PhD Dissertations

Slavic Studies PhD Dissertations 1990 - Present

Nancy Lynn Cooper 

Ph.D. 1990

Title: Aleksandr Blok's lyric cycle "Gorod" ("The City") : interpretations
Advisor: Samuel N. Driver
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Laura Jo Turner McCullough

Ph.D. 1990

Title: The romantic novels of A. F. Vel'tman
Advisor: Victor Terras
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Alana I. Thorpe

Ph.D. 1991

Title: Clitic placement in complex sentences in Czech
Advisor: Henry Kucera
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Maurice L. Hebert

Ph.D. 1992

Title: Hesychasm, word-weaving, and Slavic hagiography: the literary school of patriarch Euthymius
Advisor: No advisor listed
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Rosemarie Krais Jenness

Ph.D. 1992

Title: Nikolai Gogol's aesthetics compared to major elements of German Romanticism
Advisor: Victor Terras
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Dorna Louise Koorbanoff

Ph.D. 1992

Title: Bulgarian metathesis reconsidered: diachrony and synchrony
Advisor: Michael Shapiro
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Claudia Novack-Jones

Ph.D. 1992

Title: The semantics of aspect and aspects of semantics : a study of the verb in Russian, Czech and English
Advisor: Henry Kucera
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Nancy Susan Smith

Ph.D. 1992

Title: Czech verb classification from the gramatika ceska to the single stem of Jakobson and beyond
Advisor: Henry Kucera
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Lawrence Kevin Mansour

Ph.D. 1993

Title: A.V. Druzhinin and the origins of Russian estheticist criticism
Advisor: Victor Terras
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Thomas Hilary Oller

Ph.D. 1993

Title: The Nikol'Skij Apocalypse codex and its place in the textual history of medieval slavic apocalypse manuscripts
Advisor: Robert C. Mathiesen
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Dora Gurewicz Rytman

Ph.D. 1993

Title: Russian-Jewish literature as a mirror of the fate of Russian Jewry: The special case of Ilya Ehrenbury
Advisor: Victor Terras
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Gerald Franklin Barrow

Ph.D. 1994

Title: The voice unheard: Nikolai Gogol's prophetic stance
Advisor: Samuel N. Driver
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Nancy E. Downey

Ph.D. 1994

Title: The garden in the graveyard: Memory in Pushkin's Evgeny Onegin
Advisor: Alexander Levitsky
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Thomas Ralph Epstein

Ph.D. 1994

Title: Fragmented unity: Thought, language and reality in the poetry of Vvedensky, Harms, and Oleinikov
Advisor: Alexander Levitsky
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Irina Mirsky-Zayas

Ph.D. 1994

Title: An old fairy-tale or a new legend: A study in Leskov's Mythologizing fiction
Advisor: Victor Terras
Concentration: Slavic Languages

David Scott Danaher

Ph.D. 1995

Title: The Expression of Habituality in Czech
Advisor: Michael Shapiro
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Alexei Pavlenko

Ph.D. 1995

Title: Poetics of Heroism: Eduard Limonov's It's Me, Eddie
Advisor: Alexander Levitsky
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Nancy Louise Heingartner

Ph.D. 1996

Title: The Effect of Age Upon Non-Indefinite -to Use: a Study of the Spoken Russian of Moscow Women
Advisor: Masako Ueda Fidler
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Francis Ronald Mclellan

Ph.D. 1996

Title: The Hilandar Gospel and Its Place in the Textual History of the Church Slavonic Tetraevangelion
Advisor: Robert C. Mathiesen
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Lisette Saint Germain

Ph.D. 1996

Title: An Analysis of a Large Computerized Corpus of Spoken Czech
Advisor: Henry Kucera
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Ingrid Helene Semenza

Ph.D. 1996

Title: Faith Amidst the Chaos: Towards an Understanding of the Religious Message Embedded in Dostoevsky's Besy
Advisor: Alexander Levitsky
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Olga B Strakhov

Ph.D. 1996

Title: The Reception of Byzantine and Post-Byzantine Culture and Literature in Muscovite Rus': the Case of Evfimii Chudovskii (1620s [?]-1705)
Advisor: Robert C. Mathiesen
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Igor Georgievich Vishnevetsky

Ph.D. 1996

Title: Life and Poetic Evolution of S. M. Soloviev
Advisor: Alexander Levitsky
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Natalie Foshko

Ph.D. 1997

Title: Hybrid Genres in Pushkin, Gogol, Bulgakov, and the Strugatskys
Advisor: Michael Shapiro
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Alisa Gayle Mayor

Ph.D. 1997

Title: Models for Creativity and the Image of the Author in the Poetry of G.R. Derzhavin
Advisor: Alexander Levitsky
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Laura J Souders

Ph.D. 1997

Title: Folk Belief, Dvoeverie and Revolution in the Prose Works of Sergei Klychkov
Advisor: Alexander Levitsky
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Maria Rubins

