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Graduate Dissertations

Graduate Dissertations

CURRENT STUDENTS (ABD students)

DISSERTATIONS IN PROGRESS

-Tyson Echelle, "A Funny Place for Counter-Hegemonic Discourse: Sketch Comedy on Argentinian Television".

-Ashwini Ganeshan, "Reverse Psychological Predicates and Case-marking in Spanish".

-Adriana Pacheco, "The Rhetoric of Charity in 19th-Century Catholic Literature in Mexico: The Construction of a New Feminine Subjectivity".

-Amy T. Olen, "Decolonizing Guatemalan Textualities: Luis de Lión and the Aesthetics of Identity".

-Brian Bobbitt, "Refusing To Be Buried Alive: Burial and African Immigration in Afro-Spanish Literature".

-Christina Inés McCoy, "Holding Identity Captive: Reorienting Race, Gender and Religion in Miguel de Cervantes and Antonio de Sosa".

-Matthew Hill, “Intercolonial Currents: Literature, Book Trade, Press, and Public Festivals in the Spanish Philippines, (1593-1810)”

-Daniela MacGregor Sevilla, “El maestro rural (1932-1940) and the Education of Post-Revolutionary Mexico’s Countryside”

-Francis Watlington, “Alien Patriarchs: Compensatory Maculinities in Cuban Existentialist Fiction”

-Arthur Herman Wendorf, “El mundo de comida: The Relative Effectiveness of Videogame Feedback and Classroom Feedback in Helping Students Learn Spanish Food Vocabulary on a Videogame"

-María Giulianna Zambrano, “Corporealizing Confinement Narratives: Looming Justice in Francisco Matos Paoli, José Revueltas, Reinaldo Arenas and Edwiges Danticat”



PHD DEGREES CONFERRED AND DISSERTATION TITLES

SPRING 2014

-Brandon Baird, "An acoustic analysis of Spanish-K'ichee' (Mayan) bilingual intonation".

-Enrique González-Conty, "Archiving the Revolution: Claiming History in Cuban Literature and Film".

-Eliseo Jacob, "Literatura periférica and Ghetto Fiction: Urban Space and Citizenry in São Paulo and New York".

-Jennifer Lang-Rigal, "El cantito cordobés: a perceptual and experimental phonetic approach to dialect stereotypes".

-Paula Park, "Transcolonial Sounds: Dissonances in Cuban and Filipino Literature".

-Nancy Tille-Victorica, "The Corporeality of Trauma, Memory and Resistance: Writing the Female Body in Contemporary Fiction from Chile and Argentina".

-Cecilia Tocaimaza, "Metatalk and its Effect on Processes of L2 Vocabulary Development".

FALL 2013

-Cuitláhuac Chávez, "The Mythical Figure of Pancho Villa as an Icon of National Identity and Masculinity in Mexico and the U.S.-Mexico Border Region".

 -Rodrigo Lopes de Barros, "Cities Under the Sun: Urban Imagery in Cuban and Brazilian Avant-garde Art and Literature".

 -Robert Sauveur, "Emergence of Comprehension of Spanish Second Language Requests".

 -Rachel Showstack, "Ideology and Identity in Heritage Language Classroom Discursive Practices”.

Spring 2013

-Qing Ai, "Nostalgia imperial: Crónicas de viajeros españoles por China (1870-1910)".

-Mark Amengual, "An experimental approach to phonetic transfer in the production and perception of early Spanish-Catalan bilinguals". 

-Regan Boxwell, “Re-centering Central America: Women Writers Undisplaced”

-Joseph Fees, "New Directions in Kharja Studies: Gender, Sexuality and Religion".

-Karla González, “Perspectivas de la Revolución Mexicana en el exilio: el desencanto de los intelectuales en la narrativa mexicoamericana (1926-1935)”

-Juan Carlos López, "Feminine Subjectivity and Discourses of Modernity in the 19th and 20th Centuries in Puerto Rico and Brazil". 

-Jocelly G. Meiners, "Sympathy and Compassion in Spanish and English: Expressing Emotion in the L2".

-José Enrique Navarro, "Global Publishing, Bibliodiversity and Transnational Writing: An Analysis of the Metafictions of Roberto Bolaño and Enrique Vila-Matas". 

-Joseph Pierce, "Writing and Kinship in the Argentine fin de siglo, 1890-1910: La familia Bunge".

