English has become a complex discipline in the contemporary university and in today's society. In scholarship and teaching we engage such subjects as American and British Literatures & Cultures, Creative Writing, Critical Theory, Gender Studies, Cultural Studies, Film and Screen Studies. We also include new kinds of texts, including film, digital media, graphic novels, political manifestos, autobiography, and other forms of non-fictive prose. These changes to the discipline of English raise fundamental questions about what a “text” is, and have caused us to reexamine the nature of reading and writing. We welcome these developments, which have made our field increasingly complex, often contentious, and always lively

The Department of English at Syracuse University offers three graduate programs: a Master's degree of Fine Arts in creative writing, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in English. This page contains all scholarship submitted by students, faculty and staff in the department.

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2020

Cultivating an Ethos of Refusal: What it Takes to (Un)Teach a Student Like Me, Yanira Rodrguez

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Prison Sights: Carceral Counter-Visions in Documentary Film, Christopher R. Barnes

2019

Romantic Legalism, Adam Kozaczka

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Commodification of Blackness in Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing and Jordan Peele’s Get Out, Nicholas Blauner

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Materiality and Minority Representation in Timothy McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern, Julia Leyden

2018

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History's Perilous Pleasures: Experiencing Antiquity in the Postwar Hollywood Epic, Thomas Jefferson West III

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Resisting Borders, Resisting Control Examining the multiplicity of identities in A Map of Home and The Girl in The Tangerine Scarf, Zainab Abdali

2017

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Wifely Figures: Gender, Marriage, and Biblical Typology in Early Modern England, Melissa Welshans

Transgressive Tears: Performance and the Melodramatic Unruly Woman, Staci Stutsman

A Civil Contract of Documentary: Israel, Palestine, and the Political Aesthetics of Documentary Intersubjective Witnessing, 2000-2017, Sarah Barkin

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Contested Spaces: Spatial Discourses and the Struggle for Power in the Early Modern English Empire, Emily O'Hara

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Modesty and Manliness: Gendered Truth-Telling in Herodotus, Jennifer Shulman

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The Treatment of Sexual Violence and Reclaimed Agency in Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and The Rape of Lucrece, Lily Sarkisian

2016

Transnational Genre Hybridity and the British Horror Film, 2002-2012, Lindsey Decker

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Unusual Children: Queerishness and Strange Growth in A Wrinkle in Time and The Giver, Olivia Morris

2015

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Learning to Flip the Framework: A Multigenre, Autoethnographic Account of One Student's Experience with Gradual Release of Responsibility, Julie Theresa Saltisiak

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Contesting Victorian Beliefs: The Unintended Effects of Victorian Novels, Christina Barquin

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Exposing Narrative Ideologies of Victimhood in Emma Donaghue’s Room and Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, Meredith Jeffers

Imperfect Imitations: A Novel, Mary Salmonsen

READING BODIES: ASSOCIATIONISM, EMPATHY, AND THE ETHICS OF SENSATION IN NINETEENTH-CENTURY FICTION, Peter Jeffrey Katz

2014

Assertive Fictions: Arguments and Audiences of the Postwar Social Problem Film, 1944-1954, Steven Doles

Paradoxically Progressive: The Red Progressives and the Creation of a Modern Native American Subjectivity, Corey J. Dosch

Insurgent Imaginations: Culture, Postcolonial Planetarity and Maoism in India, Auritro Majumder

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180 Degrees Away, Megan Daniels

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The Evolution of The Legend of King Arthur, Krista Dayle Staropoli

2013

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Déjà Viewed: Nation, Gender, and Genre in Bollywood Remakes of Hollywood Cinema, Gohar Siddiqui

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Peripheral Knowledge: The Witch, the Magus, and the Mountebank on the Early Modern Stage, Rinku Chatterjee

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Landscaping India: From Colony to Postcolony, Sandeep Banerjee

Coming Home: Mobile Women, Non-Linear Temporalities, South Asian Diasporic Texts, Soumitree Gupta

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Jailbreakers, Villains, and Vampires: Representations of Criminality in Early-Victorian Popular Texts, Elizabeth Fay Stearns

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The Uncertainty of National and Cultural Identity in Salman Rushdie’s East, West and Midnight’s Children, Tress Klassen

2012

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The Body Machinic: Technology, Labor, and Mechanized Bodies in Victorian Culture, Jessica Kuskey

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A Kiss with a Fist is Better Than None: Violence and Sexuality in The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep, Julie Nascone

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Constructing Depth through Jane: Contemporary Interactions between Austen and Interiority, Nicole Catherine Peters

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Counter-Reformation: the Search for a Unified John Donne, Bailey Susan Fitzgerald

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Here, From the Passenger Seat: A Novel, Emma June DeMilta

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Penance: A Novel, Rachel Anne Weiser

2011

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Crossroads: A Novella, Patricia Ann-Marie Abraham

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Hero/Heroine: A Study of the Representation of Womanhood in Victorian and Neo-Victorian Literature, Laura DePalma

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Poetry Fix - Episode 20 - Weldon Kees - 1926, Mary Karr

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Poetry Fix - Episode 19 - Lux - Tarantulas on the Lifebuoy, Mary Karr

Guilty Looks: The Pains and Pleasures of Liberal Reform in Late-Victorian Britain, Tanushree Ghosh

Heroine Abuse: Feminism, Femininity and the Female Action Hero, Cristina Lucia Stasia

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In the name of the father Lacanian reading of four white South African writers, Obiwu Iwuanyanwu

