This collection includes theses and dissertations from the Department of English, in the College of Arts & Sciences. It is not exhaustive since most paper theses and dissertations have not been digitized. Generally, paper copies of theses and dissertations published prior to 2014 can be accessed in the University of Louisville Libraries. If you would like to add your thesis or dissertation to this collection, please fill out the Electronic Theses & Dissertations form.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2023

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“Difference in/at the center" a transnational approach for mobilizing international multilingual graduate writers' writing assets during writing instruction., Olalekan Adepoju

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The forest for the trees: how a local arboretum shapes rhetoric and discourse surrounding environmentalism., Cooper Day

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Author(iz)ing literacy: a rhetorical/historical analysis of literacy for college readiness in Kentucky from KERA to the Common Core (and beyond)., Susannah Kilbourne

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Rainforests of the mind: Conceiving transnational composition from a mobilities perspective on knowledge., Tobias Lee

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Non-western rendition of ambient rhetoric of Khajuraho monuments., Shiva Hari Mainaly

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From "smart talk" to "living well": Commonplaces and their role in narratives of rare disease., Caitlin E. Ray

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Communicating in crisis: Rhetorical (de)stabilization during the COVID-19 pandemic., Brittany Nicole Smart

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“Long live ear x-tacy!”: an oral history study of rhetorics of nostalgia and place., Aubrie Warner

Theses/Dissertations from 2022

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Re-localizing writing assessment: sites of knowledge mobilization., Charlotte Asmuth

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Taiwanese indigenous representation, rhetoric of resistance, and heteroglossia in warriors of the rainbow: SEEDIQ bale., John Yu-Choh Chang

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Progymnasmata and practicality: classical composition in the contemporary classroom., Chelsea Murray Schaper

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Definitions and depictions of rhetorical practice in medieval English Fürstenspiegel., Joseph Ethan Blaine Sharp

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(De)Legitimizing genres: rhetoric and tactical institutional critique., Walker Smith

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Rewriting writing as transmodal and translingual: Tranßcribing Japanese., Alex Way

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The glass coffin: gothic adaptations and the formation of sexual subjectivity., Colton T. Wilson

Theses/Dissertations from 2021

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Acting on what we hear: the impact of a listening methodology in a community literacy program., Megen Farrow Boyett

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Resonating otherness: rethinking the body through Octavia Butler's dawn., Tristan DeWitt Carr

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Imagination in practice: writing studies and the application of hospitality., Edward Alan English

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Transnational writing program administration: mobility, entanglement, work., Joseph Franklin

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Writing program administration at public liberal arts colleges., N. Claire Jackson

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The space between: listening within difference in writing center consultations., Jessica S. B. Newman

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Part-time., Anthony Mark Piedmonte

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A translingual approach to the theory and practice of basic writing., Rachel Rodriguez

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In a Victorian fog: constructing identities in female gothic novels., Hayley Salo

Theses/Dissertations from 2020

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Louisville's dark tourist: Liminality, legend, and the macabre., Montgomery Quaid Adams

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Long for death., Ashley William Bittner

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"Don't put an 'or' where God puts an 'and'": constitutive rhetoric in queer Appalachia., Brooke Elizabeth Boling

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The sick ones., Christian Loriel Lucas

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Making modality: transmodal composing in a digital media studio., Chris Scheidler

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Regression and progression: portrayals of midnighter and apollo wildstrom and dc comics., Adam J. Yeich

Theses/Dissertations from 2019

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Do LGBTQ-identified, postsecondary writing instructors come out in their classrooms?, Michael Baumann

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Vital data : writing and circulating data in non-profits., Patrick Danner

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Wounds and writing : building trauma-informed approaches to writing pedagogy., Michelle L. Day

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Learning and laboring : student-workers’ networked experiences of literacy, agency, and mobility in the Neoliberal University., Layne Porta Gordon

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Subversive sponsorship : organized literacy education and the long civil rights movement., Jaclyn Hilberg

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Coming to terms with Gonzo journalism : an analysis in Russian formalism., Beau Kilpatrick

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Remaking identities, reworking graduate study : stories from first-generation-to-college rhetoric and composition PhD students on navigating the doctorate., Ashanka Kumari

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Brokering words and work: complexities of literacy sponsorship in the oilfields of south Texas., Jennifer L. Marciniak

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Mapping rural literacy sponsorship networks : literacy infrastructures and perceptions in Abbyville., Amy McCleese Nichols

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This to which we've come., Holly Tabor

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Character arcs: mapping creative writers' trajectories into the composition classroom., Jon Udelson

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The emergent matter of archives : a rhetorical investigation of the queer formation of the Williams-Nichols archive., Richard Wysocki

Theses/Dissertations from 2018

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Conciencia bilingüe : the multilingual and academic writing practices of undocumented immigrant activists., Sara del Pilar Alvarez

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Uncertain certainties: an analysis of the American response to the 2014-2016 West African Ebola epidemic., Kelly Carty

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'Where history meets the future' : a historiographic exploration of Mississippi : the view from Tougaloo., Khirsten L. Echols

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Universal truths, verisimilitude, and hyperreality: Baudrillard’s simulacra and simulation in Pride and Prejudice and the Lizzie Bennet diaries., Kathryn M. Kohls

