Final Public Orals

Past Events

2021 - 2022

Sep 30
Ali Mctar, Department of English, Princeton University
Zoom information: https://princeton.zoom.us/j/99533075611; Meeting ID: 995 3307 5611 11: 00 AM

Fallen Father: John Milton, Antinomianism, and the Case Against Adam

Dissertation advisers:  Jeff Dolven, Russ Leo, and Nigel Smith

2020-2021

Aug 17
Janet Kong-Chow, Department of English, Princeton University
Zoom information: https://princeton.zoom.us/j/93701976163; Meeting ID: 937 0197 6163 2: 00 PM

Securing the Crisis:  Race and the Poetics of Risk

Dissertation Advisers:  Simon Gikandi, Kinohi Nishikawa, Imani Perry, Herman Beavers (University of Pennsylvania)

Aug 06
Kate Thorpe, Department of English, Princeton University
Zoom information: https://princeton.zoom.us/j/93145287301; Meeting ID: 931 4528 7301 11: 00 AM

Protean Figures: Personified Abstractions from Milton's Allegory to Wordsworth's Psychology of the Poet

Dissertation Advisers:  Sophie Gee, Esther Schor, Susan Stewart, Susan Wolfson

Aug 02
Jennifer D. Minnen, Department of English, Princeton University
Zoom information: https://princeton.zoom.us/j/98335580969; Meeting ID: 983 3558 0969 11: 00 AM

The Second Science: Feminist Natural Inquiry in Nineteenth-Century British Literature

Dissertation Advisers:  Claudia Johnson, Deborah Nord, Rachel Bowlby (University College, London)

Jul 29
Kristen H. Starkowski, Department of English, Princeton University
Zoom information: https://princeton.zoom.us/j/93260614258; Meeting ID: 932 6061 4258 2: 00 PM

Doorstep Moments: Close Encounters with Minor Characters in the Victorian Novel

Advisers:  Meredith Martin, Jeff Nunokawa, Gayle Salamon

Jun 29
Matthew Rickard, Department of English, Princeton University
Zoom information: https://princeton.zoom.us/j/93107454626; Meeting ID: 931 0745 4626 11: 00 AM

Probability: A Literary History, 1479- 1700

Advisers:  Jeff Dolven, Daniel Heller-Roazen, Russ Leo, Nigel Smith

Jun 25
Caitlin E. Crandell, Department of English, Princeton University
Zoom information: https://princeton.zoom.us/j/97903568020; Meeting ID: 979 0356 8020 2: 00 PM

On the Metareferential Mode and 19th Century British Literature

Advisers:  Claudia Johnson, Meredith Martin, Deborah Nord

Jun 07
Tom Clayton, Department of English, Princeton University
Zoom: Meeting ID# 929 4988 7899; https://princeton.zoom.us/j/92949887899 11: 00 AM

The Reformation of Indifference: Adiaphora, Toleration, and English Literature in the Seventeenth Century

Advisers:  Bradin Cormack, Russ Leo, Nigel Smith

Feb 05
Brittney M. Edmonds, Department of English, Princeton University
Zoom -- Meeting # 929 4044 0337; meeting link: https://princeton.zoom.us/j/92940440337 1: 30 PM

Who's Laughing Now?: Black Affective Play and Formalist Innovation in Twenty-First Century Black Literary Satire

Dissertation advisers:  Anne Cheng, William Gleason, Daphne Brooks (Yale)

Jan 13
Colin Azariah-Kribbs, Department of English, Princeton University
Zoom ID#: 993 7281 4075; https://princeton.zoom.us/j/99372814075 11: 00 AM

Mere Curiosity: Knowledge, Desire, and Peril in the British and Irish Gothic Novel, 1796-1820

Dissertation advisers:  Claudia Johnson, Esther Schor

Dec 02
Stephanie Pope, Department of English, Princeton University
Zoom ID#: 914 7527 1829 11: 00 AM

Rethinking Renaissance Symbolism: Material Culture, Visual Signs, and Failure in Early Modern Literature, 1587-1644

Dissertation advisers:  Russ Leo, Rhodri Lewis, Nigel Smith

May 10
RL Goldberg, Department of English, Princeton University
https://princeton.zoom.us/j/95056419241; Meeting ID: 950 5641 9241 (EST) 1: 00 PM

