Modern LanguagesWestern Arts and Humanities

Completed Theses

August 2012

Mechanical Artists: The Performances of Human Automata in George Du Maurier's Tilby and Raymond Roussel's Locus Solus (MA Adrienne Orr)

Playing with The Other: The Stories of Mu Xin and Vladimir Nabokov (MA Meng Wu)

Burying Dystopia. The Cases of Venedikt Erofeev, Kurt Vonnegut and Victor Pelevin (MA Natalya Domina)

January 2012

The Changing Absolute in Romanticism: Hegel, Shelley, Keats (MA Nashifa Dharshi)

September 2011

Female Flânerie Between Modernity and Postmodernity. The Cases of Dorothy Richardson's Pilgrimage and Régine Robin's Mégapolis. Les Derniers Pas Du Flâneur (MA Maria Roxana Baiceanu)

August 2011

Mistranslating Mistranslation: The Woman Warrior in American and in Chinese (MA Tingfang Du)

"Decolonization As Such": Reading Interventions in Mahasweta Devi and Alexis Wright (MA Anirban Halder)

Dante after Auschwitz: Holocaust Narratives and the Commedia (MA Heather Auksi)

March 2011

Baroque Expressions in Romanticism: Heinrich von Kleist and John Keats (PhD Adrian Mioc)

January 2011

Dark Sayings: Toward a Theory of the Parabolic Mode (PhD Duru Gungor)

October 2010

Holey Berlin: Literatures of Migration in the Berlin Republic (PhD Maria Mayr)

September 2010

Towards an Aesthetics of the Icon: Perspective, Mimesis, Ekphrasis (PhD Amy Hondronicols)

August 2010

Carroll, Cadiot and the Playful Becomings of a Deleuzian Subject (MA Caitlyn Doyle)

"Everybody Row": Simone Weil and the Search for Transcendence in the Metaxic Poets (MA Matthew Godfrey)

Shadow Play: Pre-Cinematic Spectacle and the Adaptation of Persian and Arabic Literature (MA Mansoor Behnam)

The Everyday in Murakami Haruki and Wong Kar-wai: A Wind-up World of Amae (MA Xi Cheng)

Homo Sentimentalis: the Comic in Nabokov and Kundera's Novels (MA Shasha Li)

January 2010

Translation of Children's Literature in Iran: Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver's Travels From the Constitutional Revolution to the Present (MA Soroosh Shahriari)

August 2009

"Hybrid Cultural Products": Screen trnanslation and the Subtitling, Subbing and Dubbing of Hallyu (MA Kyunghee Kim)

Purely Ornamental: Representations of Salome in the Work of St?phane Mallarm?, Guetave Moreau, Oscar Wilde, and Richard Strauss (PhD Iulia David)

A World of Lost Things: The Canadian Baroque Tradition in its Modernist Context (MA Kaitlyn Pinder)

From the Camera Obscura to (Digital) Camera: History, Memory and Subjectivity in Chris Marker's Sunless and David Albahari's Bait (MA Miroslav Zovko)

July 2009

We are Whar We Remember: A comparative Study of the Relationship Between Memory and Identity in Chinese Canadian Literature (MA Shuyi Feng)

August 2008
An Investigation of the 'Island of Bujan' Motif in Russian and Scandinavian Tradition (MA Nazia Akhtar)

The God Idea: Narrating the Spiritual Awakening in the Literature of Addiction (MA Jessica Natiuk)

A Haunted Home: Ghosts in Mazine Hong Kingston and Wayson Choy (MA Pin Sun)

Excavating a Medieval Lapidary: Hidlegard of Bingen's Book on Stones and the Tradition of Medical Libri Lapidum (MA Jayna Lynn Brett)

Skirting the Abyss: Limit Experience in Kazantzakis and Bataille (MA Maria Dasios)

Geryon's Point: The Economics of Anagogy in Medieval and Postmodern Plague Literature (MA Victoria Kushelnyk)

Intertextuality, Pastiche, and Allegory in Postmodern Aesthetics: An Analysis of Enrique Vila-Matas, Cindy Sherman, and Cristina Peri-Rossi (MA Samanta Ordonez Robles)

Cultural Codes of Plagiarism in China: Custom, Law, and Morality (MA Sheng Wu)

Guilty on All Self-Counts: Selfhood, Responsibility, Response-Ability (PhD Corina Tiron)

