Examines and provides a performing edition of A Sacred Melodrama (1998) by Normand Lockwood, "a relatively unknown 20th Century American composer"; the work for mezzo-soprano and tenor soloists, chorus, and orchestra contains lines from Whitman's "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd"; Proquest Dissertations and Theses (DAI-A 74/09, March 2014).
Examines how Emerson, Melville, and Whitman "exemplify the antebellum American struggle to grasp the significance of emerging electromagnetic technologies and determine how this new knowledge could illuminate [the] understanding of the human body"; focuses on "electromagnetic metaphors" in the 1855 edition of Leaves of Grass"; Proquest Dissertations and Theses (DAI-A 75/04, October 2014).
Chapter 2, "'It is you who give the life': Biopolitical Democracy and Utopian Expression in Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass," focuses on "Whitman's bodies" and argues that "Whitman's democracy consists of a radical politics irreducible, and sometimes even antagonistic, to liberalism"; seeks to complicate "the consideration of the relationship between the body and politics through the discourses of biopolitics and utopia" by showing that Whitman "reinvents democracy through the body, developing a biopolitical democracy in which liberty is a positive construction predicated not upon distance or tolerance but on contact and intimacy, on embrace"; Proquest Dissertations and Theses (2012).
Chapter 2 "proposes a new way of reading Whitman's Civil War poetry and prose, asserting that the bodies of dead and dying soldiers fill his pages, refusing to be ignored, silenced, or reintegrated into sentimental and reconciliatory conceptions of death and decay"; Proquest Dissertations and Theses (DAI-A 74/09, March 2014).
Investigates "models of desire" constructed by modernist poets; Chapter 1 contrasts "Whitman's sensualist model of desire" to "Emily Dickinson's intellectualist mode that defers satisfaction"; Proquest Dissertations and Theses (DAI-A 75/05, November 2014).
One chapter investigates how Whitman's "'original energy' of the body is not limited to humans, but rather includes the poiesis of many species"; Proquest Dissertations and Theses (DAI-A 74/11, May 2014).
Analyzes American "literatures of enthusiasm," defined as works that grow out of "active dissent against existing political conditions of tyranny" and create "insurrectionary publics"; Chapter 5 views Whitman "not as the national bard of Unionism and integralism who speaks for all and heals the nation's fragmentation, but as the bard of American civil war and international sectarianism who speaks in the name of the enthusiast for queer democracy"; ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (DAI-A 74/03, September 2013).
who lived and worked in the United States prior to 1938," tracing a "historical arc" from the Treaty of Amity and Commerce (1858) through the Neutrality Act (1935); Chapter 1 reads "Sadakichi Hartmann's Conversations with Walt Whitman (1895) in concert with Whitman's Calamus sequence, tracing how the logic of 'engrafting' in the texts parallels structures of equality and inequality in the Treaty of Amity and Commerce"; ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (DAI-A 74/07, January 2014).
Offers a "critical evaluation of identity" by examining American poets who "seek to contest the reduction of a sense of the full multiplicity of personhood, that is, they defend a certain democratic understanding of self"; Chapter 1 "reads the work of Walt Whitman and Sadakichi Hartmann in the context of Chinese Exclusion" and argues that "both poets focus on the fragmentary and personal to object to a presumption that individuals can be known or totalized"; Proquest Dissertations and Theses (DAI-A 75/01 (July 2014).
Undertakes a chronological investigation of "Whitman's democratic political theory," with a focus on "identity, political renewal, and internationalism"; ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (DAI-A 75/01, July 2014).
A concert work for baritone, piano, and string quartet, with text derived from six of Whitman's poems about "facing mortality and the idea of the immortality of the soul"; ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (MAI 52/01, February 2014).
Examines how Whitman's "perceptions about the American Civil War changed in Drum-Taps" and traces this shift through the categories of "the autobiographical, the military, and the civilian"; ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (MAI 52/02, April 2014).