Master of Liberal Studies Research Papers

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Research Paper

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Master of Liberal Studies (MLS)


High school English literature textbooks do not contain enough material about Southern Gothic literature. Through research, reading, and writing, it would be easy for a teacher to create a substantial unit on this subgenre that would enable American Literature students to reflect upon its three key components: the sublime, grotesque, and dark comedy. Once background knowledge is established, connections can be made to demonstrate how Southern Gothic literature can be linked to modern film. The resemblance of Flannery O'Connor's work to the Coen brothers' film Raising Arizona can provide a relevant example of the moral plight of human beings as expressed in two mediums. Both artists use the sublime, grotesque, and dark comedy to convey a similar message to their audiences that students may find beneficiary.


Copyright 2010 R. Schlane Ohrman


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