by Nawal El Saadawi and Gabriel García Márquez , Sherin Hany Abd Rabouh

The narrative of irony and the irony of narrative: Time in Milan Kundera’s novels , Ramy Amin

Rebellion and the Absurd: Reading the novels of Albert Camus , Basma Bishay

Theses/Dissertations from 2017 2017

Female resistance and discourses of power: Sonallah Ibrahim and Sue Monk Kidd , Ragia Mostafa Abdel Hamid

Versions of the alter ego: A study of Joyce, Kushner, and Ellis , Sherif Mahmoud El Newehy

Redeploying semiology: Contrapuntalism in coetzee, friel, and darwish , Sarah Mahmoud Esmael

Three spiritual narratives: A reading of Hermann Hesse, Ibn Tufayl and Naguib Mahfouz , Muna Moataz Khattab

Patterns in spiritual awakening: A study of Augustine, Coleridge and Eliot , Lucy Shafik

Theses/Dissertations from 2016 2016

Strangely familiar: The surprise ending in Poe, Maupassant, and Borges , Pacinthe Adel Abou Senna

The Question of Islamophobia and Marlowe's Tamburlaine the Great , Dalia Al-Abboud

A philosophy of rebellion: Anarchism in literature and film , Menna ElDawi Zein

Confronting life in literary guises: A study of Dante, Blake and Sartre. , Sherine Ismail Elsherif

Diasporic Female Identities in Bharati Mukherjee's Desirable Daughters and Idris Ali's Dongola. , Rola Alaa Koraa

Palestinian rights: A literary multiple-genre approach , Marwa Mahmoud

The ‘Ivory Tower’ exposed: The university in Ashour’s Atyaf and Coetzee’s Disgrace , Fatma Atef Ibrahim Massoud

Theses/Dissertations from 2015 2015

Non-Edible Women: The Question of Marriage in Mid-20th Century Feminist Thought through the Lens of Atwood and Soueif , Asmaa Abdallah

New forms of exile: Arab identity in three contemporary novels , Rabab Al - Saffar

Reinventing the artistic self: Coetzee's summertime and Matar's In the country of men , Rana Mounir ElBowety

The paradox of masculinity in Shakespeare's Macbeth , Howayda Elenany

Constructing the orient: North Africa in the short stories of Albert Camus and Paul Bowles , Lamish Abdelaziz Hamdy

Female subjectivity in times of constraint: a study of Naguib Mahfouz and Gabriel García Márquez , Safinaz Ahmed Saad Mahmoud

Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby: Critical reception and visual interpretation , Ahmed Maklad

Theses/Dissertations from 2014 2014

Spiritual reconciliation and self-discovery: the autobiographies of al-Ghazali and Malcolm X , Fatima-al-zahraa Ahmad Ramy

Life crisis and existentialism in three dramatic works , Mohga Hassib

The image of women in the interpreted Qur'an: translations of Pickthall, Ali, Hilali and Abdel Haleem , Yassmine Muhammad Mahfouz Muhammad

Re-examining the Myth of Dionysos: A study of Euripides, Ibsen, and Duras , Nada Ghazy Nasser

Courtly Culture and Gender Poetics: Wallada bint al-Mustakfi and Christine de Pizan , Iman Said Darwish

Theses/Dissertations from 2013 2013

Representations of Privileged Motherhood in Nineteenth-Century Literature: A Comparative Analysis of Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and Kate Chopin’s The Awakening , Dina Alhassani

Ambiguity in literature: recovering the life of reading , Eden Unger Bowditch

Unveiling (Hi)stories: Colonial Dispossession in Emile Habiby’s. The Pessoptimist and Caryl Phillips’ Crossing the River , Mushira Salah El-Deen Sabry

The representation of homosexuality between text translation and movie adaptation in Midaq Alley and The Yacoubian Building , Rania Ahmed Salem

Theses/Dissertations from 2012 2012

Gendered infidelity in comparative literary context , Magda Elsehrawi

Discourse and identity in Antigone, The Awakening, and The House of Mirth , Ahmed Tarek Kadry

Authentic Dasein and the anxious uncanny , Hend Diaa Diaa Seifeldin Khalifa

The case of the disappearing self as portrayed in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and The Picture of Dorian Gray , Thoraia Abou Bakr Tallawi

The dynamics of oppression portrayed in Harold Pinter's One for the Road and Salah Abdul-Saboor's Night Traveller , Salma Zohdi

Theses/Dissertations from 2011 2011

Out of place re-claiming the self in Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Latifa Al-Zayyat's The Open Door , Mai Mohammad Abbas

Remapping borders and boundaries in the Middle East: Amitav Ghosh and Mourid Barghouti , Reem Yasser Zaki Abd El-Barr

Writers and the state: heterotopias of exclusion in the works of Sonallah Ibrahim and Gholam-Hossein Sa'edi , Sherine Nabil El Taraboulsi

Narrative and antinarrative: resisting oppression in selected works of Toni Morrison and Salwa Bakr , Nermine Sergius

Theses/Dissertations from 2010 2010

Dramatizing national dignity in El Lozy's trilogy , Samy Selim

Theses/Dissertations from 2009 2009

The effect of negotiation role play on two sub-skills of critical thinking of EFL university students , Reem Mustafa Sohdy

Theses/Dissertations from 2008 2008

The effect of stem length in multiple choice questions on item difficulty in syllabus-based vocabulary test items , Marwa Mohamed Abd El-Mohsen

Communication strategies in problem-free synchronous and asynchronous computer-mediated communication (CMC): an Egyptian EFL university context , Hanaa Abdel Rahman

EAP teacher expectations vs. EFL student interpretation of written teacher feedback: Authority and attitude issues , Heba Saber El-Sayed

Trained peer review and its effect on fluency and argumentation in university argumentative writing , Lilian Wagih Farag Allah

Dialectic of past and present in Eco's the Name of the Rose and Al-Ghitani's Zayni Barakat , Martino Lovato

Theses/Dissertations from 2007 2007

Subaltern voices: Silenced by race, gender, and caste , Tamer Abdel Wahab Aly

Carmen: Debating the Femme Fatale , Jala Sameh El Hadidi

Parables of impermanence: Disintegrating the real in John Fowles's "The Magus" and Thomas Pynchon's "V" , Ahmed Emad El Din Hamza

Post resistance: cyberspace and women's voices in the Arab world , Hanin Hassan Hanafi

Theses/Dissertations from 2006 2006

Nature and Mystical Identity: Three Journeys to the Absolute , Mayada Mahmoud Al Shereef

A Vision of metaphor between mind and world : Ricoeur, Stevens, and La métaphore vive , Jacinthe A. Assaad

A comparative study of literary authorship, copyright laws and intellectual property , Hanya Borham Mohamed Atallah

An evolution of consciousness: The idealization of the self in Goethe's Elective affinities, Chopin's The Awakening and Cunningham's The Hours , Dana Dinnawi

A wilderness of mirrors': internal and intercultural conflicts in Taha Husayn's Adib and Waguih Ghali's Beer in the Snooker Club , Rana Assem Mohamed Kamel El-Harouny

Request formation by Greek-Cypriot learners of English and native speakers of British English: a cross-cultural perspective , Sorayia Fahmy

Exploring phonological awareness skills in Egyptian children with Down syndrome , Maha Salah El Dien Hamed

Sylvia Plath and the crisis of the self: a feminist reading of the late poetry , Rania Salah Mohamed

Flesh made word: Flannery O'Connor and the creation of mystery , Laila Galal Rifaat