July 2008
Epic Lineage of Aeneid, Grettis, Saga and First Contact (MA Luke Arnott)

June 2008
"Birds of Protean Pedigree": Irradiations of Imagism in German and Slavic Literatures (PhD Mykola Polyuha)

March 2008
Resistance in Emmanuel Nkeeshimaana's Songs Imiduri (MA Emmanuel Nkurunziza)

August 2007
Writing the Self Across Media (MA Meredith Snyder)
The Decay of Difference: Literature of the French and Italian Fin de siècle (MA Natalie St. Pierre)

The Approach to Building Dreams: J.A. Strindberg and Gao Xingjian's Dream Writing (MA Zhou Yu)

The Will to Harmony: Music in the Novels of André Gide, Aldous Huxley and Thomas Mann (PhD Carmen Barbu)

Manifestations of National Identity in Vladimir Vysotsky's and Jacek Kaczmarski's Guitar Poetry (PhD Grzegorz Danowski)

July 2007
Puzzling Maps and Maps as Puzzles Grids, Maps and Other Cartographic Endeavours in Paul Auster and Georges Perec (MA Veronica Jimenez)

June 2007
Mixed Media & Postmemory: Holocaust Remembrance in Sebald, Spiegelman, and Boltanski (MA Monica Rettig)

August 2006
The Enigma of Return: Reworking the Baudelairean Correspondence (MA Iulia David)

May 2006
An Analysis of Detachment in V.S. Naipaul's The Mimic Men and Arundhati Roy's The God of Small Things (MA Asta Matharu)

April 2006
The Space-Age Romantic: Perception and Time in Three Science Fiction Films (MA Christopher Rowe)

August 2005
"A Kind of Sterility"- The Decaying Aesthetic in Faulkner's Early Works (MA Michelle Witen)

The Exhaustion of Literature: Urmuz and Daniil Kharms (MA Cristina Ionica)

Lector in Tabula: Listing and Storytelling in Rabelais, Flaubert, and M.H. Simionescu (MA Adina Arvatu)

July 2005
Bridging Borders in Emine Sevgi �zdamar's Die Br�cke vom Goldenen Horn and Lee Maracle's Ravensong (MA Maria Mayr)

Playing with Masks: Identity in Kleist, Hoffmann, Hugo and Byron (MA Naqaa Abbas)

The Macrocosmic and the Microcosmic: A Study of Two Contending Perspectives in Perceiving and Understanding Modern China (1894-1949) (MA Gang Liu)

September 2004
Narrating Famines: An Insight into Modernity and Nationalist Myths (Saikat Maitra)

Diaspora at Home (MA GuoYuan Liu)

The Majority of One or Some: Subjectivity in Alexis de Tocqueville and Henry James (MA Corina Tiron)

Telling Tales: French-Canadian and English-Canadian Women's Autobiographical Narratative of Child Sexual Abuse (MA Riisa Walden)

Modern Insights into Romantic Myth-Making: William Blake and E.T.A. Hoffmann (MA Adrian Mioc)

August 2004
Nietzsche's Intoxication with Dionysus (MA Jody McNabb)

July 2004
Through the Red Looking-Glass -- Stalinism, Post-Stalinism and the Absurd in the Works of Daniil Kharms and Slawomir Mrozek (MA Monika Markus)

June 2004
Adventure and Beyond: A Comparison of the Lord of the Rings and Tianlong Babu (MA Xufan Lu)

May 2004
The Antibody: A Rhizomatic Model of Decadent Style in Huysmans, Sade and Beardsley (MA Duru Eldahudy)

April 2004
The Book of Bodies: Corporeality and Text in Peter Greenaway's Prospero's Books and The Pillow Book (MA Mariana Ortega-Brena)

October 2003
Examining Shadows: The Muselmänner and the Limits of Representation
(MA Aviva Atlani)

The Emblematic Corpse: A Monstration of the Sxiom or the Categorical Paradox of Power as Played in the Puppet-Theatre of Titus Andronicus, a Catalogue and an Anatomical Plate (MA Yaoci Pardo-Dominguez)

September 2003
Translating the Image: Photography and Narrative in Calvino, Elytis and Brossard (MA Amy Hondronicols)

Bridging the Gap: History Through Magical Realism in El Reino de Este Mundo and The Dark Jester (MA Sally Booth)

August 2003
Political and Social Indoctrination in Calder�n's La Vida Es Sue�o and Kleist's Prinz Friedrich Von Homburg (MA Maud Asante-Nimako)

