Date of Completion

2016

Document Type

Honors College Thesis

Department

Art History

Type of Thesis

Honors College, College of Arts and Science Honors

First Advisor

Sarah Turner

Second Advisor

Tony Magistrale

Third Advisor

Kelley DiDio

Keywords

art, history, Edward, Gorey, death

Abstract

In this thesis, I investigate the role of death in Edward Gorey's work, specifically The Hapless Child (1961). I researched Gorey's inspirations in the Victorian aesthetic and Gothic literary genre, analyzing their appearance in his work. I examined Gorey's images through the lens of Mikhail Bakhtin's Rabelais and His World, seeking to better understand the role of satire and mimicry in Gorey's illustrations. Finally, I formed my own unique hypothesis on Gorey's intention as artist, and the role of death in children's literature at large.

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