Echoes from the abyss of silence: The complexity of female self-expression in literature and film , Yasmin Tahseen Sheer

Cultural hegemony, identity and the challenge of literature , Rabab Nabil Wereda

The beliefs of Arab university learners about their readiness for autonomy in a web-based setting , Aliaa Salah Youssef

Theses/Dissertations from 2005 2005

The spiral of the self: Coleridge's Conversation Poems , Naglaa Mohamed El Baz

The search for identity through self-alienation in Charles Dickens's Great Expectations and Naguib Mahfuz's Palace of Desire , Sahar Salah El-Din El-Khatib

Cannibalism: The Tempest and Robinson Crusoe , Yara Amr El Masry

Gender differences in motivation for learning English as a foreign language among university students , Noha Mohamed Ghaly

Beckett's Wager: A Pascalian Reading of Waiting for Godot , Zainab Juzer Najmuddin

Narrative and nation construction , Yasmine Ramadan

The death of the hero: A study in Modern and Postmodern Literature , Sarah R Yeslam

Theses/Dissertations from 2004 2004

A mania for truth: art and reality in Katherine Mansfield's fiction , Nevine Sabry Abdel Nabi

Hermann Hesse's Peter camenzind , Omneya Ahmed Ali Badr

Towards a cultural history: discourse, practice and the ethical horizon , Hassan Khan

The writer's journey into solitude : self-discovery in Hayy Ibn Yaqzan, Robinson Crusoe and Friday , Rabia Abdul Salim Madhi

Theses/Dissertations from 2003 2003

The castaway: a comparative study of alienation in Franz Kafka's "The Trial" and J.M. Coetzee's "Foe" , Alia Abou Zeid

The castaway: a comparative study of alienation in Franz Kafka's "The Trial" and J.M. Coetzee's "Foe" , Alia Mohamed Taher Ahmed Tawfik Abou Zeid

Training trainers in the use of acting techniques of accent modification to alter the speech of non-native speakers of English , Sharon Blauer

The dynamics of political theatre in David Hare's Via Dolorasa and Saʻdallah Wannūs's The King is the King , Rehab Ali El-Kobtan

Adult Egyptians' pronunciation of initial consonant clusters , Moharram El Rohbini

Outcomes of CALL instruction in relative clauses , Reem Mohamed Ater Abdel Baki El Sherif

Parental involvement in their children's English language learning in Egyptian elementary schools , Ingy Emara

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"Half-read Wisdom": Classics, Modernism and the Celtic Fringe

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A Literature for All Its Citizens: Communism, Commitment, and the Development of a Democratic Palestinian-Jewish Literature in Israel/Palestine [1948-1961]

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Boldly going where no one has gone before? -An analysis of the humanist approach and values present in Thomas More’s Utopia and Star Trek the Next Generation in their quest to establish the most ideal state. ‘While the word ‘utopia’ originated at a particular time and place, utopianism has existed in every cultural tradition. Everywhere utopianism has held out hope of a better life, and at the same time questions have been raised about both the specific improvements proposed and, in some cases, whether improvement is possible.’ (Sargent 126) With so much material already available, it is amazing that the utopian genre has not become saturated, and with the rise of the dystopian and anti-utopian text from the late 19th century some may argue that it has. There are still those however who prescribe to the positive imagination of the utopia up to the present day and have hope for the future and human kind. This continuous reinvention and re-imagination of the utopian genre, like so many literary genres, has transferred from textual form to the modern on screen method of storytelling. Conceived five hundred years apart, this project looks at two utopian texts; Thomas More’s Utopia (novel) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (television series) as examples of this varied and rich field. Aside from being utopian texts, both these texts also engage with humanist philosophy when imaging their ideal state. The aim of this project is to investigate the humanist philosophies of these texts and examine how/if the underlying philosophical and moral values that these texts are based on have changed in the centuries that separate these texts. This project found that each of these texts’ philosophies’ foundations were based on faith in human reason, justice and ethics have remained the same. Although this project found many similarities in both texts approaches to problems such as inequality, respect and the betterment of human kind, the biggest divider of these texts was the place of religion in society.

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Maria do Rosario Monteiro

Utopia III or an Ambiguous Humanist Utopia for the Second Millenium

Elizabeth McCutcheon

Gregory Claeys and Lyman Tower Sargent, eds., The Utopia Reader. New York University P, 1999, xiv + 421 pp., ISBN 0-8147-1571-0 (soft cover), $24.00

Zsolt Czigányik

2017, Utopian Horizons: Ideology, Politics, Literature

The introduction to the edited volume Utopian Horizons (CEU Press, Budapest and New York, 2017) discusses the problems arising during the analysis of utopianism, the necessity of the coopration of literary scholars, political scientist and historians of ideas. These disciplines treat certain concepts, such as fictionality or the role of the author differently. An excerpt is uploaded, for a full text contact CEU Press or email the author.

Utopianism: Literary and Political

2015, Proportion (dis)Harmonies and Identities

There is a very long tradition of literary texts dealing with the city in literature. Many of them belong to the genre of literary utopia, founded by Thomas More in 1516. The most common issue dealt in these utopias has to do with an attempt to balance social conditions and relationships. Therefore, they usually present or defend different political statuses as a response to the actual society the author lives in. This means that utopia is naturally conditioned by time and space, and the reader must make an effort to “transport” him/herself to that time and space if s/he wants to appreciate fully the fictional world construed by the author. This said, utopian literature is rarely part of mainstream literature, or the literary canon, because it springs from a desire to change the status quo, the established social, political and cultural scheme that is responsible for the choice and promotion of an accepted and established cultural canon. Portuguese literature does not have many examples of successful and renowned utopias, though the considerable amount of published utopias written in foreign languages and translated to Portuguese language being quite relevant. However, in the last quarter of the twentieth century, almost at the eve of the second millennium, an important Portuguese utopia was published: Utopia III, written by Pina Martins (1998). This long novel is structured as being the sequel of More’s Utopia, presenting the history and actual status of the mother of all literary utopias. The question at the basis of the whole novel is, “What would More’s Utopia be like today?” The main goal of this text will be to present a literary analysis of Utopia III, focusing on the humanist principles and their adaptation to contemporary society, the search for a harmonious relationship between city and nature, the defence of a Portuguese identity and the appeal to a humanist renewal

Utopia III or an ambiguous humanist utopia for the second millennium

Brent Nelson

2018, Renaissance and Reformation / Renaissance et Réforme

Introduction: " Utopia for 500 Years "

John Locke, Ph.D.

2018, Utopia Revisited

As the light of a full moon glistens on the River Thames below the London Bridge in late summer 1535, Sir Thomas More’s daughter collects her father’s severed head from the King’s guard, and Raphael Hythloday’s ship Dolfjin glides toward the river’s mouth on its way back to the island of Utopia. So concludes the prologue to the illustrated historical/fantasy novel that was produced as the creative component of this more expansive project. While the novel follows the lives of five individuals in the early 16th century as they embark on their own personal journeys— both literally and metaphorically— to find Utopia, the interdisciplinary contextualization provides insight into the genre that More’s “little book” inspired, and the illustrated, historical novel. The research identifies an area of neglect in utopian literature with respect to a feminine point of view. Four female characters are examined within post-colonial, post-modern, Latin American literature (Latin America being the area in which More placed his Utopia) to identify their utopian impulse, as described by Ernst Bloch, Fredrick Jameson and others. Finally, the illustrated novel is examined from an historical perspective, and a case is made for its resurrection as a means of attracting the cinephile to literature.

