Dissertations Defended

DEFENDED DISSERTATIONS (from most recent to 2004)

2018-2019

David Delgado López

“Poéticas minimalistas de la ciudad contemporánea: Iribarren, Mínguez y Del Val.”

Dir. Ana Rueda. Received Special Distinction.

 

Guillermo Rivas Prado

“De la literature a la danza: folklore, género e identidad nacional en Sab, El sombrero de tres picos, Bodas de sangre y El tango.”

Dir. Ana Rueda.

 

Jacob Neely

“Intimate Indigeneities: Aspirational Affective Solidarity in 21st Century Indigenous Mexican Representation.”

Dir. Mónica Díaz. Received Special Distinction.

 

Johana Pérez-Weisenberger

"El enclave bananero en las novelas centroamericanas de Miguel Angel Asturias, Ramón Amaya Amador y Carlos Luis Fallas."

Dir. Susan Carvalho.

 

Joshua Hoekstra

iTests: Techxtual Poetics, Authorship and Re-Wreaders in 21st Century Spanish Literature

Dir. Susan Larson

 

Martha Elena Granados

“Las Islas en la Litertura Castellana de la Baja Edad Media.”

Dir. Aníbal Biglieri.

 

2017

Kevin Sedeño Guillén

Modernidades contra-natura: Crítica ilustrada, prensa periódica y cultura manuscrita en el siglo XVIII americano

Director: Dr. Enrico Santi

 

Francesco Masala Martínez

The Representation of Ecuadorians in Spain: Discourse as the Expression of Power, Racism and Ideology

Directors: Dr. Susan Larson & Dr. Yanira Paz

 

 

Fabricio Ferreira Silva 

Dictadura y literatura de resistencia: Brasil, Argentina y Cuba

Director: Dr. Enrico M. Santí

 

Joshua Martin (With Special Distinction)
 
(B)ordering Texas: The representation of Violence, Nationalism, and Masculine Archetypes in U.S.-Mexico Borderland Novels (1985-2012)
 
Director: Dr. Susan Carvalho

 

Lee Kirven (With Special Distinction)

The Burden of the Past: Spectral History in the Works of Carlos Fuentes: 1962-1980

Director: Dr. Enrico Santi

 

Constantin Icleanu 

A Case for Empathy: Immigration in Spanish Contemporary Media, Music, Film, and Novels

Director: Dr. Ana Rueda

2016

José María Pérez Sánchez:
“Situational Whiteness and Empire in Spanish Film and Literature.”
Director: Dr. Susan Larson.

Angela Marie Postigo:
“Maybe She’s Born with It: Interplay of Beauty and Power in Representations of Latin Female Hierarchy.”
Director: Dr. Susan Carvalho.

Megan O’Neil:
“Indigenista Heroes and Femmes Fatales: Myth-Making in Latin American Literature and Film.”
Director: Dr. Enrico Santí.

María Jesús López Soriano
"¿Pero tú ​qué te has creído, que la guerra es una broma?: La seriedad del humor en diferentes representaciones culturales de la Guerra Civil española”
Director: Prof. Carmen Moreno-Nuño.

 

2015

 

Matthew J. Wild

Eating Spain: Discourses of National Cuisine Since 1900

Director: Dr. Susan Larson

 

Brian Cole 

Ekphrasis and Avant-Garde Prose in 1920s Spain

Director: Dr. Susan Larson

 

Gonzalo Hernández Baptista

“Largo viaje en breve: La minificción de Max Aub, María Luisa Elío y José de la Colina en el exilio”

Director: Dr. Ana Rueda

April JeNé New

“Questioning the Codes: The Novelas of María de Zayas y Sotomayor”

Director: Dr. Moisés Castillo

           

Ana Pociello Sampériz (With Special Distinction)

“El despertar de las voces dormidas: La memoria en cuatro novelas sobre mujeres en la guerra civil española y la posguerra”

