Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
English: English Studies: M.A.
College of Liberal Arts
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Keywords and Subject Headings
Monstrosity, Monomania, Cultural Studies, Hawthorne, Poe
Monsters hold a special place in literature and storytelling in cultures all around the world, so much so that every culture, in any time or place, has its own stories involving some type of monster or another. American culture is no exception, but the movement towards monstrosity in literature is nothing new in American culture. This project examines the monstrous traits exhibited by the characters in various short stories by 19th Century American authors Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe. Through the lens of David Gilmore’s Monster Theory, presented in Monsters: Evil Beings, Mythical Beasts, and All Manner of Imaginary Terrors, this project shows how Hawthorne and Poe’s monomaniacal characters fit into academic theories of monstrosity as well as the cultural implications of monsters in early American Literature. These implications include, but are not limited to, commentary on American culture, religion, the individual, human nature, human psychology, and human sympathy.
Woelfel, Johnathan S., "Monomaniacal Monstrosity in Hawthorne and Poe" (2017). Culminating Projects in English. 83.