Dissertation: Utopia Revisited 29 November 2018

Şafak Horzum

2017, Depictions of Utopias in English (pp: 17-38) (ISBN: 9789754914436)

Utopias stem from the hope for better circumstances to live in and to provide alternative lands replacing discontent conditions of their related eras. While one of the first examples of the utopia genre, "The Republic" (c. 380 BC) by Plato focusing on the nature of justice mirrors Athens in the first quarter of the fourth century BC, "Utopia" (1516) by Sir Thomas More meditating on the nature of politics projects England in the early sixteenth century. The characteristics of these fictive narratives essentially refer to the historical realities of both the Athenian society and the English one. The imagined lands portrayed by Plato and More focus on the political turmoil and social upheaval of their eras; thus, the authors’ attempt to refine and re-shape the systems and institutions in their real lands by means of idealised conditions which are fundamentally shaped by justice and philosophy. At that point, the relationship between the concepts of history and utopia needs to be examined because these two concepts are mostly accepted as opposite notions. It is a common understanding that history is concerned with the past and utopia is concerned with the future. For that reason, history is perceived as the ‘other’ of utopia which could potentially create positively different experiences in the future of the society in question. The aim of this paper is, first, to place a particular emphasis on the backgrounds of the primary representative utopias by Plato and More and to reveal distinctive instances about the connections between utopian proposals and historical facts. Then, the go-between/intermediary notion of utopia in terms of benefiting from the past events will be analysed, along with examining historical problems with the recommendations and reformative solutions for the future given in these utopias.

The Dialectic Interplay between Utopia and History: Plato's The Republic and Thomas More's Utopia

Naida Rastoder

Embracing Utopian Horizons

Teppo Eskelinen , Keijo Lakkala , Maria Laakso

2020, The Revival of Political Imagination. Utopias as Methodology

Introduction: Utopias and the Revival of Imagination


2018, Open Library of Humanities

Further Reflections on Being a Utopian in These Times

Michał Kłosiński , Krzysztof M Maj , Łukasz Stec , Peter Stillman , Anna De Vaul , Marcello Messina , rafal szczerbakiewicz , Eleni Varmazi , Tomasz Szymański , Miłosz Markocki , Ania Boguska , Verena Adamik , Iwona Sowińska-Fruhtrunk , Anna Bugajska , Mariusz Finkielsztein , Maja Wojdyło

2016, Kraków: Facta Ficta Research Centre

The twenty-six essays which compose this collection cover a substantial range of both historical and theoretical themes, indicating at the least that the utopian idea thrives today across a number of disciplines as well as in domains (like computer games) which are themselves of recent origin and which indicate that utopia can also be addressed as an aspect of the internal psychic fantasy world. There is some consideration here of the lengthy and complex historical relationship between utopian ideals and religion. There is some effort to reconsider practical efforts to found actual communities which embody utopian ideals. Several authors revisit the emotional substrata of utopian aspiration rendered accessible through music in particular. Literature is here nonetheless the chief focus, in keeping with the form of Thomas More’s original text and that of the tradition which has imitated and satirised it. The themes represented here mirror in literary form the dystopian drift in the external world discussed above. Many of the leading authors of post-totalitarian dystopian fiction are included here, notably (to name but a few) Margaret Atwood, Robert Heinlein, J.G. Ballard, David Foster Wallace and, most recently, Michel Houellebecq. Within these treatments, the possibilities are explored that dystopia may emerge from or assume the form of racist regimes, environmental destruction, corporate dictatorship, or religious fundamentalism, or some combination of these factors. Such potential outcomes of modernity need, the authors of this volume also assure us, to be balanced against the utopian promise which bodily remodelling entertains, and the possibility of longevity which scientific and technical advances encapsulate as the epitome of modern individualist utopianism.

More After More. Essays Commemorating the Five-Hundredth Anniversary of Thomas More's Utopia (ed. Ksenia Olkusz, Michał Kłosiński, Krzysztof M. Maj)

Amy S Crawford

Historical Optimism: The Use of Utopia in the Enlightenment Era

Antonio Y Vázquez-Arroyo

Utopia: A Critical Archaism or an Ideological Anachronism?

Julien Kloeg

2016, Algemeen Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Wijsbegeerte

Utopianism is often rejected out of hand for one of two reasons: either it is thought to be politically dangerous, or it is thought to be a mere fantasy. It is nevertheless an important theme in contemporary political philosophy. This article reviews part of the political-philosophical career of ‘utopia’ as a concept by considering the different traditions that have been influential in shaping the way utopia and utopianism are perceived today. A brief reading of Thomas More’s Utopia is followed by a consideration of the utopian socialist tradition and Karl Marx’s criticism of it. Their understanding of utopia continued into the twentieth century. Utopianism’s bad reputation is partly due to its association with the attempt to realize communism in the Soviet Union, but other factors include the Eastonian empirical turn in political theory and the onset of postmodern incredulity. It made a perhaps surprising comeback in the work of John Rawls, whose work was recently criticized by Amartya Sen for being overly ‘utopian’ – a criticism that is highly analogous to Marx’s onslaught against the utopian socialists. With the help of counterarguments devised by Pablo Gilabert, the article considers three ways in which utopianism can be useful to contemporary political thought.

Utopianism and its discontents A conceptual history

Peter J. Maurits

2020, Fantastika

2016, Utopia(s) - Worlds and Frontiers of the Imaginary

Summary The idea of Utopia springs from a natural desire of transformation, of evolution pertaining to humankind and, therefore, one can find expressions of “utopian” desire in every civilization. Having to do explicitly with human condition, Utopia accompanies closely cultural evolution, almost as a symbiotic organism. Maintaining its roots deeply attached to ancient myths, utopian expression followed, and sometimes preceded cultural transformation. Through the next almost five hundred pages (virtually one for each year since Utopia was published) researchers in the fields of Architecture and Urbanism, Arts and Humanities present the results of their studies within the different areas of expertise under the umbrella of Utopia. Past, present, and future come together in one book. They do not offer their readers any golden key. Many questions will remain unanswered, as they should. The texts presented in Proportion Harmonies and Identities - UTOPIA(S) WORLDS AND FRONTIERS OF THE IMAG...

Utopia(s) - Worlds and Frontiers of the Imaginary

Yannis Smarnakis

Historein 7 (2007), 103-113

“A Contribution to the Archaeology of Modern Utopian Thought: History and Utopia in Plethon’s Oeuvre”

Fernando A G Alcoforado

Faced with the failure of the Enlightenment, Marxism and Modernity in the construction of human happiness, it is an immense challenge for contemporary thinkers to establish new paradigms and new values of rational behavior to be formulated for society in the present era. Contemporary thinkers need to mobilize in the reinvention of a new Enlightenment project of society as did eighteenth-century thinkers in order to construct the utopia of a new world that will bring to an end the ordeal of humanity.


