Honors Program

Honors in English

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Isabel Gómez Sobrino

Thesis Professor Department

Literature and Language

Thesis Reader(s)

Matthew Fehskens, Jesse Graves, Daniel Newcomer


Through the works of Lord Byron and Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer, I explored the function of the themes of darkness and obscurity in Romanticism. There was a clear connection between the inclusion of these themes and the rejection of the Enlightenment period, which is what I focused on in this thesis. I discovered that the Romantics found inspiration and beauty in the darker, stranger aspects of the natural world, while rejecting the logical and rational beliefs of the Enlightenment.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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