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A State of Perpetual Inbetweenness: Black Women Negotiating Liminal Spaces in Contemporary Literature
(2019-12-09) ETD File Embargoed
My dissertation underscores how Black women transform space through liminality, a term I use to unpack notions surrounding being Black and woman and living at the intersection of race and gender. More specifically, I define ...
Vital Grace: Bodies and Belief in American Fiction
This dissertation challenges a persistent association of religious thought with an emphasis on transcendence that denies the importance of bodies. The authors whose work I explore—Flannery O’Connor, John Updike, Andre ...
Transatlantic Nationalisms and Parallel Performances: Afterlife Texts of the Revolutionary Era
This dissertation traces the rise to public prominence of Major John André, J. Hector St. John de Crèvecoeur, and Mary Robinson during the American Revolution, and it examines the ways in which they each inspire an afterlife ...
“Being sexless, wilt thou be”: Nineteenth-Century British Poetry and the Challenge of the Androgynous Mind
(2019-04-24) ETD File Embargoed
This dissertation occasions a recognition and discussion of androgyny by taking on the challenge of Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s nineteenth-century claim that “a great mind must be androgynous.” Drawing on Judith Butler’s ...