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Date of Award
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department of English
Brooks Hefner, Ph.D.
American Gothic literature contains many stories of families under duress, or individuals struggling to reconcile their family identity with their national identity. These stories often coincide directly with the anxieties of the American nation. Through the works of three authors, Charles Brockden Brown, Edgar Allan Poe, and H.P. Lovecraft, I will study how the families of their works represent the concerns of the entire nation, and how Gothic terms catapult these stories into the American canon.
Riley, Meagan Elizabeth, "The Family Gothic: Identity and Kinship in the American Gothic Tradition" (2016). Senior Honors Projects, 2010-current. 230.