I Changed My Sex! Pedagogy and the Trans Narrative

Advisers:  Zahid Chaudhary, Diana Fuss, Gayle Salamon

May 05
Jennifer Soong, Department of English, Princeton University
https://princeton.zoom.us/j/99006134614; Meeting ID: 990 0613 4614 (EST) 11: 00 AM

Poetic Forgetting

Advisers:  Diana Fuss, Joshua Kotin, Susan Stewart

Aug 13
Matthew M. Kumar, Department of English, Princeton University
Zoom: https://princeton.zoom.us/j/97289579511 2: 00 PM

The Poetics of Space and Sensation in Scotland and Kenya

Dissertation advisers:  Benjamin Conisbee Baer, Zahid Chaudhary, Simon Gikandi

2019-2020

Jul 02
Kimberly Bain, Department of English, Princeton University
Zoom ID# 978 9462 0419 11: 00 AM

On Black Breath

Dissertation advisers:  Ruha Benjamin, Anne Cheng, Simon Gikandi, Kinohi Nishikawa

Jun 29
Mollie C. Eisenberg, Department of English, Princeton University
Zoom ID# 950 1552 7592 10: 00 AM

The Case of the Self-Conscious Detective Novel: Modernism, Metafiction, and the Terms of Literary Value

Dissertation advisers:  Maria DiBattista, William Gleason, Benjamin Widiss (Hamilton College)

Jun 01
Julia M. Hori, Department of English, Princeton University
Zoom ID#: 954 4329 1645 11: 30 AM

Restoring Empire: British Imperial Nostalgia, Colonial Space, and Violence since WWII

Dissertation advisers:  Eduardo Cadava, Simon Gikandi, Rachel Price, Ato Quayson (Stanford)

 

May 13
Orlando Reade, Department of English, Princeton University
ZOOM ID#: 980-7657-7480; Interested parties should contact Pat Guglielmi (patg@princeton.edu) for Zoom meeting password. 1: 30 PM

Being a Lover of the World: Lyric Poetry and Political Disaffection after the English Civil War

Dissertation advisers:  Bradin Cormack, Nigel Smith, Susan Stewart

 

 
May 01
Cate L. Mahoney, Department of English, Princeton University
Zoom meeting ID: 941-4780-6683 10: 30 AM

Go On Your Nerve: Confidence in American Poetry, 1860-1960

Dissertation advisers:  Diana Fuss, William Gleason, Joshua Kotin

 

 

Jan 29
Matthew P. Ritger, Department of English, Princeton University
40 McCosh Hall 2: 00 PM

Objects of Correction: Literature and the Birth of Modern Punishment

Dissertation Advisers:  Leonard Barkan, Bradin Cormack, Sophie Gee, Nigel Smith

Dissertation is available for review in 22 McCosh Hall.

Jan 21
Camey VanSant, Department of English, Princeton University
40 McCosh Hall 10: 00 AM

Novel Subjects: Nineteenth-Century Fiction and the Transformation of British Subjecthood

Dissertation advisers:  Claudia Johnson, Deborah Nord, Esther Schor

Dissertation is available for review in 22 McCosh Hall.

Nov 11
David K. Lennington, Department of English, Princeton University
McCosh 48 1: 30 PM

Anglo-Saxon and Arabic Identity in the Early Middle Ages

Dissertation Advisers:  Andrew Cole, Michael Cook, D.Vance Smith

Dissertation is available for review in 22 McCosh Hall.

2018-2019

Dec 11
Elspeth Green, Department of English, Princeton University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 2: 00 PM

Popular Science and Modernist Poetry

Dissertation Advisers:  Diana Fuss, Joshua Kotin, Meredith Martin

Sep 27
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 12: 30 PM

Shakespeare and the Spectacle of University Drama

Dissertation Advisers:  Leonard Barkan, Jeff Dolven, Russ Leo, Nigel Smith

The dissertation is available for review in the Department of English office, 22 McCosh Hall.