Ph.D. 1998

Title: Ecphrasis in Parnasse and Acmeism: Comparative Visions of Poetry and Poetics
Advisor: Michael Shapiro
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Jill K Sigman

Ph.D. 1998

Title: Myth, Metaphor and Meaning: Three Works By Chingiz Aitmatov
Advisor: Claude Carey
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Juliette M Petion

Ph.D. 1999

Title: Life Into Art: the Pseudo-Autobiography in Post-Revolutionary Russian Literature
Advisor: Claude Carey
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Irina L Vayl

Ph.D. 1999

Title: The Crown of Sonnets By Vyacheslav Ivanov Mythology - Theology - Language
Advisor: Claude Carey
Concentration: Slavic Languages

David Lindgren Gehrenbeck

Ph.D. 2000

Title: Decembrist (Self-) Mythification Disentangling The Political From The Aesthetic In The Works Of Ryleev, Kiukhel'beker And Bestuzhev-Marlinskii
Advisor: Svetlana Evdokimova
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Martha T. Kitchen

Ph.D. 2001

Title: A Lasting Song: The Anacreontic World of Gavriil Romanovich Derzhavin
Advisor: Alexander Levitsky
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Irina Muravyova

Ph.D. 2002

Title: Childhood as an Ethical Category in the Works of F. M. Dostoevsky
Advisor: Alexander Levitsky
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Durga Kotamraju

Ph.D. 2003

Title: The Concepts of Fantasy, Imagination and Imitation in the Poetry of A. Kh. Vostokov
Advisor: Alexander Levitsky
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Marina Aptekman

Ph.D. 2004

Title: The Language and the Light: the Kabbalistic Allegory in Russian Literature: From Religious Philosophy to Political Mythology
Advisor: Alexander Levitsky
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Charles Henry Arndt

Ph.D. 2004

Title: Dostoevsky’s Engagement of Russian Intellectuals in the Question of Russia and Europe: from “Winter Notes on Summer Impressions” to “The Devils”
Advisor: Alexander Levitsky
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Heather May Daly

Ph.D. 2004

Title: Orientalized and Appropriated: Spain in the Russian Romantic and Neo-Romantic Literary Imagination
Advisor: Svetlana Evdokimova
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Olga Simonova Partan

Ph.D. 2004

Title: Recurring Masks: The Impact of the Italian Commedia Dell’arte on the Russian Artistic Imagination
Advisor: Alexander Levitsky
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Natalia Lechtchenko

Ph.D. 2005

Title: A Window on Russia: The Moscow Myth in Twentieth-Century Russian Literature and Culture
Advisor: Svetlana Evdokimova
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Kerry Ann Sabbag

Ph.D. 2005

Title: Can “Slava” and Salvation Coexist?: The Fame Text in Nineteenth-Century Russian Literature
Advisor: Svetlana Evdokimova
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Sofya Khagi

Ph.D. 2006

Title: Alexander Levitsky
Advisor: Svetlana Evdokimova
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Olga Yoshizumi

Ph.D. 2006

Title: Anglicisms in Russian after Perestroika
Advisor: Masako Fidler
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Melissa J Sokol

Ph.D. 2007

Title: Rumors and Gossip in 19th Century Russian Literature: Griboedev, Pushkin, Gogol and Dostoevsky
Advisor: Svetlana Evdokimova
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Ksenia Keren Faingersh

Ph.D. 2014

Title: Performing Communist Myths: the Afterlife of an Orphaned Myth
Advisor: Michal Oklot
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Erin Katherine Krafft

Ph.D. 2015

Title: Reading Revolution in Russian Women’s Writing: Radical Theories, Practical Action, and Bodies at Work
Advisor: Svetlana Evdokimova
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Konstantin Starikov

Ph.D. 2016

Title: The Poetic Riddle in Eighteenth-Century Russia
Advisor: Alexander Levitsky
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Christopher Henry Carr

Ph.D. 2016

Title: The Redemption of the “Superfluous Man” in Russian Literature
Advisor: Henry Carr
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Anastasiia Selemenova

Ph.D. 2017

Title: V.F. Khodasevich: Russia’s Poet-Critic
Advisor: Alexander Levitsky
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Vitaliy Simankov

Ph.D. 2017

Title: Originals and Translations: A Study Based on Old Slavic Texts and Russian Eighteenth-Century Journals
Advisor: Vitaliy Simankov
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Diana Dukhanova

Ph.D. 2017

Title: Jesus of Bethlehem: Vasily Rozanov and the Discourse of Matrimonial Sexuality in the Russian Orthodox Church
Advisor: Michal Oklot
Concentration: Slavic Languages

Iryna Hniadzko

Ph.D. 2018

Title: Svetlana Alexievich: Fiction and Nonfiction of Confessions
Advisor: Alexander Mihailovic
Concentration: Slavic Languages