Pauline Maclaran

2000, Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies

Utopia and Utopianism


2010, The Literary Utopias of Cultural Communities, 1790-1910

The Literary Utopias of Cultural Communities, 1790-1910

Caroline Humfress

Syllabus MA, 'Mapping Utopia, from Early Modern to Postmodern' (Summer 08)

Matthew Mendham

Utopias and Dystopias

Antonis Liakos

History and Utopia

Miguel A Ramiro Avilés

Utopian Moments. Reading Utopian Texts

Christopher C Yorke

2007, Philosophical Studies (Tokyo: Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, University of Tokyo), Vol. 25, pp. 285-298

Utopia, Myth, and Narrative

Gregory Flaxman

The Future of Utopia

James Ingram

Utopia and Politics, Introduction: Political Uses of Utopia: New Marxist, Anarchist, and Radical Democratic Perspectives, ed. S.D. Chrostowska and James D. Ingram (Columbia University Press, spring 2017)

roberto franzini tibaldeo

2019, Ethics and Bioethics (in Central Europe)

The word "utopia" was coined by Thomas More and refers to the unreal and ideal state described in his Utopia, first published in 1516. Following the example of Plato's Republic, More as well as other thinkers and writers of the 16 th and 17 th century reflect on the political relevance of utopia and provide unique accounts of ideal, just, and perfect "no places", as paradigms and standards of social, political, and religious reformation of the coeval world. However, the political significance of utopia relies on a basic anthropological feature, which incidentally is already underlined by More: the relationship between imagination and experience. This means that: 1) the human being's "eidetic" freedom is characterised by the inseparable relationship between imagination, reflection, experience and action; 2) utopia is capable of disclosing the transformative and normative features related to the human being's constitution; 3) utopia can be fruitfully used to motivate human will and mobilise support for human flourishing. In this article I endeavour to show that among contemporary philosophers it is Hans Jonas who most fully develops the anthropological significance of utopia by investigating the very relationship between imagination and experience, and by underlining how the eidetic and reflective constitution of the human being leads to ethics. As a further goal, I wish to highlight that the anthropological relevance of utopia can shed light on our imaginative and ambivalent nature, and provide a practical and educational basis for the achievement of an "ethics of images" for the current digital era. For this purpose I shall draw on the thinking of Marie-José Mondzain and Jean-Jacques Wunenburger, among other scholars.

Thinking and behaving "Otherwise": An anthropological enquiry into utopia, image and ethics

Marybeth Baggett

Hope and the Longing for Utopia: Futures and Illusions in Theology and the Arts

This paper attempts to consider Thomas More's Utopia on its own terms, apart from the utopian literature genre it inspired. In doing so, I argue that More's book present not a model of the good life for readers to reconstitute but a model of good living for the readers to practice.

What Means Utopia to Us? Reconsidering More's Message

2017, Utopian Horizons

The volume Utopian Horizons (CEU Press, Budapest and New York, 2017) offers interdisciplinary analyses of utopian phenomena. The interdisciplinary nature of studies in utopianism (and also in other fields) is becoming more and more accepted, yet the cooperation of the various disciplines in interpretation is not automatic, and their emphases and approaches may differ substantially. For the full version contact CEU Press or write to the author. http://www.ceupress.com/books/html/Utopian_Horizons.htm

Afterword to Utopian Horizons

Ośrodek Badawczy

2016, Frontiers of Nowhere

The twenty-six essays which compose this collection cover a substantial range of both historical and theoretical themes, indicating at the least that the utopian idea thrives today across a number of disciplines as well as in domains (like computer games) which are themselves of recent origin and which indicate that utopia can also be addressed as an aspect of the internal psychic fantasy world. There is some consideration here of the lengthy and complex historical relationship between utopian ideals and religion. There is some effort to reconsider practical efforts to found actual communities which embody utopian ideals. Several authors revisit the emotional substrata of utopian aspiration rendered accessible through music in particular. Literature is here nonetheless the chief focus, in keeping with the form of Thomas More’s original text and that of the tradition which has imitated and satirised it. The themes represented here mirror in literary form the dystopian drift in the external world discussed above. Many of the leading authors of post-totalitarian dystopian fiction are included here, notably (to name but a few) Margaret Atwood, Robert Heinlein, J.G. Ballard, David Foster Wallace and, most recently, Michel Houellebecq. Within these treatments, the possibilities are explored that dystopia may emerge from or assume the form of racist regimes, environmental destruction, corporate dictatorship, or religious fundamentalism, or some combination of these factors. Such potential outcomes of modernity need, the authors of this volume also assure us, to be balanced against the utopian promise which bodily remodelling entertains, and the possibility of longevity which scientific and technical advances encapsulate as the epitome of modern individualist utopianism. — z wprowadzenia prof. Gregory’ego Claeysa (Royal Holloway, University of London)

More After More Essays Commemorating the Five-Hundredth Anniversary of Thomas More’s Utopia

Introduction to the collection of chapters of the book Utopia(s) - Worlds and Frontiers of the Imaginary

Introduction to book Utopia(s) - Worlds and Frontiers of the Imaginary

Ahmad Shaheen , Ahmad Naeem

Global Language Review

This paper aims to offer a dialectical view of Utopia and utopian impulse in utopian theory. Politically, Utopia is associated with a reductionist leftist politics which overlooks essential human diversity and psycho-social conflicts by imposing harmony and progress through implicit violence. In aesthetic representation, Utopia is seen as an ideal society which offers a glorious transformation of mankind living in a society free of wants and conflicts. However, Utopian theory is essentially different from such meta narratives about Utopia and its pr-axis. Instead of focusing on the political or aesthetic concept of Utopia, it brings forth a dialectical analysis of Utopia and Utopian impulse to understand its aesthetic, political and theoretical dimensions. This paper claims that the utopian impulse is the central subtext of diverse utopian manifestations, which offers a narrative of critique and a continual process of theoretical sublimation and pursuit of an ideal society free of s...

The Dialectics of Utopia and Utopian Impulse

Ernest Ženko

2017, Filozofski vestnik

The 500th anniversary of the first edition of Thomas More's Utopia was accompanied by a seemingly inexhaustible wave of discussions, conferences, and publications on utopianism and its innumerable well-and less-known forms. All this buzz around the topic showed, on the one hand, that there is plenty of interest in utopia at the beginning of the 21st century, most notably in academia given that utopian studies are thriving, and researchers are publishing books and articles on a regular basis. On the other hand, however, at least in developed countries, there has been a growing tendency toward dystopia for the last couple of decades, and utopia became predominantly a pejorative word-a way to insult someone for his or her political orientation.

Mapping the Unmappable: Dichotomies of Utopianism

Laurence Davis

Utopian Moments

Utopian Journeying

Ortwin de Graef

Contribution to a collective volume aimed at a wide audience commemorating the 500th anniversary of the first edition of Thomas More's Utopia by KU Leuven academics from diverse disciplines. (Veerle Achten, Geert Bouckaert & Erik Schokkaert (eds.), 'A Truly Golden Handbook': The Scholarly Quest for Utopia. Leuven: Leuven University Press, 2016.)

Ortwin de Graef, "More's Mere Words: Utopia Writ Large"

Phillip Homburg

SSPT 18 - Utopia/Dystopia Conference Report

Nadine Reulen

A modern utopia

Baptiste Brossard

2019, Utopia Studies

Why, in a given society, at a given point of its history, do some individuals design idealized forms of social organization? While utopian studies have focused on analyzing the content of utopias, addressing definitional issues, or understanding the role of utopias in social change, this article proposes to examine the very production of utopias. This production is conceptualized as the "intersection" between the social trajectory of a utopia producer and the social context in which this production takes place. It compares nineteen in-depth case studies of classical and contemporary utopian texts in order to formulate five areas of investigation: (1) the political trajectory of the utopia producer, (2) the cultural and social capital of the producer, (3) "class distance" expressed through the utopian content, (4) the operations through which the utopian content is generated, and (5) the concepts of "utopian niches" and "utopian chains." It is argued that this account can provide a sociological model to understand utopia production and the rise of dystopia production over the course of the twentieth century.

