PhD Dissertations


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French and Francophone Studies PhD Dissertations 1990 - Present

Name & Degree Date

Dissertation Title & Director

Benjamin Fancy

Ph.D. 2020
Within Limits: Seeking Interiority in Seventeenth-Century French Fiction
Director: Lewis Seifert
Brigitte Stepanov

Ph.D. 2020
In-Human: Visions of Cruelty in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century French and Francophone Texts
Director: David Wills
Christopher Robison

Ph.D. 2019
From Romantic Teleology to Decadent Animal Activism: Human-Animal Sympathy in the 19th-Century French Novel
Director: Gretchen Schultz 
Sonja Stojanovic

Ph.D. 2017 
Spectral Preoccupations:  Reading through Post-War French Fiction 
Director:  Thangam Ravindranathan 

Anne-Caroline 
Sieffert 

Ph.D. 2016 

The Good Woman Abroad: Female Travel and French Citizenhood (1860-1910)
Director: Gretchen Schultz 

Valentine Balguerie

Ph.D 2015 

Démasquer la femme au XVIIème siècle: remise en cause de la personne féminine dans les nouvelles historiques
Director: Lewis Seifert 

Sarah Bernthal

Ph.D 2015 

Last Words on the Scaffold: “Condemned” Speech as Romantic Revolt 
Director: Gretchen Schultz 

Joshua Baylock

Ph.D 2014

 

Through a Glass Darkly: Secrecy in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century French Novella
Directors: Virginia Krause and Lewis Seifert

Yuri Kondratiev

Ph.D 2014

Unruly Body or the ‘New Normal’: Renaissance Pathology and the Literary Imagination.
Director: Virginia Krause

Sylvain Montalbano

Ph.D 2014
Narcisse dis-joint: la création de moi(s) postmoderne(s) dans le roman contemporain français et francophone
Directors: Réda Bensmaïa and Lewis Seifert

Michael Clinton Bruce

Ph.D 2013

D’un Atlantique à l’autre: traversées littéraraires de l’Atlantique francophone après la Révolution haïtienne
Director: Gretchen Schultz

Allison Fong
Ph.D 2011

ErranceWandering and Straying in 20th and 21st Century French and Francophone Literature. 
Director: Sanda Golopentia

Pauline DeTholozany
Ph.D 2011

L’école de la maladresse: de J.J. Rousseau à J.J. Grandville, XVIIIe-XIXe siècles
Director: Pierre Saint-Amand

Maria Moreno
Ph.D 2009

Aesthetic Experimentation and the Search for a Caribbean Idiom.
Director: Réda Bensmaïa

Kathryn Chenoweth
Ph.D 2009

Writing in French “et non autrement” 1529-1592.
Directors: Réda Bensmaïa & Virginia Krause

Sharon Larson
Ph.D 2009

Femme de Siècle: Malevolent Female Sexuality, Masculinity and Linguistic Authority in the Decadent Novel. 
Director: Gretchen Schultz

Elizabeth Ferreira
Ph.D 2009

Transcending Nature and the Ordinary: Portrayals of the Female Adolescent in Montherlant’s Theater.
Director: Sanda Golopentia

Dorothy Pendleton Helm Arthur
Ph.D 2009

Autour de Cénie: Le témoignage épistolaire de Françoise De Graffigny sur son succès théâtral en 1750.
Director: Gretchen Schultz

Shahrzad Zahedi
Ph.D 2008

Women Healers Crossing Gender Role Boundaries in Old French Narrative.
Director: Michel-André Bossy

Adele Parker
Ph.D 2008

The Immobile Voyage: Textual Movements in Contemporary French-Language Poetry.
Director: Sanda Golopentia

Claudia Esposito 
Ph.D 2007

Mediterranean Imaginaries: Writing Transcultural Subjectivities in Contemporary Francophone Literature.
Director: Réda Bensmaïa

Jean François Fournier 
Ph.D 2007

Présence du rire et du sourire dans les œuvres poétiques de Charles Baudelaire. 
Director: Sanda Golopentia

Heidi Brevik-Zender 
Ph.D 2006

From Fashion Writing to Writing Fashion: Modernity, Gender and La Mode in the Literature of Fin-de-Siècle Paris.
Director: Gretchen Schultz

