Madness, the supernatural, and child murder in tragedy

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dc.contributor Ulmer, William Andrew
dc.contributor Manora, Yolanda M.
dc.contributor Green, Hilary
dc.contributor.advisor Deutsch, David
dc.contributor.author Hutchison, Gennifer Arwen
dc.date.accessioned 2017-07-28T14:12:27Z
dc.date.available 2017-07-28T14:12:27Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002642
dc.identifier.other Hutchison_alatus_0004M_13083
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/3239
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Child murder in modern American drama draws heavily from Greek tragic traditions, both stylistically and thematically. The number of playwrights (and authors) who have chosen to include infanticide in their works in both ancient Greece and modern America is larger than is to be expected of a topic considered taboo in both of these societies. The three great tragedians, Euripides, Sophocles, and Aeschylus, each chose to include the act in at least one of their plays. Sam Shepard, Edward Albee, and Eugene O’Neill utilized the structure of Greek tragedy in their own plays, including child murder. This thesis will look into the connections between classical Greek tragedies—specifically those written by Euripides—that include filicide, madness, and the supernatural—and modern American literature and drama, including Eugene O’Neill’s Desire Under the Elms, Toni Morrison’s Beloved, Sam Shepard’s Buried Child, and Cormac McCarthy’s Outer Dark. These plays and novels showcase an even balance between mothers committing the act of child murder and fathers committing the act of child murder. Furthermore, the works chosen demonstrate diversity of race, socio-economic positioning, geographic locale, and historical time. Of primary import, these connections will show recurring instances of the past haunting the present to create the future.
dc.format.extent 97 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other English literature
dc.subject.other Literature
dc.subject.other History
dc.title Madness, the supernatural, and child murder in tragedy
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of English
etdms.degree.discipline English
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.A.


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