-Verónica Ríos, “La compleja tarea de representat héroes costarricenses: la narrativa y la revelación de las aporías del discurso nacional”

-Lorna Torrado, “Urban Dialogues: Rethinking Gender and Race in Contemporary Caribbean Literature and Music”

Fall 2012

Hye-Yoon Chung “TWO TYPES OF FOCUS IN CASTILIAN SPANISH”

Lydia Huerta “AFFECTING VIOLENCE: NARRATIVES OF LOS FEMINICIDIOS AND THEIR ETHICAL AND POLITICAL RECEPTION”

Soohyun, Jung “LA NACIONALIDAD EN BUSCA DEL PAISAJE: DESCUBRIMIENTO DEL PAISAJE CASTELLANO EN LA GENERACION DEL 98”

Summer 2012

Ricardo Gualda “THE DISCOURSE OF HUGO CHAVEZ IN "ALO PRESIDENTE": ESTABLISHIG THE BOLIVARIAN REVOLUTION THROUGH TELEVISION PERFORMANCE”

Daniel Olson “BILINGUAL LANGUAGE CONTEXTS: VARIABLE LANGUAGE SWITCHING COSTS AND PHONETIC PRODUCTION”

Spring 2012

-Alfredo, Joao Valentino, "Imagining Modernity in Antonio de Alcántara Machado's Journalistic Chronicles".

-Mora García, Belinda, "The Aeneid of Brazil: Caramuru (1781)".

-Clark, Meredith Gardner, "Warping the World of Weaving the Visual: Textile Aesthetics in the Poetry and the Artwork of Jorge Eduardo Eilson and Cecilia Vicuna

-García-Guajardo, Elizabeth, "The Secularization of the Divine in Fin de Siglo México: Religion and Modernity in Prose Works by Manuel Gutiérrez Nájera, Federico Gamboa, and Amado Nervo".

-Lyle, Cory Jackson, "The Co-Emergence od Spanish ass a Second Language and Individual Differences: A Dynamical Systems Theory Perspective".

-Robyn, Ingrid, "Rostros del reverse: José Lezama Lima en la encrucijada vanguardista".

-Spinks, Scott Franklin, "The Representation of God in Three Thirteenth-Century Spanish Narrative Poems".

-Thompson, Rebecca Leigh, "Cusco después de los Zorros: The Legacy of Arguedas in Contemporary Andean Narrative".

-Vargas, Omar, "Silogísticas del sobresalto: resonancias científicas en la obra de José Lezama Lima".

-Zambrano, María Alejandra, "Sujetos étnicos e identidad nacional: urdimbre y fracaso del proyecto liberal en Ecuador y Brazil (1865-1926)".

Fall 2011

María Cavazos “TRASTORNOS DE GENERO: IDENTIDAD Y FRONTERAS EN LA NARRATIVA DE CRISTINA RIVERA GARZA”

Rocío del Aguila “MUJER, NACION E IDENTIDAD EN LA NARRATIVA DE JUANA MANUELA GORRITI Y CLORINDA MATTO DE TURNER”

Alexandre Lima “A CONDICAO HUMANA NO DISCURSO MEDICO-CIENTIFICO DA SEGUNDA METADE DO SECULO XIX NAS OBRAS DE ALUISIO AZEVEDO, EUGENIO CAMBACERES E ENILIA PARDO BAZAN”

Karyn Hopper-Rayburn “LINGUISTIC HUMOR COMPREHENSION IN SPANISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE”

Spring 2011

Lynn Meierhoffer “HACIA CERVANTES. CONFLUENCE OF THE "BYZANTINE" AND THE CHIVALRIC LITERARY TRADITIONS IN THE QUIJOTE”

Sadie Nickelson “THE CHILD'S PERSPECTIVE OF WAR AND ITS AFTERMATH IN WORKS OF ADULT PROSE AND FILM IN MEXICO AND SPAIN”

Fall 2010

Patxi Lascurain “INFORMATION STRUCTURE AND MOOD DISTRIBUTION IN SPANISH COMPLEMENT CLAUSE”

Garret Oleen “19TH CENTURY PLANTATION COUNTER-DISCOURSES IN JUAN FRANCISCO MANZANO”

Spring 2010


-Michael J. Acuña, Degree awarded posthumously
Dr. Madeline Sutherland-Meier

-Sandra Cidrão Alexandrino, The Role of L1 Influence in the Acquisition of Negative Concord in Adult Second Language Learning
Dr. Orlando Kelm

-Alanna Mary Breen, Resistance and Remembrance: 21st Century Spain Reengaging 20th Century Trauma
Dr. Vance Holloway

-Lori Ann Czerwionka, Mitigation in Spanish Discourse: Social and Cognitive Motivations, Linguistic Analyses, and Effects on Interaction and Interlocutors
Dr. Dale Koike

-Jorge Federico García Núñez de Cáceres, La afectividad como contra-discurso de la poesía comprometida de Daisy Zamora, Otto René Castillo y Roque Dalto
Dr. Arturo Arias

