Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Josh Reid

Committee Members

Thomas Crofts, Michael Cody, Matthew Holtmeier


Dante Alighieri’s transcendental work the Divine Comedy is masterfully appropriated in this cartoon mini-series titled Over the Garden Wall in order to explore the issue of suicidal ideation and depression while contradicting Dante. Through different textual and conceptual appropriations, the show invokes the imagery of the Divine Comedy while creating an ending that is the complete opposite of its source text, turning Dante on his head and becoming an anti-Divine Comedy. The different characters of the epic poem are reimagined for these purposes, and the result is a work of art that makes the personal into the universal.

Document Type

Thesis - Withheld


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