Honors College

Document Type

Honors Thesis




Gregory Howard

Committee Members

Hollie Adams, Hugh Curran, Margo Lukens, Chris Mares

Graduation Year

May 2020

Publication Date

Spring 5-2020


Surrealist literature has a long history of excluding female writers from the conversation, and as a result, women surrealists often wrote to critique the male/female binary and examine the oppressive forces denying their work. Madonna, Monster and Other Stories acts as a continuation of the female surrealist legacy and a further exploration and critique of invisible authorities that govern societal standards, create belief systems, and control logic and reason. Using methods created by the surrealist movement, such as the Exquisite Corpse exercise, image collaging, and automatic writing, these stories embrace the unconscious, the dreamlike, and the uncanny to break down realities and create them anew.