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Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Thesis: Campus only access

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science



First Advisor

Dr. Elisabeth Gruner


Children’s fantasy literature as a genre has grown immensely in popularity and importance over the past century. From simple fairy tales to complicated worlds of dragons and wizards, a close look at the changing nature of children’s fantasy literature1 provides unique insights into broader changes in Western society, specifically British and American2. In particular, the portrayal of death in children’s fantasy literature from 1900 to the present allows us to explore changing social and cultural attitudes towards death during this same period.