2010

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Poetry Fix - Episode 10 - Matthews - Cheap Seats, Mary Karr

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Poetry Fix - Episode 11 - Hayes - Talk, Mary Karr

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Poetry Fix - Episode 12 - Baseball Edition, Mary Karr

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Poetry Fix - Episode 13 - Oliver- Wild Geese, Mary Karr

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Poetry Fix - Episode 14 - Keats - This Living Hand, Mary Karr

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Poetry Fix - Episode 15 - Transtromer - Street Crossing - Face to Face, Mary Karr

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Poetry Fix - Episode 16 - McHugh - I Knew I'd Sing, Mary Karr

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Poetry Fix - Episode 3 - Neruda - Walking Around, Mary Karr

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Poetry Fix - Episode 4 - Stevens - Rabbit as King of the Ghosts, Mary Karr

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Poetry Fix - Episode 5 - Gluck - Mock Orange, Mary Karr

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Poetry FIx - Episode 7 - Frost - Once by the Pacific, Mary Karr

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Poetry FIx - Episode 8 - Parra - Piano Solo, Mary Karr

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Poetry Fix - Episode 9 - Heaney - Digging, Mary Karr

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Poetry Fix - Episode 18 - Milosz - Late Ripeness, Mary Karr

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Poetry Fix - Episode 1 - Robert Hass - Old Dominion, Mary Karr

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Poetry Fix - Episode 2 - Archilochos - Liar, Mary Karr

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Poetry Fix - Episode 17 - Milosz - On Prayer - And Yet the Books, Mary Karr

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“Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision”: Carroll's Use of Mathematics and Literature to Critique Victorian Britain., Diana Schneider

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The Connection Between Humans and Things in Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried, Allison Polster

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Back to the fifties: Pop nostalgia in the Reagan Era, Michael D. Dwyer

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The suspension of (dis)belief: Novel and Bible in Victorian society, Jonathan David Singleton

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Toward a literary geography: Space and social consequence in U.S. fiction, 1900--1920, Rachel Ann Collins

2009

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A Crucial Juncture: The Paracosmic Approach to the Private Worlds of Lewis Carroll and the Brontës, Kristin Petrella

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Becoming a Boy: Disability & Masculinity in Rodman Philbrick’s Freak the Mighty, Courtney Cohen

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Blocked: Short Story Manuscript, Christopher Hazle-Cary

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Governing Boyhood in the Novels of George MacDonald and Robert Louis Stevenson, Meredith Louise Hale

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More Than Meets the Eye: Technique and Themes in the Poetry of Raymond Carver, Fletcher W.H. Schmidt

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Descartes' daughters: Thinking-machines and the emergence of posthuman complexity, Dawn E. Lausa

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Representations of colonial intimacy in Anglo-Indian narratives, Nandini Sengupta

2008

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A Director's Guide to the Galaxy: Navigating the Drama of a Performance Organization, Shaina Rosenthal

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Catch a Fire Catch Afire: An Understanding of Distance and Its Meaning, Luciana Amodeo

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Four Short Stories about a Four Letter Word, Michelle Tan-Torres

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Jane Austen Film Adaptations, Fan Fiction, and Contemporary Anglo-American Culture, Rebecka Schaber

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Women's self-writing and medical science: Harriet Martineau, Charlotte Bronte, Harriet Jacobs, and Elizabeth Stoddard, Sarah L. Russo

2007

George Saunders, Raymond Carver Reading Series, December 5, 2007, George Saunders

Christopher Kennedy, Raymond Carver Reading Series, November 4, 2007, Christopher Kennedy

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Editing Shakespeare Violence, Text and Commodity in The Taming of the Shrew, Kathryn E. Vomero

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Motherhood and the Political Project of Queer Indian Cinema, Bryce J. Renninger

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"An element of blank": Reading silences in post-World War II American narratives of pain, Cindy L. Linden

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A people of consequence: The Shawnee, 1662--1789, Gregory K. Scott

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Toward an "accented" critique of culture: Theorizing postcolonial East Asia, Hyon Joo Yoo Murphree

2006

Sarah C. Harwell, Raymond Carver Reading Series, December 6, 2006, Sarah C. Harwell

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Community and social justice in New Deal-era urban literature, Jonathan J. Butts

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Destroying time: Topology and taxonomy in "The Alexandria Quartet", Beatrice Skordili

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Gender dissonance and the bourgeois woman in the Victorian novel, Christina M. Parish

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Unlettered culture: The idea of illiteracy in early modern writing, Katheryn M. Giglio

2005

George Saunders, Raymond Carver Reading Series, October 12, 2005, George Saunders

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Cadensation: A Distillation of Rhythm in Prose, Matthew G. Sedlak

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THE TOWN HALL IS FILLING WITH BOULDERS, Christopher Miller

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Becoming the Bridge: Border-crossing, Intersectionality, and Wave Theory in Contemporary Feminist Movement, Meagan Lynn Weatherby

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The reinvention of meaning: Cultural imaginaries and the life of the sign, Maik Nwosu

2004

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The modern invention of 'culture': Empire, globalism, and the persistence of history, 1776--1876, Corrinne B. Zoli

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Tourist geographies: Spectatorship, space, and empire in England, 1830--1910, Shelly Vye

2003

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Strange things: Hemingway, Woolf, and the fetish, Amy Margaret Vondrak

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War games and imperial postures: Spectacles of combat in United States popular culture, 1942--2001, Karen J. Hall

2002

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Nature's "cunning alphabet": Pastoral landscape and politics in nineteenth-century American literature, Roger William Hecht