Elements for a Theory of Utopia Production

Kalli Drousioti

2019, In What’s New in the New Europe? Redefining Culture, Politics, Identity;. Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Łódzkiego.

Utopia is indiscriminately charged with pathologies such as teleology and stability in much contemporary political-philosophical literature. Yet, a closer conceptual examination of utopia shows that there is no compelling argument about utopia being intrinsically linked to such pathologies. Therefore, I argue, conceptions of utopia that justifiably invite such charges are projections of epochal, indeed, specifically modern, understandings of the notion. The static and teleological semantic contents of the term are in no way indispensable. In other words, if we ask again the question about what is and is not utopia and whether utopia is comprehensible and theorizable without predicates of teleology and stability, we will come up with a reconceptualization of utopia that challenges modern framings of the notion. In this paper, I deal with such questions and explore why utopia is not inescapably unrealizable, teleological and finalist, too determinate and, consequently, tyrannical. Drawing from relevant sources (I rely mainly on Marianna Papastephanou’s theory and I show its relevance to such conceptualization), I take issue with those thinkers who, in the effort to stave off bad utopianism, resort to defining utopia as empty of content or as exclusively processual. I side with those sources which consider a degree of determinacy important for conceptual, explanatory, justificatory and normative reasons.

What is and is not Utopia

Gabriela Manley

2021, Palgrave Encyclopaedia of the Possible


Hazem Halasa

The core foundation of the 3 Abrahamic monotheist religions relies upon the existence of heaven and hell, of good and evil, of God and Lucifer. Without one, the other cannot justify its existence, for what is darkness but the absence of light. And so must utopia and dystopia exist as such; a turbulent relationship of multifaceted characteristics and attributes, one seeking to annihilate the other, and perhaps becoming the other in the process. There exists a strong connection between the concepts of utopia and dystopia, however between both, a fine line that separates and distinguishes one from the other. The 16 th century saw one of the greatest utopian works of literature created at the hands of Sir Thomas More, Utopia, which served to inspire many sister utopian cities, such as the creation of The City of the Sun by Tommaso Campanella. The 21 st century saw one of the greatest modern dystopian works of literature written by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games, which served to inspire many sister dystopian communities, such as the one in Divergent by Veronica Roth. Substantially imperative to the narrative of this exploration is recognizing the natural cycles of perpetuity, whether it be the rebirth of civilizations or the destruction of them, or the births of works of fiction and the rebirth of them in different vessels. This essay argues the need for both utopia and dystopia to co-exist, and outlines the complex and various forms of their relationship through literary exploration.

Utopia and Dystopia A Complex Relationship Unravelled in 16th and 21st Century Literature, by Hazem Halasa

Roxana Mihalache , Elena Petrea

The myth of the Lost Paradise was present in more or less complex forms in almost all primitive culture and it can be considered the first manifestation of human thought on the harsh conditions of human existence, having as background the image of some primordial mythical happiness. All the peoples of the world have started to have a theological and mythological vision on the world since ancient periods of their existence. The idea of beauty, equilibrium, equitableness and justice presented in different forms, represented with no exception a semiconscious need of life. MATERIAL AND METHOD The basic materials for the research included: myths, writings and works with utopian content from Antiquity and Renaissance. The working methods we used were selection of texts and authors, text contrastive analysis and explication as well as historical criticism of the works under study.


Mahmoud Azhdari

2022, Clinical Cancer Investigation Journal

It should be remembered that throughout history, human settlement on our planet has been the main concern of all intellectuals, philosophers, and architects. The pursuit of a style and manner of life in which prosperity, well-being, and happiness are possible has long been one of mankind's aspirations. The terms utopia, monotheistic society, and utopia all refer to an ideal and idealized society whereby a perfect order governs for human enjoyment and is devoid of all vices like poverty and pain. Additionally, its inhabitants are devoid of whims and fancies and have attained the pinnacle of practicality and science. This problem has always preoccupied the thoughts of philosophers, architects, and other thinkers who strive for such a utopia. To learn that the content of western utopias initially stressed worldly and afterlife happiness and over time, according to revolutions, the direction of utopian cities has been functionalist and in response to the daily needs of their society, this research has combined the views of western thinkers and architects with the views and principles of eastern thinkers. While western utopias have also been modeled after eastern utopias, the latter are still primarily founded on religious beliefs, particularly from an Islamic standpoint. However, it should be remembered that while western and eastern utopias differ depending on the genre of literature and location, they are both equally articulated in the principles and ideas of intellectuals, philosophers, and architects.

Utopia from the View of Western and Eastern Architects and Philosophers


Utopian and Historical Thinking: Interplays and Transferences



The concept of utopia, which seems to have lost its conceptual power in the second half of the twentieth century, is increasingly returning to the center of debates on the relationship between literature and social change. Utopian thinking is now seen as a fundamental space for coming to terms with the present age-an age defined by pandemics, environmental destruction, and the threat to the narrative of freedom. But how do we go about rehabilitating utopia-itself a product of the long history of European domination-and make it adaptable to our postcolonial situation? How can the utopic be harnessed as an alternative way of imagining postcolonial futures? And is it capable of restoring idealism as a horizon of our expectations and as a precondition for freedom? Drawing on texts from the discourse of decolonization debates about utopian thinking in works of postcolonial literature and neo-Marxist criticism, my paper will address some of the ways in which the imaginative is asked to sustain the idea of an alternative society in moments of crisis and atrophy.


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O'Sullivan, Emer. "Comparative children's literature /." London [u.a.] : Routledge, 2009. http://bvbr.bib-bvb.de:8991/F?func=service&doc_library=BVB01&doc_number=018910995&line_number=0001&func_code=DB_RECORDS&service_type=MEDIA.

Mattson, Christina Phillips. "Children's Literature Grows Up." Thesis, Harvard University, 2015. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:17467335.

Sham, Hok-man Desmond, and 岑學敏. "Sinophone comparative literature: problems, politics and possibilities." Thesis, The University of Hong Kong (Pokfulam, Hong Kong), 2009. http://hub.hku.hk/bib/B42182530.

Sham, Hok-man Desmond. "Sinophone comparative literature problems, politics and possibilities /." Click to view the E-thesis via HKUTO, 2009. http://sunzi.lib.hku.hk/hkuto/record/B42182530.

Akalay, Mohamed. "Las maqāmāt y la picaresca al-Hamad̲ānī y al-Ḥarīrī, Lazarillo de Tormes y Guzmán de Alfarache /." Mohammedia, Maroc : Imprimerie de Fédala, 1998. http://books.google.com/books?id=4ZVZAAAAMAAJ.

Graham, Elyse (Jean Elyse). "Remaking English literature : editors at work between media." Thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2013. http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/81133.

Li, Shunxing. "Utopia, where East and West meet : a comparative study of hybrid utopias in twentieth-century Chinese and western literature /." Thesis, Connect to this title online; UW restricted, 1995. http://hdl.handle.net/1773/6679.

Tierney, Robin Leah. "Japanese literature as world literature: visceral engagement in the writings of Tawada Yoko and Shono Yoriko." Diss., University of Iowa, 2010. https://ir.uiowa.edu/etd/750.

Oliveira, Kátia Isidoro de. "Silêncios e espetáculos : leitura comparada de A Cidade Sitiada (1949), de Clarice Lispector e Noites no Circo (1984), de Angela Carter /." Assis, 2017. http://hdl.handle.net/11449/150373.

