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Brooklyn College English Department
MA English Program
Thesis Information
 

Brooklyn College ImageThe M.A. English program includes a thesis requirement. Writing the thesis (30-50 pages, not including the bibliography) is a two-step process which normally takes place during the students' last two semesters. In their second to last semester, students take English 7800, a preliminary research and proposal writing course. It is highly recommended that, at this point, they should be completing the last of their nine courses (see Degree Requirements) and ideally should have already completed the foreign language requirement.

Upon completing English 7800, students must find a professor who will supervise their thesis projects; this is pre-requisite to registering for English 7810 (Thesis). Ideally, in their last semester, students are working exclusively on the thesis projects.


The course descriptions for English 7800 and 7810 make the process clear:

English 7800: Introduction to Literary Research: Introduction to methods of research as preparation for the MA thesis. Topics include: building a bibliography, using print and on-line research sources; incorporating secondary critical resources; and the varieties of criticism practiced in recent decades. The final assignment is to produce a thesis proposal.

English 7810: Thesis Project: An extensive research project, normally based on the thesis proposal developed in English 7800X, which is supervised by a member of the faculty, and which leads to the submission of a master's thesis. Students may receive credit for this course only after approval of the completed thesis. .


Online thesis submission: To obtain permission to register for English 7810, students who have secured a Thesis advisor should submit a Thesis Title Form on the Brooklyn College Portal (Student Transactions tab, then e-Services). When the Thesis is complete and approved by the advisor, students should use this same Portal function to submit the Thesis electronically for approval by the English Department

For a copy of the MA Thesis formatting requirements, click here (pdf).


Approved MA English Theses from Recent Years
Click here for a more extensive list of theses from past years.

2012-2013 Approved Master’s Theses

Andrews, Suzette                                           (M.A. English)
After the Towers Fell: Between the African Burial Ground and Ground Zero, a Revival of the Amerieuro Narrative
Advisor: Geoff Minter                                   

Ardolic, Rizo                                                  (M.A. English)
A Fatal Discord: An Adaptionist Examination of Inherent Nature in Relation to Culture in Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure
Advisor: Geoff Minter

Bernstein, Joshua                                            (M.A. English)
Richard Brautigan’s “Trout Fishing in America” as an Allegory for the Futile Pursuit of the American Dream
Advisor: Carey Harrison

Bradley, Beatrice                                            (M.A. English)
“Defac’t, deflourd, and now to Death devote”: The Mother of Mankind and Ovidian Metamorphosis in Paradise Lost
Advisor: Kathleen Haley

Brannon, Norman                                           (M.A. English)
Queering Koinéization: Polari as a Contact Language
Advisor: Mark Patkowski

Continues, Michael                                         (M.A. English)
Of Arts and Minds: Towards a Cognitive Approach to Aesthetics
Advisor: Mark Patkowski

Grossfield, Rebecca                                        (M.A. English)
Women and Space in 19th Century New York: Stephen Crane’s Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (A Story of New York) and Henry James’s Washington Square
Advisor: Martha Nadell

Gruss, Yasmin                                                 (M.A. English)
The Conditions of Spectatorship in Milan Kundera’s The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Advisor: Karl Steel

Hanna, Ayanni                                                (M.A. English)
“Spirit in a Plastic Package”: A Study of Womanhood and Humaneness in Alessandro Barbucci and Barbara Canepa’s “Sky Doll”
Advisor: Karl Steel

Harouch, Alana                                               (M.A. English)
The Construction of Self through the Modern Poetic Image: An Evolution of Imagery from Romanticism to Symbolism
Advisor: Marjorie Welish

Husband-Clarke, Sheervon                             (M.A. English)
Women, War & Peace
Advisor: Moustafa Bayoumi

Hussain, Farzeen                                             (M.A. English)
Global and Transnational Trauma in Post 9/11 Fiction
Advisor: Martha Nadell

