Dissertations Recently Defended


Marta Kondratyuk:  "The Inner Witch: Channeling and Containing Femininity"


Kristin Hole: “Intrusions: Embodied Ethics and the Films of Claire Denis”

Anne Cunningham:  "The Feminine Aesthetic of Failure: Female Subjectivity in the Modern Novel"

Mária Cipriani: "Representations of Gender in Young Adult (YA) Literature, 1960-2010"

Maria Elena D'Amelio:  "Hollywood on the Tiber and Italian Cinema: Practices of Transatlantic Stardom 1949-1965"

Ashar Foley:  “The Text at an Impasse: Authorial, Representational, and Structural Boredoms in Selected Works by Gautier, Flaubert, and Gissing”

Sean Springer: "The Filth and the Filthier: Plumbing the Depths of Controversial Stand-up Comedy"

Erica Alaine Nooney:  "Sierra On-Line and the Archaeology of Video Game History"

Michael High:  'Piratical Designations: Power and Possibility in Representations of Piracy"


Lunpeng Ma:  "Advantageously Adverse: Chinese Cinemas in Transition, 1945-1951"


Tadahiko Haga:"Translating Contemporary Japanese Culture: Novels and Animation"


Wentao Jiang: "Emotion and the Work of Writing: The Making of the Modern Literature in Media History"

Jayson Jacobo: "Mood of Metaphor: Tropicality and Time in the Philippine Poetic"

Tzu-hui Celina Hung: "Living with, among, and as Others: Creolizing Transpacific Chinese Diaspora"

Deborah Yuki Altgilbers: "Tell Me Who I Am: Representations of Prostitution and the Construction of Masculine Identity in Five Contemporary Asian-American Novels"


Marlene DuBois: "Abd al-Rahmân Jâmî’s Lawâmi’: A Translation Study"

Lyudmila Razumova:  "Literary Bilingualism as Cosmopolitan Practice: Vladimir Nabokov, Samuel Beckett, and Nancy Huston"

Lilla Töke: "The Legacies of the Grotesque Realism in Eastern European Cinema"


Amer Latif:  "Qur'anic Narrative and Sufi Hermeneutics: Rumi's Interpretations of Pharaoh's Character"


Ketty Thomas: "The Lazarus Crisis: Subjectivity, Language and Sacrifice in Cultural Narratives"

Xiaoning Lu, "Biopolitics and Cinema: Practices, Representations, and the Moulding of the Socialist Subject in China, 1949-1966"


Emilia Bakola: "The Paranoiacs Who Knew Too Much: Postmodern Knowledge and Hollywood Cinema"

Hyo Kwang Kim: "In Search of a Past Future: Repoliticizing Asia American Identity and Culture"

Stephen M. Szolosi: "Labyrinthine Passages: The Reader through the Text"

Agnieszka Skrodzka-Bates: "Peripheral Modernity: Regional Identity in the Literature and Cinema in Eastern Central Europe"

Maya Lang: "The Hyperchondriac: Bodies in Protest from Herman Melville to Toni Morrison"


Jennifer A. Albanese: "Propaganda and Aesthetics: The Modern Politics of Avant-Garde and Workers Culture"


Andrea Fabry: "I'm Your Dream" Hungarian Modernism and the Dual Monarchy."

Michael Pittman: "G.I. Gurdjieff: Textualizations of Medieval Oral Storytelling and Modern Teachings on the Soul."


Debbie Gilbert: “Articulating Identity in Literary Struggles Over Land: Helen Hunt Jackson, Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, and María Amparo Ruiz de Burton.”

Steve Edwin: "Cultural Healing: Gender, Race, and Trauma in Literature of the Americas."

Chingling Wo: "Re-Orienting the British Enlightenment."

Raphael Dalleo: "From Anti-Colonial to Postcolonial: Authority and Masculinity in the Caribbean Literary Field."


Andrew Slade: "The Force of the Sublime: Lyotard, Beckett, Duras."

David Anshen: "Reaching for the Real in a Period of Historical Absence. "

Cristina Mathews: "Home, Nation, and Novels of Domestic History."

Michael Janis: "Quixotic Exoticism: From Modernism to Multiculturalism."


Youngjeen Choe: "Rethinking Time in the Cinematic Epistemology: Gilles Deleuze and the Cinema of Time."

Mary Diaz: "The Conflict Between the Novel and the Eastern Concept of the Private Self: The Literary Responses of Natsume Soseki and Mori O gai."

Stuart Kendall: "Implicating Others: Autobiography as Activism in Georges Bataille and William S. Burroughs."

Laury Silvers: "Tawlid in Early Sufism: The Life and Work of Abu Bakr al-Wasiti (d. ca. 320/932)"

Jong-In Kim: "Wonhyo and the Limits of Language"


Tsung-yi Michelle Huang: "Amidst Slums and Skyscrapers: The Politics of Walking and the Ideology of Open Space in East Asian Global Cities"

Chi-she Li: "The Historical Imagination in the Age of Globalization"

Fusami Ogi: "Reading, Writing, and Female Subjectivity: Gender in Japanese Comics (Manga) for Girls (Shoujo)"

Maria Mercedes Andrade: "The Interior and Modernity: A Reading of Colombian Texts"

William Marderness: "How to Read a Myth, and the Case of Mythic Homeland Narratives"

Kathryn Kleypas: "Rewriting the Nation: Edna O'Brien, Patrick McCabe and the Second Wave of Modern Irish Fiction"


