|"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
||"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...
|Fictional memoirs : authorial personas in contemporary narrative
||"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...
|Pursuing unhappiness: city, space, and sentimentalism in post-Cold War American literature
||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 ...
|Utopian discourse: identity, ethnicity, and community in post-Cold War American narrative.
||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...
|Infecting the academy: how reconfigured thought Jes Grew from Ishmael Reed's Mumbo jumbo
||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
||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...
|Neighborhood associations: security and hospitality in American suburban fiction
||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...
|Exceptional scale: metafiction and the maximalist tradition in contemporary American literary history
||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
||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 ...