Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
As a work in progress, this thesis explores the interplay between historical and contemporary devaluation of and violence against Black women, materially and discursively, including visual mediums and written text. Specifically, I focus on the gothic novel to illuminate the impact race-based inventions such as chattel slavery and human exhibitions, as well as the generic tropes of the Gothic, have had on Black women’s representation and lived experience via a wide-ranging introduction and close examination of Richard Marsh’s The Beetle. Additionally, the conclusion attempts to suggest how Black women and girls might survive in this antiblack world, thus escape the racial ouroboros, not through desiring incorporation or absorption into the hegemon and its prescribed roles or norms, such as the final girl, but rather through practicing self-love, embracing peripherality, and discovering possibility in blackness.
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Thomas, Madisty R..
"Her Precious White Body/Her Tender Black Flesh: The Gothic Link to Black Women's (Mis)Treatment in Real Life and on the Page"
(2023). Master of Arts (MA), Thesis, English, Old Dominion University, DOI: 10.25777/pr8r-sg05
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