Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Shawna Lichtenwalner

Committee Members

Michael Cody, Mark Holland


The memoir as a specific and unique literary genre has only recently been broached for in-depth critical study, with two major, book-length examinations of the genre appearing in the past decade. While the genre has been around in various formats with various conventions for as long as humans have written, only the memoir boom of the late twentieth and early twenty-first-century called for a more sophisticated look at the genre. This thesis will use these recent observations on the memoir as a genre to shed new light on two classics of gothic literature: Charles Brockden Brown’s 1798 novel Wieland and its serialized prequel “Memoirs of Carwin the Biloquist” and James Hogg’s 1824 novel The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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