Date of Award

Summer 8-12-2014

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Dr. Leeanne Richardson

Second Advisor

Dr. Paul Schmidt

Third Advisor

Dr. Murray Brown

Abstract

This thesis explores the use of architecture in the ghost story "Episode of Cathedral History" by Montague Rhodes James. The focus entails an examination of the architectural theories of John Ruskin, which impacted James's personal views on education, female empowerment, and Modernism. These views are reflected in "Episode of Cathedral History" as story elements that bear symbolic values that James hides under the auspices of entertainment for the purpose of creating a commentary and warning about the chaos of the emerging Modern world.

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