2017-2018

May 21
2: 00 PM 2: 00 PM

The Sensation of Language: Jane Austen, William Wordsworth, Mary Shelley

Advisers:  Claudia Johnson, Esther Schor, and Susan Wolfson

May 09
Brian Gingrich, Department of English, Princeton University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 10: 30 AM

The Pace of Modern Fiction:  A History of Narrative Movement in Modernity

Advisers:  Rachel Bowlby, Maria DiBattista, and Lee Mitchell

Aug 29
Javier Padilla, Department of English, Princeton University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 11: 00 AM

Modernist Poetry and the Poetics of Temporality: Between Modernity and Coloniality

Advisers:  Zahid Chaudhary, Simon Gikandi, Michael Wood

2016-2017

Jun 02
Carolina Alvarado, Department of English, Princeton University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 3: 00 PM

Pouring Eastward: Editing American Regionalism, 1890-1940

Dissertation Advisers:  Maria DiBattista, William Gleason, Lee Mitchell

May 30
Anjuli T. Gunaratne, Department of English, Princeton University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 1: 30 PM

Tragic Resistance: Decolonization and Disappearance in Postcolonial Literature

Dissertation Advisers: Eduardo Cadava, Simon Gikandi, F.Nick Nesbitt

May 23
Eric Glover, Department of English, Princeton University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 11: 00 AM

By and About:  An Antiracist History of the Musicals and the Antimusicals of Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston

Advisers:  Daphne Brooks (Yale), Valerie Smith (Swarthmore), Stacy Wolf, William Gleason (reader)

Mar 14
Harriet Calver, Department of English, Princeton University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 2: 30 PM

Modern Fiction and its Phantoms

Advisers:  Maria DiBattista, Diana Fuss, Joshua Kotin

2015-2016

May 20
Francisco Robles, Department of English, Princeton University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 10: 00 AM

Migrant Modalities: Radical Democracy and Intersectional Praxis in American Literatures, 1923-1976

Advisers: Daphne Brooks (Yale), Valerie Smith (Swarthmore), Alexandra Vazquez (NYU), Kinohi Nishikawa (reader), Department of English, Princeton University

May 17
Daniel J. Johnson, Department of English, Princeton University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 11: 00 AM

Visible Plots, Invisible Realms

Advisers: Claudia Johnson, Sarah Rivett, Susan Wolfson

May 13
Joshua B. Bennett, Department of English, Princeton University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 11: 00 AM

Being Property Once Myself: In Pursuit of the Animal in 20th Century African American Literature

Advisers: Anne Cheng, William Gleason, Imani Perry

Dec 18
Roy W. Scranton, Department of English, Princeton University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 10: 00 AM

The Trauma Hero and the Lost War: World War II, American Literature, and the Politics of Trauma, 1945-1975

2014-2015

Sep 30
Emily K. Vasiliauskas, Department of English, Princeton University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 2: 00 PM

Dead Letters: The Afterlife Before Religion

Dissertation available for review in 22 McCosh Hall.

2013-2014

May 13
James Rutherford, Department of English, Princeton University
Hinds Library, McCosh Hall (Note Room Change) 4: 30 PM

"Irrational Actors: Literature and Logic in Early Modern England"

Sep 12
Emily Hyde, Department of English, Princeton University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 10: 30 AM

"A Way of Seeing: Modernism, Illustration, and Postcolonial Literature"

Aug 29
Ivan Ortiz, Department of English, Princeton University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 4: 30 PM

"Romanticism and the Aesthetics of Modern Transport"

Aug 27
Yaron Aronowicz, Department of English, Princeton University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 12: 30 PM

"Fascinated Moderns: The Attentions of Modern Fiction"

Aug 27
Grant Wythoff, Department of English, Princeton University
Hinds Library (Room B14), McCosh Hall 10: 00 AM

"Gadgetry: New Media and the Fictional Imagination"

2012-2013

Jun 13
Anitha Ramachandran, Department of English, Princeton University
Hinds Library, Room B14, McCosh Hall 11: 00 AM

"Recovering Global Women's Travel Writings from the Modern Period: An Inquiry Into Genre and Narrative Agency"

Jan 16
John T. Reuland, Department of English, Princeton University
40 McCosh Hall 3: 00 PM

"The Self Unenclosed: A New Literary History of Pragmatism, 1890-1940"

Dec 13
Sarah L. Wasserman Department of English Princeton University
Hinds Library, McCosh Hall 12: 00 PM

"Material Losses: Urban Ephemera in Contemporary American Literature and Culture"

Oct 22
Hinds Library, McCosh Hall 3: 30 PM
John Labella Final Public Oral Exam
Aug 23
Ellen Smith, Department of English Princeton Universtity
McCosh 40 2: 00 PM