Director: Dr. Carmen Moreno-Nuño

 

Grace Martín (With Special Distinction)

“For the Love of Robots: Latin American Posthuman Science Fiction Between 1960-                    1999”

Director: Dr. Enrico M. Santí

 

Oswaldo Ortegón

“La Trinidad Vallejiana: Política, Religión y Lenguaje en Fernando Vallejo: 1994-2010”

Director: Dr. Enrico M. Santí

2014

 

Whitaker Jordan

“Staging Theseus: The Mythological Image of the Prince in the Comedia of the Spanish Golden Age”

Director: Dr. Moisés Castillo

 

Sarah Finley

“Acoustic Epistemologies and Aurality in Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz”

Co-Directors: Drs. Moisés Castillo and Enrico M. Santí

 

Carlos Zamora Zapata

“Crítica contextural: El corazón del instante de Alberto Blanco: ensayo de un método”

Director: Dr. Enrico M. Santí

2013

Marta M. Rímolo de Rienzi

“Simulacro, hiperrealidad y post-humanismo: La ciencia ficción de Argentina y España ante el 2000”

Director: Dr. Ana Rueda

 

Lynn Celdrán

“Letters as Textual Mirrors: The Construction of ´Self´ in Epistolary Fiction by Spanish Women Writers, 1986-2006”

Director: Dr. Ana Rueda

 

Silvia Roig-Martínez (With Special Distinction)

“La narrativa de Aurora Bertrana: Compromiso social y género”

Director: Dr. Ana Rueda

Ruth Brown

Así es la vida: Creative Narratives of Migration in the Post-Gatekeeper Period”

           

Director: Dr. Susan Carvalho

 

2012

Elena Aldea

“Retóricas del imperio: El discurso falangista en torno a la guerra (1939-1943)”

Co- Directors: Drs. Ana Rueda and Susan Larson

 

Wm. Jarrod Brown

“Specters of the Unspeakable: The Rhetoric of Torture in Guatemalan Narrative”

Director: Dr. Susan Carvalho

 

Krissie Butler

“(De)Constructing an Icon: Fidel Castro and Revolutionary Masculinity”

Director: Dr. Susan Carvalho

 

Betsy Dahms

“The Life and Work of Gloria Anzaldúa: An Intellectual Biography”

Director: Dr. Susan Carvalho

 

Mahan Ellison

“Literary Africa: Spanish Reflections of Morocco, Western Sahara and Equatorial Guinea in the Contemporary Novel, 1990-2010”

Director: Dr. Ana Rueda

 

Paul Roggendorf

“The Representation of Traumatic Realism in the Early Novels of Martín Caparrós”

Director: Dr. Susan Carvalho

 

2011

Jeff Zamostny

“Faustian Figures: Modernity and Male (Homo)sexualities in Spanish Commercial Literature, 1900-1936”
Director: Dr. Susan Larson

Alice Driver

“Cultural Production and Ephemeral Art: Feminicide and the Geography of Cultural Memory in Ciudad Juárez, 1998-2008”

Director: Dr. Susan Carvalho

 

Matthew Feinberg (With Special Distinction)

“Lavapiés, Madrid as Twenty-First Century Urban Spectacle”

Co-Directors: Dr. Susan Larson and Dr. Ana Rueda

 

Adam Glover

“Poetics of Enchantment: Language, Sacramentality, and Meaning in

Twentieth-Century Argentine Poetry”

Director: Dr. Enrico Mario Santí

 

Diane Burke Moneypenny

“Gastronomy and Otherness in Alfonso X’s Works:
Food Identities in Cartography, Urbanity, Class and Religion”

Director: Dr. Aníbal Biglieri

 

Claudia Ospina

“Representación de la violencia en la novela del narcotráfico y el cine colombiano de fines del siglo XX”

Director: Dr. Susan Carvalho

 

Rebbecca Pittinger

“Memoryscapes:
Place, Mobility, and Memory in the Post-Dictatorial Southern Cone”