Meadow Dibble-Dieng
Ph.D 2006

Liberation Journals: 20th Century Francophone Literary Journals and the Struggle for Sovereignty.
Director: Sanda Golopentia

Katharine Harrington
Ph.D 2005

Writing Outside the Box: Exploring a Nomadic Alternative in Contemporary French and Francophone Literature.
Director: Réda Bensmaïa

Jean-Frédéric Hennuy
Ph.D 2004

Des iconoclastes heureux et sans complexe : Pour une dialectique des littératures francophones.
Director: Réda Bensmaïa

Nanette Fornabai
Ph.D 2003

(In)Humanizing Norms: Machines, Fantoms and Detectives in Modern French Popular Culture.
Director: Réda Bensmaïa

Lisa Walters 
Ph.D 2003

Teaching the Nation: Pedagogical Strategies of Postcolonial Francophone Women Writers and Filmmakers
Director: Réda Bensmaïa

Heather McCoy 
Ph.D 2003

Staging the Algerian War: Theatrical Responses To The War That Dare Not Speak Its Name
Director: Sanda Golopentia

Aaron Prevots 
Ph.D 2002

Poetry as Authentic Speech: Yves Bonnefoy, Philippe Jaccottet, Jacques Réda.
Director: Sanda Golopentia

Marie-Chantal Killeen
Ph.D 2001

Au seuil de l’indicible: le “jeu insensé d’écrire” chez Jabès, Blanchot et Duras. Essai sur l’indicible, Jabès, Blanchot, Duras.
Director: Réda Bensmaïa

Nadia Sahely
Ph.D 2001

Unity, Dissymmetry, Utopia: Visions of the Couple in Modern France.
Director: Pierre Saint-Amand

Eduardo Antonio Febles
Ph.D 2000

Explosive Narratives: Anarchy and the Demise of Naturalism in Zola’s “Germinal,” “Paris,” and “Travail.”
Director : Edward Ahearn

Christine Marie Gaspar
Ph.D 2000

The Female Literary Quest: The Intertextual Community of Women Writers in Maryse Condé’s “La Migration des coeurs” and Marguerite Duras’s “Emily L.”
Director: Inge Crosman Wimmers

Ran-E Hong

Ph.D 2000 

L’impossible social selon Molière. 
Director: Michel-André Bossy  

Seth Adam Whidden 
Ph.D 2000

Subversions in Figure and Form: The Post-Parnassian Women and Versification of Arthur Rimbaud and Marie Krysinska 
Director: Edward Ahearn

Thomas Armbrecht
Ph.D 1999

Autres Voix: Sexuality and Literary Genre in the Works of Marguerite Yourcenar and Julien Green.
Director: Sanda Golopentia

Deborah Julie Hahn 
Ph.D 1999

The School for Widows: Gender, (Re)Marriage, And Comedy On The Absolutist Stage.
Director: Lewis Seifert

Jacinta Wright 
Ph.D 1999

Reigning Men: Constructions of Masculinity in the Nineteenth-Century French Novel.
Director: Pierre Saint-Amand

Laurence Huughe 
Ph.D 1998

“Regard interdit, son coupé”: problématique du regard et représentation chez les romancières algériennes et beures d’Assia Djebar à Nina Bouraoui.
Director: Réda Bensmaïa

Robyn Brothers 
Ph.D 1997

Literary Ethics and the Problem of Moral Rationalism in Proust and Sartre.
Director: Sanda Golopentia

Laura M. Knowlton 
Ph.D 1997

Healthy Appetites: Diet and the Representation of Femininity in Nineteenth-Century France
Director: Edward Ahearn

Anne Richardot 
Ph.D 1997

Le rire des Lumières 
Director: Pierre Saint-Amand

Valerie Key Orlando 
Ph.D 1996

Beyond postcolonial discourse: New problematics of feminine identity in contemporary Francophone literature
Director: Réda Bensmaïa

Angelina Overvold 
Ph.D 1996

La mère de son père: George Sand entre l’autobiographie et l’autofiction
The Creative Circle: Artist, Critic, and Translator in African literature.
Director: Henry Majewski

