As the title of this paper indicates, I assume the existence of an important relationship between the idea and the aesthetic expression of it. I believe that this relationship takes shape as an influence of content upon form. Certainly this is not a new hypothesis, but I have not yet seen a careful examination of it in connection with the novel. Nor is there, so far as I know, any general agreement upon the extent of this influence.
I have chosen to examine content in the light of its concept of evil. This is not a completely arbitrary choice...I found this especially true of the novel, a form of literature which, in its greater manifestations, might in one sense be termed a vision of evil...These attitudes comprised, at least of the novel, the matter of content. It seemed certain that they must somehow have ramifications into form.
Level of Degree
First Committee Member (Chair)
George Warren Arms
Second Committee Member
Cecil Vivian Wicker
Third Committee Member
Hubert Griggs Alexander
Aesthetics, Evil, Novel, Emily Bronte, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Henry James, Leo Tolstoy, Gustave Flaubert, Herman Melville
Lash, Kenneth. "Ideas and Aesthetics: An Analysis of the Concept and Presentation of Evil in Certain Great Novels of the Nineteenth Century." (1948). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/engl_etds/164