Blaise, Aboua Kumassi Koffi. "Macunaíma / Kaydara: dois espelhos face a face. Ler Macunaíma sem rir." Universidade de São Paulo, 2012. http://www.teses.usp.br/teses/disponiveis/8/8149/tde-12092012-120553/.

Gomes, Vania Regina. "O aprendiz de Fradique Mendes: Eça de Queirós na leitura de Gilberto Freyre." Universidade de São Paulo, 2007. http://www.teses.usp.br/teses/disponiveis/8/8156/tde-23082011-091300/.

Prager, Valerie. "Comparative analysis of the Christian theme in Soviet literature." Thesis, McGill University, 1993. http://digitool.Library.McGill.CA:80/R/?func=dbin-jump-full&object_id=67518.

Park, E. C. "Plato and Lucretius as philosophical literature : a comparative study." Thesis, University of Oxford, 2012. http://ora.ox.ac.uk/objects/uuid:97c3ba13-d229-429d-83fc-138fcbaf58b1.

Leggette, Amy. "Scenes, Seasons, and Spaces: Textual Modes of Address in Modern French, American, and Russian Literature." Thesis, University of Oregon, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/1794/19274.

Shagufta, Iqra. "Postmodernity and Pakistani Postmodern Literature." Thesis, University of North Texas, 2020. https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc1707404/.

Schlumpf, Erin. "Melancholy, Ambivalence, Exhaustion: Responses to National Trauma in the Literature and Film of France and China." Thesis, Harvard University, 2012. http://dissertations.umi.com/gsas.harvard:10263.

Clopton, Kay Krystal. "Now Hear This: Onomatopoeia, Emanata, Gitaigo, Giongo – Sound Effects in North American Comics and Japanese Manga and How They Impact the Reading Experience." The Ohio State University, 2018. http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=osu1525744652209227.

Kattemalavadi, Chinmayi. "(An) Unsettled Commons| Narrative and Trauma after 9/11." Thesis, Wayne State University, 2017. http://pqdtopen.proquest.com/#viewpdf?dispub=10261366.

This dissertation examines fictional responses to the events of September 11, 2001. It argues for the importance of one kind of fictional response, one which focuses on representing the feeling of "unsettledness" that can be one effect of trauma, with the aim of making that unsettledness itself a locus of a shared common experience. I posit that in articulating the events of 9/11 in the context of, in relation to, and as one in a series of traumas, violences, and histories, these narratives make the unsettlements shareable. Focusing on four works of fiction that were published after 9/11—Joseph O’Neill’s Netherland , Junot Díaz’s The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Oscar Wao) , Teju Cole’s Open City , and Jennifer Egan’s A Visit From the Goon Squad (Goon Squad) —I explore representations of the effects of and the attempts to cope with traumatic experiences including 9/11 itself.

Rezek, Joseph Paul. "Tales from elsewhere fiction at a proximate distance in the anglophone Atlantic /." Diss., Restricted to subscribing institutions, 2009. http://proquest.umi.com/pqdweb?did=1925765691&sid=1&Fmt=2&clientId=1564&RQT=309&VName=PQD.

Kilpatrick, Robert M. "Le soulier de theramenez theory and practice of the adage in Erasmus and Montaigne /." [Bloomington, Ind.] : Indiana University, 2009. http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&rft_val_fmt=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:dissertation&res_dat=xri:pqdiss&rft_dat=xri:pqdiss:3378360.

Bardzell, Shaowen. "Hospitality and gift exchange reciprocity and its roles in two medieval romance narratives /." [Bloomington, Ind.] : Indiana University, 2004. http://wwwlib.umi.com/dissertations/fullcit/3162224.

James, Jessica. "CTRL-ALT-DELETE." Thesis, California State University, Long Beach, 2013. http://pqdtopen.proquest.com/#viewpdf?dispub=1523196.

This thesis examines concepts of control, alternation, and deletion (CTRL, ALT, DELETE) through the poetic process. By examining some of the specific poems presented here, one can see the effects of literary and social critics including Michel Foucault, Hart Crane, and Adrienne Rich on my poetry. Thematically, structurally, and linguistically, the poems in this thesis address contemporary concerns and ask the reader to face the challenges of postmillennial life with creativity, empathy, and humor.

Lemire, Isabelle, and Ana María Navales. "Nouvelles de Bloomsbury de Navales : création, recréation, traduction." Thesis, McGill University, 2000. http://digitool.Library.McGill.CA:80/R/?func=dbin-jump-full&object_id=30183.

Ouellet, Annie, and Raymond Carver. "Veux-tu te taire, s'il te plat? : critique de la traduction de Carver." Thesis, McGill University, 1999. http://digitool.Library.McGill.CA:80/R/?func=dbin-jump-full&object_id=30196.

Canfield, Robert Alan 1964. "Renaming the rituals: Theatralizations of the Caribbean in the 1980s." Diss., The University of Arizona, 1998. http://hdl.handle.net/10150/282638.

McMullen, Albert Joseph. "Echoes of Early Irish Influence in Anglo-Saxon Literary Landscapes." Thesis, Harvard University, 2015. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:17467346.

Deutsch, Katherine Ariela. "Platonic Footnotes: Figures of Asymmetry in Ancient Greek Thought." Thesis, Harvard University, 2015. http://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:26566091.

Hofstetter, Angela Dawn. "Lyrical beasts equine metaphors of race, class, and gender in contemporary Hollywood cinema /." [Bloomington, Ind.] : Indiana University, 2009. http://gateway.proquest.com/openurl?url_ver=Z39.88-2004&rft_val_fmt=info:ofi/fmt:kev:mtx:dissertation&res_dat=xri:pqdiss&rft_dat=xri:pqdiss:3357987.

Kang, Meekyung Yoon. "Emerson and Melville: "A correspondent coloring"." Diss., The University of Arizona, 1999. http://hdl.handle.net/10150/288970.

Fan, Jiacheng. "Strategies of Fantasy in E.T.A. Hoffmann and Pu Songling." Thesis, Purdue University, 2017. http://pqdtopen.proquest.com/#viewpdf?dispub=10268186.

This thesis deals with the strategies in the works of E. T. A. Hoffmann and Pu Songling that are used to arrange the fantasy elements. It examines the basic settings of the environments and social backgrounds as presented in several works by Hoffmann and by Pu Songling. It also investigates and compares the various modes of presentation considering the adventures of the protagonists in these selected works by a German and by a Chinese author. It demonstrates that, although both authors tend to use fantasy elements as an important part in their narration each, they organize them differently. Hoffmann first puts his characters into a daily life background and then constantly brings fantasy events to them in order to arouse the feeling of amazement and to romanticize the world. Pu Songling uses elements of fantasy power to create a paradise that is like an idealized version of the human world. By juxtaposing the two authors, this thesis argues that both Hoffmann and Pu Songling play significant but also quite different roles in the transition process from traditional tales with fantasy elements to modern fantasy fictions in their own traditions. Hoffmann inherits but also makes some unique and remarkable innovations to the literary heritage of German Romanticism; Pu Songling modifies the usual pattern of zhiguai and chuanqi to achieve better art effect. Hoffmann’s unique style of intertwining reality with fantasy has influenced many modern writers, including Herman Hesse. Pu Songling’s creation of a secular paradise and the promotion of qing (a Chinese notion that represents emotion and love) may also be seen as the precursor for later works such as Dream of the Red Chamber.

Lott, Sarah Christine. "Sense and sensuality: A commented translation of Albert Camus' "Noces"." Thesis, University of Ottawa (Canada), 1997. http://hdl.handle.net/10393/4358.

