Escaping through the Past, Haunted by the Future: Confronting America through Child of God and the Underground Railroad
Master of Arts (M.A.)
My Master’s Thesis is comprised of two essays that review two contemporary American texts. Through genres of the gothic and historical fiction, these texts confront America’s violence of the past and present. The first essay, “Desiring and Dispossessing: Whiteness in Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God,” investigates the novel’s reliance on a gothic genre as an affective strategy to confront whiteness’ specter of self-destruction. The second essay, “Escaping Through The Underground Railroad,” reconsiders the movement of escape and theorizes the action as a miraculous but forever-incomplete movement toward alternative ways of being--a theorization that could be useful for the present day. Both essays approach fiction as a way to encounter and reconcile the histories and structures of violence of America.
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Quinn, Zarah Victoria, "Escaping through the Past, Haunted by the Future: Confronting America through Child of God and the Underground Railroad" (2017). Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects. William & Mary. Paper 1516639664.