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A Genealogy of the Subtle Body
This dissertation traces the historical genealogy of the term “subtle body,” following it from its initial coinage among the Cambridge Platonists back to the Neoplatonic sources from which they drew, then forward into Indology, Theosophy, Carl Jung, and the American Counterculture, showing the expansion of the term’s semantic range to include Indic, ...
Open Secret: Henry Corbin, Elliot Wolfson, and the Mystical Poetics of Deification
This dissertation seeks to answer two fundamental questions. First, what is theosis or deification? And second, given that mystics in the three Abrahamic faiths have written experientially of deification, what might be some of the phenomenological and anthropological lessons that we can learn today from their insights into the nature of reality and ...
Nepantlería of Self: The Supernatural and the Soul in an Anzaldúan World of Motion
The writings of Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa are greatly influential in Chicanx and Southwest Studies, with her work being recognized for its value in feminist and queer theory; art, culture, and literary criticism; and the portrayal of a uniquely and unapologetically Mexican-American historical narrative that seeks to highlight hybridity and porousness ...
Black Enlisted Men in the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands: Race, Citizenship, and Military Occupation, 1866-1930
This dissertation relies on underused sources—including court martial records and black veterans’ pension files—to examine the experiences of black soldiers in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands during the post-Civil War era. It focuses on soldiers’ cross-cultural encounters with the racially and ethnically diverse communities that surrounded the posts they ...
Race and Abolition in the Anglophone Atlantic, c. 1730 – 1840
The assumption that African-descended people were more able than European-descended people to labor in the “hot” climates of southern North America and the Caribbean was an important justification for slavery in the British Empire since at least the early eighteenth century, and it continued to be invoked by both British and American enslavers after ...
Remaking African America in the Lower Mississippi Valley, 1790–1860
This dissertation is a history of black life in the wake of forced migration to the lower Mississippi Valley during the nineteenth century. It is a history of bought and brought enslaved people, of the local material and environmental conditions that drove their forced migration; of the archives that recorded their plight; of the families and churches ...
Modernist Interference: Inhuman Frequencies between Modernism and Media
This project argues for the existence and role of an idiosyncratic tradition of media theory within modernist aesthetic practice over the course of the twentieth century. This tradition in modernism and media theory is organized around the concept of interference. Modernism and media theory interfere with each other in ways that amplify or diminish ...
Topology and Narrative
A topological approach to narrative theory.
Theophanic Reasoning: Science, Secrets, and the Stars from Spenser to Milton
Theophanic Reasoning: Science, Secrets, and the Stars from Spenser to Milton posits that early modern English literary figures use the concept of theophany, the material or transferred presence of God in the terrestrial world, to respond to the vacuum of doubt instigated after Nicolaus Copernicus published his astronomical observations in 1543. From ...
A Theory of Well-Being
I defend the view that the value of every contribution to individual well-being is explained by affective experience, suitably defined. In Chapter 1, I set out a methodological approach centered on Rawlsian wide reflective equilibrium and offer considerations in favor of affective experience as a uniquely powerful explanation of contributions to ...