Daigle-Carrier, Johanne. "Les identités multiples dans les personnages féminins de Anne Hébert et de Margaret Atwood : une étude comparée." Thesis, University of Ottawa (Canada), 1985. http://hdl.handle.net/10393/4975.

Lorenzo, Dominguez Javier. "John Donne and Francisco de Quevedo: Petrarch and beyond." Thesis, University of Ottawa (Canada), 1994. http://hdl.handle.net/10393/6839.

Morghèse, François. "Avec armes et bagages : le passage d'une culture à une autre par la traduction." Thesis, University of Ottawa (Canada), 1992. http://hdl.handle.net/10393/7549.

Gomez-Martinez, Javier. "A commented translation of excerpts of Hilda Perera's "Plantado"." Thesis, University of Ottawa (Canada), 1992. http://hdl.handle.net/10393/7865.

Gullo, Frank. "Wide awake in America: The emergence and dissolution of American ceremonial rites of passage." Thesis, University of Ottawa (Canada), 1996. http://hdl.handle.net/10393/9598.

Leroux, Jean-François. "Modernity after holiness: Time and its other in Herman Melville and Victor-Levy Beaulieu." Thesis, University of Ottawa (Canada), 1996. http://hdl.handle.net/10393/9937.

Piquard, Cécile. "Sur la traduction des sociolectes dans le théâtre américain : analyse comparative de traductions françaises et québécoises." Thesis, University of Ottawa (Canada), 1996. http://hdl.handle.net/10393/10157.

Duguay, Christine. "L'analyse génétique : fichier terminologique bilingue commenté." Thesis, University of Ottawa (Canada), 1996. http://hdl.handle.net/10393/10863.

Houdin, Guy. "Le rythme et l'individuation du sujet traduisant." Thesis, University of Ottawa (Canada), 2005. http://hdl.handle.net/10393/26927.

Ronassi, Zohreh. "La "période Molière" : dramaturgie Moliéresque et société iranienne au tournant du XIXe siècle." Thesis, National Library of Canada = Bibliothèque nationale du Canada, 1997. http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/s4/f2/dsk3/ftp04/nq23743.pdf.

Meek, Sherri. "A translation analysis of Ingeborg Bachmann's "Simultan": Narration, focalization and intertextuality in the stream of consciousness narrative." Thesis, National Library of Canada = Bibliothèque nationale du Canada, 1999. http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/s4/f2/dsk1/tape9/PQDD_0003/MQ46593.pdf.

Hug, Christine. "Discourse and translation, comparative descriptive analysis of William Goldman's The Princess Bride and its French translation." Thesis, National Library of Canada = Bibliothèque nationale du Canada, 2000. http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/s4/f2/dsk2/ftp01/MQ58463.pdf.

Leroux, Jean-François. "The Renaissance of impasse in American/Quebec literary relations, comparative readings of Carlyle, Emerson, Melville, Aquin, Ducharme and Beaulieu." Thesis, National Library of Canada = Bibliothèque nationale du Canada, 2002. http://www.collectionscanada.ca/obj/s4/f2/dsk3/ftp05/NQ66165.pdf.

Vaughn, Wade M. "Poetry and Power: The Intersection of Poetry and Transformational Leadership." Scholarship @ Claremont, 2013. http://scholarship.claremont.edu/cmc_theses/603.

Stokes, Katherine. "Sexual violence and the authority to speak: the representation of rape in three contemporary novels." Thesis, McGill University, 2009. http://digitool.Library.McGill.CA:80/R/?func=dbin-jump-full&object_id=32521.

Arcand, Nathalie. "Maurice Maeterlinck et Wassily Kandinsky : un langage esthétique fondé sur l'abstraction." Thesis, McGill University, 2009. http://digitool.Library.McGill.CA:80/R/?func=dbin-jump-full&object_id=67016.

Hilborn, Ryan. "The forgotten Europe: Eastern Europe and postcolonialism." Thesis, McGill University, 2011. http://digitool.Library.McGill.CA:80/R/?func=dbin-jump-full&object_id=104858.

Roesler, Stephanie. "Yves Bonnefoy et «Hamlet»." Thesis, McGill University, 2010. http://digitool.Library.McGill.CA:80/R/?func=dbin-jump-full&object_id=86507.

Masnatta, Clara Lucia. "Freund-schaft: Capturing Aura in an Unframed Literary Exchange." Thesis, Harvard University, 2012. http://dissertations.umi.com/gsas.harvard:10658.

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As of 2014, all newly submitted Graduate Center dissertations and theses appear in Academic Works shortly after graduation. Some works are immediately available to read and download, and some become available after an embargo period set by the author. Dissertations and theses from before 2014 are generally accessible only to the CUNY community, but some authors have chosen to make theirs open access.

Note: The graduate program in Germanic Languages & Literatures is housed in the Comparative Literature program. Accordingly, Germanic Languages & Literatures dissertations appear here.

Dissertations from 2023 2023

Genres of Labor: Wageless Work and the Aesthetics of Stagnation , Martin A. Jensen

Storytelling in Modernist Fiction: A “Method of Presence” , Laura Malhotra

Urban Space, Genre and Subjectivity in African and Latin American Cinema , Matthew Marcus

Marriage Stories: Legal Reform and the Novel in France and Britain, 1780–1860 , Tatiana Nunez-Bright

doc/u/ment: Affinities in 20th and 21st-Century Documental Poetics , Katherine Payne

The Confounding Body: Female Corporeality, Androgyny, and Disgust in the Work of Virginia Woolf and Zinaida Gippius , Yelizaveta Shapiro

Insidious Fibs: Early Stories of Henry James , Katherine Shloznikova

Literature, Development, and the Reaches of Literacy, 1979 to the Present , Stephen Tremaine

Dissertations from 2022 2022

“El inglés y el spánich”: Translating the Heterolingualism of La Frontera–A Critical Translation of Luis Humberto Crosthwaite’s Estrella de la calle sexta , Nora E. Carr

Female Spaces and Exceptional Women Under Fascism: Anna Banti’s Early Writings (1930s–1940s) , Matilde Fogliani

Robert Rosen and Relational System Theory: An Overview , James Lennox

The Storytelling Cure: Medicine and Narrative from Galen to Shahrazad and Rousseau , Ryan A. Milov-Cordoba

A House of One’s Own: Challenges and Re-Definitions of Female Subjectivity and Domestic Space in Italian Women Writers from the 1950s to the Early 2000s , Nicole Paronzini

Homotextualité réaliste: Cryptosexualité et subculture homosexuelle masculine chez Balzac, Stendhal, Flaubert , Vincent Sallé

Dissertations from 2021 2021

Quod Inane Vocamus : Lucretius’ Void in Seventeenth-Century Italy , Carlo Bottone

The Surreal Voice in Milan's Itinerant Poetics: Delio Tessa to Franco Loi , Jason Collins

The Master's Voice: Close Readings of James , James Curley-Egan

Prophecy, Emanation, and the Mediterranean Middle Ages , Alberto Gelmi

Object Expression: Diligent Realism in the Works of Roland Barthes, Elena Ferrante, Karl Ove Knausgaard, Valeria Luiselli, and W. G. Sebald , John Knight

The Seduction of Pessimism: Eros, Failure, and the Novel , Tom Ribitzky

Critical Climates: Stimmung , Voice and Mythopoesis in German Literature from 1950–1989 , Marc Cesar Rickenbach