Jean-Francois, Joan                                         (M.A. English)
A Man of Many Faces: Understanding Karl Marx and Frantz Fanon in Ngugi Wa Thiong’o’s A Grain of Wheat and Petals of Blood
Advisor: Moustafa Bayoumi

Jones, Chad                                                     (M.A. English)
Bridging Difference: Baseball and Cricket as Cosmopolitan Tropes
Advisor: Martha Nadell

Lattanzio, Joseph                                            (M.A. English)
“The Better Fortitude” or Christian Heroism in Paradise Lost
Advisor: Ana Acosta

Maher, Alyssa                                                 (M.A. English)
“Dear Maid, Kind Sister, Sweet Ophelia”: The Manipulation of Ophelia in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet
Advisor: Tanya Pollard

Marchiano, Marie                                            (M.A. English)
Time, Narrative, and Memory in Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea
Advisor: Robert Viscusi

Martin, Tanesha                                              (M.A. English)
Michelle Cliff’s Use of the Language or Resistance: Her Role in the Empowerment of Women of Color
Advisor: Rosamond King

Mayer, Sari                                                      (M.A. English)
Interpreting Peter Pan: A Reader-Response Approach
Advisor: Geoff Minter

Mendelson, Eric                                              (M.A. English)
Status Update: Reviving the Rhetorical Canon of Memory for the Digital Age
Advisor: Martin Elsky

Nassif, Farid                                                   (M.A. English)
The Intimacy of Murder
Advisor: Carey Harrison

Nuzzo, Natalie                                                            (M.A. English)
Profiles of Intentional Exposures: The House of Mirth in the Age of Facebook
Advisor: Robert Viscusi

O’Shea, Brendan                                            (M.A. English)
Orlando as Exposition of National, Racial and Sexual Mythologies
Advisor: Geoff Minter

Padilla, Janine                                                 (M.A. English)
(S)expression: Existentialism and Eroticism in the Marquis de Sade’s Philosophy in the Bedroom
Advisor: Carey Harrison

Rafferty, Philip                                               (M.A. English)
Flying Forward: Making the Link between Borges and the Literary Tao of Cesar Aira’s Continuum
Advisor: Karl Steel

Riemer, Kristina                                              (M.A. English)
Henry James and The Awkward Age between Realism and Modernism
Advisor: Geoffrey Minter

Rooke, Thomas                                               (M.A. English)
Trauma and Making Sense in Post-9/11 Narrative
Advisor: Martha Nadell

Rose, Elizabeth                                               (M.A. English)
The Gothic Mode in George Eliot’s Middlemarch
Advisor: Rachel Brownstein

Shtein, Eva                                                      (M.A. English)
Chekhov: Nastroenie in Uncle Vanya and Other Plays
Advisor: Carey Harrison

Specland, Jeremy                                            (M.A. English)
The Mystery of Truth: Grace and Human Agency in Milton’s Areopagitica
Advisor: Ana Acosta

Sy, Cherry Lou                                               (M.A. English)
The Plastic Colored Body in Absalom, Absalom!
Advisor: Rosamond King

Thek, Katrina                                                  (M.A. English)
Burning Sensations: On the Authorial Urge to Destroy One’s Work
Advisor: Nicola Masciandaro

Urias, Antonio                                                            (M.A. English)
“Haunted Landscapes”: The Inenarrable War of Ambrose Bierce
Advisor: Mac Wellman

Winslow, De’Shawn                                       (M.A. English)
Motherhood and Patriarchy in Toni Morrison’s Sula and Tar Baby
Advisor: Geoff Minter

Yeasin, Rummanu                                           (M.A. English)
Middlemarch and Mr. Lydgate, Good Teachers for Contemporary Medical Students
Advisor: Rachel Brownstein

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2011-2012 Approved Master’s Theses 

Cummings, Flavia                                           (M.A. English)
Window Motif in Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary
Advisor: Janet Moser

Darcy, Erin                                                      (M.A. English)
“That Long White Road”: New York Women, the Marriage Market, and the New Public Spaces in Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth
Advisor: Martha Nadell

