Date of Award

Fall 12-16-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Timothy Askew, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Georgene Bess Montgomery, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Bansari Mitra, Ph.D.

Abstract

This thesis explores elements of science fiction in three gothic novels, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Robert Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It begins by explicating the important tropes of science fiction and progresses with a discussion that establishes a connection between three gothic novels and the science fiction genre. This thesis argues that the aforementioned novels express characters’ fear of technology and offer an analysis of human nature that is literarily futuristic. In this view, each of the aforementioned writers uses extreme events in their works to demonstrate that science can contribute to humanity’s understanding of itself. In these works, readers encounter characters who offer commentary on the darker side of the human experience.

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