Maura Rose Calderone is a receiving a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Art History. She viewed her senior thesis as not only an exceptional and challenging academic experience, but as an ideal way to combine both her creative and scholarly sides. Concerning subject matter, Gothic literature was a natural choice. From an early age, Maura has been ceaselessly interested in Gothicism and all of its permutations: art, architecture, music, movies, lifestyle, clothing, and, of course, literature. The stories she chose are by some of her favorite authors and are both Gothic and feminist in nature, which she loves. Maura was co-editor of Bayleaf for 2005-2006 school year. During her senior year, she also interned for the Scranton Lace Archive Project at Lackawanna Historical Society, where she catalogued and archived the records of the former Scranton Lace Company. Maura would like to thank Dr. Bittel, Dr. Conologue, and Dr. Partridge for invaluable academic encouragement and guidance since her return to Marywood; her thesis advisor Christina Elvidge for her support, excellent ideas, and editing skills; and her reader Michael Freund for his perspective and contributions. She would also like to thank her family and Michael Pikul for immeasurable love and support. Following graduation, she will take some time off to look at graduate programs in the field of art history and museum studies, most likely in the area of decorative arts. Her ultimate goal is curatorial work in the field of fashion history.
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In an uncertain and chaotic world, darkness, both literal and symbolic, is pervasive. So what does it mean to face, and sometimes even embrace, this darkness? And for what purpose? For over two centuries, Gothic literature has been exploring these questions. As a genre, Gothic investigates the darker side of human nature, evolves in response to contemporary anxieties, and often raises controversy along the way. Writers who employ the Gothic characterize everyday conflicts in grotesque fantasies, and acknowledge that we are not free: of social roles, death, even ourselves.
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