Director: Dr. Susan Carvalho

     

2010

Carmen Arranz

“Modernity and Women Writers at the Turn of the Century”

Director: Dr. Ana Rueda

 

Osvaldo Di Paolo (With Special Distinction)

“Cadáveres en el armario:
el policial palimpséstico en la literatura argentina contemporánea”

Director: Dr. Ana Rueda

 

Sandra Martin

“Navigating the Crosscurrents of Gendered Migration in Spanish Narrative and Film”

Director: Dr. Ana Rueda

 

Kristie Bulleit Niemeier

“Dueling, Honor and Sensibility
in Eighteenth-Century Spanish Sentimental Comedies”

Director: Dr. Ana Rueda

 

Teresa Phillips

"Erotic (R)evolutions:
Corporeality and Subjectivity in the Poetry of Eunice Odio and Ana Istarú"

Director: Dr. Susan Carvalho

 

2009

Elizabeth Amaya

“Literatura del Triángulo Norte en la últimas décadas:
Expresión cultural y globalización, 1980-2000”

Director: Dr. Susan Carvalho

 

Ela Molina Morelock

“Miradas que desnudan: Lecturas femeninas de la Revolución Mexicana”

Director: Dr. Enrico Mario Santí

 

Nadina Olmedo

“Ecos góticos en la novela y el cine del cono sur”

Director: Dr. Susan Carvalho

 

Stephanie Saunders

“(Dis)closure:
Unmasking the Tabooed Body in Chilean Literature and Popular Culture”

Director: Dr. Susan Carvalho

 

Ryan Spangler

“The Religion of Poetry:

An Evaluation of Spiritual Crisis in the Poetry of José Martí”

Director: Dr. Enrico Mario Santí

 

Marcela Valencia

“Jorge Pimentel, Hora Cero y la renovación de la poesía peruana”

Co-Directors: Dr. Susan Carvalho and Dr. Dan Reedy

 

2008

Ismael Artiga

“La conquista de Asia: Profecías y aventuras coloniales del Siglo de Oro español”

Director: Dr. Ana Rueda; Co-director Dr. Sherry Velasco

Luciano Cruz

“Imagen, expresión y sentido de lo mulato

en cuatro momentos de la literatura cubana”

Director: Dr. Enrico Mario Santí

 

Josefina López

“Oralidad, performance y recepción en Santa Teresa de Jesús”

Directors: Dr. Sherry Velasco and Dr. Aníbal Biglieri

 

J. Javier Puerto Benito

“Ovid's 'Heroides' in Alfonso X's 'General Estoria': Translation, Adaptation and Use of a Classical Work in a Thirteenth-

Century Iberian History of the World”

Director: Dr. Aníbal Biglieri

 

2007

Laura Hunt

“Exceptionalism and the Construction of Nature

in the Spanish American novela de la selva

Director: Dr. Susan Carvalho
 

Nino Kebadze (with Special Distinction)

“Fictions of Surrender:

Romance and Exemplarity in Post-War Spanish Women’s Narratives”

Director: Dr. Ana Rueda

 

Núria Sabaté-Llobera

“Cuba's Literary Geography in Contemporary Catalan Narrative”

Co-Directors: Dr. Susan Larson and Dr. Susan Carvalho

 

2006

David Bird

“Unrealized Speculative Models of Cultural Formation

in Late 19th and Early 20th Century Spain”

Co-Directors: Dr. Ana Rueda and Dr. Susan Larson

 

Silvia Casini

“Patagonialismo y el espacio argentino”

Director: Dr. Susan Carvalho

                                  

Jorge González del Pozo

“Comprometiendo al arte: las drogas en la narrativa y en el cine hispano, 1985-2005”

Director: Dr. Ana Rueda

 

William James

“Dependence, Independence and Death:

Toward a Psychobiography of Delmira Agustini”