Franklin, Daniel                                              (M.A. English)
Chaucer’s “Parson’s Tale”: Monastic Theology, “Meditacioun,” and the Lectio Divina
Advisor: Martin Elsky

Gauvard, Dominique                                      (M.A. English)
Race in Young Adult Literature
Advisor: Marie Rutkoski

Griffiths, Timothy                                           (M.A. English)
Nobody’s Protest Novel: James Baldwin, Gay Activism, and the Language of Queer Collectivity
Advisor: Geoffrey Minter

Ibrahim, Saad                                                  (M.A. English)
The Phenomenology of Space in Marvell’s “Upon Appleton House”: The Poetics of Renewal
Advisor: Nicola Masciandaro

Ionescu, Olivia                                                (M.A. English)
Paterson: An American Epic of Ordinary Life
Advisor: Robert Viscusi

Irving, Christopher                                          (M.A. English)
A Succession of Masks: Batman’s Evolving Sexuality
Advisor: Geoffrey Minter

Jordan, Charles                                               (M.A. English)
The Digital Writing Process: A Proposal for the Integration of Technology into the Freshman Composition Classroom
Advisor: Mark Patkowski

Lefkowitz, Richard                                         (M.A. English)
Satanic Versions of History in Paradise Lost
Advisor: Kathleen Haley

Maultasch, Lara                                              (M.A. English)
Genre-Building and Metafiction: Jonathan Lethem’s Coming-of-Age Stories
Advisor: Martha Nadell

Miles, E. Adina                                               (M.A. English)
The Pearl-Poet’s Christian Passover in Cleanness
Advisor: Karl Steel

Mulcahey, Laura                                             (M.A. English)
The Loss of Anonymity: Public Exposure from Tabloid Reporting to the Pages of Facebook
Advisor: Robert Viscusi

Neville, Summer                                             (M.A. English)
Chandler and Chance
Advisor: Wendy Fairey

Nocera, Melissa                                               (M.A. English)
Assigning Agency: Ecofeminist Principles and the Representation of the Nonhuman Animal in the Works of Emily Dickinson
Advisor: Geoffrey Minter

Ogunnika, Oluwatosin                                    (M.A. English)
Writing in the Third Space: Postcolonial Identity in Buchi Emecheta’s Second Class Citizen and Edwidge Danticat’s Breath, Eyes, Memory
Advisor: Renison Gonsalves

Owens, Sarah                                                  (M.A. English)
A Mythic Hybridity: Limitations of the Binary and the Subordination of Female Sexuality in Jeffrey Eugenides’ Middlesex
Advisor: James Davis

Press, David                                                    (M.A. English)
All-Star Grant Morrison: Giovanni Pico della Mirandola and Twenty-First Century Comic Books
Advisor: Robert Viscusi

Prudhomme, Anne Marie                                (M.A. English)
On the Road and Out of Peyton Place: The Franco-American Working-Class New England Voice of Jean-Louis Kerouac and Marie Grace de Repentigny Metalious
Advisor: Joseph Entin

Reich, Jamie                                                    (M.A. English)
“Sea-Room to Tell the Truth In”: Counter-Narrative, Non-Traditional Text, and Oceanic Borderization in Melville’s Moby Dick
Advisor: Renison Gonsalves

Risner, Tiffany                                                (M.A. English)
Sovereignty and the Goodness of God: Puritans with Something to Prove
Advisor: Geoffrey Minter

Roe, Erica                                                       (M.A. English)
Traveling with Graham Greene: A Hermeneutical Journey of Doubt of the Author and His Character in The Power and the Glory
Advisor: Paul Moses

Saporov, Philip                                                (M.A. English)
The Scarlet Flower: A Comparative Analysis of the Heroine’s Journey in the “Beauty and the Beast” Story Type
Advisor: Aaron Streiter

Suarez, Angel                                                  (M.A. English)
Sex Lies: The Journey to Manhood through the Rejection of Homosexuality and the Subjugated Female in The Virgin Suicides
Advisor: Geoffrey Minter

