Term of Award

Summer 2018

Degree Name

Doctor of Education in Curriculum Studies (Ed.D.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)

Copyright Statement / License for Reuse

Creative Commons License
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Department of Curriculum, Foundations, and Reading

Committee Chair

Marla Morris

Committee Member 1

Mary Doll

Committee Member 2

Julie Garlen

Committee Member 3

John Weaver

Committee Member 3 Email



In this project, I argue that works of the grotesque, and most particularly those that fit into the Horror genre (which includes film, written works, radio plays, music, and more) are rich with content for curriculum exploration and theorization. I take a bricolage approach to understanding constructed monstrosity in cultural phenomena and utilizing that understanding as groundwork for autobiographical and cultural research. The bricolage method allows me to play the role of a theoretical Victor Frankenstein, constructing new life by borrowing choice elements from a variety of theoretical bodies and stitching them together, as well as exploring the gaps between them. Through this bricolage, I explore and problematize the primacy of human access in much of modern education, questioning the efficacy of viewing students, teachers, and schools as data factories that can be objectively known. I also explore multiplicity and the third spaces that the monstrous inhabit, as well as what this habitation reveals. Although I will be incorporating a variety of theoretical frameworks, such as postmodernism and speculative realism, this work is predominantly a consideration of curriculum as aesthetic text.

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