Date of Award

Summer 8-13-2019

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Christopher Kocela

Second Advisor

Dr. Jay Rajiva

Third Advisor

Dr. Paul Schmidt


Whether reading Stephen King’s The Shining or viewing Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation the prevalence of domestic violence is indisputable. Following the lives of Jack, Wendy, and Danny Torrance a relationship between domestic violence becomes evident. Fear is provoked by the violence depicted on page and screen, spurring characters into action determined by the trauma they have experienced. Past violence refuses to be ignored or buried and disrupts an individual’s notion of identity and safety. Such characteristics of trauma are depicted throughout Stephen King’s novel and Kubrick’s film, illustrating how perpetrators and victims of violence operate and survive. The Shine of The Shining: Domestic Violence and Deterministic Trauma sets out to explore the relationship between domestic violence and trauma and uncover how one’s past can determine their future


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