Term of Award

Spring 2011

Degree Name

Master of Arts in English (M.A.)

Document Type and Release Option

Thesis (open access)

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Department of Literature and Philosophy

Committee Chair

Douglass Thomson

Committee Member 1

John Thomas Lloyd

Committee Member 2

Mary A. Villeponteaux


This thesis provides a critical edition of M.G. Lewis's "Oberon's Henchman" with an introduction to the text that recontextualizes the poem within its historical milieu. The introduction also presents a critical reading of the text, arguing that Lewis's pastiche is a carefully orchestrated, respectfully playful synthesis of source material which redefines the nature of the spirit world on his own terms. In addition to this background and critical information, this edition provides tools for the reader's comprehension and analysis of the poem: a character guide, synopses presented both chronologically and in order of occurrence within the ballad, extensive notes and glosses to guide and enhance the reader's understanding, and appendices to supplement the reading.

Research Data and Supplementary Material