Marjorie Salvodon
Ph.D 1996

Shifting Boundaries: The Interplay of Place and Displacement in Selected Contemporary Francophone Narratives.
Director: Réda Bensmaïa

Lucie Ashraf
Ph.D 1995

Le défi sollersien.
Director: Sanda Golopentia

Jennifer Gage 
Ph.D 1994

The Translator Translated: Fictional Economies of Translation.
Director: Réda Bensmaïa

Felicia Kirk  
Ph.D 1994

Visual Incriminations: Female Criminality in French Naturalist Fiction.
Director: Naomi Schor

Jody McQuillan
Ph.D 1994

The Games Fools Play: Multivalence in the Sottie.  
Director: Michel-André Bossy

T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting
Ph.D 1994

Through the White Male Gaze:  Black Venus
Director: Edward Ahearn

Anna Klosowska Roberts 
Ph.D 1994

Le thème de l’inceste dans le roman français du Moyen Age: Roman du comte d’Anjou, Roman de ThèbesQueer Love in the Middle Ages.
Director: Sanda Golopentia

Eileen Angelini
Ph.D 1993

 

L’écriture de soi: Strategies of “Writing the Self” in the Works of Nathalie Sarraute, Marguerite Duras, and Alain Robbe-Grillet 
Director: Inge Crosman Wimmers

Annabelle Cone
Ph.D 1993

Write at Home: Representations of Domestic Space in Sand, Colette and Duras.
Director: Pierre Saint-Amand

Nathalie Rogers
Ph.D 1993

 

Fictions du scandale: l’héroïne romanesque au dix-neuvième siècleFictions du scandale: corps féminin et réalisme romanesque au dix-neuvième siècle.
Director: Naomi Schor

Annie K. Smart
Ph.D 1993

“Submersive” Mothers: Statehood and the Ideal of Motherhood from Jean-Jacques Rousseau to Flora Tristan.
Director: Henry Majewski

Debra Terzian
Ph.D 1993

 

Growing Up Female in Fiction: Reading Women’s Developmental Narrative in Madame de Lafayette, Germaine de Staël, and George Sand.
Director: Naomi Schor

Carol Lee Wilson
Ph.D 1993

Exotica: Narratives of the Exotic Body and the Fin-de-siècle. Director: Pierre Saint-Amand

Marie-Dominique Boyce 
Ph.D 1992

Le dialogisme dans le roman rustique.
Director: Sanda Golopentia

Sylvia Hatcher-Smith 
Ph.D 1992

Religion in Ousmane Sembène’s Novels and Films.
Director: Camille Bauer

Ana-Maria Ramirez 
Ph.D 1992

Autobiography as an Experience of Communication.
Director: Sanda Golopentia

Scott R. Russell 
Ph.D 1992

Héroïsme et bâtardise: Alexandre Dumas, Georges.
Director: Henry Majewski

Laurent Ditmann
Ph.D 1991

 

La guerre et ses mots: problématique et pratique du roman de guerre chez Julien Gracq, Robert Merle et Claude Simon.
Director: Sanda Golopentia

Les Essif
Ph.D 1991

 

The Theatricality and Sociocultural Relevance of Surrealist Hypersubjectivity in the French Nouveau ThéâtreEmpty figure on an empty stage : the theatre of Samuel Beckett and his generation.

Director: Jean-Joseph Goux

Deborah Jean Lee
Ph.D 1991

From Fission to Fusion: The Evolution of the Reader’s Role from Modernists to Postmodernist French Fiction.
Director: Inge Crosman Wimmers

Chiara Leone 
Ph.D 1991

Chrétien de Troyes, Gautier D’Arras et les débuts du roman.
Director: Sanda Golopentia

Barbara Miskell 
Ph.D 1991

Beckett and Duras: A Study of Subjectivity.     
Director: Sanda Golopentia           

Mary Snider
Ph.D 1991

Les métaphores animales dans les atlas linguistiques et ethnographiques de la France.
Director: Sanda Golopentia

Marie Lathers
Ph.D 1990

Villiers de l’lsle-Adam’s L’Eve future: sculpture, photography, and the feminine.
Director: Naomi Schor

Gerard Lavatori
Ph.D 1990

Language and Money in Rabelais
Director: Jean-Joseph Goux