Peripheral characters/characteristics frequently serve to highlight the problematic societal situation of marginalized groups, even though these characters on the fringes of the text or main characters with unusual attributes are seemingly irrelevant to the primary plot. This portfolio examines, through a teaching unit, the monster archetype and its representation as a means to suppress Other or other within ourselves. The literary analysis pieces also examine the repression of historically marginalized groups, such as women, homosexuals, and children. And the last piece even takes a look at what happens when powerful groups are usurped by socio-economic and cultural shifts.
Dr. Lee Nickoson
Ms. Kimberly Spallinger
Wyeth, Virginia Davis, "On the Fringes: the Monsters, the Voiceless, the Abominations, and the Exiled" (2018). Master of Arts in English Plan II Graduate Projects. 9.