Past Theses

2009 - Present


COLT honors theses are stored in Rauner library - after 2023 please search the digital theses here. 


  • Tiffany Chang, Loving 바리데기: A Traveler's Guide to Anthologizing the 여성 시인
  • Fabriozio Lopez Cochachi, From History to Memory: Comparative Discourse of Proust's Le Temps Retrouvé and Michelet's Histoire de la Révolution Francaise.  
  • Matthew Skrod, Representing the Occupation: Subversive Memory and History in Two Postwar French Films


  • Hannah Kadin, Apocalyptic Surpluses
  • Pumho Karimi, Postcolonial Intertextual Hantology: Exploring Legacies of Enlightenment Thought on Postwar Understanding of the Human in Heart of Darkness and Hunter x Hunter


  • Ryan Ellis, State Power and Body Politics in Neoliberal Times: Diamela Eltit's Sumar and Basma Abdel Aziz's al-Ṭābūrs


  • Theodore Friedman, Witnessing and Remembrance: The Rhetoric of Loss in the Old Testament and Latin-American, Jewish Memoir Writers
  • Julianne Mehra, An Arrangement: Music and Literature in Diderot, Rousseau, and Rameau
  • Abigail Mihaly, The Displaced Poet: Forced Cosmopolitanism and the Reimagining of Nation in Transatlantic Exile Poetry
  • Raam Tambe, Post Diluvial Man and the Origins of Humanitarianism


  • Joseph Estrada, Time regained in the great war


  • Hannah Gallen, The Question of Aesthetic Newness in Joyce and Apollinair
  • Ji Hyun Shin, Tawada Yoko and Bae Suah
  • Madeleine Walker, Reinventing the Wagnerian Aesthetic: the Leitmotif in Proust's À la recherche du temps perduand Musil's Der Mann ohne Eigenschten


  • Timothy Messen, Fragments of a Babble-onion Analysis Interminable "Dora Bruder" and "Notes from the Underground"
  • Ava Tichnor, Through Hell and High Water: The Southern Louisiana Trickster Narrative as an Ontology of Resilience


  • Malcolm Salovaara, That Corpse You Planted: An Agrarian Perspective on the Mortality of Texts
  • Elise S. Wien, Third Night: An Original Play with Dramaturgical Analysis


  • No presenters this year


  • Benjamin Randolph, Toward a Decolonial Critical Theory
  • Gabriela Josebachvili, The Stories They Tell: Fictional Representations of the Spanish Civil War
  • Paul C. Chang, Entering the Mind of a Genius: Yi Sang
  • Tom Owen, Spatial Fictions: Contemporary Representations and Theorizations of Urban Space


  • Pedro Hurtado Ortiz, Fictional Character in Alain Robbe-Grillet's La Jalousie and Julio Cortázar's 62: Modelo para amor
  • Olumayowa A. Willoughby, But the Color Stayed: 'Afro Türk' Presence within the Turkish Nation Construction


  • Chanon Praepipatmongkol, Insufficient Utopias: The Politics of Participatory Art from Post-1997 Thailand
  • Krista Oehlke, Writing Art in Latin America: The Spectacular Society and Movie Stars in Cortázar and Puig
  • Andrew Huh, Intellectual Masculinity and Masculine Intellectuals
  • Alexis Monroe,"Abstract Painting is Abstract": A Semiotic Analysis of Abstraction in Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art


  • Hilary C. Krutt, The Tensions of Literary Space: Janet Flanner's New York, Colette's Provinces, and the Paris They Shared
  • Maxwell A. Moran, Hunting the Spanish Civil War: An Exploration of the "Human" and the "Animal" in Ernest Hemingway's For Whom the Bell Tolls and Carlos Saura's La Caza
  • Madeline L. Sims, Crafting a New Political and Social History: A Study of Christine de Pizan
  • Renee L. Phillip, The Ideal of Hybridity: Rethinking the Theory within the Context of Albert Camus, José Luandino Vieira and their Selected Works


  • Rahul Malik, William Methwold and the Great Palaces of Europe
  • Wallace Jones, Debilitating Dichotomies: The Fragmented Nationalist Endeavor of the Gaucho Literary Genre
  • Cannon Biggs, Paradoxes of the Postwar Body in The Face of Another
  • Matthew Rodriguez, On the Threshold of the Archive: The Madeleine and the Bartlett Pears
  • Therese Korndorf, Überzähliges Dasein: Language and Being in the Poetry of Rilke and Mallarmé


  • Alexander J. Lambrow, Revolutionary Late-Weimar Objectivity and the "State of Exception"
  • Emily K. Kane, Unveiled Stories: Desire, Representation and Resistance in Feminist Counter-Cinema
  • Abigail R. Alexander, Adventures in Writing: Extraordinary Voyages with E.A. Poe and J.Verne
  • Hermanjit S. Bajwa, Into the Cave with the Marquis de Sade: From Degradation to Translation
  • Maya C. Nathan, Nisi Vinceris: Parody and Intertextuality in Titus Andronicus


  • Ying Cheng, Narratives of the Desiring Subject: An Analysis of Gender,  Desire and Agency in Marguerite Duras' The Love and Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway
  • Amaury Boscio Colon, Four Authors in Quest of Utopia: Cortazar, Duras, Carpentier, Perec
  • Silvia Ferreira, Resistance from Within:  Literary Negotiations of Female Identity in the Space of the Postcolonial Home
  • Alexander Fidel, In No Unmediated Terms: History, Memory, and Representation in MAUS and W ou le Souvenir d'Enfance
  • Andrew Gates, Being and Beauty: Mystical Experience and Poetic Self-Affirmation
  • Kirby Liu, The Cities of St. Petersburg
  • Annabel Seymour, The Passionate Spectator: Cinematic 'Flânerie' in  Bennett Miller's The Cruise and Jean Rouch and Edgar Morin's Chronique d'un Été
  • Marisa Taney, Utopia and Revolution