July 2003
The Idea of the Journey in Charles Baudelaire and Bruce Chatwin (MA Fortunato Trione)

September 2002
Entities A-Peel. Beautiful Epidermis in Baudelaire, Kafka, and Rilke
(MA Carmen Barbu)

Representation and Self-Representation in Ding Ling's Works (MA Jianmeng He)

Mad Order: Meanings of Madness in "Hombre Mirando Al Sudeste" and "Marat/Sade" (MA Leon Berdichevsky)

The Genesis of Silence: Ingeborg Bachmann and Yves Bonnefoy at the Limits of Language (MA Christine Hill)

June 2002
In Pursuit and in Defiance of the Law: Narration, Tropes and Theoretical Practices in Michael Kohlhaas and Les Faux-Monnayeurs (MA Laura Ene)

April 2002
Literary '"Testimonials" of 1947: Recovering Lost Voices from Fiction about the Partition of India (MA Amber Riaz)

September 2001
The Crisis of Character and the Character of Crisis in Robert Musil's The Man Without Qualities (Der Mann ohne Eigenschaften) and Italo Svevo's The Consciousness of Zeno (La Coscienza di Zeno) (MA Sorin Tomuta)

Anarchist Themes and Forms of Authority: Liberal Aspirations and Anti-Authoritarianism in the Literary Works of Kafka, Joyce, Orwell and Artaud (MA Kimberly Fortin)

The Trace of Dreams The Poetics of the Oneiric in Homer and Virgil (MA Dorin Garofeanu)

June 2001
Tricksters (Don't Always) Leave Tracks: Trickster Narratives in Russian and Canadian Perspective (MA Klara Kolinska)

February 2001
The Devil Speaks with a Foreign Accent: The Evil One in The Bible, The Brothers Karamazov, The Master and Margarita and The Witches of Eastwick (MA Lenka Pankova)

November 2000
LitarotURE: Tarot as a Metafictional Device in Twentieth-century Literature (MA Julia Grant)

September 2000
Protesting in Silence, Macab�a and Er�ndira Go to the Movies (MA Caroline Couillard)

Schein-ing Disorder: The Sublime in Writings on Music at the Turn of the Nineteenth Century (MA Robert Ryder)

Meta by Night: Fantastic Literature and Metafiction (MA Maria Ionita)

Translation of Text and Context The Politics of Language and the Role of Translation in Indian Literature in English (MA Deepa Chordiya)

June 2000
Non-Fiction Eutopias: Contradiction, Complexity, Consilience (MA Maya Bevan)

January 2000
Ezra Pound, Confucius and the Art of Interpretation (MA Roland Luo)

June 1999
The Room of Memory: On the Practice of Writing of Virginia Woolf and Marcel Proust (MA Sanda Nemeth)

What is Art? Gombrowicz, Eco, and Barthes on Art and Literature (MA Marta Guzy)

The Crisis of National Identity in Thomas Mann and E.M. Forster (MA Ellen Painter-Zykmund)

January 1999
Negotiating a Hyphenated Identity: Three Jewish-Canadian Writers (MA Jason Soloway)

August 1998
The Magician's Modern Avatars: A Study of the Artist Figure in the Works of Marcel Proust, Thomas Mann and Franz Kafka (MA Ramona Uritescu)

Prospero's Planet: Magic, Utopian and Allegorical Injunctions in the Rise of the Modern State (MA Andrei-Paul Zlatescu)

Poetics and Politics of the Contemporary Novel (MA Hynek Zykmund)

August 1997
Incorporating the Sublime or Translating the Body in Christa Wolf's Kassandra and Nicole Brossard's Le D� sert Mauve (MA Nancy Bray)

Word and Image in Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov: From an Analysis of the Dialectic in the Novel to an Interpretation of Dostoevsky's Confrontation with Hans Holbein the Younger's The Body of the Dead Christ in the Tomb (MA Jefferson Gatrall)

The Story's Horizon is Death: The Palestinian Short Story as Minor Writing (MA Norah Ismail)

Le Pas Sage: A Mathesis (Angeometry & Djinnialogy of the Short Story) (MA Daniel Mellamphy)


For further information about any aspect of the program, please contact:
The Graduate Chair, Comparative Literature
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Phone: (519) 661-2111, ext. 85862/Fax: (519) 661-4093
E-Mail: Prof. Călin Andrei Mihăilescu,