Nation(s) and Narrative(s) in Forms of Chinese Culture , Angela Chun Ling Wei

Dissertations from 2020 2020

The Twilight of the Absolute: Russian Symbolism and the Romantic Project , Evgeniya A. Koroleva

The Problem of Literary Development in Russian Formalism and Digital Humanities , Basil Lvoff

Locke’s Rebellious Progeny: Phenomenology and Ethics of Leopardi’s A-Dialectical Materialism , Paolo Pellecchia

Narrating Intensity: History and Emotions in Elsa Morante, Goliarda Sapienza and Elena Ferrante , Stefania Porcelli

Failures of Grace: Limits of Tragedy in the Late Nineteenth-Century Novel , Anick S. Rolland

Dissertations from 2019 2019

Migritude: Migrant Structures of Feeling in a Minor Literature of Globalization , Ashna Ali

Staging English Affairs in Early Modern Italy: History, Politics, Drama , Fabio Battista

The Subject of the Novel: Aphra Behn, Charlotte Brontë, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Samuel Beckett , Jin Chang

The Body and Its Signifiers: Bodily Depictions in Niccolò de’ Conti and Odorico da Pordenone , Antonella Dalla Torre

Ang Lee's America: A Study of Adaptation and Transculturation , Yu-Yun Hsieh

Forbidden Attraction: Russian Poets Read T. S. Eliot during the Cold War , Nataliya Karageorgos

Magic Performances: Rituals and Practice in Italian Theatre and Culture, 1520–1650 , Erika Mazzer

The Urban Domestic: Homosocial Domesticity, Literature, And Culture in 19th and 20th Century New York City , Krystyna Michael

Unlearning Don Carlos: Historical and Fictional Elements of Innovation in César Vichard de Saint-Réal’s 'Dom Carlos, nouvelle historique,' Friedrich Schiller’s 'Don Karlos, Infant von Spanien,' and Giuseppe Verdi’s 'Don Carlos' , Maria-Cristina Necula

Transfigurations of the News: True Fictions, Strange Thresholds , Jeffrey Peer

Chimeras, Centaurs, and Satyrs: Creating Mixed Genre Texts in Antiquity and the Renaissance , Claire Sommers

The Ends of Plot: Rupture and Entanglement in L’amica geniale , Victor X. Zarour Zarzar

Dissertations from 2018 2018

The Body and the Sacred in Contemporary Italian Women Writers , Laura R Feola

Manifest Density: Decentering the Global Western Film , Michael D. Phillips

Diagnosing the Will to Suffer: Lovesickness in the Medical and Literary Traditions , Jane Shmidt

Dostoevsky as a Translator of "Eugénie Grandet" , Julia Titus

Sickly Sentimentalism: Sympathy and Pathology in American Women's Literature, 1866-1900 , Nicole Zeftel

Dissertations from 2017 2017

Transferring Paremias. Cultural, Linguistic, and Literary Transitions of Proverbs and Proverbial Phrases by Vincenzo Brusantino, Pompeo Sarnelli, and John Florio , Daniela D'Eugenio

Not My Queer: Queer Representation in Contemporary Italian Serial Television , Julia Heim

Pirandello Proto-Modern: A New Reading of L’Esclusa , Bradford Masoni

The Short Story and the Photographic: Twentieth-Century Imagetexts In and Of the Americas , Lucienne Muller

Desire, Curiosity, and the Search for Truth in Proust, Moreno, and Bechdel , Santiago Parga Linares

The Space of Alterity: Language and National Identity in Theodor Adorno and W.G. Sebald , Agata Szczodrak

Lyrical Mysticism: The Writing and Reception of Catherine of Siena , Lisa Tagliaferri

Dissertations from 2016 2016

Waking Dreams: Modernist Intoxications and the Poetics of Altered States , Jason Ciaccio

Dialogic Faiths: Multi-Genre Expression in Religious Narrative , Rosemary L. Demos

Interfictional Identities: Transformation and Dissimulation in the Early Modern Period , Yael Nezer Lavender-Smith

Il dilemma del prigioniero. Luciano Bianciardi e il disincanto del moderno , Ilaria Muzzi

Creating with Anger: Contemplating Vendetta. An Analysis of Anger in Italian and Spanish Women Writers of the Early Modern Era , Luisanna Sardu Castangia

A Passage from Brooklyn to Ithaca: The Sea, the City and the Body in the Poetics of Walt Whitman and C. P. Cavafy , Michael P. Skafidas

Between Life and Literature: The Influence of Don Quixote and Madame Bovary on Twentieth-Century Women's Fiction , Victoria Tomasulo

“Über die Liebe”: Love and Sex According to Eduard Von Keyserling , Caroline Urvater

Dissertations from 2015 2015

The Mystification of Christian Salvation: On the Anxiety of Redemption in Renaissance Poetry and Drama , Kimberly Paige Ambroziak

Cuckolds And Codpieces: Early Modern Anxieties In Male Potency , Doris Barkin

Neoliberal Dystopias: Postmodern Aesthetics and a Modern Ethic in Four Pairs of Plays by Argentine and Irish Playwrights (1990-2003) , Noelia Diaz

Sisters in Sublime Sanctity: Schiller's Jungfrau, Euripides's Iphigenia Plays, and Joan of Arc on the Stage , John Martin Pendergast

Contemporary Albanian-Italian Literature: Mapping New Italian Voices , Anita Pinzi

Modern Era Centaur: the Fusion of Art and Religion , Isabel Sobral Campos

The Labyrinths of Venice: Environment and Identity in Anna Pavignano's Novel "Venezia, un sogno" and Other Works in Literature and Film , Viviana Torrero

Dissertations from 2014 2014

Mapping Italian Women's Filmmaking: Urban Space In The Cinema Of The New Millennium , Laura Di Bianco

Jean Sénac, Poet of the Algerian Revolution , Kai G. Krienke

If You See Something, Say Something: A Look at Experimental Writing on Art , Charlotte Lucy Latham

All At One Point: The New Physics of Italo Calvino and Jorge Luis Borges , Mark Thomas Rinaldi

Kafka's German-Jewish Reception as Mirror of Modernity , Abraham Ariel Rubin

Dissertations from 2012 2012

(Re)Forming Italians: Children's Literature in Italy, 1929-1939 , Marisa Giorgi

Dissertations from 2010 2010

A Critical and Cultural Poetics of the End: Self, Space, and Volatility in Los Angeles , Pamela Albanese

Dissertations from 2009 2009

Beyond Observation: Literature and Science in Kafka, Rilke, Mann and Musil , Katya Ilina

Dissertations from 2003 2003

Renaissance and Reformation: From Private Morals to Public Policy in Alonso De Ercilla’s "La Araucana" and Edmund Spenser’s "The Faerie Oueene" , Cyrus Moore

Dissertations from 1999 1999

A Theater of Anxiety: The Irrepresentable in Shelley's "The Cenci" and in Musset's "Lorenzaccio" , Remy Joseph Roussetzki

Dissertations from 1995 1995

From Idyll to Exile: The Transformed Self in the Early Works of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Elizabeth Powers

Dissertations from 1993 1993

The Romance of Narrative: Design and Desire in the Odyssey , the Aithiopika , and Don Quixote , Susan Brockman

Dissertations from 1987 1987

Gestus in the Theaters of Brecht and Beckett , Barry Joseph Batorsky

Dissertations from 1977 1977

Montemayor's "Diana": A Translation and Introduction , RoseAnna M. Mueller

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    As of 2014, all newly submitted Graduate Center dissertations and theses appear in Academic Works shortly after graduation. Some works are immediately