Colette L. Walker

Many artists of the early twentieth century shared a belief in the power of spiritual art to transform human society. Such “mystical-utopian” orientations, informed by the era’s increasingly global flow of ideas, transcended cultural and national boundaries, as exemplified in the contributions of American painter Arthur Wesley Dow, Swiss-German artist Johannes Itten, and Indian poet […]

Nicole Marie De Leon

Through the dynamic interplay between text and imagination, communitas and liminality, this dissertation transmutes three pilgrimage sites—the Camino de Santiago, the Chartres Labyrinth, and the Spiral Jetty—onto the landscapes of American modernist poet Marianne Moore’s poetry. Each site serves as a distinct pilgrimage paradigm examining how pilgrimage functions as process, setting, and structure in Moore’s […]

Amanda L. de Joinville

Through the exploration of Greco-Roman wall painting in both its chemical processes and applications in ancient surface decoration, and the psychological transformational processes outlined in the discipline of analytical psychology, this dissertation demonstrates how meaning is grounded in something beyond ourselves. Active engagement, embodied experiences and intellectual appreciation of these processes serve as a framework […]

Blaise Cirelli

This dissertation puts Dante into conversation with Gilles Deleuze, Felix Guattari, Emmanuel Levinas, and Hans Urs von Balthasar. The purpose of this conversation is to help make Dante’s Divine Comedy more pertinent to contemporary readers. The Divine Comedy can be a template for how one experiences a spiritual transformation.