In this paper, I explore the relationship between gothic and horror novels and their film adaptations, analyzing uses of genre to argue for or against changes to post-WWII patriarchal family structures during second wave feminism. In order to do this, I examine Shirley Jackson’s 1959 novel The Haunting of Hill House, Robert Wise’s 1963 film The Haunting, William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel The Exorcist, William Friedkin’s 1973 film The Exorcist, Stephen King’s 1977 novel The Shining, and Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film The Shining. While Jackson and Kubrick use gothic and horror tropes to challenge traditional, patriarchal family structures, Wise, Blatty, Friedkin, and King use those same genres to argue against changes to the status quo.


Hayward, Jennifer




Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Film and Media Studies | Literature in English, North America | Other Film and Media Studies | Visual Studies | Women's Studies


The Exorcist, The Shining, The Haunting of Hill House, The Haunting, Stephen King, Stanley Kubrick, Shirley Jackson, Robert Wise, William Peter Blatty, William Friedkin, Adaptation, Adaptation studies, gender, gender studies, women's studies, film studies, film, literature, horror, horror genre, gothic, the gothic, second wave feminism, feminism

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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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