Tajbhai, Amina                                                (M.A. English)
“Evil, be Thou My Good”: Satan’s Influence on Fertility in Paradise Lost
Advisor: Kathleen Haley

Tsuei, Kam Hei                                               (M.A. English)
The National Aesthetics of George Lamming
Advisor: Moustafa Bayoumi

Tumas, Robert                                                 (M.A. English)
More Than Just a Bicycle: A Post-Pedal Reading of Political Allegory in Flann O’Brien’s The Third Policeman
Advisor: Carey Harrison

Visco, Claudette                                             (M.A. English)
Albee, Authenticity and the Influence of Catholicism: Confrontations with Modernity
Advisor: Tanya Pollard

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2010-2011 Approved Master's Theses

Berenstein, Ari                                                (M.A. English)
A Nation of Holdens: The Relevance of Holden Caulfield as a Critical Lens of American Youth in the Twenty-First Century
Advisor: Geoffrey Minter

Clay, Weston                                                  (M.A. English)
Material Girl-Killer: Consumerist Discourse and the Sociopathic Narrator in Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho
Advisor: Janet Moser

Davis, Annette                                                            (M.A. English)
Isabella’s Trial and Execution in Shakespeare’s “Measure for Measure”: Guilty of Non-Conformance
Advisor: Geoffrey Minter

De Piper, John                                                 (M.A. English)
Blood Meridian and Antic Clay: Cormac McCarthy’s Violent Worldview
Advisor: Carey Harrison

Dell’Aquila, Michael                                       (M.A. English)
Writing Against the Dusk: Ethnic Twilight and the Persistence of the Italian-American Sign
Advisor: Robert Viscuisi

DiBerardino, Michael                                     (M.A. English)
The Impersonal Turn: Keats’s Romantic Modernism
Advisor: Rachel Brownstein

Dunn, Andrew                                                            (M.A. English)
Mass Perversion: Cinema, the Psyche, and the Possibility of Collective Action in The Day of the Locust by Nathanael West and The Last Tycoon by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Advisor: Joseph Entin

Feldnov, Amy                                                 (M.A. English)
The Wartime Child in Contemporary Children’s Literature: Self-Writing and Sarajevo’s Anne Frank
Advisor: Marie Rutkoski

Friedman, Carly                                              (M.A. English)
Joe Orton: Gender Rebellion of Mythic Proportions
Advisor: Carey Harrison

Goykadosh, Brachah                                      (M.A. English)
Lacanian Desire and Kristevan Abjection in T.S. Eliot’s “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
Advisor: Karl Steel

Hamilton, Debbie                                            (M.A. English)
Metonymy in Charles W. Chesnutt’s The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories
Advisor: Geri DeLuca

Janisch, Rebecca                                             (M.A. English)
Making Gold Stay
Advisor: Carey Harrison

JeanBaptiste, Darise                                        (M.A. English)
Toni Morrison’s Trajectory of Death
Advisor: Martha Nadell

Jennings, Rachel                                             (M.A. English)
“What Counts Counts”: Understanding How Media Inspire and Thwart Progress in Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things
Advisor: Jason Frydman

Johnson-Harriott, Judine                                 (M.A. English)
Fleeing an Unjust Society or Finding Themselves?: A Study of Two African-American Writers’ Quest for Social Mobility and Personal Dignity
Advisor: James Davis

Katz, Nechama (Nikki)                                   (M.A. English)
Does Biphobia Exist in the Literary Criticism of Shakespeare’s Sonnets?
Advisor: Carey Harrison

Klein, Tamara                                                  (M.A. English)
On the Edge: Woman and Marginality in the Short Stories of Katherine Mansfield
Advisor: Martha Nadell

Marquez, Patricia                                            (M.A. English)
Intentionality and the New Signification: Language Theory from Saussure, Barthes, and Searle
Advisor: Mark Patkowski