Director: Dr. Enrico Mario Santí

 

Bryan Pearce-Gonzáles

“Hybridity and the Latino Identity”

Co-Directors: Dr. Susan Carvalho and Dr. Enrico Mario Santí

 

Abbey Poffenberger

“The Boom of Mexican Indigenous Literature: 

Resistance, Reaffirmation and Revision”

Director: Dr. Susan Carvalho

 

Inela Selimovic

“Lost and Found in the City:

Women and Urban Spaces in the Fiction of Lispector, Eltit, Garro and Valenzuela”

Director: Dr. Dianna Niebylski

 

2005

Renata Fernández

“Micaela Bastidas en la historia, literatura y cultura peruana:

Análisis de sus reconfiguraciones discursivas”

Director: Dr. Daniel Reedy

 

D. Gene Pace

“Unfettering Confession: Ritual and Performance in Spanish Literature”

Director: Dr. Ana Rueda

Alicia Ramírez

“Early Women’s Theater of Spanish America”

Director: Dr. Susan Carvalho

 

2004

Genny Ballard

“The Implied Reader in the Hispanic Children's Literature of the "EnCuento" Series”

Director: Dr. Enrico Mario Santí

 

Jeremy Leeds Cass

“Fashioning AfroCuba:
 

Fernando Ortiz and the Advent of Afrocuban Studies, 1906-1957”

Director: Dr. Enrico Mario Santí

 

Teresa Herrera

“La verbena de la Paloma y el mito popular”

Director: Dr. Ana Rueda

 

DISSERTATIONS IN PROGRESS (in alphabetical order)

 

Dan Anderson

“Modes of Satire in Tomás Gutiérrez Alea’s Films”

Director: Dr. Enrico Mario Santí

 

Natalia Andrés del Pozo

“Memoria y revisión histórica: La guerra como espectro en la novela escrita desde la transición española”

Director: Dr. Ana Rueda

 

José Manuel Cañibano Alonso

“Reconstrucción de la identidad nacional a través de la novela histórica medieval española”

Director: Dr. Aníbal Biglieri

 

Michelle Dumais

“Post-Franco Tourism Narrative, 1960-1975”

Directors: Drs. Susan Larson and Ana Rueda

 

Carolina Escárpita

“Foucault, Power, and the Mexican in Novels by Volpi”

Director: Dr. Susan Carvalho

 

Ángela Gonzales

 “Maybe She’s Born With It:

 Interplay of Beauty and Power in Representations of Latin Female Hierarchy”

             Director: Dr. Susan Carvalho

 

Marta Granados

“Literatura insular en libros de viajes, enciclopedias y libros de aventuras”

Director: Dr. Aníbal Biglieri

 

Joshua Hoekstra

“iTexts: Techxtual Poetics and Narcissism of the Spanish Avant Garde to the Nocilla Generation”

Director: Dr. Susan Larson

 

Ivonne Marte

“Representations of Masculinities in Contemporary Dominican-American Narrative”

Director: Dr. Susan Carvalho

 

Johana Pérez

“El enclave bananero en la literatura de Guatemala, Honduras y Costa Rica”

Director: Dr. Enrico Mario Santí

 

Mirta M. Rímolo de Rienzi

“Simulacro, hiperrealidad y post-humanismo: La ciencia ficción de Argentina y España ante el 2000”

Director: Dr. Ana Rueda

Defense scheduled August 2013

 

Allison Santos Martin

Queer Confessions of a Perverse Society: Sapphic Women in the Spanish Silver Age

            Director: Dr. Susan Larson

 

Anderson Stewart

“Heterotropic Encounters: Mestizaje in Caribbean Literature of the 19th and 20th centuries”

Director: Dr. Enrico Mario Santí

 

Rebecca Whitehead

“Whoring the Nation: Prostitution and Nationality in 20th Century Latin American Literature”

Director: Dr. Susan Carvalho

 

 

 

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