Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Thomas P. Walsh


Few literary influences have been so prevalent through several genres (novel, short-story, drama and even poetry) for such a long period of time, are so popular, are so easily recognized by virtually everyone and defined with such difficulty by virtually everyone as the influence termed “Gothic.” This is a term that has been variously used to describe an architectural style, a literary setting, a mood and even a type of characterization, not to mention the commercial use of the term in modern paperback novels alluded to by such names as Batman Books’ “Gothic Series.” Can such a catholic term be defined? Perhaps a precise definition cannot be determined, but certainly a basic statement of characteristics can be formulated, so that what may or may not be Gothic influence can be ascertained. To go back to an earlier statement then, gothic maybe an architectural style, a setting, a choice of diction, a mood or type of characterization and when properly applied to each of these levels would not be a misnomer. Thus, Gothic influence perhaps may be determined as all or any part of these qualities, some external and some internal.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of English and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts University of Nebraska at Omaha. Copyright 1968 Joanne G. Minarcini.

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