McCarthy, Eileen                                            (M.A. English)
The Function of Geography in Paule Marshall’s The Chosen Place, the Timeless People
Advisor: Renison J. Gonsalves

McLinden, Cameron                                       (M.A. English)
The Banks of Poverty: Lack and the Threat of Lack in Continental Drift
Advisor: Joseph Entin

Mulcahey, Laura                                             (M.A. English)
The Loss of Anonymity: Public Exposure from Tabloid Reporting to the Pages of Facebook
Advisor: Robert Viscusi

Nance, William                                               (M.A. English)
Duality in Dialectics: Uncertainty in Samuel Beckett’s Trilogy
Advisor: Carey Harrison

Orlando, Anthony                                           (M.A. Fiction)
The Strange Stranger: Isolation and Guilt in the Lyrical Ballads
Advisor: Karl Steel

Othman, Rihab                                                (M.A. English)
“Isnad” The Islamic Chain of Narrators: Adherence to the Cultural Echo
Advisor: Karl Steel

Parasram, Shoba                                              (M.A. English)
A Barbaric Civilization: A Look at Blacks and Whites in Behn’s Oroonoko and Earle’s Obi
Advisor: Ana Acosta

Pazmino-Martinez, Ivette                               (M.A. English)
Sarah Stickney Ellis: Angel and Antagonist
Advisor: Geoffrey Minter

Pierluigi, Melanie                                            (M.A. English)
Trauma in the Body: Memory and Dissociation in Anne Michaels’s Fugitive Pieces
Advior: Geoffrey Minter

Pike, Stephanie                                               (M.A. English)
On the Waterfront: Modernity and Modernism in South Brooklyn 
Advisor: Martha Nadell

Ralph, Aubria                                                  (M.A. English)
Time and Creativity: Defining the Relationship Between Time and Creativity
Advisor: Nicola Masciandaro

Reilly, Abby                                                    (M.A. English)
Seeing and Remembering September 11th in Post-9/11 Literature
Advisor: Martha Nadell

Roy, Suklima                                                  (M.A. English)
Language Bytes: Linguistic Changes Arising from Electronic Communication
Advisor: Mark Patkowski

Siskind, Andrew                                             (M.A. English)
Motions of Abstraction and Entropy: The Ecology of A. R. Ammons’ Garbage
Advisor: Ben Lerner

Sotirakis, Sia                                                   (M.A. English)
Jane Eyre: Adaptability and Ascendancy
Advisor: Wendy Fairey

Spencer, Stephen                                            (M.A. English)
Matter and Metaphor, Memory and Narrative: A Study of John Milton’s Paradise Lost
Advisor: Kate Haley

Tekten, Tutsak                                                            (M.A. English)
“An Incurable Imperfection in the Very Essence of the Present”
Advisor: Janet Moser

Telesford, Nadine                                           (M.A. English)
Whiteness in The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon
Advisor: James Davis

Truscello, Joseph                                             (M.A. English)
The Commodified Self: Identity in Philip Roth’s Goodbye, Columbus and John Updike’s Rabbit, Run
Advisor: Martha Nadell

Vogl, Raquel                                                   (M.A. English)
An Examination of Voice, Class, and Gender in The Nun’s Priest’s Tale and The Owl and the Nightingale
Advisor: Karl Steel

Waller, Samantha                                            (M.A. English)
The Construction of Sexual Identity in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway and Michael Cunningham’s The Hours
Advisor: Geoffrey Minter

Walsh, Trevor                                                  (M.A. English)
Dining from His Plate: Union with God in Angela of Foligno
Advisor: Nicola Masciandaro

Warsager, Allegra                                           (M.A. English)
“It’s Hard to Be a Saint in the City”: Negotiating Race and Class in Jonathan Lethem’s The Fortress of Solitude and Tom Wolfe’s Bonfire of the Vanities
Advisor: Martha Nadell

Washington, Donna-lyn                                  (M.A. English)
The Theme of Diaspora in the Edwidge Danticat Novel
Advisor: Renison Gonsalves