2013 Winner: Gothic and Dickens: An Examination of Ghosts, Memory, and Self/Other Relations

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Gothic and Dickens: An Examination of Ghosts, Memory, and Self/Other Relations
Humanities
LTEL 195
An examination of the gothic elements present in Charles Dickens's three first person novels--David Copperfield, Bleak House, and Great Expectations. Dickens is often categorized as an author of realist novels, but there are traces of the gothic present throughout his work; in the ghosts that haunt his pages, in the memories dredged up by his retrospective first-person narrators, and in the often contentious self/other relations present both inter- and intra-psychically in their life stories. Drawing on insights from psychoanalytic theory, my senior thesis explores various haunted passageways in Dickens's fiction.
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Students
  • Melissa Ottele (Cowell)
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