Date of Award

Spring 4-14-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Julian Knox

Second Advisor

Jennifer Flaherty

Third Advisor

Mary Magoulick


This research centers on big ideas about flowers, fruit, and growing up as themes that create a bridge between American, British, and South Korean Romanticism. Through comparatively analyzing Romantic elements in literary works across genres, the globe, and time periods—from poems, a short story, to popular contemporary music—this research will trace out the dimensions and contours of that bridge, which more and more people are crossing today than ever before as readers, music fans, and as travelers and immigrants. Each chapter will focus on Romantic elements interwoven with humanity, nature, and art and their demonstration of what it means to grow up and live, providing global interpretations.