Date Awarded

2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Department

American Studies

Advisor

Susan Donaldson

Committee Member

Francesca Sawaya

Committee Member

Michelle Lelièvre

Abstract

My Master’s Thesis is comprised of two essays that review two contemporary American texts. Through genres of the gothic and historical fiction, these texts confront America’s violence of the past and present. The first essay, “Desiring and Dispossessing: Whiteness in Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God,” investigates the novel’s reliance on a gothic genre as an affective strategy to confront whiteness’ specter of self-destruction. The second essay, “Escaping Through The Underground Railroad,” reconsiders the movement of escape and theorizes the action as a miraculous but forever-incomplete movement toward alternative ways of being--a theorization that could be useful for the present day. Both essays approach fiction as a way to encounter and reconcile the histories and structures of violence of America.

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.21220/S2BH3G

Rights

© The Author

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