Moraru, Christian

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Pursuing unhappiness: city, space, and sentimentalism in post-Cold War American literature 2009 8468 My dissertation examines how contemporary American writers have revived and revised literary sentimentalism to fashion their engagement with publicized scenes of suffering, to critique dominant narratives of national identity, and--in some cases--to ...
Infecting the academy: how reconfigured thought Jes Grew from Ishmael Reed's Mumbo jumbo 2011 4754 The world of academic study and university education privileges a so-called "global" process of thinking as universal, but this process actually relies on practices with a European centrality. This thinking process gets taught to individuals and "pro...
Postmodern materialism: things, people, and the remaking of the social in contemporary American narrative 2012 12066 This dissertation reexamines the critical orthodoxies of postmodern American literature by attending to the everyday objects that populate the worlds of narrative texts written from the 1960s to the first decade of the new millennium. Whereas the maj...
Exceptional scale: metafiction and the maximalist tradition in contemporary American literary history 2015 5899 This dissertation reexamines the narrative practice of self-reflexivity through the lens of aesthetic size to advance a new approach to reading long-form novels of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Whereas previous scholarship on t...
Wounded whiteness: masculinity, sincerity, and settlement in contemporary U.S. fiction 2015 2399 This dissertation examines representations of wounded white masculinity in contemporary American fiction from the late 1960s to the mid-2000s through a critical perspective developed within Native-authored creative and critical work. It departs from ...
Fictional memoirs : authorial personas in contemporary narrative 2006 3893 "This dissertation examines fiction writers who include themselves as characters within their fictional constructions. I look at the cultural emphasis on simulation in contemporary society which creates a context for these figures, hybrids of truth a...
Searching for truth in the post-truth era: an examination of detective fiction from Poe to present 2019 1001 During the 2016 election, terms such as “fake news” and “post-truth” became commonplace as well as talks of “two Americas,” suggesting that truth and reality were relative to one’s perspective. Trust in foundational institutions like church, school, ...
Camp No and soldier-writers: disidentification and ethical remapping in post-9/11 narratives of dissent 2021 443 America’s post-9/11 soldier-writers challenge pivotal contemporary assumptions about allegiance, solidarity, national identity, and the political-emotional maps of responsibility and belonging that artists, activists, and citizens at large draw up me...
Neighborhood associations: security and hospitality in American suburban fiction 2013 8755 Formed in the wake of U.S. victories in World War II and in anticipation of Cold War enemies, the American postwar suburb was intended to be a manifestation of a particular national identity. Unsurprisingly, this strong conflation of space and identi...
“Necessary fictions”: authorship and transethnic identity in contemporary American narratives 2015 4131 As a theory and political movement of the late 20th century, multiculturalism has emphasized recognition, tolerance, and the peaceful coexistence of cultures, while providing the groundwork for social justice and the expansion of the American literar...
Clashing landscapes in Charles Chesnutt’s conjure tales AND Reading metamodern hope : Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, and intertextuality after postmodernism 2023 105 Landscapes are never really just there. As cultural representations spread throughout a wide range of practices, they constitute repositories of knowledge and ideologies. African American fiction writer Charles W. Chesnutt’s conjure tales, published ...
"Myself yet not quite myself" : Jane Eyre, Wide Sargasso Sea, and a third space of enunciation ; and, "Being herself invisible, unseen, unknown" : Mrs. Dalloway, the Hours, and the re-inscribed lesbian woman 2005 18598 "In Wide Sargasso Sea, Rhys gives voice to the creole woman and provides a space for the other's enunciation by "creolizing" Jane Eyre. Rhys creates a place that is at once both Jane Eyre and not Jane Eyre, an ambivalence that captures the struggle o...
Utopian discourse: identity, ethnicity, and community in post-Cold War American narrative. 2010 7305 This dissertation analyzes critical utopian discourse in nine American novelists, making the claim that in American literature, at least, we have of necessity entered a postethnic stage of the communal imagination. Beginning with theories of utopia o...
Popular culture as pharmakon: metamodernism and the deconstruction of status quo consciousness 2020 865 As society continues to virtualize, popular culture and its influence on our identities grow more viral and pervasive. Consciousness mediates the cultural forces influencing the audience, often determining whether fiction acts as remedy, poison, or s...