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Pens, print, and pixels : gendered writing and the epistolary genre in transitional eras., Keri Elizabeth Mathis

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A fractured conversation : the professional, scholarly, and disciplinary identities of two-year college writing faculty., Laura Sceniak Matravers

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"We're asking you to show up" : accountability as rhetorical practice for queer, feminist, and racial justice allyship., Laura Tetreault

Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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His scent of sandalwood., Lujain Almulla

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Eight pieces of pie., Maggie E. Cassaro

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Stories at work : restorying narratives of new teachers' identity learning in writing studies., Rachel Gramer

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New genres and new challenges : five interdisciplinary case studies of master's student writers., Meghan Lynne Hancock

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Aspirations into action : navigating structures for community engagement at the University of Louisville., Megan Faver Hartline

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Articulating the new normal(s) : mental disability, medical discourse, and rhetorical action., Andrew Wesley Holladay

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A curriculum of civic responsibility : transitioning Black American students to college-level writing., Jamila M. Kareem

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Retellings : a collection of nonfiction essays., Jennifer Kiefer

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The military meets the university : mapping issues of literacy sponsorship across military and academic settings., Ashley Ludewig

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Short stories., Karley Miller

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Trinity part one : food of the Gods., Thomas Edward Olges

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Ironic deference : an inquiry into the nineteenth-century feminist rhetoric of Kesiah Shelton., Melissa Rothman

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Hard to see through the smoke : remembering the 1912 Hillsville, Virginia courthouse shootout., Travis A. Rountree

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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"If this stuff matters, why isn't it being shared?" : citations, hyperlinks, and potential public futures of online writing in rhetoric and composition., Elizabeth Frances Bergeron Chamberlain

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Master Buddha & the jolly golly fun time gang., Todd Edward Evans

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"This machine kills fascists" : the public pedagogy of the American folk singer., Harley Ferris

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To my betas, endless chocolate frogs! : exploring the intersections of emotion, the body, and literacy in online fanfiction., Brittany Kelley

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"Clarity" and "The romantic Marvin Milkweed"., Adam Christopher Lippert

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The zodiac army., Keith Charles Marks

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Stories of single mothers : narrating the sociomaterial mechanisms of community literacy., Kathryn Elizabeth Perry

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New game+, Bobby Rich

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This sleep of reason., Brit Thompson

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The available means of imagination : personal narrative, public rhetoric, and circulation., Stephanie D. Weaver

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Amused teachers and public readers : empathy and derision in "student blooper" collections., Jessica Winck

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Language difference and expansive learning : negotiating concepts, contexts, and identities in writing-related transfer studies., Megan Jeanne Bardolph

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Doing time by conceiving space : the rhetorical cartographies of imprisoned writers., Benjamin Bogart

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“A polished, a practical, or a profound education” : (gendered) rhetorical literacies and higher learning in Louisville’s first free public high schools, 1856-1896., Amy Jean Lueck

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An unnamed God., Luke Cash Mansfield

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Mediation in literacy : language, technology, and modality., Hem Sharma Paudel

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A few good men and women : the rhetorical constitution of military personnel identity., Ashly Bender Smith

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Places in the polity of rhetoric : topoi, evolution, and the fragmentation of discourse., Benjamin James Bickel Wetherbee

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Hidden sites of 'first-year' composition : what do we mean when we say 'AP'? : the diversity of practices in AP English language and composition courses., Hollye Nicole Wright

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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Corn cantos., John E. Burgett

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Mobilizing modernist magazines : Peter Sloterdijk and the Transatlantic review., Daniel Lee Conrad

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Undoings : reversals and dissolutions of binaries in the narrative films of Peter Greenaway., Kristina Sue Bohleber Groves 1978-

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Yours, mine, and ours : confronting the originality burden through remix and intertextuality., Barrie Olson Harvey

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"My watch begins" : identification and procedural rhetoric on second screens and social networks., K. Shannon Howard

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Servants of my people first : an examination of the political literacies of the Black Liberation Front International (BLFI), 1969-1973., Joilynn Karega-Mason

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The language politics of doctoral studies in rhetoric and composition : toward a translingual revision of graduate education in the field., Carrie Byars Kilfoil

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Globalizing literacies and identities : translingual and transcultural literacy practices of Bhutanese refugees in the U.S., Tika R. Lamsal

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Prankster questionaire., Matthew Landan 1972-

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Composing college and career : mobility, complexity and agency at the nexus of high school, college and work., Brice Nordquist

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Transfer and the commodification of practice., Kenneth Andrew Smith

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The ethos of conspiracy argument : "character" as persuader in conspiracy rhetoric., Michael James Sobiech

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Pedagogy : reconsiderations and reorientations., John Vance

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Prompting discussion : writing prompts, habits of mind, and the shape of the writing classroom., William Matthew Wiles

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Competing conceptions of literacy : intersections in a dual-credit writing program., Caroline Wilkinson

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Translingualism in post-secondary writing and language instruction : negotiating language ideologies in policies and pedagogical practices., Nancy Bou Ayash

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"Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished" : mortality, sexuality and spirituality in the early modern period., Whitney L. Brown

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Our mess is more., Conyer Clayton

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Wine with pharaohs., Jean Fox DeMoisey 1974-