Doctoral Dissertations

Greene, Adrian. The War Against Weariness: Imaginative Energies in S0uthern American Novels (1864-1918) (2013).

Hutchins, Zachary. Inventing Eden: Primitivism, Millennialism, and the Making of New England (2010), (forthcoming Oxford University Press, 2013).

Maura D’Amore, “Country Life within City Reach”: Masculine Domesticity in Suburban America, 1819-1871 (2009).

 Karah Rempe, Intimacy in Print: Literary Celebrity and Public Interiority in Nineteenth-Century American Literature  (2009).

 Jecmen, Timothy. Writing the Revolution: Radicalism and the United States Historical Romance, 1835—1860 (2007).

Windolph, Christopher. On the Brow of Chaos: Vision, Perspective, Form,and Nonlinearity in the Natural Philosophy of Ralph Waldo Emerson(2005). Published as Emerson’s Nonlinear Nature (University of Missouri Press, 2007.

 Sinche, Bryan. “The Test of Salt Water”: Literature of the Sea and Social Class in Antebellum America (2006).

Robbins, Tara. Sympathy and Self-Reliance: Transcendentalism’s Emergence from the Culture of Sentiment (2005).

Faflik, David. To the Boarding House: Inhabiting the American Urban Literary Imagination, 1840-1860 (2005), (forthcoming, Northwestern University Press, 2013).

Prof. Gura with new PhD, Tara Robbins (Fee)

Everton, Michael. Moral Vampires and the Blood of Genius: Vocational Ethics in Early American Literary Culture (2003). Published as Authorship and the Ethics of American Publishing (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).

Mielke, Laura. Encountering the Indian in the Age of Sentiment, 1824-1864(2003).  McMillan Dissertation prize. Published as Moving Encounters: Sympathy and the Indian Question in Antebellum Literature (University of Massachusetts Pres, 2008).

Prof. Gura with Laura Mielke, Ph.D. 2003

Smith, Christopher. Paternal Plots: Market Revolution and Mediatory Fathers in the American Renaissance (2001). 

Irons, Susan. The Reconstruction of Southern Literary Identity, 1880-1926(2001). 

Smith, Christopher.  Paternal Plots: Land, Marketplace, and the Construction of the Middle Class Father in Nineteenth-Century American Literature (2001).

Ryan, James. Inventing Catholicism: A Contest for American Spirituality, 1820-1885 (1999). Published as Faithful Passages: American Catholicism in Literary Culture, 1844-1931 by University of Wisconsin Press, 2013.

Brew, Alan. Thoreau’s Agrarian Context (1999). 

Ryan, Susan. Race and the Language of Benevolence in Antebellum Print Culture (1998). McMillan Dissertation Prize. Published as The Grammar of Good Intentions: Race & the Antebellum Culture of Benevolence (Cornell Univ. Press, 2003).

Wyss, Hilary. Captivity and Christianity: The Autobiographical Context and the Native American. (1998). Hugh Holman Award. Published as Writing Indians: Literacy, Christianity, and Native Community in Early America(Univ. of Massachusetts Press, 2000. 

Lloyd, Tess. Transcendentalist Women: Professionalization and Popular Culture (1996). 

Weyler, Karen A. Intricate Relations: The Regulation of Wealth and Sexuality in Early American Fiction (1996). Hugh Holman Award. Published as Intricate Relations: Sexual and Economic Desire in American Fiction, 1789-1814 (Univ. of Iowa Press, 2004).

Blalock, Glen. Colonial Identity in British America: A Study of Writings from the Caribbean, (1994). 

Keating, Richard S. From Conflict to Culture: A Literary Study of South Carolina’s Economic Societies (1993). 

Somerville, A. Wilson. The Tuesday Club of Annapolis (1745-1756) as Cultural Performance (1993). McMillan Dissertation Prize. Published by the University of Georgia Press, 1996. 

Worley, Sam. Transcendental Politics (1992).