-Burke Oliver White, The Brothelization of Gender and Sexuality in Late Twentieth-Century Latin American Narrative and Film
Dr. Héctor Domínguez Ruvalcaba and Dr. César A. Salgado

Summer 2009


-Stephanie Lain, Acoustic Correlates of Voice in Two Dialects of Venezuelan Spanish
Dr. Orlando Kelm

Fall 2009


-María Rebeca Castellanos, The Foundational Rape Tale in Medieval Iberia
Dr. Michael Harney

-Gregory Gierhart Helmick, Archival Dissonance in the Cuban Post-Exile Historical Novel
Dr. César A. Salgado

-Nicolas Matthew Poppe, Assembling Place: Buenos Aires in Cultural Production (1920-1935)
Dr. Nicolas Shumway

Spring 2009


-Emilia Arce, La institucionalización del rol materno durante gobiernos autoritarios: Respuestas de escritoras argentinas y brasileiras a la construcción patriarcal de género y nación
Dr. Naomi Lindstrom

-Mario Higa, No Meio do Caminho: Figurações da Pedra na Moderna Poesia Latino-Americana
Dr. Ivan Teixeira and Dr. Leo Bernucci

-Filadelfo Martínez-Osorio, The Poetics of Demonization: The Writings of Juan de Castellanos in the Light of Alonso de Ercilla’s La Araucana
Dr. James Nicolopulos and Dr. Cory Reed

-Charles P. Patterson, A Fruitful Bough: The Old Testament Story of Joseph in Medieval and Golden Age Spanish Literature
Dr. Cory Reed

-Francisco Plata, La novella de artista: El Kunstlerroman en la literatura española finisecular
Dr. Lily Litvak and Dr. Enrique Fierro

-Ryan Thomas Schmitz, Deceit, Disguise, and Identity in Cervantes’s Novelas ejemplares
Dr. Cory Reed

-Médar de la Cruz Serrata, Epic and Dictatorship in the Dominican Republic: The Struggles of Trujillo’s Intellectuals
Dr. Jossianna Arroyo Martínez and Dr. César A. Salgado

Fall 2008


-Christine Guedri, A Sociolinguistic Study of Language Contact of Lebanese Arabic and Brazilian Portuguese in São Paulo
Dr. Frederick Hensey

-Janie Zackin, A Jew and His Milieu: Allegory, Polemic, and Jewish Thought in Sem Tob’s Proverbios morales and Ma’aseh ha Rav
Dr. Matthew Bailey

Summer 2008


-Melissa Murphy, The Role of Typological Drift in the Development of the Romance Subjunctive: A Study in Word Order Change, Grammaticalization and Synthesis
Dr. Frederick Hensey and Dr. Brigitte Bauer

-Anna María Nogar, La monja azul: The Political and Cultural Ramifications of a 17th-Century Mystical Transatlantic Journey
Dr. César A. Salgado and Dr. José Limón

Spring 2008


-Gloria del Carmen Díaz, José Lezama Lima’s Paradiso: Knowledge and the Labyrinth
Dr. César A. Salgado

-María Ángeles Fernández, Tradición e innovación en las Novelas a Marcia Leonarda de Lope de Vega
Dr. Stanislav Zimic

-Alfonso Abad Mancheno, A Study of the Effect of Study Abroad and the Homestay on the Development of Linguistic and Interactional Practices by Spanish L2 Learners
Dr. Dale A. Koike

-Danny Méndez, In Zones of Contact (Combat): Dominican Narratives of Migration and Displacements in the United States and Puerto Rico
Dr. Jossianna Arroyo Martínez

-Erin Hilda Redmond
Square Pegs: The Political Function of Ambiguous Gender and Sexuality in Three Novels from the Southern Cone
Dr. Naomi Lindstrom

-Miguel Ángel Santana, Homometrías: Representaciones de deseo homosexual en la literatura del siglo de oro español
Dr. Cory A. Reed

-Diego Trelles Paz, La novela policial alternativa en Hispanoamérica: Detectives perdidos, asesinos ausentes y enigmas sin respuesta
Dr. Naomi Lindstrom

Fall 2007


-Fernanda V. Bueno, The Myth of Camila O’Gorman in the Works of Juana Manuela Gorriti, María Luisa Bemberg and Enrique Molina
Dr. Enrique Fierro

-Amy Denise Schreiber, The Structural and Thematic Integrity of Diego de San Pedro’s Cárcel de amor
Dr. Stanislav Zimic

-Federico R. Schweizer, Cristobal Lozano’s Ideology in Soledades de la vida y desengaños del mundo
Dr. Stanislav Zimic
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