Ritch Calvin: "A Feminism of Their Own: Escritoras mexicanas, Chicana Writers, and Autochthonous Feminisms"

Max Statkiewicz: "Teatrum Platonicum: New Perspectives on the Old Quarrel between Philosophy and the Theater"


Yanmei Wei: "The Representation of Femininity and Mother-Daughter Relationships in Chinese Literature"

Mary Leming: "The Mine & The Mirror: Orpheus, Creativity, & the Denial of Death"

Cary Henderson: "Lidiia Chukovskaia and Christa Wolf: (Re)Writing History"


Eleonora Maria Falco Scheuch: "Family Conversation in the Novel: Four Twentieth Century Women Writers"

Rosa Maria Juarbe Botella: "Framing Conflict and Opposition in the Medieval Spanish Sendebar"

Jin Young Park: "Deconstructive Framing: Son Buddhism and Postmodern Thought"

John Lutz: "Ethics and History: Moral Progress in Marx, Dostoevsky, and Camus"


Isabel Hathorn: "The Liminality of the Hellenistic Prose Romance: Identity, Strategy and Context"

Suzanne Kaebnick: "Transgendered Subjects, Rewritten Gender: Prose and Politics of Liberation"

Salah Moukhlis: "The Subject of the Maghreb: Authenticity, Modernity, and Fictional Identity"

Evdokia Nikolaidou: "Narrativity and the Continuity of Experience in 20th Century Literature and Painting"

Leslie Hurley: "The Question of Gender in Contemporary Plays and Performances by Women"

Yi-Chun Lin: "Translating Cultures and Re-Writing Boundaries: Maxine Hong Kingston, Joy Kogawa and Theresa Hak Kyung Cha"


Damian Ward Hey: "Divining the Gap: Postmodern Textuality in Rimbaud, Beckett and the Internet"

John Joseph Krapp: "An Aesthetics of Morality: Pedagogic Voice in Mann, Camus, Conrad, and Dostoevsky"

Ana Moran: "Medieval Amatory Discourses: Transgressive Lovers"

Aili Mu: "Mao Zedong's Aesthetic Ideology and Its Function"

Walter Mucher: "Self-Temporalizing the Self: Ontological Fictions of Spacetime"

Alla Rostovskyaya: "Neo-Classicism in Soviet Theater"

Luca Somigli: "Towards a Theory of the Avant-Garde Manifesto"

Yona Shapira: "A Postmodernist Reading of the Biblical Book of Ester: From Cultural Disintegration to Carnavalesque Texts"

Tamara M. Teale: "The Liberty-Genocide Paradox: American Indians in European and American Travel Literature, 1795 to 1991"

Kenneth John Alexander Wishnia: "Border Incidents: Narrative, Cultural Production and Translation in Twentieth-Century Ecuadorian and American Literature"


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Spring 2016


CAT Graduate Colloquium

Wednesday, March 23rd, from 1:00 - 2:20 in Frey Hall 105.

Our speakers include: 

Kathryn Silverstein, "Crime, Time, and the Corporeal in Julia Kristeva's Possessions"

Mark Pingree, "Cosmic Pessimism: Catastrophe, Trauma and Extinction"

Shruti Mukherjee, "Activism during Siege: Rise of Hindu Nationalist Right Wing in India"

CAT Graduate Colloquium

Wednesday, February 10th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

Humanities Institute, Room#1008

Speakers and Titles: 

Spatiality, Cognitive Ecology, Here 

Professor John Lutterbie, "Gutters and Panels"

David Rodriguez, "Environment at Scale"


Fall 2015

Cultural Analysis and Theory -Graduate Student Conference


2015 Stony Brook University, Dept. of Cultural Analysis and Theory, Graduate Student Conference

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015

SBU Manhattan

387 Park Avenue South, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10016


2015 CAT Colloquium

Wednesday, October 28th, from 1:00 - 2:20 p.m.

Humanities Institute room#1008

Speakers and Titles:

Professor E.K. Tan, “From Exile to Queer Homecoming: Chen Xue’s A Wife’s Diary (2012)"

Yalda Hamidi, “'Diasporic Literature as a Feminist Genre: Re-reading Persepolis and Reading Lolita in Tehran"


Co-Sponsored Events:

Black History Month

Keynote speaker Sonia Sanchez poet, educator, and lecturer on Black Culture and Literature, Women’s Liberation and Racial Justice. 

Wednesday, January 27
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Student Activities Center Gelber Auditorium

DANTE WORLDS Echoes, Places, Questions -- A Conference on the 750th Anniversary of Dante's Birth 
Wednesday,  December 2, 2015 
Charles B. Wang Lecture Hall 29:30 am to 5:30 pm

English Graduate Student Conference - Spring 2016
Speaking Text(s): Communication in the Humanities

Kadji Amin published "'Blesser' le spectateur blanc américain: Les Nègres aux États-Unis, 1961-64 et 2003" in Études françaises.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship on SEX at the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum for the 2015-16 academic year.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Humanities Institute at Stony Brook Faculty Fellowship for Spring semester of 2015 for the completion of his book, Queer Attachments.

Raiford Guins "Punk archaeologists" explain that they went looking for more than just video-game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill.  

Nancy Hiemstra has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Robert Harvey has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor.

Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood is curating a film series at the IWM in Vienna.


Marcus Brock has been selected to receive the Turner Conference Travel Award to participation in the "Audiovisualtopia" taking place in Madrid, Spain beginning on 10/23/2015. 

Beth Tsai has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Kudos Newsletter 

        May 2016

The Humanities Institute

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